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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!!!

Latest Journal Update

Recovery Time

Well, I am home again after the latest round of 10 days of radiation.  It has taken a pretty big toll on me.  I have completely lost my voice, my throat is swollen to the point it makes eating very difficult and I am basically just worn out.  I bet I could hibernate if I tried hard enough:)  They say the throat stuff is supposed to start getting better in another week.  All I know is it is very difficult to be the MOM in charge when I cannot even get a squeak out.  I got home late Wednesday Night and have laid pretty low since.

Thanks for all the gifts which been showered on me:  the flowers, candy, hats, prayers, etc.  They lift my spirits during the hard days.  

Love, Kelly

PS.  Here I am ringing the bell for the second time!  It may look like the first time I rang the bell.  Its the same bell:)
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24 Comments

Robert W. Zarrett, MD
By Robert W. Zarrett, MD
Hi, Kelly,
Home again after 4 days out of touch with the world, and just finding out what's going on. Glad you're done with radiation, sorry you have to deal with the side-effects, but at least they're what's expected.... Do take it easy and allow your body and mind to recover! We keep praying for you all the time, and have enlisted friends, family and neighbors to do the same!
Love to you and your family,
Bob & Sharon
Carla Johnson
By Carla Johnson
Rest. Hibernate for a few days! We all will keep praying especially hard for your entire family while you rest.
Jana Waldrum
By Jana Waldrum
Hi Kelly

I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
Jana (Naig) Waldrum
Renae Jacobson
By Renae Jacobson
Thanks for the update Kelly. We continue to pray for you and your family.

Renae & Kenny J
Kathy DeKraai
By Kathy DeKraai
Sorry to hear your throat hurts. I hope you get some rest now, or at least your voice will. Keep warm and toasty. I imagine you have snow now too. Love and prayers for you and your family.
Carolyn Faehn
By Carolyn and Scott
Glad to hear you are back home, you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert Madeson
By Bob Madeson
Hang in there, keeping you and your family in our prayers.
chip and gwen dale
By chip and gwen dale
Keep on ringing that bell !!! As always prayers are with you every day!
Shelly Erickson
By Shelly Erickson
Kelly, you are being wrapped up in love and prayer! Hugs to you and all the Fuhrman's.
Susan Wild
By Larry and Sue Wild — last edited
You are in out thoughts and prayers. Everyone at First Lutheran is praying for you. Glad you are home again. Get lots of rest.