Posted on Jan 4, 2016

Debra just passed away from stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma in December 2015. She was diagnosed in June 2014 meaning that she survived 18 months. She actually felt “normal” for a small period of time last year which allowed us to travel to St. John in the US Virgin Islands. She was an educator for several decades teaching elementary school children and was known for her caring, patience and humor. Debra is survived by one son and five siblings I am her boyfriend (See Photo); it was an honor to walk beside her during this part of her life. She was sweet, understanding, sensitive, loving and proud. Deb was openminded in the way she approached her illness. Aside from doing the expected chemotherapy and other “targeted” therapies, she tried various supplements, acupuncture and Reiki to mitigate side effects and boost her immune system. She actually was accepted into a clinical trial via NIH to try an experimental immunotherapeutic drug. She went into liver failure before we could see it through… One thing stands out for me when thinking about Debra and this cancer which took her life. She was scared, yes, but looked the monster in the face and fought on. Second, from all our experiences with the cancer care industry Debra would want me to say the following, “Do your research, ask questions, and trust your intuition about what’s right for you”. I loved her dearly. May God bless and keep her.