Erin’s Story

Site created on January 27, 2020

Welcome to Erin's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. 
On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 Erin was admitted to Chester County hospital after experiencing severe abdominal pain. Initial scans showed that there were spots and a possible mass on Erin’s liver and pancreas. Further testing on January 24th confirmed the devastating diagnosis of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Erin is married to Steve, and they have 5 children- Cambre, Lane, Jesse, Mac, and Torren John (“TJ”). Erin is currently undergoing stage one of her fight, which began on Feb 3rd with her first round of chemotherapy, happening every 2 weeks for 12 weeks. The family continues to process this news and have been amazing at letting us know as often as possible what they need to help them navigate the upcoming months as Erin fights this horrific disease. There are still a lot of unknowns, and the family needs time and space to be together in whatever way feels right. You, Erin's community, know what an amazing human being she is and how much she means to those who love her. She is loving, generous, kind, and compassionate and because of the incredible impact she has had on the community of people who surround her, we are all feeling the weight of this news. However, Erin's positive attitude and reliance on the Lord for her strength have us all feeling encouraged and inspired. What a gift Erin is to us all! Please stay informed on this web-site and see the very first journal entry to find out what you can do to help! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Lauren Wells

Good morning, Friends. 

Little old me here😊 . Just had my blood drawn and platelets are at 59 so I am about to start round 11! I’ve had many emotions lately. Birthdays and holidays seem to spark the welling of tears. Although fun, I get an abrupt sensation to cry. Maybe because I see more beauty? Maybe because I fear that this beauty will disappear for me soon? 
Even with the fear, I’ve seen the beauty. I’ve been saying yes to things that are hard. Raft floats down the Brandywine, really hot pool days, swimming with my kids, morning walks with friends, late nights with friends. Beautiful, life giving events and people- hard because my neuropathy in my feet has increased, and the heat wears me down right quickly... both which tear my optimism down abruptly. I will continue to say yes and fight the negativity and the pain. I will strive to smile and put a big fat mental bow on all of God's gifts! 
Medically, my platelets are good enough today to get round 11! It’s hard to believe that I’m near the end of this first phase already. I am still planning on getting scanned at the end of the month and I’ve already scheduled an appointment soon after with a Penn Pancreatic Oncologist and a Jefferson surgeon. It’s helpful to have some sort of plan on what’s next. 
My kids have been busy and enjoying a simple old school summer. Steve, my family, and my community have been incredibly helpful and supportive. The sun is out and I feel amazing one week out of every two, so my heart is full. I continue to feel the love from you all!!!! You’re warriors. I know you think of me often and pray for me even more. I appreciate it more than you know.

Love, Erin

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