To show our solidarity and that we are always there to support, my daughter Jessica and I are going to shave our heads along with Deb on Saturday 13 October, at the Bakers Hill Rec Centre. We are are sacrificing our hair, and we are asking you to show your support with a donation towards to shave! all money raised will go towards the ongoing medical bills for Deb's continued fight!
(see more details on Debs journey below)
Deb moved to Bakers Hill in 1994 with her then 3 year old daughter Maree whilst pregnant with her second daughter Danielle. Her third daughter Shelby was born in 2000 with all 3 girls raised and schooled within the Bakers Hill Community.
Deb commenced driving our children to school on our local bus service in 1995 and has driven many of our children to school since then. She began working in our school community at Bakers Hill primary school in 1996 and has been a huge part of early education schooling for many of our kids.
Deb and her daughters have played a major role in fundraising for many years within our community. Her daughter Shelby being the initiator of the annual McGrath fundraiser @ Bakers Hill primary school, which has to date, raised over $10,000 for our community breast care nurse.
The Craik family are well known and loved and have helped and supported many of our local families and causes. Now it’s time for our Bakers Hill Community to give a little love and support to Deb.
In August 2016, Deb and her families lives were rocked with the news that she had been diagnosed with Cholangial Carcinoma, a form of Liver Cancer that originated within the bile duct. After many appointments with her oncologist, a plan for treatment was developed and so the journey began.
In September 2016 Deb underwent her first major surgery which was a liver resection to remove the ten cm tumour. The surgery was involved and not without its risk. Like a true champ, Deb pushed through, and after a few minor setbacks recovered well. Deb was then ready and determined to commence her Chemotherapy treatment.
In October 2016 Deb commenced her chemo. Despite the challenges chemotherapy can bring, Deb continued for these three months driving the bus delivering our children safely to school and working in the Kindergarten. Many parents were unaware of the challenges she was facing.
Unfortunately the chemotherapy was unsuccessful and in Feb 17 the Tumour had returned. With her team of Oncologists, it was determined a secondary form of Chemotherapy would be trialled, and so the fight began again. Not an easy road and with a few stalls due to health complications, Deb finally finished her Chemotherapy, all be it a little later than anticipated.
She was now ready to start the next phase of treatment, radiation therapy.
August 2017 rolled around and SIR spheres were inserted into the cancer effected areas ready to blast and disperse the radiation.
Scan results in November joyously reported the Liver as all clear. Celebrations began, holidays were booked to visit her daughter in London. Plans were made and Deb was relieved and excited to have made it through her treatments successfully, and was ready to live life to the fullest and have some fun.
Fast forward to February 2018 and her quarterly scans brought the news that the cancer had returned. This time not only in the liver, but also unfortunately the cancer had metastasised to her Lymphatic nodes in both her sternum and chest.
And so, the fight begins again. Another liver resection has just been undertaken and Deb is slowly recovering at home unable to work or drive for a short period of time. The radiation beads have been inserted to start radiation therapy as soon as possible with the plan to commence chemotherapy again once radiation has been completed.
Chemotherapy is now ongoing.
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