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February 9, 1960 - October 24, 2017

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candleyou live forever in our hearts and emories
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candleWill miss you & your courage
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candleWill never forget you, until we again meet..RIP
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candleRest easy now, Ann
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candleso sad to lose another angel
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candleYou fought the good fight.
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candleRest with God
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candleI think you were amazing.
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candleRest in Peace you will be missed greatly!
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candleGoodnight- flights of angels sang thee to thy rest
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candleRIP Ann
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candleYou are loved and will be missed.
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candleThank You Ann & RIP
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candleFearless Warrior dear Ann. Love you.
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candleYour spirit will always be with us. RIP dear Ann.
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candleYou are so loved, so respected and now so missed.
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candleHeaven gained one sweet, smiling woman!
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candleRest in Peace sweet Ann.
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candleDear Friend, a good spirit, loving and funny 💖
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candleYou were so courageous! Now rest in God’s arms .
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candleRest In Peace 😇
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candleMay your memory be a blessing ❤️
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candleSoar with the angels, mighty Warrior
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candleRest in Peace, Dear Ann.
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candlewith love, we will carry your light
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candleSweet Ann, You are loved.
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candleRest In Peace
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candleOnly peace now
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candleRIP Ann..
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candleRest In Peace.
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candleRest in peace, sweet Ann.
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candleRest in Peace Anne
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Update on my mom

I am posting an update for my mom Ann. (This is her son Shawn). She had a fall in the middle of the night last week and had to be admitted to the hospital. Unfortunately things haven't progressed well and she hasn't been eating much. She is also very incoherent at the moment. She has been discharged from the hospital and is now home in a medical bed. They have called in hospice and we are hoping for her condition to improve though that appears unlikely. She will have 24 hour nursing care starting tomorrow and she is surrounded by family. Prayers needed. 😢

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Dear Shawn, I am saddened by this news. Many prayers for your mom and your faimily!
Shawn, I am sorry to hear this news. Am praying for your mom.
My prayers are with your wonderful mom and family. Thank you for the update.
Not much I can say except of course my prayers are with you and your family thank you very much for taking the time to update I had a feeling something wasn't right
I'm so sorry to hear this news. Please know she is being held in constant and loving prayer.
Shawn...please tell your mom...I know she can still hear you...please tell your mom that Neal sends his love... and if it is time for her to leave that she is still in all of our hearts and so she lives on in all of us and if she is ready to go there are many there waiting with open arms to embrace her... and they will welcome her and her Shining Light to add to their luminescence and light Of Love
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I'm so sorry to hear this Shawn but thank you for letting us know. I will say extra prayers for her of course. If it can't get better at least she can be comfortable. Hospice does good work. Bless you for being there for her. She has talked about her wonderful family.
Shawn, we are all so saddened by this news. Your mom was known and loved by all of us. She and you, her family, have been through so much. Sending love and wishes for her peace in this difficult time for all of you.
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Shawn, I think of your mom often and pray for her whenever I do. I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you and your family.
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Thank you so much for the update.
Oh so terribly sorry to hear. Thank you for letting us know. She is loved by so many. Prayers coming for all of you.
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Oh Shawn, I know that writing this post had to so incredibly difficult but brave of you, just like your mother. I very rarely comment when I am on this blog as I'm still not comfortable with writing on it, however, there was something so special about your mom that I always felt compelled to respond to her and her brave and strong will to fight and survive. What a special woman and how lucky you are to have her as your mom. I am sending a special prayer for her and you and your dad as well. Hospice is wonderful and they will make sure that she is pain free. She has made a difference in my life. Molly (Destin)
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Sending love and prayers❤️
Prayers to you and your family. So sad by this news. Please tell Ann we are praying for her. Donna Rush
This breaks my heart. I'm sorry Shawn your mom has taken a turn for the worse. I went through the same thing last year right before I was diagnosed with my cancer. Praying for healing and comfort for your whole family. Your mom is very brave and it's been good getting to know her.
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Shawn, I'm so sorry for you, your dad and your whole family in the pain you must feel seeing Ann's body falter. I just left a message on Ann's phone and hope you check it or this blog. I would like to visit Ann, if you permit it. I'm only an hour and a half away from her. If you can, please let me know. Thank you for letting us know about Ann. My prayers are with her and all of you.
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Prayers to you and your family.
I'm so sorry to hear this, Sean! Your mother had been such a source of inspiration - despite all she's been through she's maintained a sense of optimism and humor. I'll pray that she makes a recovery and This is just a temporary setback. I'm so glad you are with her - wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
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Shawn, thank you for giving us an update on your mom. We all care so much for her. She has been a fighter and an inspiration. Praying for her and the family. God bless.
So sorry to hear this. She has been very strong and a fighter for her cancer all the way through. Say prayers that she progresses vs: regression. god bless all of you and your whole family at this time of need.
Dear Shawn
Sorry to hear this news. Take care and kind thoughts to your mum and family.
Dear Shawn, thanks for reaching out to let us know about your mom. She's been through so much, I'm sorry. Now this. Your mom is a beautiful, hilariously funny and smart woman who I feel I've grown to know and care for thru this blog. Be with her as much as you can and share all the names and comments you feel are appropriate with her. It will get through and be meaningful to her. She came here for support many times. Please let her know we are still here thinking and praying for her. Much love to you and your dad as well.
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Dear Shawn,
Your mom was a real fire cracker, full of life and humor. She always spoke so highly of you and your father on this blog and she loves you so, so much. Thank you for keeping us informed. I am so sorry this is happening. Hugs, Lisa
Please send hugs and lots of positive energy for/to your mother. She has been such a loving warrior for herself and her husband...which I am assuming is your father. Please make sure that she is not in pain and at peace. Please keep us posted whenever you can. She is very loved by many of us here at BFAC
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Thank you so much Shawn for letting us know. Your mother has a brilliant sense of humour and has been a great inspriation to me. She has had so many trials this last year, and to be in this state after a fall? I know she has you all as a loving and caring family, and that is something to cherish. I will be thinking of you all.
*soft paw* Thank you Shawn for updating us. Your mom is an amazing and courageous lady. We have so much respect for her. She has such a wonderful spirit, so compassionate, funny and brave. She is one in a million. We will pray that she improves, and send her healing white light and love. If this is her time, we know in our hearts that many angels and mighty warriors will welcome her with loving arms, but we pray that time is gentle with her and she will recover from this. Hugs to you all xx Wendy (Nan) and Thomas
I am sending prayers for sweet Ann and for your family. May God give her strength and peace.
I am so sorry to hear this, Shawn. You mom is such a warrior. May she find the strength to keep fighting. Please know that all of her BFAC friends are praying for her. You are a wonderful son. May God bless all of you.
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Thoughts and prayers her way today. I won;t lie this one hurts I hope the best for Ann she has sent me many PM's to get through the challenges with my wife and has always given me hope.
Praying for your Mom and your family. Ann is a very special lady.
love and prayers to you, Shawn and to your mom too, of course
Please tell her how much her BFAC family cares!!! The air is full of prayers for her.
Prayers Shawn - your mom Ann, is a beautiful, beautiful person. Please Keep the Faith.
Love and hugs
I just saw this post, my heart is aching that Ann is having such a tough time. She has been a huge source of inspiration and strength, all the while retaining her delicious sense of humor. Please give her my love. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
I'm praying for a full recovery.
Dear Shawn Please let your Mom know we are all praying and love her so much.. God bless you all hugs and love and always prayers Sabina... when we need God the most is when He is the closest to us XO
I am so so sorry for the loss of dear sweet Ann. I'm sending hugs, love, and prayers for your family at this time.
Heard that your mother had passed and just wanted to send my condolences. God bless you and your family and may she be looked upon by the almighty.
she was a very caring person and fought till the mighty end.
God Bless You All.
I am so sorry to hear this news. Thinking of Ann and you, her family.
just sending thoughts and prayers
My prayers for you and your family. When I came on this blog 9 months ago Ann was the first person to reach out to me. She was brave, encouraging, funny, and very caring. I am glad she is in heaven now and I am honored to have known her.
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Update, sorry for the delay

Sorry for the delay in posting an update, I posted it on FB, and thought for sure I posted it here as well, must be chemo fog. It’s been a really rough road since I left the hospital. I’m weak and the pain has gotten much worse. The lack of chemo is taking a toll on me, I can feel the increase in the tumors, especially in my liver. Something is going to have to happen soon, I’ve come too far to not gain back control and stop the aggressive growth.

I went to my oncologist office on last Monday 8/25 hoping that I could do chemo to stop the growth, my platelets were only 118,000 the minimum low is 154,000. She decided to wait until 8/28 at which time she will split the dosage in thirds, so I will have 1/3rd of a dosage over the next 3 Monday’s and one week off, she feels I will be able to tolerate the dosage, if so I will do the same in September, then return to Houston in October. 

I have no idea what that trip will consist of, I imagine lodging is going to be difficult to find, when we find something it will be outrageous. My heart is heavy watching the devastation that has taken place from Hurricane Harvey. If you have ever been to MD Anderson, you will fully relate. The Medical district is like a whole other town, with thousands of people coming to be treated. I’m praying those scheduled for treatments will have their appointments changed to the next available.

Last Tuesday 8/26, I had a minor incident, I was reaching for something on the top of the fridge, then I got dizzy, my legs turned to jelly; next thing I know I am on the kitchen floor, it seemed like 2-3 seconds later when my head hit the floor very hard (good thing I have a hard head). Rick came flying in to help, I told him to hang on, let me get myself together, he was concerned because I was breathing very loud and fast, I had no clue. I managed to get myself up. 

I had a huge knot on my head, it really hurt. He wanted to go to ER and have it checked out, I didn’t, so I put ice on it, which was the best thing I could have done, it brought the swelling down. I stayed up and made sure my eyes would dilate and I never got sick to my stomach. It hurt a lot and bruised, not as bad as I thought it would, just a couple of small bruises on my arms which surprised me, I figured I’d be bruised from head to toe.

I went to the doctor today 8/28, my platelets had dropped to 113,000 from 118,000 last week, yet high enough to handle the 1/3rd treatment. So today I had chemo! Prayerfully enough to slow the growth. 

I embarked on my quest 2 years ago today, on my baby brother Scott’s Birthday. I felt so blessed to have sent him a message saying it’s been 2 years and we both are alive! In addition to it being his birthday, today is a day of celebrating LIFE! I went to chemo with that in my heart, what a glorious day it was. I truly believe it’s a sign from above. There are days I have considered stopping chemo, then there is a day like today, that reminds me I am a Campbell, Campbell’s are fighters not quitters – I will continue to fight for my life, no sense in wasting my time fighting the demon I call cancer.

Yesterday, home health came in unscheduled, good thing Rick was off, because I was sound asleep, day 3 after chemo, yeah that’s when the sleep kicks in. I got up, the nurse had someone with her training. She took my vitals and said I needed to go to the ER, I swear Rick started packing the car. She claimed my O2- 88, BP- 89/49, pulse- 108, and temp- 97. I only agreed with the temp. She listened to my lungs and said both bottom lobes were noisy & wheezing in the left, yes I agree with the left. She called my dr. and gave them the numbers and said I needed an X-ray, they also had called to tell me I had to come in today 8/31 because my potassium was 2.9. I felt like crap the entire day, always do on day 3.

When I got into the office this morning, my vitals were O2- 96, BP- 110/72, pulse- 76, and temp- 97.8, that sounded more like it – I think she needs new gauges or they were not charged. My nurse at the doctors office backed me up, she could see all my numbers and they generally run close each week, so she knew something didn’t sound quite right. Yet she assured home health, she would personally check my vitals and go from there. My appointment was at 8:30 this morning, it takes 4 hours to do 2 bags of potassium, so I was there until 1:00pm.. Which was fine by me NO ER!

Of course I came home and slept, felt like crud when I got home, however I’m feeling better now, potassium works wonders.

Asking for assistance is a difficult thing for me to do, thanking you feels much better. I thank each and everyone of you who have helped, without you to help with the high cost of traveling to Houston, I don’t think I would be here today to continue the quest to give others HOPE. God bless you all ❤️ A miracle is happening and YOU are part of it!

Thomas, Betsy threw a punch at your cancer.
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I've been waiting to hear an update from you, thank you for sharing. I love that you're a Campbell and will keep on fighting...Happy Birthday to your baby brother too, so wonderful you were able to call him. I'm so glad you were able to start the chemo back up, I will pray it continues to work like it has before. You are so strong, keep it up Ann, you've got this. Sending lots of love to you 😘.
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Wow, Ann, you are such a strong, brave person! I'm glad you've been able to continue with the chemo and I hope in the short run it gives you some pain relief and in the long run it cures your cancer. I never received potassium, but I'm glad it helped you feel better! After my second round of chemo I had two pints of blood transfused and steroids and I woke the next day feeling really good and hungry - now I know why athletes do blood doping and steroids - it certainly boosts your energy! I hope Houston starts to recover from Harvey and I'll keep you and all the patients and people there in my prayers.
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I am always so amazed at how positive you are and you are truly an inspiration to others. And so glad you didn't break anything when you fell. Please keep us posted on MD Anderson. The suffering in Houston is terrible. I lived through Katrina in New Orleans but to have such an important hospital unable to function is so upsetting. Keep fighting
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I am glad to hear from you. It is good to hear the ER was not your stopping place, but only the doctor's office. Happy Birthday to your brother. Love the family fighting spirit. It is so easy to stay down when you are physically fighting so hard. My prayers are with everyone that calls the Houston area home along with those that MD Anderson brings hope to.
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I have been thinking about you and I'm so glad you posted. Hang in there! Hugs, love, and prayers
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Ann, thanks for the update. I admire you so much for your fortitude! I'm sorry that you hit a bump in the road when you could not receive your chemo, but glad to know you are back on track. Thank goodness Rick was home when you had that dizzy spell and I hope that's a one and only incident for you. You are such a strong person and I'm glad you are going after the beast with all your might. Keep fighting, dear Ann, and know that both you and Rick remain in my daily thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs!
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Good news, you fighter. You're doing everything right. Sending love your way!
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glad you are ok. No more falls hopefully. TakeCare
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Ann,you amaze me. Your fortitude, good humor and good attitude has served you well. As well as, the fighting Campbell gene! I am glad you are able to do small doses of chemo and I pray that it shrinks your growths and that you regain your strength soon.
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Wow what spirt you have. Keep fighting and thoughts and prayers are for sure being sent your way.
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Ann, you are such a warrier! I think I would have just said, ok I'll forget it, I'm done. But you have such amazing strength within you, I really am amazed by it. Campbell blood must be really fiery.
Thanks for the update, I was wondering what was happening to you. You are quite amazing!
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Keep on fighting
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It's quite amazing to hear what you have done and are doing to "fight" for your life. I know that there are many moments when that must feel like an incredible challenge. Life can be so strange. Each of our journeys have varied quite a bit. Some on this blog join, get treated and never write again. Some of us have tougher journeys and are still here writing, reading and supporting each other, some of us after a long battle have passed away. For most of us living and dying becomes front and center due to this diagnosis and all that comes with it. I've come to believe that since (thus far) I am still on this earth, there must be more for me to do. I say the same to you Ann, and all the fellow warriors. We can't be alive only to suffer. Live, laugh and love until your last breath. As you said, you're a Campbell and you don't quit. ❤️
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I am happy to hear from you! You truly are an inspiration and one tough cookie. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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So very nice to hear your update. And I'm so happy you restarted chemo. I suppose Labor Day is your Monday off of the 3. I can't imagine what it's like to feel tumors growing on your liver. I so pray your next feeling is the sensation of them shrinking to oblivion. You Campbells are indeed fighters. No chicken bone or cancer is kicking a Campbell's butt! In fact, in some ways I'm curious to see what the size of that hole in the floor looks like from your steel head. Seriously, I don't like hearing you took another tumble. I hope you weren't prancing around in the big hat that you had on on the airplane when you fell. So what do you need for your Houston trip money-wise on I would be honored to help. Love you, Ann. And I so love how you keep your eye on the prize and not the struggle.
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(February 9, 1960 - October 24, 2017)

Vital Info


October 17, 2015

North Augusta, South Carolina 2

February 9, 1960

October 24

Cancer Fighter

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

July 31, 2015

Stage 1

1.1 - 2.0 cm


Any amount is appreciated

The isolation and embarrassment from the stigma of Anal Cancer

That I am the only one in control of my body.


11/3/16 mets lung and liver

Searching for one


12/8 going to Dr. Eng MD Anderson for options

Eat lots of protein, or drink protein shakes.

Rest, when your body says sleep do it. Sleep is when the body heals.

November 23, 2015

December 28, 2015

Blood in stools, lower right abdominal pain. Frequent bouts of diarrhea.

Tumor excision 7/31/15

Radiation 9/23/15 uncontrollable diarrhea, severe burns, hair loss, pain in hips, now stiff



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