This is Lori. I figured it's about time for me to give you an update.
I've been home from the hospital for about 7 weeks now. This is the halfway point before we go back to continue with the follow-up treatment. The Dr said that this is not a "feel good" process and he was right. I have tumors around my abdomen. The treatment I am under is designed to activate my immune system to attack the cancer. Unfortunately, every time I take a chemo pill it brings on the pain. Pain means progress in this case so I find myself in pain a lot. (Thank God for Tramadol) The good news is it is getting less intense and I am able to again sleep in positions I haven't been able to even last week. This is positive progress and I am so thankful.
I still have a tumor up against my bowel which is still causing an obstruction. As a result I'm still on a liquid/soft food diet. Oh how I would love to bite into a good hamburger!!
Other than the pain from the dissolving tumors and the fatigue, I'm really doing well and feeling well. I'm able to work a few hours a week and anyone who knows me knows how much I love to walk. Yesterday, I was able to walk around my block for the first time in weeks. God is so good to me! I have wonderful support from my husband, family and friends. Even my sisters are flying in at different times to be with me. I am so thankful for everyone who has contributed to my medical care and prayers. Your prayers are helping me to have the strength to push through.
I also wanted to let you know that the campaign is actually fully funded. Many people just sent me checks directly and direct deposited into my checking account and there is no way to update the numbers to reflect that. We have enough to also cover my next trip in May. May 11th we go back for 8 days and I will get another detox, IV immunotherapy, hydrotherapy and ozone therapy. I will also get several days of IV C, K, B17.
I don't know if this was to much information or not enough. So if you have any questions, any at all please feel free to text me or respond via the GSG account.
I love you all and I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for your support.
Those of you who know Lori are aware of her Colon Cancer diagnosis in 2021.
In May of 2022 she finished her final round of Chemo and was believed to be in remission as of July of 2022 after a final surgery.
In May she was dealing with some stomach issues but was told by her doctors that based on bloodwork and cancer markers that it had no correlation to her previous diagnosis. These stomach pains continued and progressively worsened. Lori was referred to a gastroenterologist who thought the symptoms she was experiencing were connected to her gallbladder. After ruling out her gallbladder they looked to her kidneys for stones or anything else that could explain her intense pain. Nothing. So her doctor ordered a CT scan where she was then referred back to her oncologist.
On December 29th, 2022 we received news that her cancer was back and had metastasized throughout her entire abdomen. We were given a Stage four Colon Cancer diagnosis. In order to better understand what we were up against and formulate a proper action plan another CT scan was ordered as well as genetic testing.
On January 19, 2023 we were made aware from her oncologist that the second CT scan confirmed that the cancer had spread to her lungs. The genetic testing also came back positive for a specific mutation (BRAF) that unfortunately confirms that the diagnosis is extremely aggressive. (Though it does offer a few other treatment options) We had to face the harsh reality that this diagnosis is inoperable and incurable with a 12 month life expectancy if the cancer is responsive to treatment.
For those who do and do not know my mom she is the most selfless person I know. She currently spends two days a week volunteering at a women's pregnancy center. Her role there is to help give options and pray with girls who come in scared and pregnant. She spent her Christmas eve putting gift bags together for the homeless so that they would not be without on Christmas. Every Christmas she spends the morning feeding the homeless as well. For thanksgiving she was in Mexico making sure the people there either homeless or in severe poverty were not only given a Thanksgiving meal but love. And that's just what she's done in the last few months.
Currently my brother Luke is serving our country in Iraq and will not be back until May. Our hope is that we can get her the proper care and treatment to give her as much time as possible with all of us back together as a family. Our Prayer is to surpass the 12 month expectancy.
Unfortunately insurance does not cover everything and there are some treatment options that have extremely successful results that she would like to explore. But money is an obstacle, so as her family we are asking that you pray about it. If you feel led to give in any way whether that be financial or in prayer you do so here, either in the comments to inspire hope in her or a financial donation.
However it is that you decide to contribute, myself and my entire family thanks you.