by Aunt Margie
Kerry was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer and was given 6 months to live. That was 7 years ago. She is an amazing example of the human spirit and its power to overcome incredible obstacles. She has exhausted her treatment options, having covered years of chemotherapy, radiation oncology, and surgical treatments, most profoundly - having had a complete gastrectomy years ago (complete stomach removal). She has never languished in a hospital bed longer than it took to recover from a surgical procedure nor has she resorted to tube-feeding. Her spirit and drive moved her forward to planning and attending the weddings of two of her four children, witnesing the birth of two more grandchildren, remodeling a historic store front (turning it into a quilt shop offering sewing lessons as well as custom quilting services), and remodeling two homes. Most importantly, she made time and spent time with her beautiful children. She is an inspiration to all who come in contact with her. She has checked many, many things off her "Bucket List" and the time has come for her to rest. We set up her home hospice services today. Between her children, sister Barb, and myself we will honor her wishes to leave her tattered body with dignity and rest in the home she created and dearly loves. Please remember Kerry in your prayers as she moves along her final journey. Thank You.