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  • Remaining funds     18 April 2016
    Posted by: Jill Brinsdon

    Since we lost our girl, I've been checking in with her nearest and dearest to get a sense of what we should do with the funds you so generously donated for Tracey's Keytruda.

    Here is the plan:

    We will first reimburse Oisin for Tracey's first and only round of Keytruda.

    Then we will fund Tracey's beautiful funeral.

    Remaining funds will be re-donated to someone else who needs Keytruda as desperately as Tracey did - Deanna Trevarthen. Have a look at her page; you'll see immediately why we've chosen her https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/deesday

    If you feel that you would rather have your donation back, as we are surely not doing what we originally said we would with all the funds, that is completely fine. You can contact helpdesk@givealittle.co.nz

    Thank you for everything.

    Jill

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  • A message from Oisin, Tracey's husband     28 March 2016
    Posted by: Jill Brinsdon

    "Through tears of sadness I have to let you know the light of my life fought hard to the very end but passed on this morning, as the first rays of the sun crept over the horizon, peacefully and holding my hand, listening to me tell her about some of the crazy adventures we had together. Rest in peace Tracey. Know I will love you always and will see you again. Love your husband, Oisin".

    I will be in touch in the next week or two with details of plans for the redistribution of remaining funds. There are quite a few other things to do first, as you can imagine. Rest assured, though, we will do the right thing by Tracey and the spirit of givealittle.

    Please know your donations and kind thoughts meant the absolute world to Tracey and gave her enormous comfort and validation.

    With thanks and great sadness, Jill.

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  • The saddest of news     22 March 2016
    Posted by: Jill Brinsdon

    It is with the heaviest of hearts I have to share that we are not far from saying goodbye to our wonderful Tracey.

    She was admitted to Mercy Hospice yesterday for tests and what was hoped to be a shift in medication.

    Unfortunately those tests revealed she has renal failure.

    Her fight is over.

    We expect to lose her in the next day or two, perhaps sooner. I will let you know when it happens.

    Can I please say that every single donation and those extraordinary words of support meant the absolute world to her and Oisin. Each of you gave her enormous comfort, and she will leave us knowing she was loved and deeply valued by many many people.

    If kindness could cure, including the kindness of strangers, I wouldn't be writing a post like this, that's for sure.

    She was due to have her second Keytruda infusion at the end of this week. I will let you know what we will do with funds that will not need to be accessed for her treatment in due course.

    Enjoy the sun on your skin today, and the wind on your face, tell the people you love you love them, count your blessings.

    Thank you for everything.

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  • Nine days since first Keytruda infusion      13 March 2016
    Posted by: Jill Brinsdon
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    Now nine days on since my Keytruda infusion on 4 Mar I have to say I am feeling somewhat better. My hip and lower back pain is under control now in that before I was needing to taking ‘breakthrough’ medication for the pain that the long lasting (12 hrly) medication could not control. I am however experiencing pain in my left collar bone area and left rib cage (intermittent only). I had my first good night’s sleep in six months on Friday night. Normally I have been waking every 1-2 hours with either pain or the need to go wees but this time I woke only once. May that continue!

    I spend my days mostly at appointments , with visitors or visiting, soaking up rays of vitamin D (Dad will be pleased), watching my Uncles DVDs of Downton Abbey or asleep. The amount of sleep I need at the mo is incredible. I woke at 1230pm today missing a lunch visit all together!

    Next infusion date is to be advised but will be just before or after Easter.

    The number of donors keep rolling in and I am literally gob smacked with all your generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  • An update from Tracey     8 March 2016
    Posted by: Jill Brinsdon

    "I underwent my first Keytruda treatment on Fri 4 March at Canopy Cancer Care. Was easy peasy, painless. Just an infusion into a line into my arm for 30 mins. Was sat back in a very comfy lazyboy and served high tea. I could get some side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and joint pain but nothing yet. Next infusion in three weeks time. A BIG thank you to all my generous donors – you are amazing!"

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