My Story

Hey Everyone,
Thanks for all the prayers and support you have given me.  Corey, the kids and I can feel your presence with us.  This has been an unexpected journey, a bump in the road, but I am determined to come out on top.  They have labeled it Small Cell Lung Cancer and I have been told, I am a very rare case.  It metastasized almost immediately to the liver and bones.  It is also a disease that is typically not found in people my age who have lead a healthy life.  You can read my background story to get the full scoop.

Love, Kelly
It all seemed to start in November 2012.  My right leg began to hurt.  It lasted about one day and then it went away.  I met with my doctor, they checked for a blood clot and endometriosis.  Both tests came up normal.  Each month the pain returned and seemed to last a little longer.  In March, I ended up in ER with severe pain in my leg and lower back.  They were able to get the pain under control and sent me home with instructions to contact my doctor after a couple of days.  It was during that conversation that I was referred onto a different doctor who immediately scheduled an MRI of the lower back, thinking it was a pinched nerve or herniated disk.  Later that night, I received a call from my doctor with the result.  They did not see what they were looking for, but the radiologist had contacted my doctor with concerns regarding abnormal bone marrow numbers.  Two more MRIs were scheduled for the next week.
Luckily, unluckily, the day of the scheduled MRIs turned out to be a bad pain day for me.  The radiologist came out and asked me about what has been going on and decided to do an MRI and a CT Scan from the chest down.  My day had started out at 8:00 AM and I was finally released at 6:30 PM after undergoing a liver biopsy.  The CT Scan had shown spots in the left lung, liver, pelvis, hips with abnormal bone marrow in femurs, pelvis and lower back.
We waited out the weekend, hoping for an explanation of what we were up against.  Several days passed and I called the radiologist who checked on the status of the results.  Bemidji had forwarded it onto Fargo who diagnosed it as a small cell neuroendocrine tumor originating in the lung.  It was at that point that we were referred to Mayo for further testing.
April 22, 2013, we began our journey at Mayo.  First a MRI of the brain at 8:30 AM, then blood work and finally a PET Scan of the entire body.  Testing finished at 3:30.  We met with our Oncologist at 8:00 AM on Tuesday.  Good news, the brain is clear.  Bad news, the spots that were already identified were confirmed to be small cell lung cancer!  No one can identify how I got it, but the fact of the matter is that I have it.  Now let the battle begin.  I plan on winning!!!


Kelly Fuhrman posted a new journal entry, "Three Days Home".

Well, I got three days at home after the vacation and then off to chemo. Our vacation was great. Chemo is going well. We will get to see pictures next trip. I hope the ... Read more

Anita Erkens Trutwin signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hi Kelly!Was thinking about you and hoping you are doing well. Hope you get a little time to rest and catch your breath once the kids head back to school. Be ... Read more

Renae Jacobson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hello Kelly and family,We just wanted to say "Hi" and let you know we are thinking about you and keeping all of you in our prayers.Kenny & Renae Read more

Robert W. Zarrett, MD signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hi, Kelly,We're finally back in the electronic world, and happy to learn that you all had a fun vacation.  Hope the chemo is going well.  Looking forward to seeing you ... Read more

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David Bucher signed Kelly's Guestbook.

How wonderful to hear from you regarding your trip!!  We are very happy for each of you!!  Super and exciting memories!  Thanks for sharing!Lucille & Dave Bucher Read more

Kelly Fuhrman posted a new journal entry, "12 Days and Still Standing!".

Thus far I have survived 6 days in the van and 6 days in 6 different parks! It was go, go, go from morning till night! We met everyone from Harry Potter, to Shamu, to ... Read more

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