Debbie Terry, 57, fought a 7 year battle with leiomyosarcoma after being given a five percent chance to live after being diagnosed in April 2004. Unfortunately, she lost that battle, and passed on to her next life, Thursday, February 3, 2011, in her home. Prior to her diagnosis with the horrible disease, she had a wonderful quality of life and was very succesful in NOT allowing it to affect her after the fact.
Debbie was fortunate enough to have been able to spend a lot of time with family and friends, and to visit several of the worlds beautiful settings. There are many of us left behind to cherish her memory, but the most important person that lost his companion, his best friend, is my father. They were married for almost 38 years and shared many, many wonderful memories together. Whether they were dancing in the local dance halls with friends or driving to Nags Head to visit family…or gambling in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, or even sight-seeing in Nicaragua, Venezuela or Niagra Falls and many other areas of the caribbean, there was always a lot of fun to be had. Even though Debbie enjoyed spending time with our family, her favorite thing to do was to play cards or pull on slot machines. No matter where, playing cards was always an option…whether it’s at the ‘Let It Ride’ table in the Casino or right at her very own kitchen table, she always enjoyed poker.
Debbie was a courageous and fearless woman and until her last few days of life on earth, she had a good quality of life. As all of our family will say, Debbie was certainly the toughest person we’ve ever known. Aside from many wonderful attributes that could describe her, the main one that would best describes her is…SELFLESS. Throughout her entire life, Debbie always put others first, even during her battle. She never complained about pain nor did she ever ask “why me?”. Our family definitely lost our ROCK but can take comfort in the fact that we have another angel looking over us now.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Debbie Terry go to the the boxes to the right.
Please note: your online receipt will not have the honoree’s name – however your name with the honoree will be listed in the THANK YOU DONORS page for the family to see.
About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)
We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma website for education and support at our leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii. Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.This fund was created out of love for Debbie Terry to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support. We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.
Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which Debbie Terry supported. We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for leiomyosarcoma specifically. You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider making a donation and helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.