Dean is one those men you hear about, the one who is always giving and helping. The one who is there to assist at a moments notice and not once expect anything in return. This kind hearted amazing man is everyones friend and instantly liked and loved by those he has met along lifes journey.
On June 16th, 2017 he became ill with stroke like sypmtoms while driving and Becky, his wife, got him to the emergency room. The next 12 days were a roller coaster of hospital admissions and test after test after test. The neurologists in Coeur d'alene, Idaho consulted with the Seattle,Washington specialists and on June 28th the Tumor Board at the University of Washington in Seattle gave a diagnosis of a brain cancer called GlioamatosisCerebri . It is extremely rare, about 100 cases per year are diagnosed with no known cause and no one to date has survived it. Once it is discovered, it has already been present for some time, the symptoms begin when the tumor has become invasive. This beast is fast growing and spreading and more tumors develop quickly. The doctors have said he will have weeks to months. The biggest tumor is causing seizures that make the right side of his face constantly spasm and when he has breakthrough on the seizures medications, the spasms will consume the entire right side of his face from chin to forhead, the spasms began lasting seconds and now have been as long an hour and we have been told could last 2 hours as the beast in his brain is doing it's evil work. In addition, he is left with extreme right side weakness and difficulty with his gait.
He will begin treatment on Monday that will consist of Chemo, Radiation, and Steroids that will calm the tumors for a short time and God willing allow him better days. He is currently on high doses of anti seizure medication that is constantly being adjusted as the seizures increase in frequency and duration. Radiation can only be done for 6 weeks on the brain and the chemo won't be long term. This cancer is evil, fast, invasive, and relentless, it is one of the cancers that always wins. Because it is so rare, there has not been a lot of funding towards research.
I am Tawnya, Dean's wife Becky has been my best friend for 42 years and they have been married for 39 years today, July 1st.
I am sharing this story because like many families in this situation, the financial impact is DEVASTATING. The loss of his income, plus the cost of his current medical care, medications , mounting hospital and doctor bills combined with the inevitable rising cost for his care is already overwhelming and his amazing loving wife, Becky, is losing more than her husband and any donation will ease the financial difficulties she faces and allow her to provide for his care and survive month to month while navigating this crisis.
Thank you for letting us share this story!
Tawnya, and the children of Dean and Becky: Dana, Branton, and Jessica .
(ps) grocery store gift cards are also greatly appreciated
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