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BAHS Head Custodian Terri Moos fights cancer

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Head Custodian Terri Moos is currently battling breast cancer.

Head Custodian Terri Moos is currently battling breast cancer.

Head Custodian Terri Moos is currently battling breast cancer.

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On Dec. 21, 2017 Terri Moos, BAHS Lead Custodian, was diagnosed with Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer. At the start of January she started her labs, tests, scans, MRIs and surgery to put in a port and take out some lymph nodes for testing. She found out her tumor was 3.7 cm, and her lymph nodes tested positive for cancer.

Moos continued working for the BAHS while she was going through testing and her first surgery. During the end of January the chemo infusions began, and so did the side effects which kept her from work and home bound for several months.

“This was when the high school stepped in with amazing support of me and my family in many ways,” Moos said. “Emails, texts, and cards with words of encouragement began arriving with gift cards, cash, and so many donated sick days that I was paid the entire time I had to be off of work. The varsity basketball team did a fundraiser by selling T-shirts and honored me last winter at their pink out game, and the volleyball team did the same on Sept. 20. Staff and students alike have been amazing, words can’t express how full our hearts are, we feel beyond blessed.”

Junior Meg Black has known Terri Moos all her life. She was also her small group leader at her church in the ninth and tenth grade.

“She has helped me out with many of my problems,” Black said. “We pray over her all the time, prayer is power.”

After 6 months of chemo, Moos returned to work for 4 weeks before having to go in for a bilateral mastectomy on Aug. 15. She has been home recovering and and hopes to return the first or second week of October. It was confirmed that she still had cancer in the tumor and lymph nodes.

“I was disappointed, but not defeated,” Moos said. “I became even more determined to fight and win.”

In two weeks, she will begin 33 rounds of radiation, which will be Monday through Friday for at least 6 weeks. Two weeks after that she will begin 6 more months of chemotherapy in pill form. She plans to work at the school through the radiation and chemo, but will be gone some for treatments, labs, scans and testing.

“When you see me in the halls in a few weeks, don’t be afraid to talk to me, ask me anything, I love to talk, I am still me,” Moos said.  “Don’t be afraid of how I look, my hair is beginning to come back, but most likely it will fall out again when I begin the chemo pill. Each morning I wake up saying, I will find joy in this day in-spite of cancer, I will encourage others who are ill or struggling with something, and I will live as normal a life as possible everyday. I am happy, I am blessed, I am a fighter, I am a cancer survivor.”

Meg Black is not the only student impacted by Terri Moos journey — junior Lydia Cottle has also been impacted.

“I’ve known her as long as I can remember,” Cottle said. “She and her family welcomed me and other youth from my church into their house each week. She gave me a home away from home.”

Lydia also shared that her family sends Terri’s family some meals and encourages other to help in different ways.

“People should help her because she is such a great lady and does so much for our school and the students — both in and out of school hours,” Cottle said. “If you see her, thank her. You can also ask her what you can do to help.”

Those who would like to help Moos can contact the main office.

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