Dana Moore said it was devastating when she and her husband, Scott, were diagnosed with cancer less than two months apart, however, the couple are doing anything but giving up.
Scott was originally diagnosed with esophageal cancer in April, but is in remission following extensive surgery in May. Dana said he is now getting ready to battle prostate cancer, also discovered in April.
Several long nights spent sleeping on a hospital room floor, and moving furniture to be make room for her husband and his new walker, was initially thought to be the reason for Dana’s back pain earlier this year. However, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma in her abdomen and lower back just weeks after her husband’s diagnosis.
After undergoing chemotherapy, Dana said she was close to being in remission when her doctors discovered in August that her cancer spread to her brain.
Through all the bad news and tough breaks, Dana said she’s never shed a tear, never been scared and understands there is a higher purpose for her and Scott’s situation.
“More than anything, I feel that it’s God’s work,” Dana said. “I feel like this is all happening for a reason.”
Dana said the last few months have been “devastating financially” for the married couple of almost three years.
Although they were “childhood sweethearts” they were separated when Scott’s family moved away. Dana said the two were reconnected after more than 30 years, and married at Petit Jean Mountain on Oct. 23, 2010.
The still-newlyweds were in the middle of a five-year plan to buy a house when news of cancer came. Now the rising medical costs make it hard to pay rent.
“You’ve just got to keep your faith in the right place,” Dana said. “God will always provide.”
Dana and Scott will be beneficiaries of a fundraiser Saturday, put on by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, at the Greenbrier Middle and Junior High School cafeteria. The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include a live auction, live entertainment and handmade crafts. Barbecue and “all the fixin’s” will be provided in exchange for donations.
Dana, a probation officer since 2008, said the outpouring of support from the community has left her speechless.
“I’ve always been the type to help within the community, but you never expect to be on the receiving end,” Dana said. “It’s been really overwhelming. I was raised in this community and know there are good people here.
“It’s a blessing.”
Dana, who worked in the Faulkner County Judge’s Office for 14 years before becoming a probation officer, called her coworkers at the sheriff’s office the “best work family there is.”
“We’re not just coworkers,” Dana said. “From the outside looking in, you don’t realize it until you work there, but that department is a family.
“I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Dana, who has been unable to work due to treatment, said Sheriff Andy Shock and Chief Deputy Matt Rice have been frequent visitors to her home, always checking in to see how she and her husband are and looking for ways to help.
Some treatments Dana is currently receiving require certain amounts of caffeine, but most of the time, Dana said the treatment takes so much out of her she doesn’t want to even lift her head, much less go to get coffee.
“Then here comes Matt Rice with Starbucks,” Dana said. “It’s the little things that you don’t think about that they’ve jumped in on.”
Dana, who recently spent nine days in the hospital, said doctors have seen improvement lately and will have a spinal tap done Thursday to determine the next course of action. She will be unable to attend Saturday’s event.
Scott is scheduled for a biopsy Friday to determine the next move in battling his prostate cancer, and Dana said he will attempt to attend the event Saturday. Dana said their family will be present.
No matter what the future holds, Dana said she and her husband will remain positive.
“It doesn’t have to be a death sentence,” she said. “A lot of it is attitude, faith and your support system. I don’t know what we would do without all them.”
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