Dea's Medical fund

$15,707 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 28 months

I was first diagnosed with AML (Leukemia) 11 years ago.  After Chemo, I went into remission and returned to work.  A year later the Leukemia returned  I went through Chemo again but it did not work.  I underwent an anonymous bone marrow transplant.  It worked.  I have had some issues over the years with my immune system and graft versus host (my immune fighting the donor's immune system) but I have been able to work and take care of my family.  I have watched my kids graduate from high school and colloge and I even got married to a wonderful man 8 years ago.

Last May, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Esophogael Cancer.  I went through chemo and radiation.  I followed up with upper scopes and things were improving.  The tumor was shrinking.  We still had my oldest at home studying for the law bar so she was able to take me to appointments so Jim would not have to miss much work.

This past Monday the upper scope revealed the tumor is back and I now have to have major surgry to remove the cancerous part of my esophagus from my side. I will have 2 or 3 incicsions.  They will move my stomach up and reattach to the upper part of the esophagus.  I will have a feed tube while this heals.  I will be in the hospital for up to 2 weeks and have home health afterwards.

Any funds raised will go towards medical bills, co-pays for the 16 medications I am currently on.  Parking for at Duke.  Jim will have to take time off of work and I have recently started received Social Security Disability which is roughly 25% of what I normally make.

We have been asked what people can do to help us out.  This is certainly one way.  Another for those locally would to help out with groceries or meals.

I will have the surgery mid March so funds are needed urgently.

This was a hard decision for Jim and I to make as we are very proud people and tend to take care of our own.  But we are between a rock and a hard place.

We thank you for your thoughts and prayers and all you do.

Dea and Jim

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Dea asked me to keep her supporters updated about her surgery and recovery but I had trouble accessing this site.

I'm deeply saddened to inform you that Deanna passed away on Saturday June 24, 2017.

Dea put up an extremely valiant fight against a relentless disease. Due to the damage done to her lungs from chemo and radiation treatments her lungs didn't respond well to the surgery and she developed pneumonia a few times. Last week we were informed that the cancer was in her kidney and likely in bones and other organs. Due to her condition she would not be able to withstand any more chemo or surgery and was not treatable. She passed away peacefully Saturday evening.

Thank you for all of your support

Jim
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This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice unit. Sounds so simple.

Today is surgery day. I ask God to put a hedge of protection around me; to guide the skilled hands of the doctors, nurses, surgical technicians etc; to give my family patience as they wait for the surgery to be over and to get an update; and to all my faithful supporters watch over them as they go through their day and keep them safe.

Thanks again for your donations and prayers.

I will try to provide an update late today but it maybe Tuesday. Dea
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Found out today that the surgery will last 5-6 hours. They plan to get me up the next day to walk 3 times per day. I will have 3 incisions. For pain, I will have an epidural in place for a few days. All sounds so simple/easy. I feel so overwhelmed and want it to be over and I want this cancer out. Thanks for the continued prayers, support and donations. Jim and I both as well as Jess, Josh, and Chris are extremely appreciative of everything. One bonus of this surgery is most people lose 20-30 pounds! That is something to look forward too.
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$15,707 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 28 months
Created February 24, 2017
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Anne Marie Domek
24 months ago

What an incredible inspiration to others. May Dea rest in peace and may God comfort all of her family and friends.

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26 months ago

We are thinking of you guys and praying for the best From Barbara Gill & Mark Bailey

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