Help Danielle Fight Cancer

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Danielle Joubert is a loving wife and mother to an 8-month old Claire. As her husband I know she always strives to give her best to family and in her work as a physical therapist. Danielle’s life however, came to sudden crossroads in early February of 2019.

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Just before her 30th birthday, Danielle was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with an advanced malignant neoplasm of the placenta.  Also known as Choriocarcinoma. The cancer is a result of her previous pregnancy 8- months prior where cancer cells from the placenta metastasized into her liver, lungs and pancreas. She is now in a battle for her life.

This all started  as Danielle and I were traveling from Rhode Island to Florida with mom, dad and two close friends. We also had exciting news, Danielle is pregnant again! We were so excited to know our family will be growing. Danielle even bought a big sister shirt for Claire to surprise our family and friends. The reactions were priceless.

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Our vacation was one for the memory books.  All the while Danielle, my strong wife was fighting through nausea, cramping and every symptom we thought was from being pregnant. One day it became too much and we took her to the emergency room.

We discovered that she had cancer and the tumors in her body increase levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. The excitement we thought was new life turned out to be a false positive.

Danielle's immediate emergency was life threatening internal bleeding. The shock we felt was unbearable. Danielle who just a few days prior was swimming with her daughter in a pool for the first time, may lose her life. However, Danielle did slowly show signs of recovery from the internal bleeding after emergency surgery and support from medical treatments.

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Danielle in the past weeks has battled through two surgeries, severe jaundice, intubation, a tracheotomy, a hospital transfer by helicopter, full body skin rashes, dialysis and much more.  She fights each day to be healthy and stable enough to receive the chemotherapy.  

Right before her first surgery, she told her family and I “Don’t worry, I got this.” I remind her every day that she told me this to keep her spirits up. Seeing her every day, I still cannot imagine what she is going through.

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Currently, we travel each day 4 hours or more to the hospital in Miami, Fl. The rising costs of treatment, travel, child care and being away from home in Rhode Island are beginning to take a toll. I am unable to work due to our location and Danielle is not able to work because of her condition.  Doctors have told us she will require months of treatment in the hospital. 

I am asking you to help my family fight our way back home by donating. May God bless you for your generosity and prayers. These funds will go a long way to helping my family heal in this trying time. Love from Dan, Danielle, Claire and Blaise.

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We finished off one of the most stressful weeks on a high note. Danielle was experiencing lasting effects of the chemotherapy from two weeks ago, which was causing the suppression of her immune system and blood counts. She was not able to get chemo due to this. Additionally, she suffered from tachycardia, difficulty breathing, a bowel obstruction and fluid in her abdomen. She looked like she was 9 months pregnant. Waiting patiently, fighting anxiety and little sleep, she was finally able to safely have the fluid drained from her abdomen, over two gallons worth. It was like having given birth to a 16 lb baby. She felt instant relief of the pressure. It was well worth it because immediately following the bedside procedure. Danielle got to see Claire and remember it for the first time in seven weeks. The sadness of not being able to see Claire is extremely difficult for Danielle and our family. While the visit is short for safety reasons for Claire. It is the best medicine for Danielle. Going forward Danielle will be receiving chemotherapy this week and battle on.

Please continue to pray and or send positive vibes to our family. Thank you for your continued support.
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It has been a difficult week to find time to write this status. I first want to acknowledge everyone's unconditional support for Danielle. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Danielle's last week has been overall positive with some minor setbacks. While she received her chemotherapy in the beginning of last week. Towards the end of the week some of her blood numbers decreased and she required transfusions. This ultimately lead to a delay in her chemotherapy and a change in regimen. The doctors here contacted GTD specialists in the U.K. and other areas of the country to get the best treatment plan possible. We are hopeful we are slowly making a difference.

Danielle remains positive and we have seen improvement in her mental and physical status which may be an indication of the chemotherapys effect. She has been off the ventilator but required to go back on the vent support, due to some cardiac complications we are now managing.
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The outpouring of support my family has received is remarkable. Danielle and I cannot be more grateful. Caring family, friends and people far and wide have shown incredible kindness to us. Whether through praying or donations. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We have felt a weight lifted.

Update on Danielle:
Danielle is currently still in intensive care for monitoring. My in-laws and I navigated the medical system as Danielle's support team this past month. I found it troubling how difficult it is to ensure communication is maintained so all staff understands her needs. Each time she was moved it was like having to learn a new language. Danielle has shown some progress; however, doctors recommended a period of rest without chemotherapy. There is a risk the chemotherapy can cause irreparable injury mostly to her liver. She was cleared for chemotherapy after a full two weeks of rest. It was the longest two weeks of my life. We now will wait to see how her body responds to the drugs. As much as we want to see faster progress, we have to remind ourselves that any road of recovery for Danielle will be littered with ups and downs. We remain cautiously optimistic and positive. We will continue to provide updates to everyone.

These funds will be used to pay for Danielle's treatment expenses, child care for our daughter and logistics of ensuring someone is by Danielle's side every day and night to be her advocate. We have also decided to increase our goal to help with the loss of income, unexpected medical costs and with any additional long-term childcare I may need. I will begin to travel back and fourth to RI on weekends as a necessary step to maintain my employment and still be with Danielle.
Thank you and please continue to pray and send positive vibes this way.

With Love,
Dan, Danielle, Claire and Blaise
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