As our Denise DeCarli, age 49, confronts a staggering stage 4 colon cancer battle, many who love her are left wondering how we can best help. She has a house, yard and her dog Sydney that need taking care of, she is on a strict anti-cancer diet needing specific meal accommodations, and will be left with significant out-of-pocket medical expenses. While she is an amazingly strong, determined, capable woman, she more than has her hands full with an aggressive treatment plan and overwhelming responsibilities, and what we want for her is to be able to focus her time and energy on getting well…BEATING CANCER!
Two years ago Denise was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer but met her challenge head on with gusto and grace, just as you’d imagine Denise would. She crushed her initial surgery to remove the primary tumor and chewed up her first round of chemo which led her into remission for ten months. After some tumor growth was found in her liver last December, she powered through two radiation surgeries to again go into remission for six months. Her most recent scans have shown small growth on some of the tumors in her liver, which once again, Denise will tackle head on with a second full round of chemo. She will begin an aggressive treatment plan beginning next Friday, August 26th. The plan calls for treatment infusions every two weeks at MSTI in Boise and will leave there with a chemo ball which will continue to deliver chemo for another two days.
While this short summary briefly describes Denise’s experiences, no words can truly capture the daily positive attitude Denise brings to this journey. Major surgery, chemo and radiation can’t keep her down. She’s an inspiration to everyone around her. But she will need help with day to day tasks and by raising funds to cover out-of-pocket medical, and to hire help with house, meals and dog care, Denise will be able to give full attention to her treatment and recovery.
If you are able to contribute financially to the Love for Denise fund, any amount would be most appreciated. If you are unable to contribute financially, your positive thoughts and prayers are also invaluable. Denise will be so grateful for any and all love and support as she fights her battle. Denise is extraordinary! She is otherwise incredibly healthy and with our help, SHE WILL CONQUER!!! Love and thanks for joining Team Denise!