|"If we can leave behind a legacy of love |
and memories, then we are blessed and
richer than anything money can buy."
~ Janelle Stauffer-Wade
After a courageous battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Janelle Stauffer-Wade, 41 was called home to her Lord on September 16, 2013, releasing her from her pain. Janelle fought with all she had, to stay around for her son for as long as she can. I know this was heartbreaking for Janelle to have her 8 yr. old son worrying about how sick she was....
Janelle's journey started in April 2012 when she was diagnosed with stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer at the age of 39. In just 2 short weeks of diagnosis, Janelle's breast tumor had grown from 2cm to 4cm and has spread to 10 lymph nodes and her chest wall. Janelle had undergone dose dense AC/Taxol neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and 35 rounds of radiation finishing treatment mid-January 2013. Just being off from treatment for 2 months, Janelle's first post-treatment pet scan showed mets to both of her lungs. Not the news Janelle expected. April 2, 2013, she started chemo again, Cisplatin/Gemzar, but the lung tumors progressed in size.
May 2013, Janelle's chemo was switched to Carboplatin/Taxotere, again the cancer continued to spread and grow. June 2013, Janelle's cancer had spread rapidly in her body and had invaded her liver.
"Dear God: Please keep my mom, my dad, my dog and my family safe. Please God. I'm really scared. Amen". - my son
Janelle's oncologist spent the next 3 months trying to get her into a clinical trial... "I will have to say that, if anything, this has taught me that you HAVE to be proactive about your health." Janelle spent this time off with spending time with her family and a trip back to her hometown. August 2013 scans showed spread to her bones, multifocal metastastic disease involving the brain and progression in her lungs and liver.
Posted in our online support group from Janelle, "Thank you, everyone, for your love and support. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have each and every one of you in my life, even if it is my virtual life. I hope you all know how much I love and respect you!!!" We loved Janelle too!
Janelle promised her son that she was fighting this cancer really, really hard and that she fights her hardest when he fights alongside of her. Janelle had undergone full head radiation but sadly, her cancer began to overpower her...
One thing that was always constant of Janelle, was her always being upbeat and witty as she accepted her recurrence... "It's weird, maybe, but I feel almost... relieved? ...that I'll never have to obsess about whether or not it will be back. It is. And we deal with it."
Janelle was selfless and was a beautiful soul. We'll miss Janelle in our group of ladies, emptiness is already being felt. Love you and God Bless your family.
Janelle's last post in our TNBC Sisters group dated Sept. 1, 2013:
"But you ladies, from day one, have been a sister to me. You are understanding, you get it...our wonderfully dysfunctional family. You all understand what every single one of us is going through. You ladies stick up for each other more than blood relatives often do."
14th Honoree - Janelle Stauffer-Wade
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Janelle Wade Obituary
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