TINA DIDONATO

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Raised by 38 people in 60 months
"Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would ever have to ask for monitary help from family and friends, let alone perfect stangers" I have created this account for our Brave and Amazing Daughter Tina.

Let me tell you about our daughter Tina! She was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 in Feb. 2013. Had a double mastectomy, 14 lymph nodes removed and 5 had cancer. Was a good girl, and did all the Kaiser (praticeing medicine) available to her. Danced into the chemo room, bald, concave chest, made up and beautiful. She made blankets for her chemo buddies, strangers would ask to sit next to her. She became a SHINING STAR.
  Then she had radiation (32 daily sessions) which looked like she had been hit with a blow torch. Still did not complain. Then more chemo (total of 25)
   In Sept. she complained to Kaiser of stomach pains. She asked for a PET scan and was told she didnt need it that it was probably just indigestion, they gave her Pepcid to take.
   The pains kept on coming and finally in November Kaiser gave in to her pleads and gave her a PET scan. I didn`t get my usual happy positive phone call that morning so I knew something was wrong. That afternoon the phone call came. " I have cancer in my liver, I am now stage 4!" what could I say. Her next comment was not "why me" but,"I guess God needs me to be in the chemo room to help others!!!" She ask the nurse about going vegan and she replied "Well it`s to late for that!" She went vegan, cut ALL refined sugar out of her diet and was an insperation to everyone in the veggie stores because she looked radiant.
   In March of 2014 Had another PET scan and the tumors were gone, but she finished her chemo treatments. On her birthday, May 13th (which was supposed to be her last chemo) her routine blood test showed signs of something not right. So back she goes begging for another PET scan. Now the cancer is back in her liver. She had been asking for an MRI because she was having blurred vision and headaches and a Dr. out of the Kaiser system told her to get an MRI ASAP. Finally Kaiser gave in again after telling her the PET scan didnt show anything wrong with the brain. Well Kaiser take note the BRAIN METS DO NOT  SHOW ON PET SCANS.
   Now the cancer has gone to the brain!!!!!
   Because of not being able to work for almost a year and a half her savings is depleted. She has had to withdraw all of her retirement which the goverment is taxing not only her early retirement withdrawal but her SS disablity also. Her husband and two children are devastated. Along with all the rest of her family and friends.
   There is no money left for all the bills, insurance, car payemt and registration , prescriptions, copays, gasoline, (60 mile round trip for treatments) and veggie are exspensive but worth the cost.
   She would like to seek out better treatment but it is so exspensive. She still has her positive attitude but has lost her confidence in the Kaiser system. We are not only asking for your Prayers, but if you could find it in your heart to donate any amount it would be greatly appreciated! She doesn`t deserve the card she was dealt!!
   Thank You so much for taking the time to read this and may God Bless You!!
Diane
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I appogize to everyone for not updating sooner than this, I've been in a little bit of a "Funk".

In June my Dr. Put me on an oral chemo drug with horrible side effects!! I went to a Dr. in Long Beach (outside of Kaiser) for an "Asay" test. This is where they biopsy (take a piece of the liver, in my case 2 pieces) the tumor and test it to see what chemo will work.
After a quite painfull surgery, I got the call from the Dr. That they were unable to preform the test because the tissue collected was necrotic.(dead)

Then I found out about the tumors in my brain. My tumor markers soared all the way to 199! (Normal is 38.6 and below.) I changed oncologist, because I didn't feel comfortable with the way he was treating me.

After another PET scan in August, they now discovered that the tumors in my liver are getting larger. One went from 2 mm to 4 mm. So they took me off of the oral chemo, and I'm back on an IV chemo (two weeks on, one week off). At the beginning of this, my markers soared up to 452.

I have had 4 treatments, and I am pleased to announce that my markers are down to 307... This Monday I will have them tested again!! (Thank You Jesus!!)

I just had an MRI on the 8th to follow up on the progress of the Cyberknife treatment on my brain. Glory to God, ALL the tumors have shrunk!!! And it is our hope that they will continue to do so!!!! I will have MRI's every two months to check the progress!

No one ever said this was going to be easy, but thanks to my wonderful and Amazing God, I'm getting through it day by day!!

Thank you ALL for the continued Love, Prayers, and Support!!! I couldn't do it without you!!!!

All my Love,
Tina
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Hi everyone...
I would like to let everyone know that I had the Cyber Knife treatment on Thursday July 3rd!!! The Dr was able to do it all in just one treatment. It took a little over 2 hours.

I am feeling extremely tired, which is a normal side effect. So I am just taking it easy!!! I will return to see the Dr. again in August for another MRI so they can compare and see the progress that was made.

I am very pleased and excited for my new life!!!

Now we need to focus on getting rid of the tumors that came back to the liver... But I know The Lord has healed me and this too is just a small hurdle to jump!!!

Again I want to thank everyone for their continuing Love, Prayers and Support!!

Tina
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Hi everyone.... It's 3 AM.. These steroids I've been taking keep me up all nite!!! Can't wait to be off of them for good!!!!

We will be In San Clemente state campground for the week, our Amazing friends John and Stacy Easly reserved a spot for us as a beautiful gift!!! it works out so perfectly because it is only 30 miles from the Cyber Knife clinic in Vista!!!

I fell out of bed while getting up to go to the bathroom and hit my head rather hard on the dresser in our RV. I was to start the planning stage of my treatment yesterday, but they wanted to let some swelling go away first. So I will return for that on Wednesday.

The great news is that the additional MRI showed no other lesions and my Dr. Feels he can treat all 5 in one treatment!!! They hope to start early next week!!!

Thank You for your continuing Prayers and Amazing Support... It means the world to our Family!!!

Many Blessings,
Tina
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Hi everyone...

I have an appointment tomorrow with a Dr. Regarding a second opinion on the Cyber knife radiation treatment! Please Pray all goes well!!

Thank you so much for your continuing support.. It means the world to our family!

Many Blessings,
Tina
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Diane Monteleone
59 months ago

Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are all thinking positive. Please in your prayers get out your erasers and erase the spots in Tina's brain.

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Raised by 38 people in 60 months
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Rumors The Artistry of Hair Nails & Skin Olivieri
55 months ago

All of us at Rumors "Cut-A-Thon" want to thank everyone that made this possible. All the Rumors Staff

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Linda Bonderud DiPane
57 months ago

Bless you . May sweet Jesus protect and heal you ❤

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Owen & Suzie Williams
57 months ago

Tina, Continue being that positive fighter that you are, you WILL kick Cancers Butt. We are there to help anytime you need us. Let Owen know if/when you want to do a fundraiser at Ritual Brewing. Big Hugs. Suzie and Owen

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Anonymous
58 months ago
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Brent Chang
59 months ago
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Anonymous
59 months ago

God bless you!

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Sam Cowey
59 months ago

Betty and I are sending prayers for Tina and her family.

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Valarie Dye
59 months ago

To you all we are just around the corner. Need whatever call and we will be there. Love to you all, Wade, Valarie, Jessica, Adriane and Jacob.

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Maria Snow
59 months ago

Tina, you are a lovely human. My this help in some small way.

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Edie Marrero Fuog (Ridgeratgirl)
59 months ago

Tina, You have inspired me with your bravery, grace, and courage. Crazy how Instagram can bring so many together. We are all connected by our battles to beat these monsters.. So thru the rain, we have so much sunshine! ☀️All my prayers and love for you. I wish I could donate more, but as you know, I am fighting a nasty battle as well..my friends did a gofund for me, so I understand that hardships cancer and serious illness can bring into your family. I just want you to continue fighting and beating this .. I have all my faith that you will do it! Xoxoxo god bless you. Always.. Love, Edie/Ridgeratgirl / Pink sisters for life

Diane Monteleone
59 months ago

Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are all thinking positive. Please in your prayers get out your erasers and erase the spots in Tina's brain.

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