Just before her 30th birthday, Danielle was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with an advanced malignant neoplasm of the placenta. Also known as Choriocarcinoma. The cancer is a result of her previous pregnancy 8- months prior where cancer cells from the placenta metastasized into her liver, lungs and pancreas. She is now in a battle for her life.
This all started as Danielle and I were traveling from Rhode Island to Florida with mom, dad and two close friends. We also had exciting news, Danielle is pregnant again! We were so excited to know our family will be growing. Danielle even bought a big sister shirt for Claire to surprise our family and friends. The reactions were priceless.
Our vacation was one for the memory books. All the while Danielle, my strong wife was fighting through nausea, cramping and every symptom we thought was from being pregnant. One day it became too much and we took her to the emergency room.
We discovered that she had cancer and the tumors in her body increase levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. The excitement we thought was new life turned out to be a false positive.
Danielle's immediate emergency was life threatening internal bleeding. The shock we felt was unbearable. Danielle who just a few days prior was swimming with her daughter in a pool for the first time, may lose her life. However, Danielle did slowly show signs of recovery from the internal bleeding after emergency surgery and support from medical treatments.
Danielle in the past weeks has battled through two surgeries, severe jaundice, intubation, a tracheotomy, a hospital transfer by helicopter, full body skin rashes, dialysis and much more. She fights each day to be healthy and stable enough to receive the chemotherapy.
Right before her first surgery, she told her family and I “Don’t worry, I got this.” I remind her every day that she told me this to keep her spirits up. Seeing her every day, I still cannot imagine what she is going through.
Currently, we travel each day 4 hours or more to the hospital in Miami, Fl. The rising costs of treatment, travel, child care and being away from home in Rhode Island are beginning to take a toll. I am unable to work due to our location and Danielle is not able to work because of her condition. Doctors have told us she will require months of treatment in the hospital.
I am asking you to help my family fight our way back home by donating. May God bless you for your generosity and prayers. These funds will go a long way to helping my family heal in this trying time. Love from Dan, Danielle, Claire and Blaise.