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Debbi and the Johnson Zoo
10/16/2017 Latest post:
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If you know Debbi, you know she is a ray of sunshine, spunky, vibrant, dedicated to her pets, friends, pen friends, loved ones and her job . If you have noticed the ink-stained hands and spare bits of washi tape attached to her clothes, you probably already know that she is a creative rubber stamper and excels in creating beautiful greeting cards that bring a smile and admiration from everyone that is lucky to receive one of her creations. She also writes to pen friends from every corner of the globe. Debbi has many fur and feather babies living in her home and loves each and every one.
In August 2017, Debbi had been not feeling well due to some problems which were later diagnosed as a hiatal hernia. On August 18, 2017 her co-workers were concerned because she did not show up for work and had not called, which was very uncharacteristic of her. Debbi's co-workers knew that she had been ill and contacted law enforcement to do a well-check on Debbi at her home. Debbi was found unconscious in her home and was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, we found out that Debbi's blood sugars were in the mid 900's and we are very thankful that her co-workers requested the well-check. Debbi was hospitalized for Diabetic ketoacidosis and new onset diabetes. While hospitalized, her physicians found a mass on Debbi's pancreas. Her doctors have since confirmed that the mass is an adenocarcinoma and she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, stage 2.
Since being released from the hospital on August 30, 2017, Debbi has successfully worked thru some of the struggles and frustrations of new onset diabetes. She is now getting ready to begin chemotherapy.