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I'm A Survivor

I was diagnosed in June 2007 stage 4 including a lymph node. The tumor was approximately the size of a lime. I completed chemotherapy and radiation in October 2007. However in March 2008 I found out that it came back. So I went through a more aggressive round of chemotherapy and extensive radiation. I have several side effects from the treatment that I was given. I have been cancer free for 8 years now but I live with the side effects. 


Cheryls Brain Tumor Journey

The journey began in October 1997 . A lemon size tumor was detected in my brain on a Cat Scan at the hospital after I had been brought in because I had passed out and fallen of a horse. After the SX, the diagnosis came back on the tumor Stage IV , and my prognosis was a year of survival.. Guess they were wrong. Here I am, and it will be my 19th anniversary in Oct this year (2016). I have had two birthdays  a year since 1998. This year I turned  67in May and 19 is coming up in Oct. Statistics are just that, statistics and nothing more.

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Neck Dissection

This will show the neck dissection. I had level II ~ V


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It's not over till it's over

In Jeremiah 32:27 God says, “I am the Lord, the God of every person on the earth, nothing is impossible for me.” We need to hear that God is still in control. We need to hear that it’s not over until he says so. We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out.

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Thumbs Up! Port installed 5/31/2016

Thumbs Up! Port installed 5/31/2016


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Port Installation 5/31/2016

Thumbs up!

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My daughter and ATRT

My daughter Abigail, 8yrs. old was diagnosed with AT/RT. She was first diagnosed on January 4,2016 with a brain tumor. She had her surgery on January 9, 2016! We later found out it was AT/RT. We are from Buckhannon, Wv and my daugter had her first 2 rounds of harsh chemo in Morgantown, WV at WVU Childeren's Hospital. We are currently in Pittsburgh, PA. at UPMC Childeren's Hospital. Here she is undergoing 3 rounds of harsher chemo followed by 3 rounds of stem cell transplants. With each round she has a hospital stay of 3-4 weeks for each visit.


My husband was diagnosed with stage 2 high risk colon cancer, high risk because the tumor they removed was the size of a grapefruit and it's a fast spreading cancer. After it was removed I started noticing a change in his body odor, the odor is bad doesn't matter how much he showers. The only way to explain it is that it's like a foul urine smell. I was told that this means the cancer is worse than they thought. Has anyone experienced this or k ow of someone that has experienced this?  

My Story

In March 2010, I had a typical busy work day and when I got home decided to lie down for a bit.  I couldn't get comfortable, so I had my husband take me to the ER for chest pain.  I was 29 at the time and had never had a serious medical issue, but I knew something was wrong.  As it turned out, I had a DVT and pulmonary embolism.  This is when I met my hematologist, Dr. Min Sun (UPMC St Margaret).


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