Judy’s Story

Site created on February 29, 2020

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.   On super bowl Sunday, my mom was  admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and fatigue thanks to a dear friend of hers who insisted she go. Attributing it to stress and fatigue of being 80 (this woman does not look a day over 65) and caring for my step dad, she did not think much of it.  After many tests and 3 weeks later, we are all shocked and quite overwhelmed with her double whammy of a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer and stage 2 breast cancer (different cancers). The cancer thankfully has not spread to her neck, collar bone or brain, however it is in both lungs and lymph nodes and her left breast. With all the advancements in modern medicine for these two cancers in particular along with her strong faith and the tremendous love and support of her family and friends, we are optimistic. My mom's famous phrase is "the only way through it is THROUGH it," so here we go!!!!!

 We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Lisa Pohll

Hi All,
Just a quick update!!!! GREAT NEWS - the pleural effusion was NOT MALIGNANT. In layman's terms the fluid that was building up around her lung did not have any malignancy in it. The Oncologist cannot explain why this happened, but for now we will take this as another win!  Yesterday, we visited with the colon surgeon to remove the unwanted visitor in her colon, and her surgery is scheduled for August 25th at 10:30 am. They will remove about a foot of her colon.  She will remain in the hospital for 1-3 days following the surgery, and then I will stay with her at her house while she continues to recover.  My phone number is 775.343.9878 if anyone would like to contact me. I will continue to keep you all updated!

My mom is BRAVE; she is POSITIVE; she is FOCUSED; she is a FIGHTER and she is STRONG!
Cancer is only going to a chapter in her life, not the whole story!!!!
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