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Kelly’s 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!!!

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Kelly's Obituary

Kelly Fuhrman, age 40, of Bemidji, MN died Sunday, February8, 2015 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by herfamily.

 Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12,2015 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson officiating.  Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the church. Internment will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 in St. PauliCemetery, Swift Falls, MN followed by fellowship at 12:00 Noon in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Swift Falls. Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Swartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.

 Kelly Sue Svor was born April 27, 1974 in Willmar, MN toSteve and Gail (Johnson) Svor.  Kelly grew up in Benson, MN where she attended the Benson Public Schools.  In 1980, Kelly’s family bought the localroller skating rink and opened the Svor Family Roller Rink where Kelly spent many a weekend, helping out and learning to skate like a champion.  She and her father danced to many a song throughout the years.  Kelly graduatedfrom Benson High School in 1992 and left home to attend Concordia College,Moorhead, MN where she was a member of the Concordia Choirs, touring Europewith the Concordia College Concert Choir her senior year.  During the summer of 1994, Kelly met her future husband, Corey Fuhrman, while working as a counselor at Luther CrestBible Camp, Alexandria, MN.  Kelly graduated from Concordia College in 1996 with a BA in Early ChildhoodEducation.  Kelly began work with the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District as an Early Childhood Educator.  Kelly and Corey were married on August 30,1997 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, MN and moved toColumbus, OH, while Corey was finishing his education.  In 1998, they moved to rural Milan, MN, whereKelly taught Early Childhood Education for Clara City, Montevideo and Clarkfield school districts.  In 2000,Kelly and Corey, along with their first Daughter, Carly, moved to Fargo, ND,where Kelly once again joined the staff of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton SchoolDistrict in Early Childhood Education. Kelly’s passion was helping parents navigate the early years of theirchildren’s lives.  In 2001, Kelly, Corey and family moved to West Fargo, ND where they welcomed two more children, Jonahand Jacob.  In 2012, the family moved to Bemidji, MN where Kelly could focus on what she loved, being a mother andhelping her family grow into the best people they could be.  Shortly after they arrived in Bemidji, Kelly began having symptoms which ultimately resulted in her diagnosis withmetastatic lung cancer six months later. She waged a courageous battle over the next two years, inspiring many byher faith and love of life.

 She is survived by her husband, Pastor Corey Fuhrman of Bemidji, MN; her children, Carly, Jonah and Jacob Fuhrman all of Bemidji, MN;parents, Gail and Steve Svor of Benson, MN; siblings, Kristi Svor of Fargo, ND,Kayla (Darrin) Carlson along with their children, Graham and Annie, of Lakeville, MN and Josh (Jami) Svor of Fargo, ND; grandmothers, Helen Svor and Bernice Wanberg both of Benson, MN; mother-in-law, Sophie Fuhrman of Milnor,ND; brother-in-law, Brian (Bobbi) Fuhrman and their children, Kari and Kris, of Milnor, ND; and sister-in-law, Deb (Dave) Wagner of Milnor, ND and numerousaunts, uncles and cousins.

 She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter Svor,Margret & Chad Pierce, Ervin Johnson and Walter Wanberg, along with her father-in-law, Dale Fuhrman.

 In Lieu of flowers family prefers memorials to be given to a charity that Kelly’s life touched.

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Jennifer DeJong
By Jen DeJong
Just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you today on Easter.
Sophie Fuhrman
By Sophie Fuhrman
Roxie Nelson
By Mike and Roxie Nelson
We are so sorry that you and your young family have had to go through such pain. We pray that Christ continue to give you strength and walk with you in the weeks ahead as He has done through out your journey. We take comfort with you in the assurance that the resurrected Christ gives us in these times. For even in this Christ brings life... For Kelly and for us.
Verlee Sullivan
By Verlee Sullivan
I'm so glad I could get to Kelly's Celebration of Life. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin. She has touched so many lives. I'm so thankful to have met Kelly and Pastor Corey and to be able to sing along side her in the worship band at Living Waters. If it wasn't for Kelly and Pastor Corey I would never have been touched by you. It was a great 4+ years that I felt a part of a wonderful bunch of people. Watching the children grow, meeting your families, oh ya Josh owes me one time playing in the worship band. Pastor Corey take you time grieving. I know it takes a lot of time to get through the process when you lose someone so precious to you and your family. Carly, Jonah, and Jacob you had a wonderful opportunity to be loved and guided by your mom. You have such great memories, cherish them. We prayed for you today at Living Waters. I hope all of our prayers to you and the whole family will ease a little of the pain. Take care, Love Verlee
shawn kuehn
By shawn kuehn
Dear Corey, Carly, Jonah, Jacob & Family In just what I've read in a short time on Caringbridge well it's very easy to see what a Great & Wonderful person that Kelly was. We always wish there was something we could do for Our "Friends" who are gonig through such a time as you are but like I mentioned before I just hope knowing that "SO MANY CARE & ARE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS" will help ease that pain some. You are all in My Thoughts & Prayers ** Take Care & God Bless Shawn
Brad Froslee
By Brad Froslee
Corey, thank you for sharing. What an incredible and gifted person. Prayers are with you and your family today and in the days ahead. Peace and comfort.
Nancy Hampl
By Nancy Hampl
Thank you Corey for sharing. Prayers today and tomorrow for you and your family. We were blessed to have Kelly in our lives and will never forget her positive, fun, and generous spirit and her amazing singing voice. God bless you all.
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dianna riveland
By dianna riveland
God bless you and your family today as you say good bye to Kelly! We are not able to attend the funeral but have you in our hearts and our prayers today! The weeks and months ahead will be difficult so I pray God embrace you fully and give you the strength to face each moment!
Michele Plumhoff
By Michele Plumhoff
Thank you for sharing. Kelly will be missed by many. I remember Kelly and Steve skating together at the roller rink. We are fortunate to have grown up with the Svor family through the roller rink as did our children. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Kelly's family and friends.
Mark & Michele Plumhoff
Lacie, Bradley, Cassi, Courtnee & Matthew
Linda Wall
By Linda Wall
Thank you for sharing Kelly's story. She has blessed many lives along her journey. May God give you comfort in your memories of her.