If you’ve ever had cancer or known someone who has, then you know that this is a journey filled with good days and bad days. And you never know when either will happen. This week was unexpectedly difficult for Denise.
Tuesday started out as many other days. Denise and David began their daily routine at home. Following a nap, David had difficulty getting her to wake up. She was taken to the ER by ambulance and the team at Magee did an amazing job of getting her stabilized while running a series of tests to figure out what was causing her unresponsiveness. She was intubated to help with her labored breathing and critically low blood pressure. In a few short hours, she was again able to communicate, alert and aware. She was admitted to the ICU where she is still under 24-hour care.
Results of testing show that the cancer has spread to Denise’s liver and is affecting her stomach. Fluid has been an ongoing issue due to the tumors in her lymph system, causing her breathing struggles and lymphedema. She has developed pneumonia. And she is still battling the side effects of radiation. With these issues and the news of the cancer spreading, her oncology team is mapping out a new treatment plan, including moving into clinical trials in addition to chemo and other procedures to ease her symptoms and make her most comfortable.
If you know Denise well, you know she has an indomitable will. She has not stopped trying to wean off the ventilator and get stable enough to get home. She has been surrounded by her parents, sisters and, of course, David. Yesterday marked 21 years of marriage for Denise and David. Though it wasn’t how they ever expected to spend the day, there is no better example of true love.
As always, we thank you for all your kind words and support. Your donations have kept this family afloat and your prayers and good thoughts continue to feed their spirit. No one knows what each day has in store, but we remain positive and hopeful as we take on every one.
Team Wonder Twin