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.
Now this is where the love and support is needed!!
Doctors are now looking at the option of trying a different form of chemotherapy. However with limited knowledge as to the effectiveness of this product, considering the cancer has returned so quickly and the limited success of previous treatments, Deb has been made aware of an alternative treatment path.
Caris Molecular Intelligence (https://www.carismolecularintelligence.com/) are a Queensland based company that offer a treatment plan whereby Deb’s cancer would be treated precisely based on her cancers specific DNR, RNA and proteins. A molecular profile reveals the unique characteristics of a person’s cancer at the molecular level, providing doctors with knowledge about which treatments are most likely to produce the best results. This includes treatments and trials that may not have been previously considered. This profiling can also help avoid treatments that are ineffective, unnecessary and potentially harmful. This is the most comprehensive tumour profiling service available world-wide.
Their business statement “you are unique and so is your cancer” couldn’t be truer. The analysis of Deb’s cancer cells would allow her Oncologists to personalise her treatment thus giving her a fighting chance at curing this cancer and living a long, happy, healthy life.
As many of you whose family and friends have been through a cancer journey know, ongoing surgeries and treatments are costly and can cause a massive strain on finances. Deb has fought this cancer valiantly on her own to date with the assistance of her family, both personal and workmates. She now needs a little help from her community to enable her to pursue this molecular testing.
This specialised treatment has the potential to beat this horrible disease and Molecular Testing is not covered by the Medicare system or private health insurance. The cost is approximately $10,000.
We are hoping to raise enough money to help Deb pay for this testing and relieve her financial stress during her time of treatment. Any donation, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much and please keep Deb in your thoughts during her fight. ❤
- Marie Rohrlach
- Declan Healy
- Jacqueline Greenwell-Palmer
- Bronwyn Nutting
- Carolyn Banks
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