Make-A-Wish Foundation and other similar local organizations work to grant the wishes of people with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Many of these dreams include taking a vacation they may never get to go on or visiting a family member who lives in a different state.
When Carrie Tiggas of Idaho was approached with the opportunity to have one of her wishes granted, her request was a little unusual, but it had the opportunity to impact hundreds, if not thousands of people.
Carrie Tiggas has been diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer.
About a year and a half ago Tiggas began working out and would feel “so good,” but then she would be hit with exhaustion shortly after. She figured it was because she had just worked out for several hours.
However, when she started experiencing symptoms she “wasn’t familiar with,” she turned to the internet hoping for an answer. She took her concerns to her doctor. Tiggas was given medication and her problem appeared to clear up.
But a month later she experienced the same symptoms. After another round of medication she saw another doctor who decided to further investigate the cause of her symptoms.
Tiggas suffered from what she and her doctor initially thought was a bacterial infection.
After a pap smear and additional testing, her doctor confirmed everyone’s worst nightmare: Tiggas had cancer.
“She said she would call me within a week to give me my results, and she called me the next day,” Tiggas said in a video. “So, I knew it was bad.”
She was eventually diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to have surgery as well as chemotherapy.
Tiggas’ cancer quickly progressed from stage 1 to stage 4 and her prognosis was not good.
During her course of treatment she was approached by Wish Granters, a non-profit organization in Idaho that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.
Her hope was simple.
“All I really wanted was to get this story out and get women to the doctor,” she told KBOI.
For her wish she wanted to share her story and tell other women to get a pap smear.
Wish Granters and Blue Chip Media helped to fulfill Tiggas’ wish.
Cameras from the video production company followed her to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho as she received her eighth round of chemotherapy.
“I’m very, very stubborn. I’m going to stick around here as long as humanly possible, but yes, my goal is to help as many people as possible even if it is too late for me,” the 36-year-old said.
Tiggas hopes her video can encourage women to visit their doctor sooner rather than later.
In the video, which has been shared across Wish Granters’ social media channels, Tiggas shares her journey with viewers and urges women to go to their doctor before it’s too late.
“We’re all a little afraid of going to the doctor and finding out there’s something wrong, but you don’t want to let it get to a point where mine is … Where it’s buying time instead of saving your life,” she said.
Recently Tiggas received some good news regarding her diagnosis.
Remission selfie! I’ve been crying all day. I love my family for dealing with me and my chemo!
According to KBOI, Tiggas’ most recent CT scan showed that she is in remission.
“The term my doctor used is remission with maintenance!” she shared with KBOI.