Colon Cancer Sucks

For: Dawn Villarreal-Nutt
Organizer: Crystle Dennison
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 27 donors
3% Complete
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The Story

On March 29 Dawn and Gene met with their insurance agent, signed the paperwork and paid the first months premuim on their health insurance to begin April 1, 2013.
On March 30, 2013, Dawn was rushed to the ER with stomach pains.  After examination and an MRI, a mass was found in her colon.  After emergency surgery, Dawn and her family were informed that she had stage 3 colon cancer and would also need chemotherapy.  10 days later due to some complications with the first surgery, a second surgery was needed to remove a pocket of infection, after this surgery, Dawn spent 5 days in the ICU.  After Dawn is released from the hospital, she may need at home nursing care. She will also begin the long, painful and costly process of chemotherapy as soon as she recovers enough from the surgery.
Since Dawn was diagnosed with colon cancer one day before her insurance started- None of these expenses are covered.  It is considered a pre-existing condition and nothing will be covered.
Dawn is the mother of 3 girls and grand-mother to one little girl who is the light of her life. 
Dawn and her husband Gene are self- employed local business owners who love to help their community, let's give them the help that they need now.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Crystle Dennison
I just wanted to tell everybody how much it has meant to me that they donated. It has moved me beyond words. I have the best friends and family. And I have the best people I dont even know. Ill never forget this. As for my health, I got my port in and will be starting chemo soon. It will be a long haul, but I will get it done and try to start to pay this forward. Again, I cant thank evrybody enough.


Posted on May 8, 2013 by Crystle Dennison
Thanks to everyone who has is very much appreciated.  Your kind words and prayers are appreciated also.

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Crystle Dennison
It looks like we will get to take Dawn home on Thursday the 25th!  She will still have a drain in her abdomen as well as a PICC line for future treatment until she is 100% better. 

Dawn has went through a horrible experience and she has stayed strong through all of it.  For those that I have not been keeping up to date very well here is a recap of what has happened. 
Short version
2 surgeries
3 procedures
27 days in the hospital (some of those were in the ICU)
Still to come- 6 weeks of chemotherapy

long version
Dawn went to the emergency room with stomach pains to find she had stage 3 colon cancer and was rushed to surgery.  She had her first surgery to remove the tumor in her colon on 3/30.  
The surgery recovery was scheduled for 5 or 6 days but during the surgery one of her arteries was nicked.  The surgeon repaired the artery but it narrowed and during her recovery a blood clot formed there.  
The slow recovery and low protien levels while not being able to eat much caused the fluid in her viens to seep into her tissue.  She gained almost 60lbs. of water weight, in less than a week.  Most of it was from the waist down so her legs and feet were severly swollen.  This made walking and even moving very hard for her.  They told us this was not uncommon and it could take a couple months for her body to absorb all the fluids. 
2 weeks later she is feeling better and starting to eat and it looked like we might get to go home.  
She started feeling bad again and could not breath very well.  A large amount of fluid had built up around her lungs.  They were worried about pneumonia so they had to do a procedure called a pleural tap where they stick a long needle through your back and remove fluid off your lungs.  They also sampled some of the fluid from her abdomen to check for infection.  She could breath better but they discovered an infection in her abdomen.  
Now she would have to have a second surgery to remove the infection.  There was a drain left inside her to help the infection get out and this surgery went as planned.  With her weakened condition they took her to ICU where she had to stay on resperators the first night.
While healing from this, her original incision opened up to find another pocket of infection  They then had to install another drain to help remove this pocket of infection.  
They did give her some medication to help remove some of the excess fluid from her tissue so her legs and feet almost look like her again.
I'm sure I missed something but the main thing is she is improving everyday now.  It has been the longest month of our lives and our family will come out of this stronger than ever.  I want to thank you all for your love and support in helping us through this crisis.

Gene Nutt

Posted on April 19, 2013 by Crystle Dennison
She is officially out of ICU and feeling a little better.  She got to eat real food today too!  Looking at going home next week if things keep going well.

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Crystle Dennison
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.....we are off to a great start..thanks again

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