The battle is over

This is Laurie’s husband Alex.

It is with a very heavy heart that I must say that Laurie has lost her battle with her brain cancer. At 4:30 am on Mar 14, 2017 Laurie passed away. She fought hard for 8 months (to the day) and suffered much. She is at peace now.

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Update on Laurie

First I would like to apologize for taking so long to post an update. It has been a week and a a half since Laurie’s surgery and I have been by her side the whole time.

The pathology report came back and it was as suspected. Laurie does have cancer. The tumor was a high grade glioma multiforme blastoma. It is the most aggressive of the primary brain tumors. The surgeon told us it will come back, the oncologist told us that treatment will eventually stop working. How much time we have it not known at this time. She will be seeing a neuro oncologist on Aug 8th at the Siteman Cancer Center in St Louis, MO. The doctor specializes in this type of tumor.

The tumor affected Laurie’s right side (causing weakness and some loss of direction from her brain to arm and leg). It also affected her speech and language area. She has aphasia (difficulty in finding her words and getting them out) – both spoken and written (texting and typing included). She has been at a rehabilitation hospital since last Wed night. She gets physical, occupational, and speech therapy. She is making amazing progress. I have no idea if she will ever be able to blog again, but I know she will try her hardest to. She loves to write and she loves this blog.

Below are some pictures of Laurie’s journey so far:

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Alex – Laurie’s Husband

Prayer – Update

Laurie made it through the surgery without any complications. They removed a tumor just bigger then a golf ball. She had a good night. She has been talking, eating jello, laughing and crying. Her speech is still affected and will probably need therapy. The right side weakness showed some improvement then slid back a bit. She is still trying to sleep off the anesthesia.

We could possibly have the pathology report today. She has a long road to recovery but she is a fighter and will make it through this.

Alex

A Prayer

This is Laurie’s husband. I am writing this because Laurie is in the hospital and will be having brain surgery tomorrow (Thursday July 14th). On Monday a CT found a 3 cm mass on the left side of her brain. Over the last 2 weeks it has been affecting her speech, ability to text, write, type, and spell. It is considered an aggressive tumor because of how fast the symptoms have progressed. Yesterday weakness on the right side of her mouth showed up and has moved to her arm today.

She is a talented writer and this is devastating for her. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We don’t know yet what type of tumor it is or what other treatments will be needed. We won’t know this until the tumor is biopsied tomorrow.

I will update this when I know more.

Thank you everyone

Alex Jackson (Laurie’s husband)

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen —Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

3/4 cup shortening

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 package chocolate chips

1/2 cup nutmeats

20 large marshmallows

Prepared fudge frosting

Combine sugars and shortening. Add beaten eggs. Sift flour and baking soda together and add to mixture. Add vanilla. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Bake in a greased and floured 9 x 13″ pan at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with marshmallows, return to 300 degree oven for 15 minutes longer. Cool and frost with fudge frosting.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Speedy Little Devils

I used to make this recipe a lot! One of my favorite recipes I have.

SPEEDY LITTLE DEVILS

1 Duncan Hines deluxe Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I use german chocolate cake mix.)

1 stick butter or margarine, melted

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1- 7 or 7 1/2 ounce jar marshmallow creme

Combine melted butter and dry cake mix. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this topping for top crust. Pat remaining crumb mixture into ungreased 13x9x2″ pan. Top that layer with combined peanut butter and marshmallow creme. Spread evenly.

Crumble remaining mixture over that. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.

Makes 3 dozen bars.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

Please feel free to visit my website. Thank you!http://www.lauriejacksonauthor.com

My Oasis

My oasis is anywhere I choose it to be. My favorite of favorite spot is sitting anywhere outdoors, preferably under a shade tree. Listening to the birds sing and feeling the warm sun on my back is wonderful. Since it’s winter time and much too cold to sit outside, I settle into my comfy office chair and stare out the window. My imagination flows with so many ideas that I don’t know where to begin. I often lose track of time once I get to writing. Another place I like to sit is on my bed. It’s a very soft bed. I’ve only fallen asleep once…

Sometimes I like to listen to the radio. Just depends on my mood and it changes constantly!

If I am unable to use my laptop, just give me paper and pen and set me in a corner somewhere. So, that’s pretty much it.

May your day be filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Laurie Jackson

Please feel free to visit my website. Thank you!