Local Cancer Patient Receives Special Message From Husband

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

While many of us are sick of the snow, that's not the case for one local couple who's using the white stuff to help them through some hard times.

Nancy Steder thought she had the flu.

"My daughter Anna, who's 12, got the same thing, fever and chills. So I brought her up here to be tested and they said well, she's got the flu. You don't," Nancy said re-living the moment she found out something was wrong.

On January 25th, Nancy was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then, she's been a fixture on the oncology floor at Ministry St. Joseph's in Marshfield where she's currently receiving chemotherapy treatments. So has her husband Glenn, who has barely left her side since the diagnosis.

"He was up here everyday the whole first eight days," Steder said.

But thanks to Glenn's busy work schedule, the couple's four kids and complications due to Nancy's chemotherapy, Glenn hasn't always been able to visit his wife the way he would like to. Now he's found a creative and artistic way around that by stomping messages of love into the snow just outside Nancy's eighth floor hospital room.

"Well you can't have flowers or anything else up here, and he's got to work and the kids can't come up much so it means a lot," Nancy said getting choked up.

This week's message was simple yet heartwarming reading, "I love you. Get well soon." This is not the first time Glenn's surprised his wife like this. The first message appeared during Nancy's second round of chemo.

"He did a border on the outside of it to make it look like a card and he put I heart you on it," Nancy described.

"I didn't put her name on it because it cheers up a lot of people," Glenn told NewsChannel 7.

Nancy added, "When I was up here the first time, there was somebody that put 'Hi Mom' and they did that and I thought that was really cool and it made my day."

With at least one more series of chemo on the agenda and the snow not looking like it's going to let up anytime soon, patients and staff alike are anxiously waiting to see what Glenn comes up with next.

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