Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Heather

I usually don't blog about personal things going on in my family but in this case I decided to swallow my pride and ask for your prayers.  The past couple of days have been pretty rough.  I am going to copy my brother's blog and paste it here because he already wrote the story so well....

Here is Heather's story. After she had her second child, Aaron, she noticed something wrong as she was nursing her new baby. After some testing she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2006.

After much fighting and a double mastectomy she was finally declared as a "Cancer Survivor". Several months later, she was in for a check up and they found that her cancer was back. 

Last November we found out that her tumors were getting larger and they were spreading as well. At that time we found out that her cancer was in her lungs, liver, blood, and bones. We were totally devastated but after a change in oncologist and cancer treatment we felt a little optimistic. Her new oncologist felt that even though she could never be cured from her cancer, it could be managed with an oral chemo. 

The last two weeks Heather has been feeling sick and has lost 20 lbs. Scott felt like this was just a bad flu, but as we learned on Friday it was much worse. At 8:45 I got a phone call from Scott telling me that at 8:15 Heather had a major seizure. She was taken away by the ambulance to the hospital and he was driving there at the time he called me. He wanted me to call everyone in our family to tell them the news. Later that afternoon, my Dad and I picked up Jennifer and we went to the hospital to visit her. She was so frail and weak. It reminded me so much of my Grandmother when I visited her the day before she died. Scott told us everything that was going on at that point. Her seizure was caused by four tumors which have formed in her brain. She was having so much pressure in her brain that the neurosurgeon was surprised that she was not in a coma. At this point I felt that she wasn't going to make it more than two weeks.

Later that day Scott spoke to the oncologist who told him that with all the treatment they can offer, he would be very surprised if she makes it to Christmas. We all feel like it is going to be much sooner than that. After this weekend we see that she is on a roller coaster with her health. She will look and feel fine one day and then she will be throwing up and miserable the next. She is supposed to have some intense radiation for the next 10-15 days that will shrink her brain tumors which will relieve the pressure on her brain. This should prevent her from slipping into a coma. Regardless though, my brother will be without a wife very soon, and my niece and nephew will be without a mother.

Today she is supposed to find out that she has less than a year to live with treatment. I don't know how she will take this news, but my heart just breaks thinking about it. I love this woman so much. She has been such a great mother and wife to her family. She has been such a positive and wonderful sister to me. She has truly made this world a greater place for me.

Please pray for her and our family as this has been the most difficult thing many of us have ever had to go through. We have all been absolutely devastated. Below is a picture of Heather and her family.  This picture was stolen from Michelle so we hope she doesn't mind.  As you can see, they are such a happy and beautiful family.  I thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and love for us through this difficult time.  


Heather's sister Cherise keeps her blog updated on Heather and how she is doing.  You can go to her blog for further updates on her health.  

10 comments:

abby said...

this has me in tears, kelly. i'm so sorry this is happening to your family. you'll all be in my prayers.

Tara Barnett said...

I am so sorry for all of your family. You will be in our prayers.

Jones said...

Oh Kelly, I'm so sorry. This is such devastating news. I can't imagine how your family must be feeling. My heart aches for you guys. I'll keep her and your family in my prayers.

Emily said...

I'm so sorry for your family! And to such a beautiful family. They will be in our prayers.

Erickson Family said...

Kelly ~ Congrats on your little one!! It's so good to see you on here. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Steph

Liam and Kimberly Breakwell said...

My mom had mentioned this to me a littl while ago about your sister-in-law and I am so sorry. I will definitely continue to keep them in my prayers.

Shamaine said...

This has me in tears also. I hope things work out the best they can. They and you will be in my prayers.

Mark and Juli said...

What can I say? Our hearts are broken. You know how much I love your entire family, and that little Hannah is dear to heart. You're all in our prayers.
Juli

Elena said...

what a hard and devastating thing to go through and to watch someone dear going through! I'm so sorry and we are praying for your family.

Lindsay Cahoon said...

Kelly, I'm so sorry for what your family is going through right now. Scott and Heather and your whole family are in my prayers every day.