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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, "Charging Forward".

I am down at treatment once again.  I am feeling pretty good and mostly free of pain.  My anti-nausea meds work like a charm and make things more tolerable.  My blood ... Read more

Barbara Benson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

HI Kelly,You have been in my thoughts and prayers this week.  Hope the week has gone ok for you.  Safe travels home today.Barb Read more

Renae Jacobson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hi Kelly & family,I hope your week has been going ok.  We saw your Mom & Dad & Margo last week - hadn't seen them for a long time.  Love & Prayers to ... Read more

Mike & Lorelei Anderson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update Kelly! Sounds like the kids will have lots to tell you when they get back!! 🌺 Read more

Lori Tostenson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

I'm happy to hear your feeling pretty good.  Margo will take care of that laundry she is a real trooper.  I used to help your Grandma Helen with ironing.  Now that I ... Read more

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

Hi, Kelly,Very glad to hear that your treatment is going well & the nausea problem is now under good control.  The normal sodium level and the decrease in pain are ... Read more

Renae Jacobson signed Kelly's Guestbook.

What a great picture - thanks for sharing.  Graham looks like he is ready for fun, fun, fun - love that grin!  Nice to have Kayla closer.  Kelly, keeping you close in ... Read more

Love Verlee signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Hi everyone,  Good to hear you are still attacking that cancer bugger with both barrels.  Still sending prayers your way.  Sure hope you get a summer vacation.  Well I ... Read more

Sarah Hicks signed Kelly's Guestbook.

Cute!! So glad you are "closer" now! I am happy to hear your treatment is treating you well. Love you!!!! Read more

Kelly Fuhrman posted a new journal entry, "Treatment Hump Day".

Today I completed three out of the five! I am feeling pretty well. The anti-nausea medication is working. After my treatment this morning, Corey and I went to visit my ... Read more

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