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An update on Tara Uselding

March 9, 2011 - Jim Anderson
In June 2010, The Daily News published a story about Tara Uselding, a young girl with Dickinson County ties who is fighting a rare cancer.

Tara celebrated her sixth birthday in November and recently began her last cycle of chemotherapy.

Her mother, Shawna Uselding, offers updates at, noting that by March 25 Tara will have had 94 doses of chemotherapy.

“Obviously her body can’t be on chemo forever, but how do I reconcile in my head that it’s okay to stop giving her drugs that have kept her alive?” Shawna wrote on Feb. 28. “How do I find the faith that I need to believe that the chemo has done it’s job, and that everything is going to be okay?”

Tara’s great-grandmother is Betty Brocker of Iron Mountain. She also has several aunts, uncles and cousins in the Dickinson County area. Her grandmother Pamela Nelson formerly lived in Kingsford.

Tara’s father, Scott Uselding, is an Air Force major stationed in Colorado. The Uselding family moved from Kohler, Wis., to Colorado this past fall.

Tara is one of a set of triplets, all girls, and has two older brothers.

Back on Aug. 20, her mother posted this:

For those of us who sometimes need our problems, gripes, or disappointments put into perspective, I have this for you:

Yesterday, after Papa brought Tara for radiation, blood draws, then chemotherapy, she was outside of Copps eating ice cream and playing with a plastic cow, and exclaimed, 'Papa, this was the best day of my whole life!'

She teaches me a lesson every day.



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