Go Fund Me- Fundraiser by Raquel Pasala

If you would like to donate to the Gibson family to help with expenses incurred during this time, Click below. Thank you for your support!

Paypal link has been disabled at this time. Please refer to the following link for monetary donations: http://www.gofundme.com/4tkcps

Raquel Pasala is a parent of a student who attends LHHS with Aaron. This is a trusted link and all the funds will go directly to the Gibson Family to assist with costs during this time.

DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MAILED TO:

Geoff Gibson

25911 Tree Top Road

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Memorial HOTEL Information

Diane Gibson’s Memorial HOTEL DISCOUNT INFORMATION
***MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS BY NOVEMBER 1ST TO GET THESE RATES***

Fairfield Inn
26328 Oso Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 582-7100

Regular Rates:
2 Doubles/1 King-First Night $114+tax,Each night after $109+tax

With Discount:
2 Doubles/1 King, each night $92+tax
“Diane Gibson’s Memorial” is the keyword to use when booking

Discount is valid starting November 7th, through November 11th

The Hills Hotel
25205 La Paz Rd
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 586-5000

Regular Rates:
2 Doubles-$104+tax each night
1 King-$109+ tax each night

With Discount:
2 Doubles, $95+tax each night
1 King, $105+tax each night
“Diane Gibson’s Memorial” is the keyword to use when booking

Discount is valid starting November 7th, through November 11th

Celebrate Diane <3

Diane Gibson’s Celebration of Life

Services will be held on Friday, November 8th at 11 o’clock in the morning at

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
26772 Avery Parkway | Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Casual Hawaiian Attire Requested

Food and Beverages will be available immediately following the service. Cash bar available.

Please join us in Diane’s honor.

Local Accommodations for out of town guests:

Fairfield Inn
26328 Oso Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 582-7100

The Hills Hotel
25205 La Paz Rd
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 586-5000

With Love,
Geoff, Jaimie, Aaron, Charity & Jacob

</3 Heartbroken

Our body is just a vessel… Tonight it is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our dearest Diane. She has been an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and best friend to many. And we all loved her so. I would like to add, I am sorry if you did not receive a phone call. We love you all.

Geoff, Jaimie, Aaron, Charity & Jacob

Tough Reality…

It’s Jaimie again… I am going to be brief here and leave out a lot of details, sorry in advance.

As most of you have probably heard, we are headed down a tough road. On September 28th mom was put on Palliative Care, which means they were coming to the house to assist with medications and evaluate her situation. Wednesday the nurse came because she was in a lot of pain, feeling really nauseous, not eating, sleeping around the clock and filling with fluid again. We took her back to the hospital where they admitted her again.

At this point, all they can do for her is manage her pain and relieve her symptoms. This is called “comfort care”, meaning they are not preventing anything, prolonging anything or hasting anything.

She had a very rough Thursday and Friday and lots of family coming to visit because at this point, we just don’t know how long she has.

Saturday we fought with the hospital to get her pain meds up’d and to have her drained because she was so uncomfortable. They finally managed to put her on a drip of her pain meds for a continuous flow instead of a rush every 2 hours and then it wearing off because they couldn’t stay ahead of the pain. At 9pm she finally went in for the procedure to be drained. Sunday, she and my dad decided, it was time come home (on hospice), but not before making it to Jacob’s First Birthday Party. She surprised me and everyone else at the party by showing up, she lasted just a little over an hour for pictures and socialized with everyone. It was the best day for me in a long long time.

As of Sunday, hospice is now managing her care, they brought all the necessary equipment for her while she is home. She has a nurse who visits 3 times a week or more as needed and a doctor who is her attending physician while on hospice. Today, when the doctor came to see her, he told us that she could have one day, or a few or possibly up to a few weeks. Nobody can be certain.

What I will say, is that anyone who knows my mom knows how hard she fought and knows how hard it is to watch her suffer. I just don’t want her to feel one more ounce of pain for even one more minute.

On behalf of my mom and my dad, I want to say thank you for thinking of our family, and praying for healing and comfort for my mom. For those of you who want to “help”, the only thing we could really use at this time is help with meals. It is difficult to care for my mom and manage day to day tasks and remember to plan meals for the kids.

There is a calendar here if you would like to sign up…

To access Diane Gibson’s personal CareCalendar site,
visit http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/152720 and enter
the following information in the appropriate spaces:
CALENDAR ID : 152720
SECURITY CODE : 4055

If you would like to help out in other ways please visit this link:

https://teamdidi.wordpress.com/donate-2/

We love you all!

❤ Jaimie

Georgia

Hi Everyone! It’s Jaimie! I know it’s been a long while since we posted an update and let me tell you…. A LOT has changed!

Where do I even begin? I will start by saying that there has been so much back and forth and new developments that I can’t get into every lengthy detail. I will try to cover everything in this update though.

Mom started her 3rd type of chemo on July 24th. She had said that some of her pain was subsiding and thought that this chemo may be working finally and she was headed in the right direction.

Over the course of the following month she was beginning to feel more discomfort, bloating and full feeling. Nothing she would eat would sit right with her. She was most comfortable laying down with heat on her tummy. The doctors discovered that there was fluid building up in my moms abdominal cavity but unless it got to be “excessive” there was really nothing they could do for her.

The doctor had cleared her to go on a trip to Georgia with me, Charity and Jacob as a memory making trip. We left on Tuesday August 21st and she was skipping her chemo which was scheduled for Wednesday.

Traveling to Georgia went fairly smoothly. Charity was a big helper and mom had assistance all the way there.

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Our trip was so relaxing. We stayed in a town called Lyerly which is on the border of Georgia and Alabama with one of my mom’s best friends Joy and her hubby Jeff. They live on a beautiful ranch style home that sits on 80 acres. A beautiful view, a pool and peaceful place to spend our time.

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On my Birthday we went to Chattanooga Tennessee. We spent the day at the Aquarium.

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Then went back to town and had dinner at a place called Jefferson’s.

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Mom did really well overall on Monday, she got really tired and started to have increased pain in her abdomen after walking through the first half of the Aquarium so we got her a wheelchair and she made it through the rest of the day.

Tuesday we had to pack up and travel back to Atlanta to catch our flight home. We all got off to a late start and mom was having a hard time getting up and going. She was in a tremendous amount of pain and had the full, bloated feeling (which had been building up for well over a month, and progressively getting worse).

Our travels home were not as happy and smooth as they were going to GA. She was practically in tears for 8+ hours. Trying to hold it together until we got home.

Wednesday 8/28 mom decided that the pain was too much and she needed to be seen and try to get to the source of the problem. She went to the Emergency room and was admitted, they ran a series of tests, blood work to see where her markers were, and drained several liters of fluid.

Over the course of the next month, she steadily declined having more bad days than good and needing to be drained more frequently than before. Hospital stays lasted several days each time.

YET ANOTHER NEW PROTOCOL

Sometimes I just want to crawl into a hole and not come out!! That being said……

Last update I indicated I was going to start Neupogen shots. This new step has proven to keep my white blood cell counts up. My body seemed to be adjusting to the new regiment, so I thought. As we approached my 5th round of chemo I was becoming more anxious, as my doctor had informed me he was going to order a CT scan to see how my cancer is responding to the treatment. On July 16th I went in for my usual blood draw to check my counts, which is something I do the day before my chemo. Normally I don’t get a call unless my counts are too low to receive chemo. Within a few hours I received that call letting me know my platelets were too low. The nurse also informed me I needed to be very careful with bleeding because I am unable to clot normally. Hearing this caused me to be alarmed as I had been on my menstrual cycle too long. When she heard this I needed to go to the ER immediately! Upon my arrival to the ER my blood counts were redone with the result of the platelets dropping lower. I was talking to the doctor about how I was feeling which made me realize I had ignored this pain over the last week which concerned me and the ER doctor. I told him I was only taking pain medicine when I went to bed and the lack of energy, stamina and shortness of breath had returned during this second treatment plan. He decided he wanted to consult with his team to see what the next step would be. The result was I needed a transfusion of red blood cells which would help with the symptom’s I was experiencing. They admitted me into the hospital on the 16th for 2 days. On the 2nd day the internist and I discussed being discharged but were concerned about the pain I was still having.

Because of the pain they didn’t want to wait for the CT scan and scheduled it that day! Preliminary results showed fluid around my liver that explains the pain I have been having. Now, I will wait for the doctors to consult and look over my scans. The waiting is the worst part. I was released to go home on July 18th, which is the best part! Over the weekend my pain increased so I called my doctor to see if I could get an appointment sooner than the 23rd! They were able to fit me in on the 22nd, yay!!

I went to this appointment with my kids and not my husband as he had to work. I needed a driver to get me there and Aaron is a driver now. Thank goodness! I was apprehensive about having my kids there with me as I didn’t know what I was going to hear. The results from the official report indicated the cancer on the liver was not stabilized and had grown in size a little bit. There are 2 new microscopic nodules on both of my lower lobes of my lungs. I do know that this means I have to move to another type of treatment. As we continue to try other treatments my percentage for remission keeps getting lower and lower my worry is starting to kick in. On the same note, I am staying optimistic about this treatment because it is going to make a lot of my pain go away and make the fluid in my belly subside. I also don’t have to deal with some of the harsher side effects that the other chemo had caused.

My new treatment started on July 24th. My new treatment consists of every Wednesday for three weeks and one week off. Some of my pain has subsided, which gives me hope that this could be the beginning of the right treatment.

Again, thank you to everyone who has participated in assisting in the meals for our family and all of the prayers and well wishes. I draw from your strength and enjoy reading your comments and texts.

For anyone who doesn’t have the calendar link and access code here it is!!!

To access Diane Gibson’s personal CareCalendar site,
visit http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/152720 and enter
the following information in the appropriate spaces:
CALENDAR ID : 152720
SECURITY CODE : 4055

Continuing to fight!
Love Diane

And The Fight Continues

Since my last update I have had 3 rounds of chemo and with that they have now added another step in this battle. I now take Neupogen shots everyday for 6 days starting on the Saturday after my week of chemo. These daily shots help to regenerate my White Blood Cells and allows my body to not dip in to the low #’s preventing me from treatment. The draw back is that I am in some pretty significant pain for a couple of the days that I am taking them. The pain I experience is a deep bone pain so I take pain meds to help combat that.

As for the new chemo treatments the side effects seem to be sticking around a lot longer than they did after my first round. I have experienced neuropathy in my fingers, toes and in my mouth. Because of this side effect I am unable to eat or drink anything cold with ice or any of my favorites things. I have experienced a very weird taste and food just isn’t the same for me.

I try to push myself to do things as I can, as I get a little depressed when my mind is motivated and my body is not! Seems though that for everyday I do push and might over do I find that I need to have 2 days to recover!! However I want to live in the now and continue to be with the kids and Geoff doing what I am able so when the body says to stop I have to listen and just rest…

I have such a wonderful husband he has been so great in picking up and taking care of the household and the kids. I know that this has also been difficult for him as he is still working fulltime and handling such a huge load! He handles everything but there are times when I just wished I had the energy to be more of a help. I know he misses my cooking and taking care the meals!! Recently a new calendar was setup my Marla Sheik not sure if you have the link but if anyone that lives close to us is willing to help with meals here and there I know he would really appreciate it as would I. Here is the link and the passcodes.

To access Diane Gibson’s personal CareCalendar site,
visit http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/152720 and enter
the following information in the appropriate spaces:

CALENDAR ID : 152720
SECURITY CODE : 4055

I have such a huge support system and you all continue to pray for me and I am so grateful for all that and the love that you show me through the notes, emails and phone calls. It means so much to me!!!!

I continue to have a strong and determined attitude. I will not give into this cancer or into this fight!!!!!

Until next time…

❤ Diane

Update 5.30.13

I again want to apologize to you for not posting anything since the beginning of May!

After my treatment on May 1, the next week I was due to have another round however  I was not able to since my white cell count was really low. Being low means they aren’t able to continue until they come up.  My doctor decided to postpone for one week and see what my counts were then. Unfortunately, that next week it wasn’t the white blood cells but my platelets that were extremely low and if they dropped much lower than I would need to have a transfusion. So again he postponed my treatment.  On May 17th I had a CT scan and anxiously awaited the results.

Geoff and I received the call on Tuesday evening from my Dr. He had been waiting to get all of the data together and reviewed with Dr. Yuan from City of Hope. She was the doctor we saw for our 2 opinion. She still is not convinced that where my cancer started was in the breast. She and her team are still thinking that is has something to do with my GI tract. The news that we were given was not exactly what I was hoping for however it really wasn’t that bad!   The Cancer has not spread,(PRAISE GOD) although there has been some growth of the tumors on the liver but minutely. Doctor didn’t seem to concerned about that he was however concerned with the fact that my blood counts are not bouncing back quickly which is delaying my treatment!  The doctors decided that what course I was on wasn’t really working even with missing 2 different treatments. They have decided to put me on a whole new regiment this consists of going every other week I had my first treatment last Wednesday and was there for approximately 4hrs and received 2 different medications that have to be given together over 2 1/2 hrs. Then I have given a boost of another medication over a 10 minute period, once that was complete then I was sent home with a pump of the same medication to be administered over 46hrs. This treatment plan has a name it is called FOLFOX. This is known to be a treatment used for Colon Cancer.  Doctor said to me that it is a more aggressive treatment and it works on all Cancer’s in that region.

With this new regimen comes new side effects. I am not allowed to have anything cold to eat or drink in the first 5 days after treatment as this can cause my esophagus to close and have breathing issues. Neuropathy is another side effect and its pretty intense! I experienced that the first night! Touching anything that is cold or frozen sends a feeling of tingling or electricity through my hands. I have been told that I really need to wear gloves when reaching into for anything out of the fridge. That’s a hard one to get use too. Then there are the effects that I had before loss of hair, being tired and lack of energy. It literally took from Wed to Monday to finally feel like I was able to get up and around. I pray and hope that this treatment plan works. I noticed that I am still experiencing a few pains here and there and that is different than the last regimen. Once I had treatment that pains would go away. I meet with my Dr again before the 3rd round and will discuss all the questions I am sure to have by then!!!

After this first round and seeing it take me down for almost 5 days Geoff and I would like to ask for help again with meals if anyone would like to help us again. This is just one area that is such a HUGE help to our family as I was the primary cook.

I will do my best to try an update this more regularly!!

With love,

Until next time…

Diane