DANA WILL HEAL (Dana Nussbaum)
If you’re visiting this site, you likely already know that my sweet sister, Dana, is in the fight of her life. We greatly appreciate all the love, support, and prayers that you have provided. There is no doubt that she and those closest to her would not have been able to make it this far without them.
For those of you that we haven’t been able to update along the way, I’ll provide a recap of what brought us to this point. On Saturday, February 4, Dana started feeling sick, primarily with cold symptoms. Not feeling too bad on Sunday, she flew a few trips for work on Sunday. However, on Monday she began to feel much worse (and described it to me “sad city,” as she often says) and decided in the early morning to go to the ER. This was really telling, as Dana despises hospitals. During the visit, she was diagnosed with influenza strain A and a chest x-ray was performed. The chest x-ray came back clear and she was sent home with Tamaflu. However, Dana continued to feel worse throughout the day and was in significant pain. She was taken back to the ER and her breathing was very labored. Another chest x-ray was taken, but this time it showed pneumonia.
Overnight, Dana’s symptoms worsened and the St. Joseph’s staff did an absolutely heroic job to stabilize her. They quickly determined that she needed to be put on VA ECMO, the highest level of life support which bypasses both the heart and lungs. Doing so stabilized her condition so that she could be transported to a specialized department at USC Medical Center on Wednesday night. Later in the week, she was transitioned from VA ECMO to VV ECMO (lung support only) because he heart became strong enough to work on its own again. This was great news, but her lungs are still very sick.
We are here at USC Medical Center now and she continues to fight like you all know she would. This will be a long road for her and progress will be slow despite all efforts being taken. Dana is unbelievably strong and determined, but she needs your continued prayers and support. Please keep her in your thoughts.
I will continue updates on this site as I can, so please check back here to learn the latest. When you stop by, please leave a note because it helps us to remember how many special people she has pulling for her. I have been documenting things along this journey so that I can share with her when she wakes up, and your notes will only add to the joy.
Dana continues to heal. Her lungs are regenerating. As it stands, she is being prepared for a lung transplant. But this may not be necessary, as her lungs continue to heal. The miracle keeps working. Her body is so incredible. And she is working so, very hard! Her spirits have been down, which has been so hard to watch. We all know that my sister’s glass of pinot is half full. Her personality is so bright and happy. So, we are working on this diligently with the teams at USC, our amazing family and her wonderful friends. But at the end of the day, she is moving in the right direction.
It is still all very surreal. I keep telling her that this will soon be a bad memory. She wants to go home so badly. It will happen. The doctors, nurses and staff are her biggest fans (beside all of us, of course). She has and continues to make such an impression. I will never see Dana in the same light. My little hero. I cannot wait to celebrate her health and homecoming at a big party!
You can mail letters or cards to Dana if you would like! Keck Medical Center of USC, 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 attention: Dana Nussbaum 4112. Please let me know if you would like to visit. Short visits are best. You can always text me at 951-818-0582
An Irish pray for Healing
May the blessing of light upon you,
Light on the outside, Light on the inside,
With God’s sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth,
Like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,
Like a candle in the window,
Welcoming the weary traveler.
May the blessings of God’s soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you.
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God’s Earth be on you.
May you understand the strength and power of God.
In a thunderstorm in winter, And the quiet beauty of creation,
In the calm of a summer sunset, And may you come to realize,
that, insignificant as you may seem is this great universe,
You are an important part of God’s plan,
And a important part of your family and friends lives,
We are your clan,
May HE watch over you and keep you safe from harm.
May HE heal your injuries and bring peace to those that care for you and ove you.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Ryan Kelly Street Team – New Jersey
We have been very blessed with the events of today. Praying for breath and healed lungs and a peaceful spirit.
Strength, endurance and passion.
Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for Your own glory and the sanctification of souls, glorify Your servant Blessed Miriam Teresa, by granting to us the graces which we humbly ask through her intercession.
Erin, Thank you so much for creating this page and keeping us updated. I know so many people want to help and sometimes do not know how to. Dana will continue to be in my thoughts as will all of your family as well. Dana is one awesome girl and she has an incredible amount of support. Love you guys!
Dear Erin and family, My prayers, thoughts and love are with all of you every day! xoxoxo Jan
Thanks Erin. It means so much to us to hear how our girl is, and when she is making progress. We are praying so hard for her. Thank u for the updates. Erin Gallonio
I am so sorry! We are praying!❤
Thinking of you and praying for you and your family. You are a strong woman and you will get through this!! Xoxo
Dear Cormie Family, So sorry to hear of this this. Erin, know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she continues to get stronger every day.
Oh Dana!!!! My heart aches as I learn of this devastating news. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to fight. You have those beautiful boys to get home to!!!! Sending big hugs your way. ❤️
Our family is praying for all of you. God is in control and will bring you through this stronger than ever. The Ealy family
Dearest Cormie family. I love you all so much. Please know my family is keeping your family in our prayers and we are sending healing vibes for a full recovery. Please let me know if I can drop off a dinner. I may not be able to make your Grandma's delicious sausage bread, but I'm happy to bring something tasty. Please reach out if you need anything. Love you from the bottom of my heart.
Our prayers & those if the entire Buccola family are with all of you. Be strong & know that everything will get better because you have each each other & the love of so many. Even though we don't see eachother often, you all are & always will be family & we love you very much. Sending big Italian hugs & TONS of love & strength! ❤️ Jenni
Dear Dana, We remember you when you were a little tyke with Kindy. Susie and Bob are our dear friends and shared your story with us. I am saddened that your condition worsened, but amazing things happen when people pray continuously. Our prayer is that you continue to fight to remain strong! We're all pulling for you. God is the great physician and we are praying for a miracle to happen. Jesus said, ask anything in My name and it will be answered. Be strong! God bless you and your entire family. Tony and Bev Mangrello
Dana, You've got strong Bianco blood in you. You can fight this! We are lifting you up in prayer and trusting that God will take care of your every need. Love you, Debbie & Wayne Sanders
Sending all our love, support and prayers from all the Tagues and Hohmans. May our dear Lord put his hands on you and heal you quickly❤️❤️❤️ Love you Dana
Thank GOD ♥ That girl has angels looking after her, Dana we miss you girl, get your butt back on main street and we will go to La Crema! Love and prayers
Erin, Thank you for sharing this journey with us. We are confident God has a precious plan for Dana and all those who surround her. You provided us with hopeful requests to which they were answered. Praise God! We will continue to ask God to shower Dana with health improvements and strength. Thank you again, Erin!❤
Erin I really want to thank you for all your updates! I am so happy Dana is making such positive progress. I smile every time I read your update! I pray daily for Dana! She is such a sweet person and I remember her telling me about her baby...and toddler..Dana is loved by many people that support her! This has been an incredible journey..I spread the word to everyone I come in contact with that might know her. Stay Strong Dana! One Day At a Time! You make it!!! I just am coming back to work this next week as I had a rough surgery Dec. 14th last year and cancer as well. I hope everyone will learn a lesson you must take the FLU SHOT no matter who you are! I always have..Love you all for keeping up informed! xoxxo Marci
So happy to hear that progress is being made. Prayers continue for a complete recovery.
My Family and I continue to PRAY for Dana ... DAY by DAY...... As Well as The ENTIRE Family. "GOD IS GREAT...ALL THE TIME ..!##