To the family, friends, colleagues and benevolent strangers of Theresa,
On July 20th, 2017, Theresa was diagnosed with a high grade invasive cervical cancer. After weeks of being in and out of four different hospitals across the Northeast, Theresa learned that she will have to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in order to eradicate the cancer.
Theresa's response to the diagnosis has been inspiring. There is a serenity, a toughness, and a trusting optimism in her efforts to integrate the diagnosis and to begin the healing process. She is committed to doing everything she can to help heal herself.
There have been a lot of hard days filled with heartbreak. But Theresa is still dancing and smiling and making everyone laugh. She continues to be the strong, bright light that we all know and love.
Three years ago Theresa married the love of her life, Dan Kelly, and the couple was planning to begin a family this year. For the past several months Theresa has anticipated the joy of being pregnant and having babies. She spreads her arms out wide every day to mime an embrace of her little babies. This is how excited she has been to start a family.
But, as a consequence of the radiation treatment, Theresa will be unable to carry a pregnancy.
Before the radiation begins Theresa will undergo IVF and they’ll freeze their beautiful little embryos. Once the dust settles, they'll begin to look for a generous and loving gestational carrier to help make their dreams come true.
As you can imagine the whole experience has been a devastating shock to her family; her husband Dan, her parents, her sisters, brother, in laws and extended family. There is the emotional weight of it. And then there are the never-ending logistical obstacles.
Theresa is facing a very long road ahead. She will get through it because of who she is and how well she is supported.
Theresa is the kind of person who is always giving back to others. After completing her degree in social work, Theresa moved to Seattle, WA with her husband so that they could be close to Dan's family as his mother battled advanced Alzheimer's disease. While in Seattle, Theresa worked for the non-profit organization, Gilda's Club, where she provided social work services to families affected by cancer. Now is our chance to be there for Theresa.
Donations, hugs, cards, prayers, and lots of loving healing energy are all warmly encouraged.
All funds raised will be used to pay for Theresa's medical care and to help with daily living expenses associated with cancer treatment.
Your love and support means the world to Theresa and Dan. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!