Anahit Tina Torosyan - if she were an entry in a dictionary, the synonyms would include kind, witty, confident, stubborn, outspoken, supportive, compassionate, and funny.
Life has its ways of trying to shake even the strongest people you know… Our earthquake rocked us 6 months ago when Tina was diagnosed with stage 4 advanced gastric cancer. She was told she would need aggressive chemo followed by a major surgery to remove her entire stomach in an attempt to clear out the cancer. In true Tina fashion, and with the uttmost resilience, she pushed through all of the treatments leading up to the procedure.
As the surgeons proceeded with the operation to remove her entire stomach, they were shocked to see that the cancer had spread and attached to a part of her colon, pancreas, and kidney. The most devastating was to see that all of the cancer was sitting on her aorta which made the procedure life-threatening if they continued. With top experts on the phone from all over the county, and those in the operating room, the collective decision was to not proceed and leave everything as is. Onto the next treatment plan she went which included more chemo as soon as her body was able to handle it.
One can only imagine how strong the fight is, and has been. And if you know anything about the Torosyan family, you know what a unit they are. Through the aftershocks, much time has been taken from work to focus on what is most important - family, and the time spent together supporting one another.
Many have asked how they can join in their support. Believe me when I say they would be the last to ask for any sort of help, but most certainly the first to offer help to those who need it. Since it is not in the nature of the family to ask for anything, and in an effort to help them focus on each other, this account has been created. No contribution is too small and for no other reason, we appreciate you taking the time to read our story.