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Dianna’s Fighting Stage IV Cancer

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Raised by 47 people in 11 months
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Aloha my name is Dianna DiFrenna. I’m 68 years old and I just found out I have a rare and aggressive cancer. I am not sure how to write a gofundme request, but I am going to try bc I need your help.

I’m California born and I have lived on Maui for 30 years. I am a wife of Don, mother to Kelly and grandmother to Keenan. My husband and I are massage therapists and we love serving our community. Just last week, I found out that I am facing two major medical battles. 

First, I have cancer in my uterus. The type of cancer is rare and is called uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC.) My first surgery is set for July 6, 2018, and then I will have a series of chemotherapy. Please pray for me, I am so afraid!


My second medical problem is that several years ago, I had a bladder mesh sling operation, which is now failing. The mesh has dislodged and is now protruding through my vagina wall. This type of operation requires a specialist to remove the mesh and scar tissue and no such doctor exists in Hawaii, so after my cancer treatment, I will have to travel to the mainland for this surgery.

Up until 2 weeks ago, I was feeling good. We live a healthy lifestyle and have always taken good care of ourselves. This illness has hit us fast and hard. We are still spinning from the rare and aggressive cancer diagnosis. My only symptom was vaginal spotting and abdominal pain. In the last 2 weeks, we have been in a whirl of expensive tests from biopsies to CAT scans. And now we are faced with surgeries away from our home island that will require travel and hotel expenses on top of my medical expenses. 

Don and I have been married for 30 years. He is my soulmate and we are not ready for me to leave this earth! Please help us through this with donations and prayer ❤️

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To all who have prayed and donated to me, thank you. I am in remission, thank you and our God. I am lost for words to express how blessed and happy I am. Next step, another operation at UCLA, there is not a doctor qualified in Hawaii to perform this type of operation. Please keep me in your prayers. Aloha Dianna
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November 4,2018
Aloha, My name is Dianna DiFrenna. I am not sure if you will see this updated post. Alter all the diagnoses were completed, we had wonderful and sad news at the same time. I believe that all the prayers and gods hand on my body took me out of stage 4... to Stage 3... yes that was such a deep exhale. God was with me that day. Unfortunately, I have 2 different types of uterus cancer, both are rare and aggressive. I still have to fly every 3 week with my husband from Maui to Honolulu for my chemotherapy. But I am not giving up hope, life means so much to me. I am trying to enjoy each day. I can not go out and be around a large group of people, because my white cell counts are to low. And I receive additional medication to build up my white cells, each time I receive chemotherapy treatment. But I do have such wonderful friends that come by and visit. I must again ask for help. I can not let my ego or pride fet in my way. As most of you may know this horrendous disease is also an extreme financial burden. I am unable to work. The amount of donation n is not in question, every little bit will help my cause along with your prayers. If you can not afford to donate, please pray for me. Aloha and thank you for reading this post, may god be with us all.
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Dianna had surgery July 6, 2018. They removed her uterus, cervix, lymph nodes and also tumors from her bladder. Her doctor broke the news to Don and Dianna that her cancer diagnoses is stage IV. She is healing on Oahu and she will begin chemotherapy treatment next week. Don is staying on Oahu in a nearby hotel. Pls donate and lift Dianna and Don up at this time so that they can spend his time together healing and continuing treatment without worrying about how they are going to pay the medical bills and all of their regular expenses. Both Dianna and Don work full time as massage therapists. They need our help, support and prayers. Thank you.
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