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Posted 2019-02-03T06:07:55Z

24 hours

24 hours.  That’s just enough time for a day’s work, a short school day, or a weekend day that feels a tiny bit longer because there might be a few hours of rest squeezed in there.  That’s just one short day.  But for someone waiting to get home that’s a very, very, very long time.  It’s less than 24 hours before Stacy is discharged from her 4th in-patient hospital stay.  She is officially half way done with her chemo treatments!  To say it’s been a marathon is an understatement.   The drugs that are literally saving her life are also killing even healthy fast-growing cell as they eat their way through all the microscopic cancer cells.  It is an amazing and agonizing process.  Truly miraculous.  But man, it is a freaking marathon for her.

But there is good news.  Her recent MRI scan showed that the tumor has shrunk a WHOLE LOT.  Maybe even more than 80%?  And this was something to celebrate in a ton of hard days full of exhaustion, nausea and almost non-existent white and red blood cells leaving paper-thin immunity to illness.  What that means is that this cancer is really responsive to chemotherapy.  And her oncologist says it is equally responsive to radiation.  Since the tumor is so small, the recommendation is to have radiation rather than surgery to finish off the tumor.  Surgery could leave her with a permanent loss of function in her arm and hand since the tumor is literally in the nerve sheath of her median nerve in her left arm.  So, she is very relieved to have an option that will eradicate the tumor but leave her arm and hand function that may return her to a more ‘normal’ future.  Whatever that means....

So, she heads into 5 straight weeks of radiation (Monday-Friday) most likely beginning the last week of February with 4 more overlapping in-patient chemo cycles before she is done maybe mid-June?  During her radiation she will need to stay in Stanford.   That is a lot of time away from home and the place that brings the most comfort in the long and hard days.  There is so much gratitude for the internationally renowned medical care at Stanford.  Truly remarkable life-changing medical care in a beautiful setting.  But far from Dad’s best soup, her most comfy sheets and nieces that ask so very often when Aunty is coming home.  Such a mixed bag.  But that is how life is, full of mixed bags.

So, if you’re wondering, the needs are the same.  Stamina, hope and grit for the long road, lots of encouragers to volunteer their time, prayers and practical gifts as Stacy slowly but ever-so-steadily moves towards her finish line.  There are so many to thank, those that gave money so her rent is paid the next few months, gas & Jamba Juice gift cards, blog comments and just knowing that people are with and for her.  Those who have been able to literally sit with her in the hospital or transport her to/from her in-patient stays have been life-saving.  This is so difficult to make it any moment by herself.  Please keep it coming.  I cannot tell you how much she needs you all.  Please contact me if you’re interested in visiting her when she is at Stanford and we’ll organize that hope train!


Please send cards, letters or gifts to her apartment:
Stacy Graupmann
4070 Nord Hwy
Building 9, Apt #256
Chico, CA 95973
https://www.gofundme.com/stacygraupmann


All the love we have,


Lisa

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Comments (24)

  • Wahida Nazari
    Wahida Nazari

    Hello dear Lisa 🤗, Thank you for info and nice word 😔i fel i didnt do any think for her to make her happy 😔what do you 🤔 what can do ? I tried to send Maney it didn’t accept my card ! Wahida

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      Hi Waheeda! You do something for her every time you message her, pray for her or send her encouraging words! All that makes her so happy. You have done more for her than you realize when you first met and all those years afterwards. You are a dear friend to her no matter where you are ❤️

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Waheeda, yes...just what Lisa says!!! You have done and do something everyday by just being my friend!!!! I feel bad that I can’t always answer message but I LOVE hearing from you so much. I love you so much my sister!!!!!!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Juliet LaFleur
    Juliet LaFleur

    Hi Lisa- thank you so much for this update. So glad to hear about the radiation vs surgery. Praying every day for sweet Stacy- such a strong & beautiful woman! Give her my love- Julie

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      I will!

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      You are so very kind Juliet!!!

      one year ago · Reply
  • JoDee Ahmann
    JoDee Ahmann

    This is very good news. Thanks for writing, Lisa. And thanks for being there for help, conversation, strength and love. Please give her a hug for me. Sending tons of love.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      I will. She will take all that love ❤️

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Gosh I miss and love you much JoDee!! This is the first week, heading into it,that I don’t feel pretty awful!! Thanks for the hug ;)....I received it many times from Lisa. 😋

      one year ago · Reply
  • Janice keene
    Janice keene

    Great update! Stacy is NOT forgotten! Every picture activates a prayer, every note reminds me to pray again for these long days to fly by. Miracle girl.❤️

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      Thank you Janice!

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Thank you for every prayer Janice. Much love to youuuuuu! Please give my best greeting to the MNL’s!!!!!!!!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Sydne Murua
    Sydne Murua

    Such good news! It's all so overwhelming. Hard to imagine what it's like for her, and for all of your family that loves her SOOOOO much! You and Stacy are both so lucky to have such wonderful sisters :) I treasure you both & continue to send warm, tight, healing hugs.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      It is overwhelming and it’s best to take one day at a time. She has grit! Thank you always for all your encouraging words. I treasure them all!

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      It is so overwhelming. Yes. But Lisa with her amazing ability to share what I cantat this moment is so helpful!!!! Sending that hug received back to you Sydne!!!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Betsy Cuisinot
    Betsy Cuisinot

    Thanks for the update Lisa. Keeping Stacy in my thoughts and prayers. I'll try to get over for visit with her this week. Let me know if you need a place to stay when you come into town. Know you are always welcome to stay with us.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Lisa McLaughlin
      Lisa McLaughlin

      Hi Betsy! Stacy is actually leaving the hospital today and won’t be back for a few weeks! But I know she’d LOVE to see you when she’s next down for chemo and/radiation! Let me email you!

      one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Its great to be home and the first time in MONTHS that I havent continuously felt awful. I’d looovvveee to see you when I’m done again. This time for about 6 weeks! Radiation and Chemo. Sending a hug, stacy

      one year ago · Reply
  • Kimberly Alexander Graf
    Kimberly Alexander Graf

    Stacy, please know that we are holding you and all of your dear ones in our hearts (and songs) at Children's Choir. Peace, comfort, healing and all thoughts beautiful to you.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Hello Kimberly, thank you so much. The girls just LOVE choir. They are so happy that the ‘medicine’ that I have to get is helping me get better!!! Yay!!! Thank you ever so much for your prayers and peace/comfort and thoughts. There is no measure to that gift you give me.

      one year ago · Reply
  • Leah Jones
    Leah Jones

    I am so thankful for the good news overall and no surgery. I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for endurance, hope, strength, and that all of your needs are met. Stay strong Stacy! You can do this. Sending lots of love, Leah

    one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Hey sweet friend!! I can not thank you enough for your prayers, love, food, hugs, and mostly being able to just ‘be’ there when sometimes there is nothing that you can really say. I am able to do this....through people like you holding me up. God has been so freaking faithful to me. Love you so, Stacy

      one year ago · Reply
  • Guy Anela
    Guy Anela

    Prayers to you and your support team, you beautifully brave warrior. "Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord." -Psalm 31:24

    one year ago · Reply
    • Stacy Graupmann
      Stacy Graupmann

      Thanks so much Guy. So appreciate and need that pray, that’s for sure! Looking forward to seeing Jill soon! It’s been too long!! Sending prayers back for your family! Stacy

      one year ago · Reply