Waking up one morning, she noticed four tiny red bumps in the middle of her chest, she thought she'd been bit by something. Three days later, she had a lump the size of a ping pong ball. The pain was excruciating. With all thoughts of this being something minor, she was off to the emergency room and CT Scan – they had no clue what was going on! She was in the surgeon’s office two days later and had emergency surgery the following day to remove the lump.
After four agonizing days, the pathology came back - Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – Aggressive Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). With barely any time to process the news, she started treatments almost immediately. She now has a port in her chest and has been on chemo since June 22nd. She goes for chemo and blood tests every 3 weeks -(55 miles each way to downtown Chicago) and will receive a total 8 rounds over the coming months. After that, more surgery.
Anyone who is lucky enough to know Chrissy Dietz knows that she is the most kindhearted, selfless, ambitious, and dependable women. She inspires others to achieve their goals – especially her two daughters – Isabella and Gianna – and her husband Brad. Chrissy brings joy and happiness to her family and everyone around her –especially her 7th and 8th grade Cheer Squad in Wauconda.
As we all know, the fight against cancer is extremely taxing not only physically and mentally, but also financially, and no fighter should have to worry about how they are going to pay for medication, procedures and basic living needs. Chrissy is strong and she’s taken a leave of absence and is prepared to face this battle head-on. Please help Chrissy to be an "overcomer" of ALCL and to be an inspiration to others. Through your support, donations and love, we all can be there to walk beside her during this difficult time.
During this long journey, won't you take a few steps walking along side her?
Twitter & Facebook friends, followers and donators - add #chrissycrushescancer to your tweets. Let's get more activity and help as much as we can!
Her friends and family will be having an Open House Fundraiser - https://www.facebook.com/events/231389070877640/?ti=ia
If you're not able to attend, please feel free to make a contribution online.
To Learn more about Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - visit here: ALCL
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