When she first heard that her youngest daughter was planning a wedding in March, Dianne hoped she would be medically cleared to make the long trip to Australia to share in the celebration. While Dianne has been living in Houston, her husband’s home town, seeking cancer treatment, her husband and children have remained in Australia.
For the last six years Dianne has been battling high-grade serous carcinoma at MD Anderson in Houston. She’s relied on her upbeat attitude and deep faith as well as the skill of her U.S. doctors to sustain the fight. Besides surgery, Dianne has endured 35 rounds of chemo to attack what she calls “the Beast” that invaded the lining of her abdomen. Dealt a double blow, she has also been diagnosed with melanoma and has had problems recovering from surgery due to effects of chemo. In late 2011 she was referred to Sloan Kettering in New York to explore further treatment options.