This year I have chosen to participate again in the Angels Among Us 5K in support of my strong, beautiful, wise, loving, compassionate, and brave mother, who faught a year long fight with a very angry glioblastoma. This event helps raise money for research purposes for the Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Hospital.
Judy was diagnosed with a stage 2 glioblastoma about the size of a baseball in April of 2016 after a year or two of slowly developing memory loss. It was a miracle that memory loss was the only symptom! She fought hard while enduring 6 straight weeks of both chemo and radiation that ended just before her daughter Suzanna's wedding in the beginning of July 2016.
After another brain scan in July 2016, we found Judy's tumor had not shrunk or grown any and we decided to move forward with a stronger chemo treatment. A few weeks and another scan later, we learned the stronger chemo also had no affect on her tumor, so it was then we decided with the doctors to try an IV drug that assists the effectiveness of the chemo.
About a month and a half passes, it is now two days before Thanksgiving 2016 and the newest brain scan showed new growth despite all of our efforts. At this time we were given a timeline of around 4-6 months left with my sweet mom. It was at this time she chose to discontinue treatment and begin home hospice care so we would be able to enjoy the time we had left with her.
On April 8th, 2017 my mom lost her earthly battle with cancer and went to be with her Heavenly Father. Throughout her entire fight, she never stopped praising the Lord. Her faith stood firm and solid on her Rock. There were times she even thanked the Lord for the cancer because if her story could bring even one person to know the Lord then it would be worth all of the pain and heartache - what an incredible testimony to her strength and faith in Jesus Christ!
I have created the team Judy's Army to run/jog/walk in support and memory of my mom. Please join my team and run/walk with me if you can! If you can't, I ask you to please join us in spirit and consider donating to help further brain tumor research at this amazing and innovative hospital. My goal is to raise $1000 by April 25th the morning of the race.
Any donation helps! :) I look forward to seeing you there!