Carol died of malignant melanoma at the age of 41, on July 5, 2002 at 7:00 pm. Carol "Carrie" was born and raised in Elmhurst, Illinois with her three brothers and two sisters. She was first diagnosed with malignant melanoma with a mole on her back in 1993. Almost 5 years to the date of that diagnosis she found a lump on her arm on the same side as the mole on her back. The battle of a lifetime was just beginning. She underwent surgery and one year of interferon. Carol fought vigilantly through every severe side effects that this drug could possibly offer. She continued to work on the few good days she had and stay as involved as possible in her girls lives. After being NED for almost two years she started having hip pain in May of 2001. On September 11 the bone scan showed "hot spots" of melanoma in her left hip and femur bone. She had hip replacement on November 1, 2001 and did remarkably well. Only 6 weeks later to be told that it is now in your lungs and liver. She did two rounds of bio chemotherapy, to no avail, and then some experimental treatment. The beast eventually made it to her brain. Carol would try ANY treatment; she so desperately wanted to be here for her husband and her girls. Even two weeks before she died, when she was so weak, she was going through tests to try another brutal treatment. She fought so hard even at the end.
My sister had the unending support of her wonderful husband Keith and her two beautiful girls Lindsay and Courtney. They were there for her day in and day out and we all admired their family strength. Carol had so much support from her family and friends and was always so appreciative of everyone's help. She was admired and loved by so many with a sense of humor that was all her own. She left behind words and phrases that family and friends can really appreciate now and laugh at. Our lives will never be the same without her but SHE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. Many of her wonderful qualities will live on in her girls. We miss her dearly and not one day goes by that I don't think of her and wish things could be different. There are still so many things I need to tell her. Until we meet again in eternal life we love you and miss you.
Carol "Carrie" Cedillo
February 13, 1961 - July 5, 2002