Here is a letter Lari sent to her music students back in the fall.
It grieves me deeply to have to share this news: A little over a month ago, on September 27, I was diagnosed with Cancer.
Although some symptoms were evident through the summer, they would come and go as an upset stomach.
I went to my GP in early July, and the initial tests came back negative. The upset stomach persisted, however, and I made an appointment with my Gastrointerologist. Although I had had a recent clear colonoscopy, out of an abundance of caution we scheduled a CT Scan. The day before the CT Scan, I had my regularly scheduled PAP Smear, which came back abnormal. The CT Scan and the subsequent tests results indicated Cancer and put me in the hospital for exploratory surgery early October.
The surgery revealed advanced Peritoneal Cancer. Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in and out of the hospital fighting for my life. This is, of course, my focus for the foreseeable future.
It has been my joy to share some of the vocal techniques I use and I hope you will all continue with your journey to become better singers.
I am so very sorry I cannot be available for you all right now or in the upcoming future. Two more cycles of chemo, another major surgery and keeping on top of medicine and treatment has me bedridden most of the time. This will continue through the rest of 2017 and 2018.
In the meantime, ArtistWorks has secured a very talented, energetic and qualified substitute teacher who will begin posting video responses for you all next week!
All I ask is that you keep singing! Make a joyful noise, because I believe Our Creator loves the sound!
I will deeply appreciate your thoughts and prayers . . .
You may remember Lari in the ending scene with Tom Hanks in the movie 'Castaway'.