Laurel’s Story

Site created on February 24, 2021

Welcome to Laurel’s CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.  Click on the ‘journal’ tab from the menu, and you will find entries written by Laurel describing her journey through cancer treatment. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting! 

We will periodically post updates here along the way, and you are welcome to leave messages, too! We also have a fundraiser set up for Laurel through Go Fund Me, and you can find that fundraiser under the "ways to help" tab. 

FYI, the "tribute" section of the Caring Bridge site is a little confusing.... the "tribute" donations go to the Caring Bridge site; not to Laurel.  Caring Bridge offers their services for free, so we are deeply appreciative of them, and of course donations to them are great! But, we wanted to clarify that tribute money goes to Caring Bridge, while Go Fund me goes directly to Laurel. 

Love to you all! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Sarah Lakey

A message from Laurel, April 14th: 

Greetings family and friends!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the warmer weather. It’s been a bit of time since I wrote a journal entry and I’m glad to finally be taking the time now.

Overall things are going really well. I had an ultrasound of my tumor on March 24 and it showed it has shrunk down to half its initial size! My doctors were really excited about this response to treatment, and it goes without saying that I was pretty darn stoked as well. Since then, I can palpably feel that it has continued to shrink so this is excellent news.

The downside is that the last two chemo treatments have been especially trying. I’ve been more sick and knocked out compared to the first two treatments. This isn’t unusual, according to my doctors, but it’s been less than fun. I am trying to keep my chin up but I’ve been pretty discouraged at times. Thank goodness for all the love and support I have received from my family! 
On the flip side, I am halfway through chemo and the second half uses a less harsh med that supposedly has a lot fewer side effects. I am hoping I feel less sick these next four infusions so keep your fingers crossed for me!
My sweet little Greta turns one year old in a couple of days. I can hardly believe it! I will try to post some birthday photos this weekend. We will have a small gathering with my sister and in-laws. Despite all the challenges I am facing right now, her sweet smile and fierce little hugs give me a lot of renewed strength to continue this fight with cancer. 

Thank you to everyone for your continued love and support. Facing something life threatening like cancer really makes you realize how vital and necessary love is in your life. I knew this before, but somehow I feel a new level of wonder and appreciation for it now. 
Sending everyone lots of love. Be well and enjoy the Spring. Until next time!
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