FARGO — A Fargo mother of four who is battling an aggressive form of cancer checked a big item off her bucket list.
At 36, Merideth Sorenson thought her days at this age would be packed with family time, including time spent with her busy and adorable toddler, Hope, who is just 15 months old.
"She has been amazing through all of this," Sorenson said. "She has got to be the happiest baby there is out there."
But in April 2018, before Hope was born, the mother-to-be started noticing pain.
"I was just having pains in my abdomen, and they thought they were just regular pregnancy pains," she said.
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But it wasn't ordinary pain. Doctors diagnosed Sorenson with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
She underwent chemotherapy while still carrying Hope. Once her daughter was born and in the neonatal intensive care unit, Sorenson was hospitalized and went through more treatment.
"Honestly, I wasn't mad. I was like, 'I don't know why this is happening to me, but I am going to get through it," she said.
Treatments in Fargo and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have not been successful, and on Thursday, Oct. 3, Sorenson will begin a new treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that could buy her some time.
Through her battle with cancer, Sorenson has found uplifting and exciting moments. Her friend, Hannah Erickson, recently staged a bucket list coup and surprised her with tickets.
Sorenson is a huge fan of the music and words of Andy Grammer, and she loves the song "Don't Give Up on Me." When Erickson heard the artist had an upcoming concert in Minneapolis, the wheels started turning.
Erickson planned a trip to Grammer's concert in the Twin Cities and managed to arrange a meeting between her friend and the artist. Grammer didn't just listen to Sorenson's story; he performed his hit song for her, too.
"Merideth, we love you," he tells her in a video of their meeting. "We are so glad you came. Thanks so, so much."
You can support Merideth in her fight against cancer with the purchase of a "Don't Give Up on Me-rideth" t-shirt, which can be ordered on this website, or by contributing to the Go Fund Me account created for her.