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Karen’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Hello everyone...first off, I never thought I'd be making one of these for my mom but here goes nothing.  Since about November of 2012 Karen has been suffering from random migraines and blurred vision.  In true KP fashion she prolonged getting it checked out mostly due to the chaotic lifestyle she was living.  Who knew teaching, finals, a new job, and a family trip to Disney would leave you with minimal time.  Anyways, about three weeks ago symptoms started getting worse and she began seeing a chiropractor.  Some days were better than others but mostly things were just remaining constant and not resolving.  She had already been through many blood tests prior to starting with the chiro but on February 13th she went back in to have things looked at again.  Gina (her chiropractor) had pushed Karen to get an MRI and have things looked at closer due to a pressure point on her neck making symptoms worse.  Her general practitioner wanted to do a vision, hearing and more blood tests but with enough persuasion she was able to get an MRI scheduled.  

Stephen brought her to that appointment in Coon Rapids and within an hour of leaving the clinic she got a phone call that she needed to head to the hospital due to a mass that was found on her brain.   We don't know a ton of information right now.  We know it's approximately 4.9 centimeters. We know it's on the back left side of her brain/skull, they're hoping it's confined and not going to spread.  They've ordered a biopsy and that is currently scheduled for Friday the 15th and will be starting prep at about 7:00. I'm hoping that's a good thing that they didn't rush it and it's not as severe as we're fearing but for now it's just the waiting game. It will still be a while after the biopsy before we have results from that but will pass info along as we get it.

In the meantime she is in the ICU at United Hospital.  They moved her there last night after being admitted to give her fluids to make sure no swelling in the brain occurs or causes any sort of hemorrhaging.  

Karen has the best support system possible.  My dad, myself and my brother will be by her side through all of this.  For now it's a day at a time until they get the results of the biopsy.  I will keep everyone posted to the best of my ability.  For now we ask for your prayers and thoughts to help her pull through.  She's the strongest woman I know and has many angels that are going to get her though.  

If anyone has any questions or messages to pass along to Karen feel free to post questions here and I will update as quickly as I can.

I'll be back with another update soon.

Latest Journal Update

What a difference a year makes...

Today marks a year since mom left us in the physical sense.  I've talked about it many times what a difference a year makes and wow, does that statement hold true.  I've decided to think of today as her heavenly birthday vs the anniversary of her death and it's helped both me and the kids find comfort in it a bit.  We brought her a cupcake last week for Gavin's (my oldest son) birthday and today we stopped and saw her and Faith was thrilled that Gramma must have gotten it because it wasn't there anymore.  It's the little things the innocence of the kids bring out that have made this journey a little bit easier. 

Dad's been busy traveling, snowmobiling throughout the winter and is excited for spring to be here soon to get back out on the motorcycle.  Stephen is working a bit with my husband, Kai, in his remodeling/construction business (better throw out a cheap plug that if anyone needs any work done...let me know!  ;)).  Kai and I were married October 5th in Stillwater on one of the river boats.  Found out a month later that we were expecting, and three weeks after that found out it was twins!  So, I'm now about 26 weeks pregnant with twins and we're pretty sure mom had a little something to do with it but we're excited on what the summer brings.  My due date is July 4th, but we're hoping they'll come a little earlier around mid June. 

Needless to say it's been an eventful year and we would've never made it without the love, support and prayers from all of our wonderful friends and family.  We are planning on doing the walk again this year.  Hopefully the weather will be a little more cooperative.  We'd love for anyone to join us.  Dad still has leftover tshirts from last year if anyone needs one.  The date this year is May 10th.  I'm trying to get everything set up as far as registration goes so I'll post more info on that once I've got it. 

I hope all are doing well!  Walk details soon!