In early April, DeAnna Gerber (nee DeMeritt) was preparing for an excursion to Copenhagen and Russia. Always ready to travel, DeAnna had been on 15 trips in 2018 alone, primarily in the United States. More were planned for this year, some with Red Hats, her social club.
Several days before her departure date, DeAnna experienced persistent pain that became so great, sometimes nearly debilitating, she had scans and other tests.
The doctor called two days before the trip, with the diagnosis of cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, in several places.