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Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.David had a lump appear on the side of his neck in 2009.  He had a fine needle biopsy and it was found inconclusive.  It was suggested he have it removed, but he didn't have health insurance so he took the wait and see approach.  After his marriage in May 2012 he decided to have it removed.  The ENT told him it would not be cancer because if it were he would be dead.  On July 26,  2012 he had it removed.  It was the size of a baseball and squamous cell carcinoma.  Then the fun began.


While getting treatment for Oropharyngeal Cancer, we noticed David was having many complications not expected of his cancer. We finally found out why when he went to the ER on November 23, 2012 and found out in addition to his head and neck cancer he also has Primary Plasma Cell Leukemia a very rare aggressive cancer. As of today we have been in the hospital for 20 days.

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Vivian Gabbard posted a new journal entry, "A year in review".

It has now been over a year since David died and a lot has changed in my life. After his death, I was forced to leave the home David had for ten years and for those who ... Read more

Diane Ditto signed David's Guestbook.

Hi Vivian - I've been thinking about you a lot lately and pray for you daily.  I recently lost my brother, he was 50, and he had been with his wife for 35 years; married ... Read more

Grandmax4 signed David's Guestbook.

I was just getting ready to go to CSN and post a message, "Has anyone heard from Vivian"?Ironic? Happy to know you're getting along , it will take time. Read more

Vivian Gabbard posted a new journal entry.

It's been 7 months since David's passing and somedays are harder than others. The last two years have been extremely difficult and I sometimes don't understand why God ... Read more

Grandmax4 signed David's Guestbook.

I'm so happy to hear from you Vivian, even if it is a sad occasion. I know what you're going through and I promise, it will get better.Take care, be Happy ( you deserve it) Read more

Cris - CSN signed David's Guestbook.

Vivian,I want you to know you are still very much thought about. Life can be such a difficult thing. But, it's what we do with it that makes it better. I think you are ... Read more

Tim Cogdill signed David's Guestbook.

You and David are not forgotten......Just wanted to make sure you both knew that ...Tim6003 from CSN Read more

Vivian Gabbard posted a new journal entry, "1 year since cancer changed my life".

July 26, 2012 was a very difficult day. David was scheduled to remove what was thought to be a bronchial cleft cyst on the right side of his neck. The ENT did not even ... Read more

Vivian Gabbard posted a new journal entry.

I am actually doing better today then I thought I would be. Maybe it's the beautiful sunshine outside. I am blessed to have two beautiful, healthy kids. They have shone ... Read more

Vivian Gabbard posted a new journal entry.

This time last year I was trying to get myself to go to sleep because I was so excited I would be a bride the next day and marry the man who I had grown to love so ... Read more

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