Help raise funds for Denise's cancer treatment
Denise is one of the warmest, kindest people you could ever hope to meet. Please help her fight glioblastoma.Auckland
Within a few days of her wedding on 30th March this year, Denise Goodyer started experiencing symptoms of vision loss and disorientation. Following some tests and scans she was sadly diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumour, glioblastoma. Denise has had surgery to remove as much of the golf ball sized tumour as possible, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She has had an extremely tough time, suffering many complications and unpleasant side effects, but throughout her ordeal she continues to put on the bravest face and her brightest smile.
Having exhausted all available treatments through the New Zealand public health system, the family are now exploring other options for her through a private oncologist. She has recently started on fortnightly infusions of the drug Avastin. It is hoped that Avastin will help slow down further growth of the tumour, allowing her some quality time with her much loved husband, as well as with her family and friends.
Avastin is expensive and not funded by our public health system unfortunately. Denise worked full time prior to her diagnosis, but she has been too unwell to work since, so the hefty costs are eating into her savings, which she needs for day to day expenses. The cost of each of the first four fortnightly treatments is around $6800, and each subsequent fortnightly treatment will cost $2600. This means the first 12 weeks will cost approximately $32 400, and from then onwards it will cost approximately $15 600 every 12 weeks.
In their wedding invitation, Denise and Phil requested no gifts, instead asking for guests to donate to hospice – a reflection of their own thoughtfulness and generosity.
Any donation to help Denise and Phil through this incredibly difficult time will be greatly appreciated, as is the love and support that people are showing Denise.
Pam Isdale's involvement (page creator)
Denise is my sister in law. She is dearly loved by all her family and friends.
Use of funds
All the money raised will go to Denise and Phil, to help pay for Denise's cancer treatment. Any surplus is for them to be used as they see fit.
We hope you all stayed healthy and happy during lockdown, and like us, enjoyed having the time to appreciate the simpler things in life. We were elated to be able to celebrate our first wedding anniversary together on the 30th March, dining in like the rest of the country!
Thank you SO much for all the donations that have kept coming in. They have made such a difference for us, and we feel extremely grateful, especially knowing so many people have suffered financially during this time.
With all the beautiful sunny weather we had during lockdown, Denise has been trying her best to overcome her exhaustion and force herself to get out for walks each day, walking up to 3km some days. She even tried her hand at painting the deck.
Denise adores Jess, our border collie dog, and of course Jess loves accompanying her on her walks. Bella the cat remains Denise’s favourite, much to Jess’s disgust, spending hours curled up on the bed beside Denise.
Our daughter Alyse is doing her Level 3 NCEA Biology assessment on the ethics of Avastin not being funded. It is a truly amazing and empathetic piece of research, which we will share with you once it is finished.
Today our niece Catherine came over and took Denise for her fortnightly Avastin treatment. Denise thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend some time catching up with Catherine again, now that we have moved out of alert level 3.
Denise has another MRI scan coming up on the 16th of May, and we will be eagerly awaiting the results from that, ever hopeful for more positive news.
We are looking forward to being able to catch up with family and friends again soon, and we wish everyone well as you extend your bubbles and find your way forward in level 2.
Take care, Phil and Denise xx
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This page was created on 4 Nov 2019 and closes on 14 Aug 2020.