Casey has F-ing Cancer

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Michelle Renee  WILMINGTON, DE
At 40 yrs old to get handed a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer is the worst nightmare imaginable. Instantly your life has vanished, and the new puzzle of your existence beginnings. You are launched into a very dark scary isolated world. For us this happened to my husband a young man in his prime.
So on top of the pain and agony of the disease & super aggressive treatment that makes you terribly ill.... You can't work , you realize your insurance and short term disability are laughable, and half your meds and supplements are out of pocket. Cancer is truly the fastest way to emotional and physical bankruptcy. Unfortantaley our story is all to common.
We have be inundated with incredible friends & family that keep asking how they can help and wanting to "help" , as anyone who is sick or a caregiver can attest too, that question is unanswerable.... I need a miracle , I need a million dollars, I need more time.... But what you can do is provide any financial gift. As many know this type of cancer is super aggressive so we need to be just as aggressive on all fronts, we can't wait.
Funds will allow us to pay co-pays, try all forms of treatments that are out of pocket, get to and from out of state hospitals, pay the bills, & keep fighting hard and giving it everything we got. No one wants to ask for help but since many have, that's really what we need. Thank you for all the positive energy we do feel it and I will continue to update.

Xo- Casey, Michelle, Tutu & Betty
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Update 25
Posted by Michelle Renee
1 day ago
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December 17, 1976 - January 17, 2019

Now we rest.
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Update 24
Posted by Michelle Renee
10 days ago
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Short update, I think most people see my FB or IG posts, but Casey reads those so sometimes I can’t be as clear or direct with information (as I don’t want to upset him , his positive & relentless will to live has kept him alive against all odds and all medical predictions.
Casey is of course in full liver failure. His bilirubin/liver function numbers are generally not even seen in a person who is not in coma (or alive). Liver failure is causing his ascites, edema, jaundice, and very confused mental state. We are still in the hospital... getting fluids drained, putting him on diuretics, meds to lower the ammonia levels in his blood (which adds to his mental confusion). But obviously nothing can stop or slow liver failure. They have told me multiple times he has days or week remaining before he will fall into a unresponsive state, followed quickly by death. The hospital will not discharge him until hospice & home care is fully in place as they say things will progress and get very scary, very quickly.
So hope to be home in another day or 2 after another week stay inpatient, knowing it will be our last time in a hospital.
Casey’s pain is currently managed, that is about the only thing that gives me slight comfort. Otherwise please know for me there is no comfort or relief that will come. If Casey was my parent I would and could easily be at peace with this. We know and as humans expect to experience the death of grandparents, parents, older loved ones.. not to diminish those loses, but we recover and can continue a life. But to me the loss of a beloved spouse or child, those losses we never recover from.
The day Caseys heart stops I fully anticipate mine will as well, even if it continues to beat it will have stopped.
Thank you for being witness.
Forever M & C
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Update 23
Posted by Michelle Renee
18 days ago
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Our top 9 pics from Instagram. Well let’s be frank this year freaking sucked ha! Every single chemo/trial failed. Trials I fought insurance companies, hospitals, ethics boards, laws etc. to get him into still yielded no help. We easily spend half the year in hospital or hotels near hospitals. Now we enter the scariest phase of all. No traditional treatment options. Please know my regimen is intense and involved. Casey is having some sort of treatment, supplement, tea, enema, diet/food/juicing, drainage massage, intervention etc every 2 hours all day everyday.
Still very much pushing & fighting! Alternative Drs still happening, road warrior life continues.
But not to end on a negative... the support from our friends family & strangers who are really never strangers if you walk this walk, is awe inspiring it’s literally a movement!!!! I could not provide the care & resources without you all... your messages, you food drops, your generosity, your open nonjudgmental ear, your understanding of pancreatic cancer it’s pain & it’s prognosis.
Thank you for keeping us both alive in 2018 xo M & C
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Update 22
Posted by Michelle Renee
1 month ago
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Sorry for all the posts but I can’t text 200 people. Casey has too much disease/tumor growth in liver. He can not have stents/drains put in because ultimately every single tributary is blocked ( they can only do 3 drains total , and that won’t solve his blockages, and these drains are in you permanently I’m not having his beautiful body go through that for zero reward & the surgeon will NOT perform the surgery anyway. Surgery that would ultimately be incredibly painful maybe cause external bleeding infection and would not allow him to get experimental treatment anyway because he has way too many blockages. He was giving days to weeks of life , what a birthday gift. We will stay in NIH for a few days to get a new pain plan and hospice at home. (Though still continuing are holistic treatments) He is too too far progressed for anything else as his liver enzymes & bilirubin numbers are off the charts.
Thank you for sharing our journey. M & C forever.
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Casey Grabowski
18 months ago
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Thanks everyone for your continued support!

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Casey Grabowski
6 months ago
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Thank you all once again. My outcome may not be certain, but your love and generosity is, and nothing can change that!!

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Jaimie Watts
20 months ago
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I work for the American Cancer Society - I'm happy to help navigate support that you may need!

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David Grabowski
12 months ago
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Keep up the good fight, Casey! Sending you all our love from the West Coast, cousin.

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Ron Ozer
4 months ago
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A wonderful inspiring article - https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2018/09/04/husbands-pancreatic-cancer-battle-demands-full-time-caretaker/1124419002/

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Helen Marie Graves
20 months ago
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Be sure to contact your local American Cancer Society. They have lots of programs to help support cancer survivors financially and emotionally!

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Jackie
3 months ago
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Dear Casey and Michelle- I admire your strength, courage, and resilience that you have demonstrated for one another and to the world. You offer inspiration for others afflicted with this horrible disease and those who provide their care. With love, Jackie Gabrysh

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Alexandra Gorczynski
15 months ago
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Miss you both and sending love and positive thoughts! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Holly Hopkins
19 months ago
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Sending all of the good vibes and juju your way! xoxoxo

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Vaughn Corbett
20 months ago
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Love you man! Keep that chin up!

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Billy
1 month ago

Dear Casey and Michelle, you are both an inspiration to me and my prayers will go on; it's hard for me to understand so many things, but the one thing that is clear is how much you two have shown everyone around you what true love looks like... God bless, love, uncle Bill

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My dear Michelle, I am so sorry for your devastating loss!! Please remember to reach out whenever you need to!!! I'm always up for a hang!! Love to you my dear!!

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Casey Grabowski
18 months ago
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Thanks everyone for your continued support!

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Casey Grabowski
6 months ago
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Thank you all once again. My outcome may not be certain, but your love and generosity is, and nothing can change that!!

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Jaimie Watts
20 months ago
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I work for the American Cancer Society - I'm happy to help navigate support that you may need!

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David Grabowski
12 months ago
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Keep up the good fight, Casey! Sending you all our love from the West Coast, cousin.

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Ron Ozer
4 months ago
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A wonderful inspiring article - https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2018/09/04/husbands-pancreatic-cancer-battle-demands-full-time-caretaker/1124419002/

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Helen Marie Graves
20 months ago
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Be sure to contact your local American Cancer Society. They have lots of programs to help support cancer survivors financially and emotionally!

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Jackie
3 months ago
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Dear Casey and Michelle- I admire your strength, courage, and resilience that you have demonstrated for one another and to the world. You offer inspiration for others afflicted with this horrible disease and those who provide their care. With love, Jackie Gabrysh

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Alexandra Gorczynski
15 months ago
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Miss you both and sending love and positive thoughts! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Holly Hopkins
19 months ago
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Sending all of the good vibes and juju your way! xoxoxo

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Vaughn Corbett
20 months ago
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Love you man! Keep that chin up!

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Billy
1 month ago

Dear Casey and Michelle, you are both an inspiration to me and my prayers will go on; it's hard for me to understand so many things, but the one thing that is clear is how much you two have shown everyone around you what true love looks like... God bless, love, uncle Bill

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