Thursday, June 18, 2009

Theresa's 1st week in Scottsdale AZ

I hope you all like this. It allows me to communicate with all my family and friends, by putting some of the main things that are happening with me here on my blog. Check in whenever you like. Don't stop calling and texting me though, because I love to hear from everybody. It's the best medicine.
I arrived in Scottsdale, AZ on Sunday, 6/14/09. It was a 5 1/2 hour drive through the desert and since I had never really seen desert before, it was something new for me. I got myself set up and started my treatments on Monday.
Many of you know that I am doing complementary plus standard treatment. They call it "integrative medicine" because they integrate the two strategies. Some people have been asking me many questions about the complementary side of it, so at times I will write about a treatment and the benefits of it. For those who don't care to know the details, you can just skip over that part. My complementary medicine is being done at a clinic called Envita. They also do some standard treatment, but mostly send you outside of the clinic for those treatments.
Anyway, I've been doing pretty well so far. Also, meeting lots of people. I'm going to be here for approximately 2 months. At that point, I'll be reassessed. I did quite a bit of research before I came here. I feel I am in good hands. I have a tough battle ahead of me, but everyday I am feeling more and more strength growing inside of me to fight this.
I want to thank everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers, those who have donated, and those who have lovingly supported me. You can't do this alone. All of you who care are literally giving me strength and courage and helping me to reach my goal. I want to thank all my cheerleaders, you know who you are. I have two sisters in NY and one in NC and one in FL (well, she's really my aunt, but she's like a sister to me). They are just beyond words. They are my cheerleaders. Lucy, Linda, Marianne & Genie. Their husbands are wonderful people also, Steven, Michael and Dan. My two brothers, Jim and Geoff, have great wives, Rita and Bernadette, who I have known for the better part of my life.
There are some who have made very generous donations, my mother, Bruce (my biological father and my friend), my sisters and my brothers. My Aunt Julie in Florida keeps in touch with me always, just as she has done all of my life. She is a great strength. There are many others who have sent me cards, called, and texted me to let me know they care. I love you all.
I can't end this without mentioning someone who is a friend in the true sense of the word. She saw me through the worst times in the beginning of all of this, she always saw the light of hope and always told me it was there. She was always there for me. Her name is Lauren and I can't say enough about her. My brother Geoff calls her an angel. And that says it perfectly.
I love you all - terri


  1. Thanks for blogging everything, so we can all keep updates on you. We all Love you Theresa and are praying for you.

    Love Always,
    Julie & your Friends at Work.

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to the next one. Everyday, I think about how strong you are to be doing this physically, on your own. Know that we are with you emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
    Lucy, Steven and Chase

  3. Hey Terri... I've been reading about your time there... just know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers and that I BELIEVE that with hope and strength you will get thru this... Cancer may get to your physical self, but never-NEVER let it take down your spiritual heart... I really believe you can kick this thing, you are pretty scrappy if needed :) We're behind you and are thinking of you daily.... hurry home and remember to keep your eyes on the horizon! See you at the recital! I'm counting on it :) Love, Janice :)

  4. Terri,
    It's been many years for us, however I just wanted to let you know that I am sadden over your battle,but positive after reading this outstanding web site.It seems yellow is with you most of the time, so yes lets get red envolved as well. You are a smart lady, brave and beautiful I might add. I am praying for you Terri. And I will be following you until you go home to your family and friends.
    Linda Monahan
    Island Hills/Holbrook Country Club