5-22-17 Update on Cathy’s Battle with Cancer

It’s been a while since I’ve updated anyone on our website.  For those of you who don’t know, Cathy is my sister and partner in the business.

Shizzle Sisters Cathy (left) and Shelly (right)

Shelly (left) and Cathy (right) pictured below at West Michigan’s Women’s Expo 2014

DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

Cath was diagnosed Thanksgiving 2016 with Stage IV Extensive SMALL CELL Lung Cancer which had already metastisized to her bones.

So far, the cancer has metatisized to her spine (8 fractures), skull, liver, ribs, both femurs and her hips and that’s with numerous radiation treatments to various parts of her body and two failed lines of chemo.   Cath spent the past 6 months in excruating pain because the cancer literally sucked the life out of her bones.  The first two months were the worst as we literally watched her tremble and moan in pain as she shook.  She looked like that of an advanced Parkinson’s patient and had just told us she was done fighting when a doctor from the Javery Pain Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan came to her rescue.  Thankfully, The Javery Paint Institute was able to get her pain under control using epidural type injections directly into her spine so she could get off all the other crappy pain meds that the oncologist kept pumping into her.

Because of all the damage to her spine, she’s lost several inches in height.  She’s also lost almost 60 pounds.

Between chemo, radiation, the Javery Institute, 3 different oncologists, a radiologist and special dentist, she’s pretty much been in daily treatment, travelling back and forth to the hospital on a daily basis since she was diagnosed.  To say that’s it’s been a nightmare is an understatement.  It seems like anything and everything that could have gone wrong, has.

In the past six months, she’s lost the ability to do much of what we all take for granted.  Due to all the damage caused in her spine, she’s no loger able to walk on her own or stand for more than a few seconds so much of her time is spent in a hospital bed which is set up in her living room.  She uses a walker within her home and wheelchairs or motorized cart when we’re going to and from treatment or a quick stop to the store.

There is no cure and the prognosis is not good so continued prayers are appreciated.  Cath was initially given 2-3 weeks without treatment or 3-6 months with treatment.

Today marks six months since diagnosis and we’re all very thankful that she’s still with us!

I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to be in her shoes as my cancer is under control.  Our mom has also just finished several months of radiation for her cancer and as of last week, was given two thumbs up after results came in from her PET scan.  She however is still very weak from all the treatment she had to go through and is having a hard time getting over 80 pounds.  She’s trying hard to gain weight and regain her strength but is very tired and of course, concerned about Cathy.

Cath too has lost a tremendous amount of weight and needs to try to get more nurishment into her body.  Last month, our brother Steve was also diagnosed with the same cancer that mom has but thankfully, his was caught at a very early stage so he’s going to be fine.  I’m doing my best to juggle tiime between running Shizzle single-handedly, taking care of my two girls, running Cath to and from treatments and quite frankly, just trying to deal with it all.  This has been an extremely trying time for everyone in our small family.

Words cannot express how much we appreciate all the love, support, prayers and continued paint sales as we go through this difficult journey.  We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

To stay current with Cath’s progress, you can subscribe to her CaringBridge website, It’s listed under Cathy Blood.  You can also view updates on her GoFundMe site, also under Cathy Blood.  I also post more frequent, but less detailed updates on our ShizzleLLC Facebook page.   Shelly Andrade

Thank you for your Prayers…

Our Jenison Shizzle Shop will be closed Wednesday, August 19 as my family and I meet a team of doctors at Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.Shizzle Design Free Paint Demo Best classes Largest selection of chalk clay paints in grand rapids michigan

At this point, I’m not sure what the future holds for me.  They haven’t determined yet if the large bony lesion inside my humerus is malignant or not.  My primary referred me to The Soft Tissue Mass & Sarcoma Multi-Specialty Team at Spectrum Hospital and that’s scary enough.

I’ve had several tests so far including X-rays of my shoulder, which is where I’ve experienced so much pain.  Even though they were imaging my shoulder, part of my arm ended up on the picture.  That’s how they discovered the lesion in the first place.  

I’ve also had an MRI w/ contrast  of my arm followed by a CT scan of my chest.   Sarcoma is prone to going to the lungs.  My lungs feel good right now.  I’m very aware of my breathing as I’ve had lots of problems in the past, but they seem good now.  

All results, including the CT of my chest done yesterday, should be in by the time we meet Wednesday morning (8/19/15).

The team of several oncology specialists, radiologists, a nurse advocate all work together to provide the best possible care.  They’ll explain what they’re thinking and then a biopsy will most likely be ordered.  From what I’ve read, it can be very difficult to tell if this type of tumor is cancer or not without actually getting a piece of it.

I am so very thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers coming in from so many of you the past several months.  

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It’s been a tough year.  My marriage has been fallen apart and the girls and I are doing everything we can to heal from it.  The process of divorce, along with all the emotional and additional expenses are taking a toll.  Guess God thought we could endure a little bit more.  Two major repairs on my truck and now this?  Cancer ~ Seriously?  

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Please pray for our daughters!  They’ve been through so much this year already!

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Thanks again for all your love and support!!

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A hui hou ~ Shelly

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