Late January 2017, when mum was feeling well enough to travel they decided to go on a small holiday to visit family. Upon their return our dad (Dale) started to develop severe headaches. Dad has suffered from migraines his whole life however the pain was like nothing he had experienced before so Mum suggested while she was having chemo upstairs, he go downstairs at the hospital to have it looked at. We then received a phone call to advise us that he was being transferred to Sir Charles Gardiner to have emergency surgery to elivate the pressure caused from bleeding on the brain.
What was meant to be a straight forward surgery ended up resulting in Dad needing the right side of his skull being removed (decompressive craniectomy) and placed in an induced coma in ICU. After a few hiccups and a week stay in hospital Dad was well enough to return home to recover.
8 short weeks later Mum started experiencing pain to her shoulder and difficulty using her right arm. Upon examination it was determined that she had developed a brain tumour in her lower ceribral (metastatic breast cancer) and underwent surgery for it to be removed.
Mum and Dad then recovered at home together with help from family and friends.
Months later Dad had his skull reconstructed and after being cleared from the surgeon he was able to drive again and take Mum to her weekly appointments and treatment while still recovering himself.
Two weeks ago Mum started developing fogginess and irritation to one of her eyes. After her routine MRI it was discovered that the cancer was back for the third time and was putting pressure on her optic nerve. She underwent surgery on Monday the 6th of August and was released from hospital on the Thursday. That Saturday while laying in bed with Dana her daughter, she suffered a seizure and was rushed to hospital where they ran tests to make sure there was no further damage. They kept her in for two nights for observation and on a higher dosage of anti seizure medications to prevent it from happening again.
Mum is now home recovering with Dad as her full time carer and is now officially considered terminal. She is doing well but is now visually and physically impaired and needs help with normal day to day activities.
With Dad still recovering and also now mums full time carer it has made it impossible for him to return to work so we have set up this page in hopes that it will help eleviate the financial stress so they can focus on their recovery and the next stage of mum’s journey to beat cancer.
Thank you for taking the time to hear their story.
Love Dana and Karah x
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