Danielle McEaddy Smith Cancer Fund

$8,930 of $20k goal

Raised by 104 people in 17 months
Auna Wallace
on behalf of Danielle McEaddy Smith
 DAPHNE, AL
Danielle McEaddy Smith is an amazing friend, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter, and most importantly, a single loving Mother to two beautiful girls; Chloe, 13 and Olivia, 2.  If you have the opportunity of knowing this indredible woman, you know her as always having a smile on her face and making life more and more enjoyable everyday. Danielle is currently facing what most 30 year old women would not even be thinking about at this age, colon cancer. 
Her journey started 6 months ago when she started developing gastrointestinal issues. After many trips to the doctor and lots of testing, she was diagnosed with Chrons Disease. She was put on medication to help manage the symptoms but they never completely went away and slowly began to get worse.

On September 13, 2015, her symptoms became so intense that she had to be transported to the ER by ambulance. It was there, she received news that no mother wants to hear. The doctor told her that if she did not have surgery right then, that she would never see her girls turn another year older. During the surgery, they had to remove over two feet of her intestines and unfortunately found a tumor in her colon, along with 3 others in her lymph nodes, which were all removed. After the surgery, she was placed in ICU to begin the healing process and to wait for the dreaded biopsy results. Three days later, the results came back and Danielle was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. This, of course, was a huge shock to her because she was told for months that she had Chrons Disease. After being in the hospital for a week to recover, she was discharged home and was set up with an oncologist to discuss how they would begin treatment. She met with the oncologist a week later and her treatment plan was established. She was put on a 6 month regiment of chemotherapy, her treatment will occur every two weeks. A port was placed and she had her first round of chemo on October 20th.

Danielle has always been a hard working woman and ensured her family was provided for, but due to her constant pain, time in the hospital, recovery from surgery and now the essential bi-weekly treatments, her time away from work and growing amount of financial obligations are becoming more and more of a struggle. We are raising this money to help Danielle with the increasing medical bills, food and other necessities that her and her girls will need throughout this scary and emotional time. With the holidays just around the corner (not to mention both Chloe and Olivia’s birthdays), we hope to ensure her family has the opportunity to enjoy these times together as well. Any donation, big or small is greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate, please PRAY! We all know there is power in prayer and Danielle and her girls need as many as they can get during this overwhelming time.

We would like to say thank you in advance for all donations and prayers. We know Danielle is going to fight this battle and WIN. We will keep you up to date when new news comes available. Thank you and God Bless, Miranda Parish & Auna Wallace
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Update 13
Posted by Auna Wallace
16 days ago
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*Update 3/10/2017*
Hey everyone! I just wanted to give an update on the status of Danielle. Two weeks ago, she traveled back to MD Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida to consult with an oncologist she saw a year ago after they realized the first treatment was not working and the cancer was actually spreading. The doctor suggested a different treatment and since then, her tumor markers have gone down drastically but her PET scans still shows a spot that has not had any change. The decision was made to change treatment and she is now receiving chemo in a pill form along with intravenous chemo as well. This week she did have a setback because she contracted a nasty stomach virus which landed her in the ER with vomiting and severe dehydration. She is still slowly recovering from that.
She will have another PET scan on March 17th to see if there is any improvement with this new treatment. I'm hoping with the 17th being St. Patrick's Day, that this will bring the luck that she needs to beat this! Your continued support and prayers are greatly appreciated. I will give another update once her scan results come back!
God Bless!

I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears, I will heal you
(2 Kings 20:5)

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Update 12
Posted by Auna Wallace
1 month ago
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My Tumor markers have gone back up from 7 to 12. I am really searching for my next move please pray that God guide my next steps and choosing the right treatment. I am trying to decide where to go next.
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Update 11
Posted by Auna Wallace
1 month ago
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My Tumor markers have gone back up from 7 to 12. I am really searching for my next move please pray that God guide my next steps and choosing the right treatment.
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Update 10
Posted by Auna Wallace
2 months ago
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New post (January 2017): Hey Everyone!!! I am sorry this post is about 2 months late. I have a lot to cover and yet not much has changed. My last update in October left off with me continuing with my same Chemo treatment that I have been doing. In November, I was rewarded from an amazing foundation "Memories of Love" with a gift for me and my family. They took us on an awesome vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Everyone check out this foundation for anyone you know that has children and is going through cancer treatments of any kind. I am so grateful for the memories I was able to make with my girls and family. So as soon as we came back from the Thanksgiving trip I went to another round of chemo on December 1st. Following the next week I had another PET scan done. The results of this last scan showed about the same as the last; I have the same "hotspot" showing The good news is my tumor markers ,which have been at 14, dropped down to 7.3 as of November. So we think the chemo has been working, however, I am not convinced it is actively impacting the hotspot showing on the scan. At this point all my doctor knows to do is continue with the regiment I am on, seeing that is has worked so well. But there are some other factors with the treatment that I am concerned about. I worry that it may be causing some other problems in my body that are minor but concern me for the future. So basically, my doctor has no answer as to how much longer I have to continue or what the goals are from here. Right now, we're basically playing it by ear and I can't put my body thru this hard core treatment without definite answers. We do know that the spreading of this disease has dissipated back down to one tiny spot and my tumor markers are almost normal. From this point forward I am ready to take another trip to MD Anderson for a new plan of attack. I have been on this same treatment for 10 months and it has taken its toll on my overall health and my body. As far as I have come, I still feel my overall health is just as important as is killing the cancer cells. So I am petitioning any and all support from my friends and family to help me get to MD Anderson in Texas for a second opinion. I have been fighting this beast for 1.5 years and I am ready to finish it no matter the cost. I have wonderful nurses and my doctor at USA Cancer Institute is amazing but I need to go to the source of treatment for peace of mind and to know I have done all I can possibly to do try and get the best treatment possible. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers and letters, emails and new friends who have reached out to me and really gotten me through the last 2 years. I couldn't have done this without your support. That is the GODS HONEST TRUTH. I have been raising my daughters and trying to make life as normal as possible while trying to maintain an active treatment plan and dealing with the difficulties of chemo. Every little bit helps and the sooner I can get out to MD the better I will be. If I can share anything I have learned from cancer and illness,it is that no matter what LISTEN to your HEART, for the heart hears the whisper of the Lord. Be true to yourself and your body. Happy New Year to Everyone. Health is my top priority for 2017 and I will have it :) God Bless you all
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$8,930 of $20k goal

Raised by 104 people in 17 months
Created October 29, 2015
Auna Wallace  
on behalf of Danielle McEaddy Smith
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Gwen Appel
16 days ago
$30
Tatum Lynn
16 days ago
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Megan Seward
1 month ago

Love you girl!!! Your strength, determination, sense of humor and positive spirit are truly inspiring. I am privileged to be able to call you my friend :) now, kick that cancer' s butt!!!

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1 month ago
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Amanda Dunson
2 months ago

Your strength and determination is inspiring! Don't give up sweetie!

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