Aug 24th 2013
It has been a rough couple of weeks since the poker tournament.
First, I want to congratulate Matt Perrotti for being the big winner of the tournament!
It was an amazing event with our friends who continue to surround us with love and
support. I think the best poker face award should go to Dan. He almost made it through
the whole tournament with a smile on his face.
We continue to get comments on how great Dan looks, but unfortunately he doesn't
feel as well as he looks. He has been in excruciating pain over the past few weeks
and the pain management plan he has been on has failed to help. Dan had two chemo
treatments with TGen. Each treatment takes 13 hours, and he toughed it out because
he really wanted to give it a good try. Unfortunately we were not getting the results
we hoped for.
We have called Hospice to help Dan with his pain management. The Hospice nurse was
amazing and has put Dan on a whole new pain regiment. Last night was the first night
that Dan has slept in a week, and he can actually lay on the couch comfortably.
Now that his pain is a little more under control, he is up for visitors. However,
we ask that you please coordinate your visits with me and not show up unexpectedly.
We always enjoy seeing old pictures of Dan with his friends and family, so a suggestion
would be to send an email that I can share with him. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a difficult time and Dan wants you to know that the warrior inside him is
still going strong, we just need to get his body to catch up!
Thank you for your positive thoughts, prayers, and support.
Jul 28th 2013
I am back to work/school and it has been bitter sweet. Tatum has started kindergarten
and is loving school at Jacobson (and her PE teacher). It is always great to see
my amazing coworkers and students but it is hard to leave Dan after being home and
spending so much time together this summer. So far he has been enjoying the quiet
time at home and getting a lot of rest. We are waiting to hear back from Tgen (cancer
research group) to see if Dan qualifies for a clinical trial. They are doing molecular
testing on a tissue sample they took when Dan had his surgery last October and we
should hear back from them next week. In order to do a trial study Dan has to be
chemo free for 4 weeks. We have gone ahead and started the break so we can start
the trial as soon as possible if he qualifies. It has been nice to take a break
from chemo but it also comes with a price because the cancer side effects quickly
creep in. They are doing some amazing cutting edge treatments at Tgen so we hope
to qualify and are very excited for the possibility of more options. We will keep
you posted on what we find out next week. Dan is very excited to be flying to Oklahoma
tomorrow to surprise our nephew Danny on his Birthday! We are looking forward to
seeing everyone at the poker tournament on the 10th!
Jul 15th 2013
We are excited for the poker tournament Robb and Wes have organized for August 10th.
They have gone all out and it sounds like a blast. It is going to be held at the
Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. We have booked our room for Saturday night
and we are looking forward to enjoying pool, spa and poker! See the attached flyer
under the events page for more details. Thanks Robb and Wes!!!
Jun 23rd 2013
Dan has been busy enjoying family this June. He has started a new round of chemotherapy
which he takes every 14 days and we are hoping to get approved for clinical trial.
A big thank you to Todd Watkins for honoring us at his annual golf tournament this
Apr 27th 2013
Dan completed his 19th round of chemo last week. We are hopeful that it is working,
and we're anxious to get the next scan to see just how well. Earlier this month
Dan enjoyed a trip to CA with his Dad. We are going on our family excursion to the
Bahamas on May 1-6. Todd Watkins is again honoring us at his annual golf tournament
this June. See the Blog for more details.
Mar 19th 2013
Dan has completed 4 rounds of his newest chemo treatments. We have received results
from the recent PET scan. The current plan is to complete this chemo treatment through
June, and at that time reassess things based on new scans.
Jan 28th 2013
Dan started a new round of chemotherapy and has successfully completed 2 treatments.
So far, he is tolerating it well. TWO events THIS weekend: 1. Tallen's teacher
is having a yard sale, Feb. 2nd, with proceeds to go to our family. If you have
anything to donate she would like them by the 30th - contact Amanda for more information.
2. The Day of Play is also planned for Feb. 2nd at Bright Beginnings School
- see the flyer under the events tab.
Dec 12th 2012
Dan has completed chemo treatment #12 of 12. He is so excited to be done with this
phase of his treatment as these last few rounds of chemo have really been tough.
The plan is to have a PET scan at the end of Dec. and hopefully the administration
of the radioactive beads will take place after the first of the year. We wish you
all a happy holiday season!
Nov 19th 2012
Dan has completed chemo treatment #10. These last 2 rounds- post surgery- hit him
harder than he would have liked and the neuropathy in his hands and feet is becoming
more than annoying. He is very thankful that Thanksgiving falls on an off chemo
Oct 22nd 2012
Dan came home from the hospital Saturday and is recovering much faster than even
we expected. He will return to the doctor this week to begin implementation of the
new proposed treatment for his liver. We have been overwhelmed with all the support
from our family and friends - Thank you!
Oct 11th 2012
Dan's surgery will be on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 AM. He will be at Good
Samaritan Medical Center located at 111 East McDowell Road. 602-839-2000. Dan has
really enjoyed the time he has had off from chemotherapy and having less appointments
to go to. He seems stronger than ever and is ready to take on the next phase of
While in the hospital we will update the Team Dannenfeldt Warriors Facebook page
on Dan's progress as we hear from the doctors. Check there for updates. Once he
is settled back home we will resume the web page blog. Thank you for your continued
support and prayers.
Sep 17th 2012
The Golf Tournament was a huge success. Thanks to everyone involved. Surgery is
scheduled for the second week in October. No chemo treatments until after the surgery.
Aug 22nd 2012
The meeting with the liver surgeon went well and an initial surgical plan was developed.
Chemo treatment #7 went well. Golf Tourney on Sept 15th-see flyer under "Events"
for details. Make sure you reserve your spot - We need a head count.
Aug 8th 2012
Chemo treatment #6 went well. CAT scan scheduled for Wed Aug 15th with results to
report to liver surgeon. Golf Tourney set for Sept 15th-see flyer under
Events for details.
July 24th 2012
PET scan was a success with great results. The activity levels of the tumors were
cut in half and the masses in the colon and liver have both shrunk. Chemo treatment
#5 was July 24th. Everyone is very excited about the LaBella fundraiser on Sunday,
July 11th 2012
We had a great trip to Colorado. Fourth chemo treatment on July 10th went well with
a scheduled PET scan for the week of July 16th. Next chemo treatment is July 24th.
Excited about the LaBella event on July 29th.
June 26th 2012
A big thanks to Todd for a successful golf tournament. It is always a great time
when this group of guys gets together! We met with a liver specialist on Monday
and really felt good about his plan. Dan is having his 3rd chemo treatment today
and we are looking forward to a family vacation to Colorado June 30-July 8th. His
forth Chemo treatment is July 10th.
June 18th 2012
On Mon. Dan saw the homeopathic Doctor who implemented a naturopath protocol which
we are so excited about and have already started. Tuesday was his second round of
chemo - which went much quicker this time around. The weekend was fun-filled with
Birthday celebrations, Father's Day and watching golf.
June 9th 2012
Dan had a great week and we think that the blood transfusion has a lot to do with
it. We celebrated Dan's 37th Birthday yesterday and he really enjoyed his day. Team
Dannenfeldt Warriors Invitational and the Labella Salon and Day Spa have been updated
on the events page. The bracelet order form is now available
June 2nd 2012
Dan is starting to feel better every day. He has a blood transfusion scheduled for
Tuesday morning. That should help boost his energy a little bit!
May 29th 2012
Dan began his chemo today. He is home now with a pump that will continue to deliver
the chemo for 48 hrs.
May 22nd 2012
Dan had his port put in and is home resting comfortably. Dan is scheduled for a
PET scan on 5/24 and will begin chemo on 5/29.