The Valley is Rallying Around Teri Stearn

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- "To this day it just doesn't feel like...it just doesn't feel real," said Teri Stearn, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Stearn is still coming to grips with her acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed in July.

This is an unusual cancer that attacks bone marrow. She's still trying to find a transplant for it.

This type of cancer usually affects the very young or old; which makes her case unusual.

"If I hadn't gone to the hospital when I did, I probably would not be here today," said Stearn.

Now, the disease takes a toll on her and her family as they try to keep that life going.

"You don't think your family until somebody that you truly love and care about is lying there in that bed. It's really tough," said John Stearn, Teri's father.

Teri Stearn's cancer treatment is not cheap, which is why the people working at the Dairy Queen in Harrisonburg are selling shirts to help support her.

"She's helped keep the store strong, so it's a great balance when everybody can work together that way," said Eric Clymer, the manager of Dairy Queen.

Teri used to work at Dairy Queen. The bone marrow transplant she needs affects fertility. She wants to save some eggs so she can have kids, but that procedure isn't covered by insurance in virginia.

"And that's something that has hit me really hard because I'm only 23, and I plan on having a family," said Teri Stearns.

This is just one thing that keeps her going even though she's still wrapping her head around her diagnosis.

"Why does anyone get cancer? It just happened. There's nothing I did or didn't do," said Teri Stearns.

Click the links on the sidebar of this story to learn more about Teri's cancer and to help her fund cancer treatments.


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