Family Of Christina Torpie

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As many of you know for the last 2 years Christina has twice been treated for Breast Cancer.  After all the surgeries and Chemo, last month after her most recent scan Christina was told the Cancer returned.  This vivacious, Loving and Active, 34 year old Mother of a four year old boy took the news like a real Hero in the eyes of her Husband.  Stage 4 Breast Cancer... lesions... Lungs... Liver.... lymph nodes.... words…Just words but this time the disease has progressed.  After aggressive Chemo, countless Doctor visits, Scans, Blood work, a double mastectomy and all of the advice of her Doctors, it’s come to this. Christina & her husband walked out of that visit with a renewed sense of faith and determination.  Strange right, after hearing your doctor say that she’s exhausted all treatments to try and eradicate this disease. But Giving up is not an option. We have nothing to lose at this point.  (As her husband would put it. Balls to the wall!)  Help us get there!  

 

This time around Christina, armed with confidence and information went on a search for the best integrative treatment center she could find. Anyone who has been given this kind of news knows the feeling... there is SOOOO much information out there, how do I get to the right Doctor? What is the right treatment?  This is my life, I am a mother... I am IMPORTANT!  

 

Blessed with a close friend, who is a survivor herself, Christina was given information about an Integrative treatment center in Chicago.  What a relief!  We are very thankful for all the blessings that have come our way along this journey.  Christina, with the help of her support team, gathered up all the records necessary to get the ball rolling. We are feeling very optomistic this time around.  

 

Cancer has done its damage, no doubt but with strong faith and love, we believe all things are possible. We need your help to GET THERE!!  

 

The Financial burden is real and it’s a MAJOR obstacle Christina faces!  Out-of-pocket and travel expenses, Co-Insurance, Deductibles, and prescription costs all add up. It’s an added stress that survivors and folks in treatment know all too well.  Already having dealt with the initial Cancer diagnosis in 2014, subsequent surgeries, treatment throughout 2015 and this recent re-occurrence. Financial resources are limited.  Christina & her family need your help!  Please donate what you can and share with all your friends and family. Your support and prayers make all the difference. The support of generous souls and the power of LOVE . . .  Help Christina GET THERE!!!

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On Thursday Morning Feb 16, 2018 at 1:15AM surrounded by her loving family Christina Mejias-Torpie left us. She fought all the way to the end. Even in her last hours she fought hard. We all adored her positivity and gritty stubbornness to not let this disease destroy her spirit. Survived by her Husband Kevin G.Torpie and 5 year old son Colin A. Torpie. I (Kevin) will do my best to Honor her warrior spirit and be the loving father she would have wanted me to be to Colin. Her spirit and memory will forever live on. My love and Colin's love for her is eternal. If you are reading this then you know how hard she fought. How much love she had for herself and her family.

I want each one of you to know that with each dollar already donated for her Cancer Cure Fund you raised our spirits and gave us hope. At our lowest we had you all to keep us going and knowing you all loved and supported us was enough to believe that life is good and she was deserving of all the good things life had given her. She passed her love for life to our son Colin who is taking the news of his mothers passing like a warrior himself. This will be a process for him and I am committed to see this through hand in hand with him at all times remembering Christina's beautiful smile and amazing attitude. She did not deserve to die like that. No one does. There no words. It comes down to what you believe in the end. What is most important to your soul at the end. Not things and possessions. That all goes out the door in the end. What stays are the memories. The drawings. The cards sent back and forth. The love expressed though kind acts. That is what stays and that is what I want all of you to know is that if Christina could come back and say one thing it would be to remember what is important and to be kind to all beings. We are all one village and we need each other to keep us going in the rough times. I am blessed to have a loving family and loving community. Remember to hug your loved ones. Be there with them. Don't let stupid arguments get in the way of love. Don't let things get in the way of what is important. Family - love - gratitude and presence are what matters.

Many of you have expressed interest to support our family with expenses: medical expenses, funeral costs, child care, bills and other needs for Colin and his future. I want to give you all an opportunity to help us one last time with your loving donations. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind that any donation, no matter what amount, makes a huge difference. Please continue to support our family by being a friend and by being present in our lives – this is the best gift a person can give. And this picture of Christina is how I want to remember forever. Thank you all.

With love and admiration,

Kevin G. Torpie - Colin A. Torpie

#Warriortotheend

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Happy Sunday,
It's a beautiful fall day. My favorite time of year.
It's been a while since I've written an update and a lot has happened. I stopped treatment for almost two months and instead of things getting better they got a bit worse. I went to see a doctor at Columbia, whom I like very much. After doing scans he suggested that I start a clinical trial. It involves chemo and I was not crazy about that but we are working on getting into different trials that do not involve chemotherapy. Innovative trials.
I'm still taking my supplements, eating clean and vegan, and doing anything else I have researched can help.
I started the trial on Friday and have been pretty tired since. Even though my body is tired I am not giving up. I know that one way or another I will have my health again. I have the determination to get through this and I have plans for my life that I must see through.



As always, thank you so much for your support and prayers. Xx

Love,
Christina
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Good morning everyone,
I wanted to write a quick update since things are really changing now. Unfortunately, the scan results were not what we hoped for. It showed progression and in the last few weeks I've noticed changes myself. For the first time since I was diagnosed I'm feeling pain. Not from chemotherapy. My current doctor's method is to keep trying different chemotherapy treatments. I can finally say that I am done with trying chemotherapy. I've given that route all that I have and it has never worked. To date I've tried four times. Even with supportive supplements and diet, it's not enough.
One thing is for sure. I am not finished trying to find what will work for me. Not even close. In my gut I know there is something that will do it. I just haven't found it yet. I've been lucky enough to connect with a remarkable woman who was in my shoes 24 years ago. She recently told me, "you have to just keep trying the next thing until something works". That's what she did, and she's living proof.
Giving up isn't an option for me or my almost five year old son. I haven't exhausted all the possibilities. So I'm on to the next thing. If I said it was easy to make a big shift like this, or that I didn't have my moments of anxiety over it, I'd be lying. But I find peace in knowing that I'm not alone in this and I have people in my life who share my determination. Having the support of the people that love you when you're making big decisions is gold.



As always, thank you so much for your support and prayers. Xx

Love,
Christina
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It's been so long since I've written an update. It's hard to believe and it feels like time just flew by. Since the last time I posted an update I've been maintaining my almost completely vegan diet (all except the occasional salmon), regaining my strength and getting into great shape working out with great friends and enjoying the summer. I've also taken the time to paint again. The last few months I've realized that spending time doing what I love is something that I must add into my health routine. I feel my best when I'm outside enjoying nature. It really grounds me and I forget about everything. And I'm more connected.
Our trip to Mexico reminded me of this and then a recent trip up to Woodstock made it very clear to me. The most amazing thing happened while we were walking through the town. Colin picked up a rock and gave it to me. He told me it was for me and although he doesn't read I think he was right. It said "May you be healthy" on it. I have it on my alter at home and I will always be grateful for the message I got in Woodstock.
A few weeks ago I applied for a scholarship to attend a weekend seminar given by the author of radical remission. I love the book and I'm so excited to go!

Today I'm in Chicago for my 4th cycle of the new treatment. After this one I will have a scan and we will finally see the result. I also had to have a conversation with my team about how we can cut costs while getting treatment with them. We will run out of the funds by the next trip. I've been given a few options. I can pack it all into one day as long as I can continue to stay on this treatment. So I'd come to Chicago in the morning and leave at night. And honestly, I'd love that. It's getting harder to leave home. But we really won't be able to make a decision until I have the scan. Cutting out the cost of the hotel stay and some of the vitamin infusions would definitely make a difference. I guess we will have to see...

I'm still so amazed, grateful and forever changed by every kind act. The people around me have done some of the most beautiful things for me and my family. It's like angels just keep falling from the sky.


As always, thank you so much for your support and prayers. Xx

Love,
Christina
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Christina Morillo Q
6 months ago
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Sending you love and strength Christina.

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Kathy Torpie
13 months ago
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Keeping thoughts of you in my heart. I want to meet you one day sometime in the future! Your Aunt-in-law Kathy Torpie

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Chris Patterson
2 months ago

Spoke with Dane about you the other night so was also nice to finally find this lost in my inbox. Thoughts are there as always and hope the trial goes well.

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Chris Patterson
2 days ago

P.S. That is a beautiful picture and your smiles are amazing.

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Chris Patterson
2 days ago

I was so sorry to hear the news when Dane told me. My thoughts are with you Kevin and Colin. I don't know you but through this hard time my support was and is still there.

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Randi Finkelstein
7 months ago

Amazing. I was just thinking about you today! It feels so good to read your post and am especially enjoying the story of Colin's found object. Hope to see you in HOH soon.

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Kathy Torpie
11 months ago

Reading your post, it occurs to me that meditation is a supplement you can't buy in a bottle! Until the time comes when you can take that vacation in a tropical paradise, let your meditations be your peaceful place - on tap whenever you want it!

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Linda Abiuso
12 months ago

Christina this is really good news! Keep going girl. You have alot prayers coming your way. Much love, linda

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Ale Lanza
12 months ago

Is so amazing to hear you are improving Christina, these are awesome news!!! May God continue to bless you with health and strength. You've got this!!!

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Kathy Torpie
12 months ago

I am SO very happy for your progress and have no doubt that your faith and determination and positive thinking have all contributed hugely to your rapid improvement! Bravo you!

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Lilla Pacifici Clough
12 months ago

Great news

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Max Norat
13 months ago

Hi Christina, I like your "Humble Warrior" comment! I'm having lunch with Kevin next week. I'll keep the healing thoughts coming your way 24/7!

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Lauren Pisa Johnston
13 months ago

God Bless You Christina. You are a beautiful inspiration & I think of you & pray for you every single day! XOXO Keep doing what you are doing!!! The power of thought & positive energy creates miracles.

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Elizabeth McNamara Mueller
14 months ago

Christina, I just saw this on Westchester moms. I am sending lots of great thoughts to you in Chicago. You were a pleasure to work with in the spring and I look forward to working with you again when you are heathy and ready!!

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Bonnie MacFarlane-Combs
14 months ago

We will be donning on the 10th on payday girl. I'm so proud of you and want to continue to get those updates from you hearing you positive knowing that YOU WILL BEAT THIS!! We love you!! Bonnie, Glenn, Alexa & MJ. Xoxo

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HH
Happy Hayden
14 months ago

Good for you for looking into an integrative treatment! Cancer is being cured every day. So, blessings on you and your family. And check out "The Truth About Cancer" online to get a sense of the leading edge successful integrative cancer treatments. God bless.

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Chris Patterson
15 months ago

That is good news! It is really important to look at not just the underlying disease but the body and mind as a whole! Keep it up Christina!

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Lauren Pisa Johnston
15 months ago

God Bless You & Yours Christina! You have brought tears to my eyes & hope to my heart. You are an amazing inspiration & I know you've got this. We will continue to pray for you daily and send all the positive vibes we've got. You are a rock star and deserve all the silver linings that are yours to come. XOOX ~ Lauren, Jeremiah & Joey

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Christina Morillo Q
6 months ago
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Sending you love and strength Christina.

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Kathy Torpie
13 months ago
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Keeping thoughts of you in my heart. I want to meet you one day sometime in the future! Your Aunt-in-law Kathy Torpie

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Chris Patterson
2 months ago

Spoke with Dane about you the other night so was also nice to finally find this lost in my inbox. Thoughts are there as always and hope the trial goes well.

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Chris Patterson
2 days ago

P.S. That is a beautiful picture and your smiles are amazing.

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Chris Patterson
2 days ago

I was so sorry to hear the news when Dane told me. My thoughts are with you Kevin and Colin. I don't know you but through this hard time my support was and is still there.

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Randi Finkelstein
7 months ago

Amazing. I was just thinking about you today! It feels so good to read your post and am especially enjoying the story of Colin's found object. Hope to see you in HOH soon.

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Kathy Torpie
11 months ago

Reading your post, it occurs to me that meditation is a supplement you can't buy in a bottle! Until the time comes when you can take that vacation in a tropical paradise, let your meditations be your peaceful place - on tap whenever you want it!

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Linda Abiuso
12 months ago

Christina this is really good news! Keep going girl. You have alot prayers coming your way. Much love, linda

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Ale Lanza
12 months ago

Is so amazing to hear you are improving Christina, these are awesome news!!! May God continue to bless you with health and strength. You've got this!!!

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Kathy Torpie
12 months ago

I am SO very happy for your progress and have no doubt that your faith and determination and positive thinking have all contributed hugely to your rapid improvement! Bravo you!

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Lilla Pacifici Clough
12 months ago

Great news

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Max Norat
13 months ago

Hi Christina, I like your "Humble Warrior" comment! I'm having lunch with Kevin next week. I'll keep the healing thoughts coming your way 24/7!

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Lauren Pisa Johnston
13 months ago

God Bless You Christina. You are a beautiful inspiration & I think of you & pray for you every single day! XOXO Keep doing what you are doing!!! The power of thought & positive energy creates miracles.

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Elizabeth McNamara Mueller
14 months ago

Christina, I just saw this on Westchester moms. I am sending lots of great thoughts to you in Chicago. You were a pleasure to work with in the spring and I look forward to working with you again when you are heathy and ready!!

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Bonnie MacFarlane-Combs
14 months ago

We will be donning on the 10th on payday girl. I'm so proud of you and want to continue to get those updates from you hearing you positive knowing that YOU WILL BEAT THIS!! We love you!! Bonnie, Glenn, Alexa & MJ. Xoxo

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HH
Happy Hayden
14 months ago

Good for you for looking into an integrative treatment! Cancer is being cured every day. So, blessings on you and your family. And check out "The Truth About Cancer" online to get a sense of the leading edge successful integrative cancer treatments. God bless.

+ Read More
Chris Patterson
15 months ago

That is good news! It is really important to look at not just the underlying disease but the body and mind as a whole! Keep it up Christina!

+ Read More
Lauren Pisa Johnston
15 months ago

God Bless You & Yours Christina! You have brought tears to my eyes & hope to my heart. You are an amazing inspiration & I know you've got this. We will continue to pray for you daily and send all the positive vibes we've got. You are a rock star and deserve all the silver linings that are yours to come. XOOX ~ Lauren, Jeremiah & Joey

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