Judith Ann Ristow
was a fighter
who refused to let cancer take her quietly in the night. After stubbornly fighting
through her first diagnosis of breast cancer in 2003 she was diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor
, located in the frontal lobe, in May of 2017. Immediately, she underwent a craniotomy
followed by 17 brain radiation treatments
While warring against the metastasized brain tumor
, doctors found malignant lymph nodes in her lung area. In fighting fashion, she battled
through 30+ additional radiation treatments and continued with the increased chemotherapy.
It was early November of 2017 when she was notified the surgically removed metastatic brain tumor had fiercely returned
. This time it was larger and accompanied by two tumors located in the back of the brain. All three tumors were declared inoperable and doctors agreed that refusing further treatment was not unreasonable as they were not optimistic.
After battling for eight months, Judith Ann Ristow departed earth to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father on January 17th at 3:39 PM.
Through this journey, her financial resources have been depleted and her family has launched this GoFundMe account to assist with a few remaining costs for her cremation, memorial service and end of life comfort care. Judith Ann would be eternally grateful for your kindness, generosity and appreciate your desire to assist in honoring her with a loving farewell that her family is scheduling for February 10th.
Her service will be streamed live on Julie Ann Nickell-Hudson's Facebook page as well as YouTube channel at 1:00 PM EST.