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Cheryl Elliott's Journey

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Raised by 32 people in 8 months
Created December 5, 2018
Aunt Cheryl

As many of you may know, my God-mother, my Aunt Cheryl, was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. This devastating news has hit our entire family hard. Aunt Cheryl is a rock in our family. She is the person who has always reached out to anyone she felt was in need, even at times, to the point of her own exhaustion. And she does this without complaint and with a truly giving and loving heart

With this diagnosis comes anxiety and pain for her and her family. Physically the tumor has already begun taking its toll on her body, causing great pain and sickness over the last 6 months (or longer). Mentally, she is fearful, but also, empowered by the love and strength of her Savior. She knows that God has a plan for her, and her devotion to this truth will carry her through even the darkest of hours.

Her treatments begin this week (Dec. 6th) and will continue until the tumor can be shrunk enough to be removed. This option alone is a miracle! Uncle Tom will be at her side every step of the way, and many will be holding her in their thoughts and prayers.

Need

She is receiving treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Illinois. They have been a blessing to her and Uncle Tom with their compassion, care, and knowledge. But this will be a long road for them. While the Center does help provide support, as we all know, a cancer diagnosis is difficult and costly. 

Although our whole family, especially her kids and my mom, plan on being there as much as possible for her, Uncle Tom has still had to take a considerable step back from his contract job position, which unfortunately means a loss of income for them. And although Aunt Cheryl is blessed with an employer who is doing all they can to help, medical bills, travel expenses, and other bills are already starting to accumulate.

How we can help

If you are able, please join me in helping to provide support for Aunt Cheryl through this difficult time. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

Another way to help is to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Also, please keep Uncle Tom, and my cousins - Ashley, Marisa, Nick, and Mallory, their spouses, and their kids all in your prayers as well. 

I know that Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Tom are so grateful for all your support!

 

Love and warm wishes,

Brittnee Hathaway

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
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From the caring bridge page:

The blood test shows that the cancer marker has gone down about 75% from it's high in December!  Thank you Jesus, the Giver of Life!  The tumor hasn't shrunk, but Dr feels part of it has died. He is very happy about the percentage of reduction in the blood marker number, and the fact that I have no pain. He has scheduled a PET scan for 2 weeks from now and I will also be doing another 4 rounds of chemo starting in 2 weeks - every other week. Which will take me thru the end of June. 

All in all, this is good news.  Part of The tumor has died and it has NOT spread.  That is great news!

Just like He promised in Jeremiah 29:11...
For I know the plans I have for you,  declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Keep praying that The Beast will die and "turn to mush" as the doctor described it.
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Update From Uncle Tom-
4/1/1029

As we get into a routine at home, I'll be posting less often here.
For the last couple of days, Cheryl has slept much of the day, but each day a little less sleep and more awake time. It might be a couple weeks (we hope less) before these side effects wear off. The knee is getting better - she can almost walk without the crutches today. She is eating a little and weaning off of the morphine, which may be contributing to the ill-effects. But, she has NO PAIN - that is great. And, we expect that she will be pain-med-free in a couple weeks.
Pray for this transition and for her strength to increase.
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Radiation (written by Uncle Tom):

Friday brought us together with the Radiation Oncologist and his team.  As they explained, they will target the tumor with X-rays.  They will be delivered by a sophisticated computer-controlled machine that will put The Beast precisely in the crosshairs and blast the remainder of those cancerous cells.
We will start the targeting process on Monday with scans to further develop the 3-D model of the tumor, and then start zapping The Beast the following week for about 6 weeks.
Pray for safety as we make a quick run home for the weekend.
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The BEAST is Dying!
Journal entry by Tom Elliott — 18 hours ago

The CT scan results today indicate that the tumor is dying and, in fact, the oncologist recommended stopping chemo at this point and starting radiation to shrink The Beast. The surgeon said he doesn't think it is operable, so we meet with the radiation oncologist tomorrow to learn the specifics of the radiation treatments, that may last for 5 or 6 weeks.
She was able to eat with me in the cafeteria today, TWICE! That's a big improvement - in the recent past, she couldn't even stand the smell of the food in the cafeteria, let alone go in and actually eat something.
Pray for continued healing and wisdom.
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