Support Dana- Stage4 Breast Cancer Tx
The devoted team at Sloan Kettering, especially Dr. Blinder, provided her top notch and exemplary care.
I'm only keeping the fund open now because I can't bring myself to close it.
A quick medical update for you and then I may go back to sleep....zzzz
Since discharge from the hospital about a week ago (I had to have surgery near my heart...pericardial effusion...basically the cancer cells attacked the fluid around my heart causing it to make way too much and cause intense pain and pressure in my shoulder and chest area..also caused my heart to be in major distress. Drs cut me open and drained fluid during procedure and then they had implanted an external drain to a pump for a few days to continue the draining. Once they were confident the drain came out and I came home with a brand new knarley chest scar and literally 20 medications a day and I inject 2 shots a day into my belly because I developed blood clots in my lungs from all this stuff happening) To date I have completed 8 whole brain radiation treatments! I have 2 more to go!!! Sooooo excited about that being COMPLETE! I finish on Tuesday wih my mom and we are going for pancakes! Lol
Then on February 9th Monday...I start weekly chemo treatments indefinitely. The chemo is called Taxol. That witch and I are old friends. I had a few rounds of her back in 2003. So back trying her out. Hopefully she will be some my friend and get this cancer under control without making my life too miserable. I am optimistic. I know my oncologist could of picked an even meaner witch off the shelf to give me...so I will count my blessings for a weekly round with her.
My Dr. always tells me my biggest risk is infection. So I will be laying low for a while during this. Have to keep germs away.
Keep sending me positive notes to read!
Happy SuperBowl Sunday BUT most importantly...DONT FORGET....
THINK ABOUT HOW AWESOME YOU ARE TODAY SUNDAY!
Because YOU AREEEEEEE!
I LOVE YOU ALL!
I will be sending each of you a special thank you very soon for each of your generous donations.
Have to keep on fighting. My mom is taken a leave of absence from her career at Mountainside Hopsital to take care of me and my kids. I am so blessed to have a mom like this. Please pray for her as well because being the main caregiver (since I have no husband) is not an easy job. She loves me unconditionally so I know it doesn't seem that way for her. I worry about her taking on the bulk of this, so please pray for me the kids and my mom to get through this horrible horrible nightmare.
I won't give up. I won't back down. I need to be here for my kids as long as the drs can keep me alive! That's my strength. Ashley & Mikey Need me as much as I need them. So I pray for a speedy recovery from brain radiation and pray for chemo to go easy on my little body.
Amen! Thank you all so much!
I am using the words of good old Pat Benatar to get me through the next phase. Her song "invincible" was in one of my fav 80's movies I just recently watched. "The Legand of Billy Jean"
(When they're coming over the hill towards the sharp shooters and police and chaos of fans trying to help her....)
"We can't afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It's a do or die situation
We will be invincible
And with the power of conviction
There is no sacrifice
It's a do or die situation
We will be invincible!!!!!!"
I may not know Dana but my heart breaks for you, her family left behind... especially her dear children. I only ever saw photos of Dana and read her posts on this page. I know she will have passed on a vivaciousness and tenacity to her children that will serve them well in the difficult moments to come. My heart and prayers are with you. May Dana rest in peace and I hope you all are able to find some peace in the end of her struggle, though I know it won't make you miss her any less.
My prayers are with you and your family!
Dana, just wanted to say I love you. I know you hear it often but I think about you often and know that each day, I try to send you a little bit of strength, positivity, and love. Miss your sweet smile and voice. Your strength is such an inspiration. Love you.
I'm praying for you! God has a plan! Love you! Xoxoxo
Thinking of you. May God please help you and keep your faith. Such a beautiful young lady. Many good thoughts and prayers sent your way. God Bless! ❤️
My prayers are with you and the kids!! Xoxo
Hey Dana, I'm a stranger but have been supporting your fight for some time. Reading your story makes my heart melt and just wanted to say 'Please continue fighting, you've been a huge source of inspiration'. With all hope and prayers, may this night turn to day and may u shine your way ! Take care..
Yes Dana, your mom is a beautiful blessing and like myself, we are there for our kids. Keep,fighting girl, don't give up. We love you.
Your a tuff cookie Dana, so proud of you, keep positive and your holidays will be beautiful ones.
Hang in there Dana! I am praying for you and God to have mercy. Truly hope the kids are holding up too. If you need anything I am here, as well as the fine staff of School #4.
That's what it's all about, family and pets, the pics were so cute. Have a great weekend.
Couldn't ask for better news then that, so happy for you angel. You and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thinking of you today. Saying lots of prayers everyday for you and the family. Love you guys xoxo
Dana you shouldn't be going through this but you are a very strong woman, I know you won't let this keep you down. You, the kids mom and dad are so very much in our hearts and prayers. I wish I could be there, but I do think of you all the time. Love you angel
You are a super woman, and through all of this you manage to thank everyone around you. If amazing means nominating someone so caring and so unselfish, it would be you. Your in our prayers honey to beat this and to be healthy again. We all love you Dana .
Your in our hearts and prayers Dana, wish I could take away the pain. Keeping you and the kids close in thought.
You go girl, if your anything like your mom, then nothing will stop you. wishing the best as you travel this road, your my prayers. Love Nancy
Dana, I'm absolutely sick to my stomach seeing this. I'm so sorry! I've tried to reach out to you a few times on Facebook but didn't hear back. I' just want you to know I'm here for you I don't want to put my number on this site but please send me a message on Facebook. I'm here for you even if you need someone to just talk to. Karen, all I can say to you is your an amazing friend, an angel! To make this site for Dana and get all these donations is amazing! Your a great person xo I donated and I have a few friends donating as well. I shared it on my page and will email it around as well. Let's shoot for 50k ;) ❤️
Hello Dana, I want nothing less but the best for you and your family. It's a long road and I know it's not easy. You have amily and friends who love you, and myself who have never met, but your special, it's not an easy fight, but stay strong. I too had breast breast cancer, an aggressive form, so opted for a bi-lateral mastectomy. My "cocktail" was very high dose and I didn't think I would survive, because I was so very sick all the time. Will keep you in my thoughts and I'll follow your journey..LOVE AND LIGHT Dana
I wish her a speedy recovery . But please, i nedd your help , she is my only daughter. She is infected with brain cancer