Tanis Post fought for life, love, and the beauty of each day. Married for only fifteen years to Chris Post, they shared a romance that would fill ten lifetimes.
Love and Miracles
Walking the endless white sand beaches of Cuba and long, sun-filled days were the passion of their travel. They danced with each other every day, with or without music, and made sure to kiss each other before going to bed each night. #loveyoumore
At age thirty-eight, Tanis, affectionately known as “T”, suffered seven massive strokes and fifteen seizures in one day. Her survival was the first miracle.
The second miracle came with the help of dedicated therapists at Edmonton’s Glenrose Hospital. She battled for two years to relearn almost everything. Doctors attested Tanis’ recovery from major brain damage was a miracle.
In January of 2016, Tanis was diagnosed with stage 4, terminal, breast cancer. Everyone was devastated. Memories of her mother, Sally’s death, at age forty-six from ovarian cancer became front of mind. Tanis and Chris found spiritual strength by attending North Pointe Church. The worship and messages inspired them.
Tanis’ cancer metastasized to her lungs and liver. She fought and fought through chemo treatments, losing her hair but never her faith. One year later Tanis started getting bad headaches and when diagnosed received the worst news. The cancer had moved to her brain, and Tanis needed surgery to remove three large tumors in the back of her head.
Tanis survived two different major surgeries and healed up to enjoy a little more time.
A Lifelong Dream
Tanis’ lifelong dream was to meet Garth Brooks. When the country music legend announced an Edmonton tour stop in 2017, Chris entered a CISN103.9 contest to give his sweetheart a chance to meet Garth.
His story won. Tanis got to chill with Garth and his wife Trisha Yearwood backstage at Rogers Place.
Brook’s song, “The Dance” told the Post’s story. They teared up with the sold out crowd as he sang it.
On the memory of
The dance we shared
‘Neath the stars above
For a moment
All the world was right
How could I have known
That you’d ever say goodbye
I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss
Her final battle came in April when the aggressive cancer moved to her spine. Tanis was paralyzed from the neck down in the final days of her life on earth. She passed peacefully at home into eternity on May 9, 2017.
“T” wanted so much to be a mom. Her first miscarriage didn’t deter her from trying again. And again. Her faith and hope in God were evident as she was forced to battle through two more miscarriages. Now she’s united with her three children in heaven.
Tanis confided in Chris that she always wanted to “become a star” so with the help of Frank at the Telus World of Science, Chris picked out a star in Tanis’ memory. Schedar in the Constellation Cassiopeia / 1.01 Hrs/62.20 Degrees / Area of 596sq degrees.
On June 9th during her memorial service at North Pointe, Tanis’ star was revealed – one that will be seen all year round – no telescope needed.
The Hope Bell
The Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton has something called the Hope Bell. It’s rung by patients who complete their cancer treatment and to let other patients know that there is an end to treatment.
There is hope.
Chris says, “My wish is that you all get to ring your ‘Hope Bell’ with whatever your dealing with. Ring it loud and proud and shout out to the world, ‘This is my life, my fight, my victory!’”
Tanis and Chris met many people at CCI and shared their story with staff and patients. They were constantly asked about their smiles and positive energy. How? Why?
It was Tanis’ choice to be happy and not give cancer the chance to dictate her day.
In her memory, make Tanis’ choice everyday for your life.
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