The following March, the cancer returned. Her doctor in New Jersey couldn’t do much more for her, so she moved to Boston and enrolled in a clinical trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The cutting edge knowledge and support of her new doctors inspired her, and she was filled with hope. After her 14th treatment, I asked her “Does the doctor expect the tumors ever to go away completely or is the goal just to keep shrinking them? It was then that it hit me that there wasn’t a cure for her. She explained, “Yeah, there’s no cure. He told me today, as long as it stays the same or shrinks they can continue the study. He says I had 14 treatments, and he will keep it going for as long as he can, it could be 50 treatments. I could be on it forever, but as long as I am still here I am good with that.”
That conversation embodied her positivity and outlook, and those words stuck with me. It’s those words and that mindset that I trust will carry her through.
After undergoing her 17th treatment, a recent cat scan had shown the tumors had grown. Our collective hearts broke for her as she was removed from the trial, but we remain hopeful as she begins a new form of chemo, still under the care of her favorite doctor.
Since moving to Boston for the trial, she has not been able to work. Her partner Lisa left her business behind in New Jersey to be with her and support her, and as you can imagine the bills are piling up. They are living in the downstairs of Lisa’s sisters house and she is happy as long as Lisa and her pup Lilly are by her side. Still, they dream of having an apartment of their own as she carries out her treatments, but struggle to find the money.
Many people have asked how to help. And while I’m sure it is uncomfortable for Aunt Nadine to have her story out there, I wanted to create a place for those looking to help support Nadine and Lisa during this hard time. If you can’t afford to contribute financially, contribute through love and prayer. Love is free and works wonders.
On behalf of Aunt Nadine, Lisa and all of the Wormann's, thank you for your support and prayers.
Aunt Nadine with family and friends at her nephew Warren's memorial golf outing.
Aunt Nadine and I (niece Amanda)
Aunt Nadine with her 12 brothers and sisters, her mom, her dad, and her grandma after her dad received a Father's Day Award in 1980
Brother Walt, Aunt Nadine, her partner Lisa, and brother Wade in the Red Sox dug out. She is a huge Red Sox fan.
Aunt Nadine with her brother Frank
Aunt Nadine with brother Warren
Aunt Nadine with niece Rachel
Aunt Nadine with her dog Lilly
Aunt Nadine and with her brothers and sisters 1996 (?)
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