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

An update from Erin, below.

Hi friends, 
I feel good finally going into the weekend.  My stomach pain is down and I have more energy. I’m again dreading Monday (Chemo, round 5!) but know I have to fight and pray my platelets are high enough to get treatment. I’m actually looking forward to getting out of the house. It’s been a long week for the world,  but I’m praying that we’re one week closer to normal. 

 

Our normal was crazy. 5 kids, 4 in at-least 1 activity per season, lots of social events, lots of birthdays, lots of laundry, lots of dishes, lots of A LOT! I’m sure you all can relate. 

 

I am anxious for the normal after this virus. How will we all adjust to more freedom again? Will we overcrowd our schedules and fill up our time with non-family enriching activities? Will we say “yes” to things that we don’t want to do or just shouldn’t do? 

 

I am praying that we all are reminded, after this has passed, that relationships are the priority and that none of us are promised another sunrise, so we should live fully with the intention to simply love what’s in front of us. (These are words to remind myself😊)

 

Until then, we’ll continue to bunker down and stay physically isolated. I’m thankful for my husband and mom to help me, the immunocompromised, during this time. I pray for those who don’t have the support. 

 

We are fine. We have food, a safe home, and lots of love in this house. There are times that are down right ugly and hard, but we’ll be fine and come out with a crazy story and, hopefully, with a new way of living that God designed. 

 

Love you all. I pray that you all are fine, too. 

 

Erin 

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