She is our Dragonfly, she brings joy and light wherever she lands, she’s been our Tribal Fusion performer and teacher for over 10 years, she is our silly sidekick, the shenanigan starter, the Skully Queen, she is our Didi and she needs our help!
For those of you who are near and dear to Didi and do not know what has been going on with her (she has tried to protect you from worry), it is with a heavy heart that we come to you now as she can no longer stay silent, to share the life challenges she is facing. Didi needs all of our help.
In May of 2017, Didi was diagnosed with Neuro Endocrine Tumors of the Lower Intestines, also simply known as NET of the lower GI. NET of the pancreas is the Cancer that took Steve Jobs and more recently, Aretha Franklin. Didi has been battling stage 4 cancer for over a year. She has undergone intense chemotherapy and currently has bi-weekly immunotherapy treatments. The treatments have been keeping the Cancer at bay but this is a long-term fight.
Didi recently suffered an additional setback that resulted in the discovery of a brain tumor in which she had a very intense 5 hour brain surgery procedure. We feel very blessed for the success of this surgery. Modern medicine is amazing! But it took its toll on her and has led to follow-up focused radiation treatment. In addition to the set back of her Brain Tumor, she lost her Kaiser insurance through Obama Care. This delayed her continued treatment. She has since found new doctors and a new facility to administer her immunotherapy in Santa Cruz.
Didi continues to suffer from incapacitating headaches that have rendered her immobile. Her fight against Cancer has taken its toll on her ability to regularly work, keep up with the medical bills, and the cost of daily living. Shannon, Didi’s husband has been working 6 days a week and doing what he can to keep things going but that isn't enough to cover the financial setbacks and ongoing medical costs. They are both overwhelmingly grateful for the help they have received to date but, unfortunately, more is needed.
Fighting this Cancer is a long-term battle. But with the help of friends and community, we are confident she can beat it! So, with some convincing, Didi has finally accepted that it is time to reach out to all of her friends, family, and community. Didi is not only an asset to all of us who know her well, but she has always been kind, generous, and an inspiration to the greater community at large, including the homeless and the mentally ill. We hope that generosity comes back to her now in her time of greatest need.
So, we are reaching out to all of you and asking for your support. Please do what you can. In addition to any monetary contribution you are able to donate, your loving positive vibes are always welcomed and greatly needed. Please share and pass on to others in your community as well. We need you to help this amazing gift of life that is our Didi get through this every day!! We won’t give up this fight and together with all of you, we can do this!!! With love and deep gratitude, we thank you for your generosity!