A woman from my Alma Mater, Nancy (Madera) Secor (Susquehanna University ’79) and her family have been having a rough time — much more than any family should have to endure. Nancy, her husband, Steve, and their children Amy, Peter and Kelly were all diagnosed with Lyme disease. For most of them, they responded to the treatment and are on the road to recovery. Kelly, the youngest daughter, wasn’t as lucky. She has been suffering for many years with Lyme, and Nancy accompanied her across the country for several years to get various experimental and aggressive treatments to try to restore her health. The good news is that Kelly is on the road to recovery, and the Secor family will celebrate Kelly’s belated high school graduation soon. She’s not completely “out of the woods,” but she is a fighter and she’s getting stronger. To understand more about what Kelly has been going through, please see her uTube video below.
During Kelly’s illness and struggle, Nancy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and she has been fighting it ever since. Unfortunately, the cancer spread, and despite Nancy’s tenacity and willingness to do whatever it took to fight this nasty disease, the prognosis is not good. She had hoped to fly to Germany at the recommendation of her physicians for an experimental treatment, but recent conversations with her doctor have provided her with two choices — continue aggressive chemo, which does not seem to be working, or turn to hospice care. At the present time, Nancy is not giving up.