Mother and Daughter fight cancer togetherFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The story of passionate determination in the face of life-threatening disease, as a Minnesotan family band together to fight cancer.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The story of passionate determination in the face of life-threatening disease, as a Minnesotan family band together to fight cancer.
Lake Park's Peggy Ullrich and her daughter prove no matter the rare timing or circumstance, family is sometimes the very best medicine.
In a single second, Peggy Ullrich's life landed her in this colorful chemo chair.
Peg Ullrich/Battling Breast Cancer: “This is the red, potent stuff.”
But her journey started several months back.
Ullrich: “With the extra pictures, we found the lump, it came back breast cancer"
Before the drips, drugs, and life-threatening disease, came the dreaded day of diagnosis
September 10th 2013.
Ullrich: “I came home and that's when I kind of hit the wall. I thought, wow I have Cancer. I was scared, for one day”
Because not long after, the same news, sounded a second time.
Becky Kaiser/Fighting Ovarian Cancer: “The day before, my mom told me she had breast cancer, and then I had to do the job to call my family."
Ullrich: “Ovarian Cancer”
Doctors caught both cancers early- stage one.
Becky's coming just after pregnancy. If it wasn't for beautiful baby Reese- Becky's cancer could be spreading.
Kaiser: “I just kept looking at my little baby, I just want to be around, and I want her to remember me, know how much I love her. Both my babies:"
Reese, her older sister- and the rest of their strong family filled the hospital room.
Ullrich: “I didn't really think about it for myself. You think of your children, you want them to be good.”
Kaiser: “How do you tell your loved ones that you have cancer?”
Peggy and Becky's battles started only a day apart, but brought them together here at Roger Maris Cancer Center for chemo.
Ullrich: “Becky had her first one the same day; we were in rooms next door which was fun.”
Kaiser: “Cause I'd be sitting in my room, with my husband, and I'd hear her jabbering away.”
For at least a second, forgetting about the tubes and cancer killers pumping into their bodies.
Kaiser: “We had a good time with it, we were just laughing and joking. You've got to make the best of a bad situation.”
Ullrich: “It's great medicine.”
Family medicine: and when either family member starts to question,
Ullrich: “I needed Becky, she needed me.”
The two hold tight to each other, as cancer tries to tear them apart.
Ullrich: “There's closeness here because I know what it feels like to be a mom. Now she knows what it feels like to be a mom. And now we both know the closeness we feel to be cancer patients, and the things you've got to fight because you have family and friends, and we just do.”
And while chemo will carry them through the next few months, there's a lot more left.
Kaiser: “I have a family with pure gold hearts.”
The unbreakable bond between mother, daughter, and now granddaughter.
Kaiser: “I've got many great reasons to live, and I'm holding on to one of them.”
Ullrich: “She's our little super hero. She saved her mom's life.”
It's proof that it doesn't matter where you sit,
Ullrich: “We're just going to do okay.”
But who you have sitting beside you.
Grandmas have to carry a few photos.
Peggy and Becky want to urge all women to go to the doctor.
They say theirs was caught early for this very reason.
If you'd like to help out, there is a fund under Peggy Ullrich at State Bank of Lake Park. A benefit is set for December 7th at Lake Park's American Legion.