Diane’s Obituary

We would like to share Diane’s Obituary with you all, here is the link to the O’Connor Mortuary Site:

http://www.oconnormortuary.com/obituaries/Diane-Gibson/#!/Obituary

Please feel free to add pictures or tributes to Diane for everyone to share. 

Hope to see you all on Friday at 11am at Diane’s Celebration of Life!

 

With Love,

Geoff, Jaimie, Aaron, Charity and Jacob

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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

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

Preparing for the battle..

What a surprise it was for Mom and Dad to have breakfast made for them today. Thank you Shari and Russ for the delicious start to the day and your amazing friendship! They really enjoyed spending time with you this morning.

Saturday was a good day for Mom, she was able to eat well and consumed a lot of protein which made her feel more energetic and she enjoyed the day with Dad and Charity, overall her spirits are high as she prepares for this next week.

We’re still trying to diagnose the primary source of this cancer. Mom had her MRI Saturday and is scheduled for her PET scan this coming Friday (unless we are lucky enough to get it moved to a sooner date), these tests should confirm the primary source and we are still hopeful it is primary breast cancer as the treatment for this type of cancer has the highest success rate.

Monday Mom and Dad go in for Chemo orientation which will tell them what to expect, side effects, protocol etc. Mom starts Chemo this Wednesday.

We don’t know exactly what to expect, but we are planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Everyone has been so generous and offering to help in whatever way they could and we are so gracious and appreciative. I knew my mom was superwoman but until she physically couldn’t do it all anymore, I don’t think anyone realized how much she really did and carried on her shoulders. She reads every post and is so completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that she is receiving from everyone!

Anticipating that mom will be very sick, we have come up with a few things that we could really use some help with.

1)      Germ Free Environment- With my mom’s already suppressed immune system and the effects from the Chemo; we want to ensure the house stays as clean as possible. We are looking for referrals for a housekeeper to come once a week and thoroughly clean the house.

This person should be:

  • Trustworthy
  • Kind
  • Understanding of the situation, able to “work around” Diane
  • Inexpensive (we don’t really have “extra” funds for this)

If anyone has a referral for us, please email me directly at Jmeelyn@gmail.com

2)      This also means we are asking that all visits are scheduled, no drop by visits please. All visitors must be in good health, we don’t want to risk any exposure during this time to the flu etc.  Thanks for understanding.

3)      Dinners- Thank you so much to those of you who have brought or are bringing dinner!!  If you are signed up for a dinner, or plan to sign up for a dinner, there will be an ice chest in the front of the house to drop off dinner in case Diane isn’t feeling up to visitors.

4)      Sheets- We are anticipating a need to change sheets often, we would like to collect some extra sheets, these can be new or gently used twin size (84″ long x 36″ wide x12” deep) fitted sheets. If you can donate these, that would be incredibly helpful.

Thank you so much for everyone’s thoughts, prayers and kind words. You have no idea what it means to us as a family to know that we have so much support and love!

Until next time…

❤ Jaimie