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Welcome to CaringBridge. We have created this site to keep our friends and family updated about Deanna's progress. Please read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.As of Friday, December 12th, Deanna is still at Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis, staying on the Spinal floor, with her husband Neal close at hand. Several months ago (August of 2008), she started experiencing back pain. After an initial MRI, she was told she had a fracture in her vertebrae. For several months Deanna diligently wore a brace to heal the fracture. The past two weeks, the fracture, however, got worse.

On December 8th, Deanna had another MRI and at the doctor's request, a subsequent biopsy of the lower back. She was admitted to the hospital on December 10th because the biopsy had come back malignant. She was admitted by the Spinal doctor, but the Oncologist quickly became involved. It turns out, the bone in the vertebrae had weakened, and had fractured because of the cancer within the back. Running point on all the activity and follow-up testing was Dave Tetzlaff, Neal and Deanna's brother-in-law, who is a physician at Abbott. It has been a god-send to have Dave involved.

After a CT Scan, the news became worse, and that it was not only in the back, but had also gotten to the pelvis, with a couple spots on the lung. Because the form of cancer appeared to be estrogen based, the breast was still the likely culprit. This had not been verified. The doctors still needed to verify the source as the breast, so an ultrasound and biopsy of chest was proposed, and conducted on Thursday, December 11th. On the evening of the 11th, the Oncologist gave Deanna and Neal some positive news, that the lower back could and would be treated immediately with radiation. And Deanna would be feeling better in the back by Christmas. As of Friday, however, we still haven't heard back from Pathology on the biopsy of the breast.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, discussions around next steps for the breast cancer will be discussed. The real difficult aspect for Deanna, is having to deal with two sources of cancer and pain: the lower back (immediate) and the breast (longer term depending on the stage it is in).

We will update the details here and in the journal as they become known. It is obviously a fluid situation, and changing by the day, if not the hour. Please check the journal as well, since Deanna will be updating that as her pain improves, and she begins her radiation treatments. Please keep Deanna, Neal and their two children, Linnea (12) and Annika (9) in your deepest prayers as they move through this trying time in their lives.
Thank you, Noel Thompson (Deanna's brother).


Allen signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Deanna,Blessings to you in this liminal experience of celebrating 5 years.  Peace to you and your family this Advent and Christmas, Read more

Binnur Ozkececi-Taner signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Dear Deanna,I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   Read more

Martie signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Deanna,  What a wonderful list of milestones.  Thank you for sharing your heartfelt anniversary reflections.  We join you in being grateful for the gift of these five ... Read more

John Wanner signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Deanna and Family,Thank you so much for sharing your journey. We had the wonderful experience of sharing our Augsburg College 50 year reunion with Neal's parents and ... Read more

Jane Palmer signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Deanna-Thank you for this beautiful post.  I, too, am rejoicing with you on this special day.  I continue to keep you in prayer and in my heart as an inspiration.  May ... Read more

Pam Avaux signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Rejoicing with you in what God has done and giving thanks for His light that shines in the darkness; that no darkness can overcome.His light shines in YOU, Deanna.God ... Read more

Robin Parritz signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Wishing you and your family so much joy during the holidays, and many, many, many years of celebrations to come.Robin Parritz Read more

Wendy signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Deanna,I sit here with tears welling in my eyes - five years ago feels so real to me. I can only imagine how it feels to you.  This news was so good to read and what you ... Read more

Tom Melchior signed Deanna's Guestbook.

Dear Deanna,Your good news has made my day. Here's wishing you and your family a blessed and healthy new year.Tom Read more

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