Cancer

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Teri and Richard

“Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This church needs you. The world needs you. A woman’s abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the Spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest.”
― Jeffrey R. HollandCreated for Greater Things

Anchored in hope — an important phrase as I begin my journey as a cancer patient.  This is a new journey for me.  I do feel hope for the future and gratitude for wonderful care.  For the past three weeks we have focused on identifying the type of infection that has caused my persistent pneumonia.  Last Friday our focused changed as we received the pathology results from Mayo Clinic.  Adenocarcinoma.  It was difficult for the doctors to share the diagnosis.  It was a sharp turn of events for us all.  It was a defining moment.  It was a moment of courage.  It was an opportunity to find hope.

Tomorrow I will have a PET scan to determine if the cancer is isolated in my lungs or if the cancer is in other parts of my body.  The pathologists are also running several tests to see if they can identify mutations in my lung samples.  It feels funny to hope for mutations.  If they exist, we are able to target the type of chemotherapy.  This will be a blessing.  On July 13, 2016, we meet with our oncologist to finalize our treatment plan and get started with treatment.  I have a big mountain to climb.  I can’t wait to begin!!

Hope is found in many places — prayer, scripture study, reflection, and love of family and friends.  Thanks to so many who have expressed their love and concern.  Together we will travel together as we work to restore my health and find strength through hope.  We will use this blog to keep you posted on my progress!

 

22 thoughts on “Cancer

  1. Oh Teri, my prayers are with you! One of our boys had cancer at age 12,and received chemotherapy treatment (as well as radiation) for a period of 27 months. I love your expression of hope! It is what got us through the most difficult times! (And he is cancer free today!) I’ll be at the Chicago temple this Friday and will add your name to the prayer roll. May you feel the peace that comes through the spirit. Hugs to you.

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  2. You are a wonderful example to us all! I’ve thought that since we moved here. You are a beautiful example of being Christ-like. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You are such an amazing example of strength and faith. I believe that with your strength and faith coupled with love, hope and support from your friends and family you will get through this.

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  4. Teri, I am sorry that you and your family are facing cancer. I am praying for your strength and wisdom for your medical team. Please know that am thinking of you.
    Nancy

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  5. What an amazing attitude. As usual you are ministering to us at a time it seems it should be the other way around. Prayers for strength, peace, and healing.

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  6. We are sending our most loving prayers your direction; I want you to receive them with all the hope and positivity that we hold for you. You are precious to me, and I look forward to watching you kick a little behind in this new adventure. Please know that you are loved.

    And… Take a peek at Phil 4:8.

    xoxo!

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  7. Terri and family,
    You are an incredible example of faith, hope and love. You’re always looking to the Savior for His direction and guidance. May He be with you all. Hugs and prayers.
    Mel and Carolyn

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  8. I am saddened to hear this news. I know personally how disheartened you must have felt when you heard the diagnosis. I too felt the same way. It is definitely a big mountain to climb but getting started is the beginning to accomplishing the race. With all the prayers and positive thoughts, and all of your loved ones around, you are sure to be successful in this race and come out on top. I am thinking of you daily and will follow your blog to check in on your progress. Stay positive! It is the key.
    All my best,
    Barrie

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  9. What an inspiring woman you are to me. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We will
    Also keep our thoughts and prayers with the doctors as they work closely with you. Here’s to brighter days.

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  10. Terri,
    You are such an inspiration to me in all that you do. I admire and respect the attitude you have as you face the variety of challenges presented you. You are an amazing example of strength and courage. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Terri,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and will place you on my prayer list with my weekly life group. We will prat Jehovah Rapha the Lord that heals places his loving hands on you your doctors and your family.
    You have such a beautiful spirtual belief a testimony to all women. Thank you for hiring me 7 years ago.

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  12. Love to you Terri Ann. Sounds like you have a plan and determination. What a great way to begin a journey like this. So sorry this is turning out to be one of the challenges of earthly life for you-it’s got to be a toughie. Love your optimism and way you are approaching what lies a head.

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  13. Teri
    You are such an amazing person. You are one of the strongest people I know. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go into this fight. May our Savior’s love surround you and keep your faith strong. Love you my dear friend.

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  14. Terri,
    You are an amazing woman of hope, faith, and love. Cancer is definitely a scary word. But it sounds like you are facing it head on. Good luck in the next couple of weeks as your brain is filled with so many options, big long words, and the new path to follow as you battle this cancer. One thing we didn’t do with Charlotte was ask a lot of questions! I know the Lord will be by you side through this journey. Rely on his strength and seek his direction. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
    Love
    Cheryl & Keith Low

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  15. Teri,
    You are always an inspiration to me! You are a woman of faith, courage and hope spreading love and joy wherever you go. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you embark on this challenging journey. Your positive attitude, faith, hope and courage will take you to great heights!
    Love,
    Marilyn Richards

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  16. I’m so sorry that this is the trial you are asked to go through now. You are such a positive light. Thank you for sharing so we can see how you are progressing. All my love and support. I’ll keep a cold bottle of water and something healthy handy when you can stop in, but I’ll keep something decadent too, that always makes you smile. You are loved!

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    1. Teri,
      My most sincere love and prayers go with you on this journey. As you are anchored in hope through Christ, He will be with your every step. May you find quick comfort and healing through Him. Thank you for the beautiful, inspiring woman you are. You are a blessing to many.
      Love,
      Patty Bowen

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  17. Teri – Sending love and prayers your way! Thank heavens for faith in one who has felt all we feel! You are not alone and you are loved by so many as you can see by the many well wishes coming your way! I will be praying for you and will stay tuned to follow your courageous journey! Love to you and your family.

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  18. Teri,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. My mom was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma four years ago, underwent surgery and treatments and is doing pretty well. I appreciate your strength and good attitude as you face this challenge. Love – Suzie

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