Cheryl's Cancer Fund

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Raised by 102 people in 23 months
Audrey L. Baker  BRANFORD, CT

The story I am about to share is about my best friend, 
Cheryl A. Speller.  She is a single mom of six children (5 boys and 1 girl) ranging in age from 11 to 26.  Two sons will graduate June 2015, one from high school and one from middle school.  The high school grad will attend SCSU (Southern Conn. State Univ.) in Sept, 2015.

Cheryl is a hard worker who has worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital for twenty years.  She has taken a leave of absence due to triple negative aggressive cancer returning after three years.  In January 2012 she was diagnosed with this cancer and in February 2012 she had surgery (a lumpectomy in her left breast).  She appeared to be cancer free for three years since her three mammograms were negative.

However, in February 2015, Cheryl noticed a lump in the middle of her chest which was getting larger and larger.  She saw her primary doctor who ordered an       x-ray that showed a mass in her chest on top of her aorta and heart.   A CT scan was done and it confirmed that it was a mass the size of a lemon.  The doctor ordered a biopsy (performed by a pathologist), which confirmed cancer cells.  He then ordered a PET Scan to determine if cancer cells were in any other part of Cheryl's body.  It found no other cancer.

A second biopsy (needle guided) was performed by a radiologist  on March 30th to get more tissue to test. The diagnosis from the 2nd biopsy is "Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma", stage 4.   Cheryl had an Echocardiogram on April 1st to determine if her heart is strong enough to take Chemotherapy treatments.  It was determined that her heart is strong enough.   A port was placed in her chest on Friday, April 3rd, to prepare her to receive Chemotherapy treatments.

The first round of Chemotherapy treatments will begin on Monday, April 13th, once every two weeks for 8 weeks.  The second round of Chemotherapy treatments continues once a week for 12 weeks (a total of 5 months).  The doctor hopes that the Chemo will shrink the mass and prevent the cancer cells from spreading. He plans to perform surgery one month after the last Chemotherapy treatment.  After surgery, she will have more Chemotherapy treatments.

Any size contribution you can give my best friend during this crisis in her life will be greatly appreciated  by Cheryl, her children, her mom who is her caregiver, and me.

Please keep Cheryl and her family in your prayers!
Thank you!

Keisha Pullen

 

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Update 7
Posted by Cheryl Speller
20 months ago
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On Monday June 8, 2015 Cheryl started her second round of Chemotherapy which consist of two new drugs and Chemo every week for 12 weeks.9 more treatments to go. On June 10,2015 Cheryl had a CT- Scan to see if the tumor have shrunk. On June 11,2015 Cheryl received great news the tumor went from 8.2×5.4 to 2.4×2.2. Very exciting news.

This Journey has truly been filled with alot of ups and downs but like the fighter she is Cheryl press on.. This month has been filled with alot of great memories prom, dinner dance, also her son Terence received numerous baseball awards and was honored on June 14,2015 with the there is no "I" in team award for baseball.That same week on June 18, 2015 Terence graduated from Hyde high school and will now prepare for his freshman year at Southern Connecticut State University. The following day June 19, 2015 Cheryl son Anthony Graduated from Jepson school (8th grade). Next year he will be a freshman at Career High School. As Cheryl continue on this Journey she will like to thank all of you for your support and prayers. God Bless!!!!
Terence,Syan, Audrey(Cheryl mom),Anthony, Cheryl, Aaron(in the back). Terence Award Dinner
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Update 6
Posted by Cheryl Speller
21 months ago
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On Wednesday May 27,2015 Cheryl finished her last treatment for the first round of Chemo-therapy. The last couple of weeks have been really tough with nausea and fatigue setting in , but she is handling it like the champ she is. On June 8, 2015 Cheryl will start two new Chemo drugs for 12 weeks straight. Please keep Cheryl and her family in your prayers as this is getting tougher but we are claiming healing and almost to the finish line. Thank you all for taking this Journey with Cheryl and her family means alot. God Bless!!!!
Cheryl with her Beautiful mom!!!!
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Update 5
Posted by Cheryl Speller
21 months ago
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On May 5, 2015 Cheryl and I had the honor to go and make braclets at the Smilow cancer center..We made 43 braclets a record breaker for one day. The bracelets will be passed out to cancer patients at Smilow. We really enjoyed it.

On May 11, 2015 Cheryl had her 3rd Chemo-therapy treatment. She is strong and doing great. This go round her taste is gone but she is handling it well. One more treatment next week for the first round. Then she start two new Chemo drugs for 12 weeks straight. Please continue to keep Cheryl and her family in your prayers. Thank You God Bless.
Making braclets at Smilow!!!!!!!
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Update 4
Posted by Cheryl Speller
22 months ago
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On April 18, 2015 the New Haven Register shared Cheryl story. We would like to Thank Ed Stannard for an AMAZING article and Catherine Avalone for GREAT pictures.

April 22, 2015 Cheryl and myself sat down with Jocelyn Maminta for an AMAZING interview which aired on WTNH 8 if you missed it click on link to watch http://wtnh.com/2015/04/22/single-mom-of-six-battling-second-round-of-aggressive-cancer/

Big Thank You to Jocelyn Maminta and the camera man Bob for taking the time out to share such an amazing story greatly appreciated.

Once again Thank You all for your prayers, well wishes, and donations. Means a lot. God Bless!!!!
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Denise Brisbane-Thigpen Lpn
21 months ago

Cheryl...........I am over the moon thrilled about your progress. Keep fighting girl. You got this. May the Almighty continue to bless and keep you and your family. And Audrey. .......Thank you for the updates, and keep them coming. WE ALL LOVE YOU CHERYL....

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Timbo LeShore
22 months ago

Hello. I found out about your journey and would like to mail you and your children something for my next donation day...https://youtu.be/vzm4Oc-qRo0

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Sharon Reed
22 months ago

Cheryl I am cheering you on. I know your going to knock this cancer out Girls Fight Back. You are a STRONG and sending my prayers out for you every day

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Kimberly Owens-Jackson
23 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Cheryl. God will continue to bring you through this fight victoriously!

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$5,255 of $200k goal

Raised by 102 people in 23 months
Created March 31, 2015
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Beth Emerson
21 months ago

Thinking about you!

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Pamela Langford
21 months ago

And by His stripes you are healed!

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Tiffany Roberts
21 months ago

God bless you on your journey of healing.

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Frank Contreras
21 months ago
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K. Kelly
21 months ago
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22 months ago
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Rachel Caplan
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Denise Brisbane-Thigpen Lpn
21 months ago

Cheryl...........I am over the moon thrilled about your progress. Keep fighting girl. You got this. May the Almighty continue to bless and keep you and your family. And Audrey. .......Thank you for the updates, and keep them coming. WE ALL LOVE YOU CHERYL....

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Timbo LeShore
22 months ago

Hello. I found out about your journey and would like to mail you and your children something for my next donation day...https://youtu.be/vzm4Oc-qRo0

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Sharon Reed
22 months ago

Cheryl I am cheering you on. I know your going to knock this cancer out Girls Fight Back. You are a STRONG and sending my prayers out for you every day

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Kimberly Owens-Jackson
23 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Cheryl. God will continue to bring you through this fight victoriously!

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