For those of you attending Dee's memorial this Saturday, we are asking that you wear something casual that reminds you of her, like a Batman t-shirt! She didn't like dressing up, and wearing something that she loved will honor and celebrate the special person she was.
Dee's celebration of life will be on Saturday, February 11th at 1:00pm at The Pointe Church in Fort Wayne. You can check the obituary (which is also posted here) for more information. Thank you for all the love and support.
It is with a heavy heart that we share that Dee passed away this morning around 3:00. Thank you all for the love and support you have shown Dee and her family through this difficult journey.
From Dee's stepdad, Brian:
Deanne is now back home. We are happy about this but the news isn't really good. Our doctor decided that it was better for her to be home where she is more comfortable and completely covered with love. Here at home she has the greatest nurse since Florence Nightingale (her amazing momma!) But the main reason for her coming home is because there isn't anything more the docotrs can do for her. Her left lung is partially collapsed and now her right lun...g is starting to collapse as well. They have told us that because of this, she will eventually pass away from respiratory problems rather than from the brain tumor slowly destroying the rest of her brain. We are praising God for this because it will be a much more peaceful way to go. They have upped her medications as well to stop her pain and keep her comfortable until the end. We don't know if it will be hours, days, or weeks and the doctors refuse to guess as she has outlived every prediction they have ever made. She is a fighter, our little Super-Trooper, and has boldly told this tumor "I will NOT go gently into that good night!" She is/was and always will be our hero and we know that Heaven will shine more brightly when the Lord finally calls her home. Thank you all for your continued love and prayers and on a side note: yes we are still planning on celebrating her 28th birthday on Saturday the 14th of this month. Love and hugs from us all.
From Dee's stepdad, Brian:
Asking for prayers seems to be a habit these days but here we go again. Our daughter Deanne is right back in the hospital. This time with pneumonia. She also has a partially collapsed lung and the other lung has fluid in it. She is in the ICU and they do no know when or if she will be released. She does however sound much better today than she did yesterday. Yesterday her breathing was raggedy and labored while today she seems to be breathing much easier and is able to get some rest.
From Dee's stepdad, Brian:
Please keep my family in your prayers. We were at the hospital for most of the day today for our daughter Deanne. Her tumor has tripled in size since the last time she was at the hospital. It is now pressing on to her brain and cutting off the signals her brain usually sends to her body including instructions for her to keep breathing. She stopped breathing 3 times today and turned ash gray which is why we went to the hospital to begin with. The doc...tors informed us that she has as little as hours left perhaps days but definitely not weeks before she leaves us. We are heartbroken by this but we know the God is good and that He's in control. We know that she will go to a better place and be with her baby brother and sister who have gone before her. She's always been an inspiration to everyone who've known her. She has been a blessed mirror that has reflected God's love to all who have met her. We are sure that her reward in heaven is waiting for her and that Jesus will meet her and take her into His embrace and tell her 'Well done my good and faithful daughter'. We love and adore her so much. She has been such a blessing to us and shown us how to face such devastating life events with strength, dignity and grace. She is my hero and I love her dearly. Thank you all for your love and support through this trying time.
Dee was in the hospital this morning because she pulled out her feeding tube and wasn't able to receive her meds. She is now home, has her meds, her GI tube is hooked up and running perfectly, and she is sleeping comfortably now.
Dee was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago with a kidney infection, and she is now back in the hospital with a UTI and pneumonia. She has been receiving antibiotics, so her fever is down and she is feeling better, but the antibiotics she is on can be hard on her kidneys, so we are waiting to hear back about some tests about her kidney function. Her GI tube (where she receives her nutrition) was clogged, but they were able to unclog it without having to put her under anesthesia for a replacement tube. Dee is very tired, but is doing well considering the circumstances. Thank you for your continued prayers!
Dee was able to go home last night, but the CT scan showed that her tumor has grown. Her family is going to be learning how to care for her seizures at home as the doctors think they will be happening more and more with the growth of the tumor.
Also, today is Dee's mom's birthday! She is Dee's primary care taker and is a blessing to Dee and her family. Please take a moment to wish Vinette a happy birthday in the midst of this journey with Dee.
Dee is in the hospital since she had several seizures today. She had a CT scan and blood work and we are waiting on the results of those tests to see what may be causing the seizures. Prayers are welcome!
Dee had a seizure on Saturday and was taken to the hospital. Her seizure was over by the time she arrived in the emergency room, but she had another seizure about an hour later. They did some lab work and adjusted her medications and she was taken back home. She was alert and coherent after the seizures were under control and is doing well now at home. She has some pain in her left hip, but tests haven't shown any conclusive cause. Dee is even able to swallow better than she was able to and can handle small bites of food. Thank you for your continued prayers for Dee!
From Dee's mother, Vinette -
So, I've wanted (needed) to ask for prayers for so long but am overwhelmed by the challenge of everything she, we & our Boyz have been through on our Daughter, Deanne's Brain Cancer journey that I could easily write a book & there's never enough time. She's had So Many mountains (really, not exaggerating) to climb & God has literally Saved Her life with only hours to spare so many times, we can't hardly keep up or breathe, let alone process before...
Dee has been admitted to the hospital so that she can get fluids and nutrition. She was not able to get this at home because of her inability to swallow, so her admission to the hospital is a blessing. They have started an IV and she will get a feeding tube tomorrow. Pray that this helps her condition improve and helps her to feel better! Also, pray for her family as Dee is away from home now and they will have to coordinate being with her and caring for their two boys at home. Thanks everyone!
Dee's family has made the choice to deactivate her Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts along with her cell phone. This has been an extremely difficult decision, but one that has been made with much thought and consideration. If anyone needs to contact the family, you can message us here (this page is managed by Dee's best friend, Kristin) or contact Dee's mother, Vinette, or stepfather, Brian. Please continue to be in prayer for Dee in this time that her pain and suffering would be minimal and that God would continue to comfort her and her loved ones.
From Dee's family -
It is with a heavy heart and hopeful soul that we post an update and plea for continued prayer for our daughter Deanne. She has once again gone dramatically downhill. she is now bedridden, unable to control any part of her body other than her right arm a bit. She is also now suffering from dementia only knowing where she is or who she's with about 20% of the time. She is still a fighter though and when she is alert she is still an inspiration to us, askin...g people who come to visit if they are allergic to Jesus 'cause she is contagious. We love her dearly and although our hearts are breaking as we watch her health deteriorate, we still feel blessed to be able to give her the care she so richly deserves; to be able to care for her here at home (which was her wish), to be able to constantly remind her that she is loved, that she is special and that she is a blessing and not a burden. She is still our little Super-Trooper and our world is a better place to have had her in our lives... The world is a better place to have had her in it. She still lights up and smiles when friends and family come to visit (even though some find it hard to see her in this condition). She relishes those visits even when she is not here mentally during some visits she is still so happy to hear people came to she her when she returns to us. Her faith in our Lord has never wavered even now and she is such an inspiration to my wife and I. We may never get answers as to why she had to take this path for her life but we will also never question God's will in her life nor the fact that her faith has been an amazing display of Gods love for us all to see. We love and cherish every moment we have with her.