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Beating the “Big C” BGG Style: A Co-op Game-a-thon with Denise
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My Family History - Cancer.

It was February 12 2008 when, doing my monthly breast exam, I found a lump in my left breast. It was initially diagnosed as mastitis, and treated with antibiotics. After 2 months of questionable response, my physician referred me to a "Breast Disease Specialist" who sent me for a mammogram and a (first) biopsy which came back as a staph infection. I underwent 8 months of treatment with antibiotics, then a second biopsy which came back as cancer. I knew... Mom had bi-lateral breast cancer, she is a 26yr Survivor - it was only a matter of time before it found me. But I was not prepared for the misdiagnosis, I had put my trust in a "specialist".

With the wasted time of a missed diagnosis, the cancer had the opportunity to spread, so I am now dealing with metatastic breast cancer in my vertebra.

I endured 8 grueling weeks of chemo, only to decide that it was not the path for me. I felt that I needed something "different". Modern medicine HAD to offer some other way!

I found a Dr in the Houston area who offered a "new path" which has shown good results via gene therapy treatments. Unfortunately, it’s also a very expensive path.

This is a tough fight, but I'm gonna do my best at it. I'll admit that I'm about as scared as I've ever been, and at the end of the day, in the dark, I often cry alone. I am blessed though, to have the support of family and dear friends. Gamer Family and Gamer Friends who help me pass the time...
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This is my story - BGG Style...

UPDATE, JULY 21
OMG!
My GeekList is on the Front Page of BGG!!
Can't tell y'all What A Thrill this is for me!!!
Seriously.Seriously.Seriously.A.Thrill!!

I am Truly Honored by the donations to my website since posting this GeekList, both public and private... Especially get a kick out of the "poker" bid donations - Too Flippin Funny!

As mentioned in the GeekList, I don't have health insurance and my monthly medical bills run $4,800+, with an additional $1,500 every 3rd month for a PET/CT Scan. Actually, my meds run about $10,000/month, but I've been fortunate to qualify for grants from the drug companies to help pay for the prescriptions, bringing my cost "down" to about $4,500/month, + misc test expenses.
It's a Tough Fight All Around.

Because I'm asking for help, I'm being very open about the finances and keeping my budget info here:
http://teamdenise.org/budget/expenses/

Again - Thanks for the prayers, the good wishes and the donations, you have No Idea How Much I Appreciate All of Them - Every Little Bit of Support Helps!
THANKS SO VERY MUCH

Please pass my story and my web site around!

My Story: http://TeamDenise.org/about/denises-story/
My Plea: http://teamdenise.org/about/denises-plea/
My Website: http://TeamDenise.org

denise
Surviving Breast Cancer without health insurance...
http://TeamDenise.org
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1. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1707]
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I know this is OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF BGG, but...
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2. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:925]
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ONCE UPON A TIME...
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3. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1894]
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I was taking care of BUSINESS...
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4. Board Game: It's A Wonderful Life [Average Rating:4.04 Unranked]
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thinking IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE...
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5. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:135] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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When to my HORROR
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6. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: Something Wicked Expansion [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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I felt SOMETHING WICKED
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7. Board Game: Lumps, the Game of Big Rolls and Smart Holds [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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It was a LUMP
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8. Board Game: What's That? [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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and I wondered WHAT HAVE WE HERE?
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9. Board Game: Just Wait [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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This couldn't JUST WAIT
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10. Board Game: Check-up Charlie [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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for my next CHECK-UP
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11. Board Game: ASAP [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:8829]
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I had to see my doctor ASAP!
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12. Board Game: Message to the Czar [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:5747]
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Soon, they left A MESSAGE
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13. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1450]
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to give them a CALL!
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14. Board Game: The Good News! Bad News! game [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
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Was it GOOD NEWS! BAD NEWS!?
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15. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
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Then came the report - it was worse than a PANDEMIC...
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16. Board Game: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game [Average Rating:3.13 Overall Rank:11027]
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It was THE WORST CASE SCENARIO
It Was Cancer.
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17. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10814]
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BREAST Cancer to be specific.
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18. Board Game: In a Pickle [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:10992]
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I was IN A PICKLE and
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19. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1185]
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sheer PANIC set in...
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20. Board Game: Doctor, Doctor! [Average Rating:4.43 Unranked]
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DOCTOR, DOCTOR! I cried,
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21. Board Game: Caught-Cha! [Average Rating:5.31 Unranked]
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how did I get CAUGHT
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22. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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in this disease's DOMINION?
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23. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:297]
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It has me in a STRONGHOLD and
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24. Board Game: Walk the Plank [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9682]
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I feel like I'm walking the PLANK!
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25. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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I knew this would be my greatest STRUGGLE...
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