Joanie's Fight to the Finish
Unfortunately after being admitted to the hospital on April 23rd for stroke-like symptoms and running many tests, doctors have concluded the cancer is back and more aggressive than ever. Mom has been diagnosed with metastatic Stage 4 Breast Cancer in the dura mater (lining) of her brain, also known as Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis. She has also suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke as well, due to many surgeries. LMC is a very aggressive and very rare form of metastatic cancer that only occurs in about 2-5% of breast cancer patients. Along with exploration of clinical medicine, we are looking into alternative treatments as well.
Although mom and her future treatments / quality of life are all of our first priorities, we do have to keep in mind the financial aspect. Between previous treatments and future treatments it hasn't been and will not be an easy road, but with everyone's help we hope to ease the pain.
Our mom is the shining light in our lives, as we know she is in many of yours! Together with positive thoughts, prayer, and a STRONG support system it is time to fight even harder for round two! We love you so much Joan/ Joanie/ Mom/ Blue ❤️
I feel as if a blanket statement of "Thank You" is not anywhere near substantial enough to say how appreciative we are of all of you.. those who we know and the strangers who have opened their hearts and gave ❤️
My mom wanted to write thank you cards to everyone, but that is no small task for her at the moment!
Because of all of you, we were able to pay off a couple of large hospital bills as well as save some for the 2017 year for taxes and expenses that will no doubt come. With that bit of a cushion, tomorrow we have decided to take her to LA to spend Thanksgiving with her family (well, some!) and make some more memories. We appreciate you all so much and wish you the greatest Thanksgiving with loved ones. Kiss, hug, remember those who are no longer with us in this holiday season & be thankful for the lives we are able to continue in together ❤️ -Courtney
Our deepest condolences to Joanie's family, she was such a positive lovely person.....we pray for you! Arina and Robert
That is absolutely wonderful. You girls have been the power and love behind your mon's journey. God bless you both. Enjoy every minute and have a safe and fun Thanksgiving, xoxoxo
Joan & family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I also had breast cancer surgery in April this year. So far, no major complications; but still very tired most of the time. Hang in there!
Hello Joan, Ismael and I are praying for you God will give you strength to move forward, we are and had been very special to us. We love you and will be praying for you and your family God Bless you
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I pray daily for your moms recovery. Kiss and hug her for me. ❌❌❌❤️❤️❤️
Thank u always keeping us informed. This has been a very hard road for all that love and know your mom. You girls have been there for her and give her the strength and luv she needs to keep her going. God bless you both and keep your u safe. Please kiss mom for me and let her know I am praying for her everyday.
Stay Strong! Love and prayers to you and your family Joanie!
Thinking of you during this difficult time and praying you will be back partying with your beautiful daughters very soon!
We are praying for you Joanie! With love Justine and Aaron. Stay strong xo