NewsFlooding in the Heartland: A Year Later


Town and Country flood victim still fighting

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Posted at 4:27 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2024-05-21 14:52:20-04

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Most Town and Country families are back in their homes after last year’s devastating flood. But one neighbor continues her own fight against cancer, and is trying to make her stand at home.

Lisa and David Renfrow were able to move back in to their destroyed home after six months, thanks to help from friends, family, and dozens of volunteers.

"There was so much mold, and so much disease everywhere. We had dead fish, snakes, frogs, every little critter imaginable,” Lisa said. “I look around and I’m thankful, because I remember the cement floors and I remember the water line, and the mud and the mess.”

But as the work continued to gut out and repair her home, Lisa was in Atlanta every three weeks.

She has stage four colon cancer, which has spread to her liver, stomach, and in between her lungs.

"It was hard leaving, even when my home was devastated it was hard leaving it,” Lisa said.

Because of COVID and her condition, Lisa can’t travel. Her provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is allowing her to transfer temporarily from Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta to the one in Tulsa.

She says the transition has done wonders for her and her family, as she doesn't have spend hours traveling and stay overnight out of town. However, she can only continue being treated in Tulsa until June 30.

"The sicker I get, and the more my cancer spreads, I don’t know how much longer I can go to Atlanta,” Lisa said. "Long-term I would like to be seen as a full-time patient here in Tulsa.”

Lisa is looking for a reason to hope, hoping her battle will become a bit easier, and give her more time in the home friends and family worked so hard to rebuild.

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