Friday, September 07, 2007

A Lady

I know I have told some of you a little about Lisa. I am going to share a little more of Lisa's life with you today.

Lisa is a friend and a patient of mine. About a year and half ago Lisa was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. Lisa has been fighting an incredible fight this past for year and half. With surgery and chemotherapy she was doing very well and her tumor markers were going down.

She was doing so well in fact, that her oncologist took her off the chemotherapy after six months of treatment. She had about six really good months after that. Her hair was growing back, she was getting stronger and was full of hope and life.

After doing well for six months or so Lisa's tumor markers started to creep back up. Lisa was very brave and she decided to be part of a new cancer treatment study in Vancouver. A study that worked with treating cancer on a DNA level. She stayed with the study for a about two months and her tumor markers continued to climb.

5 to 6 weeks ago Lisa called me from our local hospital. She was not doing well. I went up and visited her a few times a week. Lisa was always full of hope. I would see her in severe pain and she would smile at me and tell me about her horses and her plans when she got home.

Lisa passed away last night. She did make one trip home to see her horses before she passed away. She was 46 years old, she was a cowgirl, she was a runner, a dancer, a wife, a sister, a friend, she was so full of life I am finding it hard to believe that she is gone. I am glad that Lisa was able to go with so much dignity and grace, Lisa was a Lady to the very end.

I am so sad for the people she left behind, her husband, her sister, her brother...myself and many more. Goodbye Lisa.


angie, party of one said...

Cancer fucking sucks.

JustApril said...

My condolences to her family and to you for losing a friend. Thanks for sharing some of her story with us.

Shannon said...

I agree wtih Angie. My condolences to you and her family.

memoriestoremember said...

Kelly, I know that Lisa truly appreciated your friendship. She was a great lady with such a positive attitude. We will miss her a great deal.