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Nov 23, 2020 Latest post:
May 18, 2021
Hi everyone! This is Ashley, Dawn's sister. We'll do our best to share updates here about Dawn's health. For a bit of background, Dawn was diagnosed with breast cancer in late October 2020 after noticing a lump and pursuing a mammogram for herself. After some initial imaging and biopsies, she learned that there is one tumor in her R breast and two lymph nodes involved. The cells are HER2 positive and are positive for hormone receptors. For those of you whose don't know what that means, congrats! You haven't been forced to learn this stuff yet and that is awesome! This is all new to me too.
The official name of the cancer is Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which accounts for 70-80% of the breast cancer diagnoses out there. Dawn's treatment team has been great at moving things along and working towards getting treatment started ASAP. Thus far, Dawn has had lots of tests and there are more to come. We know chemo starts Dec 2nd and will last 5 months. After chemo comes surgery, then radiation. Aside from feeling a lump, Dawn had no signs or symptoms of cancer which makes this diagnosis that much more difficult to wrap one's head around. But it's fantastic that she is otherwise a sassy, healthy, avant-garde-loving lady.
From what I have seen, both she and DW (and Graham for that matter) have been doing a phenomenal job in this jarring life pivot. Any and all support is welcome and appreciated: prayers and food especially. To that end, we've included a meal train on this website for all to participate in when possible - just click on "ways to help" and you'll see it.