Joanie's Fight to the Finish

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Raised by 229 people in 30 months
In November of 2013, mom (Joan) was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Even with rounds of chemo, radiation, and a double mastectomy her positive outlook and ability to light up the room still persisted. With it she kicked cancer's butt and was in remission in a year and a half!

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 ❤️
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Good Afternoon everyone. I just logged back on after a long while to donate to a friend’s campaign and saw the outpouring of messages and donations to myself, my sister and family after my mom’s passing. I wanted to send a huge apology for not reaching out prior, and also a huge thank you to all of you for loving our mom so much. It was six months on Monday and not a day goes by that we don’t think of her and act accordingly to spread as much happiness, laughter and love as she did. So thank you again! I sincerely hope all of you are doing well and living life as fully and open heartedly as humanly possible ❤️
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Hi all,

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
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Wow we don't even know what to say other than thank you all so much for the influx of donations and support today! ❤️❤️❤️
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Day 7 of radiation.. Halfway done! We have had a productive day. DMV done, birth certificate done, grocery shopping done, dinner cooking :) Mama is tired, but not overly fatigued like expected. Hair is still in tact for now as well, which we all know is keeping her happy. Happy Monday!
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Agnes Sugino
30 months ago
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We love you and praying for you Joanie! From Gerry, Agnes, Josh, Nicole and Andrea

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Arina Hanciulescu
14 months ago

Our deepest condolences to Joanie's family, she was such a positive lovely person.....we pray for you! Arina and Robert

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Lisa Stein
24 months ago

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

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Anne Bartz
24 months ago

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!

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Martha Cazares
24 months ago

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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Phillip Cory Jones
24 months ago

Please take a look at this website: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/

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Lisa Stein
28 months ago

I pray daily for your moms recovery. Kiss and hug her for me. ❌❌❌❤️❤️❤️

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Lisa Stein
29 months ago

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.

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Dolly Panagopoulos
30 months ago

Stay Strong! Love and prayers to you and your family Joanie!

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Christine Budd
30 months ago

Thinking of you during this difficult time and praying you will be back partying with your beautiful daughters very soon!

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Justine Boston Kelleher
30 months ago

We are praying for you Joanie! With love Justine and Aaron. Stay strong xo

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Courtney- Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Kay's are praying for you and your family... Love, Sue, Lane, Ryan and Sean..

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Agnes Sugino
30 months ago
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We love you and praying for you Joanie! From Gerry, Agnes, Josh, Nicole and Andrea

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Arina Hanciulescu
14 months ago

Our deepest condolences to Joanie's family, she was such a positive lovely person.....we pray for you! Arina and Robert

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Lisa Stein
24 months ago

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

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Anne Bartz
24 months ago

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!

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Martha Cazares
24 months ago

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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Phillip Cory Jones
24 months ago

Please take a look at this website: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/

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Lisa Stein
28 months ago

I pray daily for your moms recovery. Kiss and hug her for me. ❌❌❌❤️❤️❤️

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Lisa Stein
29 months ago

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.

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Dolly Panagopoulos
30 months ago

Stay Strong! Love and prayers to you and your family Joanie!

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Christine Budd
30 months ago

Thinking of you during this difficult time and praying you will be back partying with your beautiful daughters very soon!

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Justine Boston Kelleher
30 months ago

We are praying for you Joanie! With love Justine and Aaron. Stay strong xo

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