When I think of people who inspire me, Sherry Wood has been near the top of my list since the day I met her back in 2003 at Mount Royal where we worked together. This spunky, "tell it like it is" new colleague of mine quickly drew me in and it wasn't long before I realized that she might just have the biggest heart of anyone I knew. Since being diagnosed with colon and liver cancer in 2017, Sherry has fought this disease with everything she has, all the while being an incredible mom, wife, sister, grandmother and friend. The chemo is no longer effective after having 29 rounds and on November 13 when Sherry had her first of six antibody treatments she was made aware that this is her last option of treatment that has coverage and any alternative therapies or future treatments are out of pocket - SO this is where her village comes in. For every time you read one of Sherry's blog or Facebook posts and said, or even thought, that you just want to do something that could help, the time is now. Let's work together to alleviate the financial burden that lays ahead while Sherry continues to fight.
I have pasted the first and most recent posts from Sherry's MyLifeLine blog below, as well as the link so that you can keep up with updates.
The day was Friday April 7th, 2017
I'll never forget this day. I'll always remember the phone call, the tears that flowed down my cheeks, my uncontrollable sobs and the sinking feeling in my stomach. The fear of losing my life, my son, my friends and family are more than I can bear to think about right now. My husband wraps his arms around me and tries to reassure me, I feel his squeeze and the love in his embrace and he almost convinces me that I can fight this, that we will fight this. Then my emotions get a hold of me and the tears start flowing again, the doubt looms back in to my mind and although I know I am a strong person but wonder in the pit of my being if I am enough for the battle that lies ahead. I wake up from my slumber feeling grateful for the hour of reprieve and then the tears fall again, realizing my reality and the soft rain outside continues to fall.
It has been the most heartbreaking and difficult time of my life. I have been diagnosed with advanced stage 4 Colon and Liver Cancer. All of my emotions, tears, fears and bursts of hope will be recorded here. I have a feeling I am about to discover exactly what I am made of.
Friday, November 8, 2019
Grab a tissue...
My scan results are in and they are not good.
I did not attend my 30th round of chemo as it turns out from the scan it has not worked in over 6 months, so needless to say, the tumor on my liver has grown quite exponentially, which is just heart breaking. My oncologist is starting me on a antibodies drug next weds called Panitumumab and unfortunately has made it clear that if this new treatment does not work I am out of other treatment options (try living with that news for the next 3 months!). We were all devasted and disheartened by this news. I have been trying to process this news over the past 2 days and I have to tell you it has gotten the better of me. I am depressed, I have bad body aches and just hurt all over, especially in my heart. I just don’t want to even get out of bed in the morning. I don’t know how to get through this next chapter, I am so defeated. The hardest thing was to tell Anderson the truth and needless to say it has not been easy and he is beside himself with the upcoming ‘what ifs’. Just absolutely heartbreaking.
So now I have expanded my search for other facilities out there that may be able to help. So if you know of anyone who has gone to another country or another medical facility after all other options were exhausted and saw good results, or extended survivalship... PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
I will not just lay down and die. I WILL NOT!
Please pray for me as I need those positive energies and prayers more than ever now.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and please give thanks for your health.