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Page 3 School bond loses Page 9 Spartan Houg & Sons Bindery SpringDort, MI. 49281 jrs country Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde x.., I I 91, NO. 14 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1991 50 CENTS PER COPY for day a contest, but the is sum to be the a new competition set to morning. Annual Sheridan Com- Cleanup, a city- cleaning competition, city streets begin- April 6. by the Sheridan Busi- ) and the Sheridan school competition will pit and staff against and citizens in to collect the most trash city streets. side will be deter- volume of trash col- and stacked by noon School lawn. to give the community in terms of litter," School Princi- an organizer of "We'll welcome any member who wants to to Prough, the compe- this way: participating staff will be formed, and gloves distributed assigned. Groups will through city streets, others from or the Sheridan business people and members will meet m in the Sheridan city park ,oa l,s and Judy Rahn, presi- the Sheridan Business is for both groups to .the high school lawn, m tow, at about noon, West County Sani- be on hand with a to haul the pickings said. Winner is determined, Will adjourn to the West parking lot for flee soft drinks. though the compe- te be, it grows from a streets, particularly long been a sore merchants and resi- business group the schools for help and the streets clean. The was proposed. of the kids for project in the form of shows they are taking COmmunity," said Rahn. the adults of the tom- River Scheduled annual South YamhiU race will be held Satur- by the West Valley race will begin near in Wdlamirm and bridg canoes, kayaks, rafts and drift- canoes and kayaks, ue vessels. Trophies in all divisions. will begin at 11 a.m. at 1 p.m. A $3 be charged and all life jaeke s or more informa- Ivey, 843-2302. Theresa Jordan and her husband, Bob, explain what their life has been like since Theresa was diagnosed as having lung cancer.--Photo by George Robertson. Sheridan woman battles lung cancer with courage By George Robertson Editor, The Sun Theresa Jordan of Sheridan is fighting for her life. She found out in February that she had three small lesions on her brain and a large lump in her chest that was diagnosed as cancer. Sitting in the living room of her home at 132 NE Sherman St.. she recalled how she has come to grips with the news. "On Christmas Eve I knew some- thing was wrong. I got real dizzy and things went black," she said. At first, she thought it was related to uterine surgery in June but she went to her doctor and he suggested keeping a diary of any problems. "About the first of January I had it again and on Jan. 24 it started again for a full week." The extent of her illness became more obvious while talking to a friend waiting in line at the store when her left leg went to sleep and stayed numb. The next day her doctor ordered a brain scan. The doctors, at first, thought the brain lesions might be multiple sclerosis and scheduled another test. In the meantime, however, she got a chest x-ray which showed a tennis ball-sized lump in her chest. "It's smoke related," Theresa said. She had been smoking for nearly 20 years. Since her treatment she has found out that her family may be more susceptible to lung cancer. "It's not curable. The most we can hope is to get it into remission for as long as possible," she said candidly. For the past six weeks her hus- band, Bob, has taken her to Provi- dence Hospital in Portland five days a week for radiation therapy to kill the cancerous cells in her brain and lungs. Now she is taking chemother- apy tablets and is waiting to find out on April 12 if the cancer growths have decreased. As a result of the radiation ther- apy she has lost her hair, some memory, hearing and eyesight. "Hopefully, they'll all come back," Bob said. She decided to try the chemother- apy tablets so she could continue to stay at home with her daughters, Robyn, 10, and Heidi, 8. "It's not normal for people to stay at home but my chemotherapist put me on this course because of the age of my daughters," she said. Her chemotherapist also has small chil- dren. "She wanted to give me as much quality time as she could. This (treatmen0 will give me a more normal life." Theresa has lost 20 pounds since her treatment began but she still smiles a lot and hugs the kids that drop by to play with her daughters. Her courage in the face of her illness shines through and is reflected in her sparkling eyes and bright smile. For the first time since her treat- ment began she isn't scheduled to see a doctor every week. "I don't need to see one for 3 1/2 weeks," she said last Thursday. Her husband, who owns Farmers Insurance and Jordan Realty in Sheridan, is optimistic about the treatment his wife is taking. "It looks like the medicine is working." "It hasn't gotten any bigger," Theresa added. "If this treatment doesn't make it smaller then I'll go off it." One possible future treat- ment might be to place a vial under the skin that will allow the body to absorb the medicine over several days so daily chemotherapy would not be required. Doctors told her that the tumor in her chest had been there for six to eight months before it was detected. The brain lesions occurred when specks of the tumor floated into the blood stream. Since treatment began Theresa has gotten back feeling in her legs but the soles of her feet are still numb. She wears high-top sneakers with a good arch support to walk around the house. She also wears a white turban to cover her bare head, Even doing simple chores around the house exhaust Theresa today. "I used to deep clean the kitchen in about two hours. I tried it last week and it took me all day, working 20 minutes and then resting for an hour. That bothered me very much." The community's response to her illness has been heart-wanning. "People are fixing food for us. Family and friends are terrific and my mother-in-law has been great. But it feels funny...I used to take care of my kids and husband and now I can't do it." She also can't run Sunshine Day Care, a business she operated out of her home for 11 years until Feb. 6. "I had some very needy children over the years that needed love and attention. I miss that." She wants to put to rest any rumors about her illness. "I called Ian Grabenhorst (superintendent of Sheridan's schools) to alert him to talk to the teachers about it because some of the kids were scared and didn't understand. I become very close to these kids." The Jordans have been candid with their children about Theresa's illness. "We believe if they are old enough to ask the questions then they are old enough to get *the truth," Theresa said. Theresa, 36, began smoking when she was 16. During the past eight years, she said, she has smoked at least two packs a day. During the past three years she has tapped down each smoke because she was told they would last longer. Doctors told her recently they also bum hotter that way. Would she advise people not to smoke? "You bet!" she said. "I didn't know it was a bad thing when I started. Had I known, maybe I wouldn't have started." She's proud of the fact her young- est daughter is part of the smoke- free Class of 2(X)0 at Paulconer Grade School. Bob Jordan also recently quit smoking after being told by doctors he faced throat cancer if he contin- ued. Thc Jordans thanked the com- munity for its strong support. "Our family, friends and churches have been great," Bob Jordan said. But the medical bills have been mounting since January. Radiation treatment for six weeks cost $4,800 and bills have totaled more than $9,000 so far--not including doc- tors and nurses. Theresa is taking 11 different medicines a day. The family has also lost the revenue from Sunshine Day Care which totaled $1,200 to $1,500 per month. To help with the expenses, friends have set up a special fund for the Jordans in First Federal Savings and Loan in Sheridan. Despite the frank prognosis given by doctors, the Jordaus arc still hopeful and will keep fighting. "We've talked about going to Mexico (for treatment not allowed in the United States). If the doctors here do all they can and it's still there we may go. And maybe if I get strong enough I could have one of my lungs removed. You only need one to live." Sheridan events need chairmen are still needed for Sheridan Days events, Corinne Ivey, general he summer festival. chairmen include a,d the timber earni- A softball tournament is found. asked to call Ivey at 843-2302. This year's Phil Sheridan Day's theme is "Proud Americans." Junior parade: Jensey Rosasco, 876-2242. All-class reunion: Barbara Knut- son, 843-2069. Junior parade: JoAnna Rentsch, 843-2396, and Sydne Hampton, 843-2064. Demolition derby: Jerry Lauer, 843-3671. Radio controlled planes: Ken Yoder, 843-3297. Chicken barbecue: Jim Anderson, 843-2030. Senior court: Fern Eberhart, 843- 3846. Junior court: Chris Yoder, 843- 3944. Car show: Rayetta Smith, 843- 2812. Rodeo: Gaylene Taylol; 876-5623. Phil Sheridan Saloon: Gary Hampton, 843-2064. Food, craft booths: Lori Thomas, 843-2934. City honors Gulf soldier By Lawrence Monical Staff Writer, The Sun Army specialist Michael E. Dur- ant, the first Sheridan soldier to return from the Gulf war, is happy to be back and is thankful for the support shown by area residents. "I'm really glad they gave us all the support they did," Durant said. "It really helped our morale." Durant, 22, a 1986 graduate of Sheridan High School, was in town last week for a reunion with his wife and two small children. Among the first American personnel deployed to the Gulf, Dumnt hadn't seen his family since August. His wife Jana, son Michael, 3, and daughter Jena, 9 months, moved from El Paso, Tex., to Sheridan in October to live with Durant's mother, Barbara Turner. The family returned to El Paso Saturday. Durant was stationed near Dha- hran, Saudi Arabia, where be worked as a cook for a unit that t'wed Patriot missiles. Durant said he was usually con- fined to his area and had little opportunity to mix with the Saudi population. He saw the country mainly while on water or provision runs. He described the landscape as bleak and dirty, with trash in most places. The standards of cleanliness, he said, appeared to be low. "And I saw a lot of camels," he said. Durant said that he received mail from his family and friends along with a great number of "any sol- dier" mail and packages that arrived in his unit. "We really appreciated all the support we got from home," he said. "You don't know what a difference that makes." Durant was honored at a meeting of the Sheridan city council March 26. Mayor Val Adamson presented a plaque and Lee Jones, commander of the Sheridan unit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, gave him a one- year membership in the VFW. Now that the war is over, Durant said, he is looking forward to being with his family and returning to a regular routine. County to cut road spraying Some gravel roads in the West Valley won't be sprayed with a dust palliative this summer, according to the county road department. "A decrease in available funding this year will result in the elimina- tion of all county roads having an average daily traffic count of 50 cars or less from the program," accord- ing to a road department press release. Area roads that have been elimi- nated from the program include: Sauter Road, Deer Creek Flat.s, McKibben Road, Graves Road, Frys Lane, Harmony Road, Gopher Val- ley Road, the upper part of Rock Creek and East Creek Roads, a section of Indian Creek Road and Bell Mountain Rlxad; hahce Road and part of Old Toll Road. The county plans to open bids April 19 for the project, and work is scheduled to begin May 13. A total of 85 miles of gravel roads in the county will be sprayed. Army Spc. Michael Durant returned from Saudi Arabia for reunion last week with son Michael, wife Jana and daughter Jena. The first Sheridan soldier to return from the Gulf, Ourant was honored by the VFW snd Sheridan city council. I I I I II I Q First Federal Savings and roan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: SHERIDAN HOME EXTENSION will meet 10 am Thursday, April 4, at he home of Agnes Ellis, 315 Harney St. Guest speaker & tesson on "GMng Support." Babysitting available. Everyone is welcome. PTA CARNIVAL: April 6, 5-8 at Sheridan High School. Tekets 5/$1. Food, games and funl CHRISTIAN WOMENS CLUB meets Tuesday, April 9th, g:30-11:15 am at IOOF Hall, 143 SW Monroe, Sheridan. Cost $2.50. Special feature: cake decorating by Wendy Wilkins. Special | speaker: Mini Jane Johnston, Natl. Representative, Kansas City, Me. Music by: Wilrna Nisly & I Karon Wilkins. Babysilling at Sheddan Church of the Nazarene, 917 S. Bridge St $1 per mother. Reseations: 843-3674 or 843-2482. WEST VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FORUM: Thursday, April 11 at noon at The Green Frog. Bill Segura, President of keta Community College, will speak on Retraining the Work Force. Call 843-2992 for resevations. Public invited. SENIOR GRAD. NIGHT COMMITTEE RUMMAGE SALE: April 11 & 12, 9 am. 5 pro, Robekah Lodge, 143 S.W. Monroe, Sheridan. Coffee & dnnemon rolls, baked food table, Toys, books, clothing, etc. Proceeds go to Drug/Aloohol Free All-night Graduation Party. III IIIII I I I