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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26. Board Game: Potions [Average Rating:4.42 Overall Rank:10435]
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So, I began chemo - a terrible POTION,
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27. Board Game: Pretty Pretty Princess [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:11054]
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and started experiencing some horrible side effects that left me feeling less than PRETTY...
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28. Board Game: Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648 [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1692]
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I was in AGONY - aching all over.
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29. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
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VOMITing
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30. Board Game: Burp [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:8972]
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And BURPing
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31. Board Game: Fart! [Average Rating:3.88 Unranked]
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And Lots of "other" GAS!!
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32. Board Game: Ha-Ha Hair-do! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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I realized I would lose my HAIR...
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33. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2600]
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Hey - for a Girl, that is NOT just a MISCELLANEOUS ACCESSORY!
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34. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1158]
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but THAT’S LIFE!
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35. Board Game: Wig Out! [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:7945]
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and I wouldn’t WIG OUT!
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36. Board Game: The Perilous Parlor Game [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:9403]
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Enduring chemo was a PERILOUS situation.
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37. Board Game: Sufferin' Spirits [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
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It affected not only my body - my SPIRIT SUFFERED as well.
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38. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:2703] [Average Rating:5.99 Unranked]
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It made me feel like a ZOMBIE,
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39. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:50]
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and I began to realize that chemo was medicine from the STONE AGE,
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40. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:136]
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CIVILIZATION had to offer something better!
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41. Board Game: Magic Spell [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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I needed something modern - a MAGIC SPELL!
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42. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:821]
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I had to move fast like a HARE, but steady like a TORTOISE!
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43. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:715]
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Would I have to cross AMERICA to get the help I needed?
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44. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1206]
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Or spend 10 DAYS IN AFRICA?
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45. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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Or find a way to travel to PUERTO RICO if need be?
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46. Board Game: Never Call Retreat [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8758]
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I only knew that I could NEVER CALL RETREAT - Never Give Up!
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47. Board Game: Helpline [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
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Who knew that the HELP I needed
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48. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:538]
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would be found right in my Home TOWN
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49. Board Game: The Game of Authors [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:11021]
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by local PIONEERS IN MEDICINE!
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50. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Turns out to really be a SMALL WORLD after all!
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