Advertisement

Kansas mom who delayed cancer treatment for unborn twins, dies at 32

Tyler Dick
Tyler Dick(KWCH)
Published: Jun. 22, 2017 at 9:23 PM CDT
Email this link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn
Update (Monday, April 30, 2018):

Danielle Dick, 32, has died as a result of cancer at a Houston hospital.

Eyewitness News profiled Danielle and her husband, Tyler, last summer when they faced a devastating diagnosis and an impossible decision.

“I started having headaches and I thought it was pregnancy brain,” Danielle told us then.

But the symptoms got worse, including loss of speech.

“I could hardly put three words together.”

Seventeen-weeks pregnant with twins, and a one-year-old at home, doctors told Danielle and her husband, Tyler what was causing her headaches.

“When they told me it was brain tumor, I couldn't believe it. I was like, this can't be happening.”

About six years ago, Danielle was diagnosed with melanoma. Tyler spotted a mole on her back.

“You see those pictures on the doctor’s office and it didn't look like that. It just looked different,” says Tyler.

Doctors treated her and after five years being clear of melanoma, Danielle was considered cancer free.

But it returned. This time in her brain and abdomen as stage-four cancer.

“Just the hardest thing you can imagine,” says Tyler.

Doctors removed what they could of the tumors, but there was another problem. There are medications you can't take while pregnant.

“Most of the cancer medications are among them. They had to let it (cancer) run its course. I wasn't able to do anything until a week ago with limited treatment," Danielle told us.

“I want people to know skin cancer is not something to be brushed aside. People need to get skin checked and wear sunscreen. People think it's (skin cancer) more treatable, but if it metastasizes the prognosis isn't good,” said Danielle.

The couple made the decision together to hold out on some treatment to save their twin babies.

“When we talked about it I told her I would support her and she wanted to carry them as long as she could.

Danielle delivered the babies last year. She passed away at a Houston hospital last week.

Further information and resources on what Danielle is fighting:

*Skin cancer explained by the

*Skin cancer awareness from the

*Types of skin cancer detailed by the

If you would like to help:

-----

Update (Wednesday, July 12, 2017):

Danielle Dick can begin treatment for cancer after delivering twins, a baby girl named Reagan and a baby boy named Colby.

The twins are in the NICU, but are doing well. Danielle is fighting Stage 4 cancer and delayed treatment to save her twins before they were born.

If you would like to help Danielle and her husband, Tyler here’s a link to their

.

-----

Original story from June 22, 2017

Danielle and Tyler Dick faced a devastating diagnosis and an impossible decision.

“I started having headaches and I thought it was pregnancy brain,” says Danielle.

But the symptoms got worse, including loss of speech.

“I could hardly put three words together," she says.

Seventeen-weeks pregnant with twins, and a one-year-old at home, doctors told Danielle and her husband, Tyler what was causing her headaches.

“When they told me it was brain tumor, I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'this can't be happening,'" Danielle says.

About six years ago, Danielle was diagnosed with melanoma. Tyler spotted a mole on her back.

“You see those pictures on the doctor’s office and it didn't look like that. It just looked different,” say Tyler.

Doctors treated her and after five years being clear of melanoma, Danielle was considered cancer free.

But it returned. This time in her brain and abdomen as stage-four cancer.

“Just the hardest thing you can imagine,” says Tyler.

Doctors removed what they could of the tumors, but there's another problem. There are medications you can't take while pregnant.

“Most of the cancer medications are among them. They had to let it (cancer) run its course. I wasn't able to do anything until a week ago with limited treatment," Danielle says.

The couple made the decision together to hold out on some treatment to save their twin babies.

“When we talked about it I told her I would support her and she wanted to carry them as long as she could.

Danielle is due in September, but doctors will deliver the twins more than two months early so she can receive all the medications she needs.

Danielle and Tyler want to share their story to educate others.

“I want people to know skin cancer is not something to be brushed aside. People need to get skin checked and wear sunscreen. People think it's (skin cancer) more treatable, but if it metastasizes the prognosis isn't good,” says Danielle.

“I hope that people will look at their skin and their family and catch it early,” adds Tyler.

Danielle’s prognosis is unclear, but it is stage four cancer.

“I don't really know. The targeted treatment is new. I don't really know if they know," she says.

Danielle was able to start another drug in the last week. As soon as the babies are delivered she will begin her full treatment.

The twins will spend months in intensive care. If you would like to help Danielle and Tyler here’s a link to their

.

Further informaton and resources on what Danielle is fighting

*Skin cancer explained by the

*Skin cancer awareness from the

*Types of skin cancer detailed by the

Latest News

Latest News