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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

Doing Well

Kelly is holding her own.  The toughest day was the first day home after radiation.  She was very worn out.  Her progress was first to the wheel chair, then to the walker.  She even achieves going up and down the stairs each morning.  As always, Kelly is a mom first.  She is determined to be upstairs to get the kids off for school each day.  We are working with her pain pills and seem to be making progress.  We now can make it all night long without a break through pain pill and wake up in the morning without needing another breakthrough until mid-morning.  We are making another change today to allow us a day without as many break through pain pills.

Thank You for your prayers.  Kelly was able to make it to Carly's Show Choir Dinner Show on Saturday and attended church on Sunday.  We are taking each day, one day at a time.

Love, Corey
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Darlene Dergan
By Darlene Dergan
Glad you are getting around and to events even. Hope it continues. God bless you.
Vickie Gutknecht
By Kenneth and Vickie Gutknecht
Oh how wonderful to read the update ... prayers answered for improved pain management and improved mobility, also for the ability to resume some of the daily routine of life .. our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you.
Barb Naastad
By Barb Naastad
Happy to hear that Kelly is now at home & that she's had some relief from pain. We continue to pray daily
for all of you.
mary nielsen
By Mary & Rog
Glad things are going well!! Pray an think of you all everyday!!
Take care an God Bless
Natalie Carlson
By Natalie Carlson
So thankful that Kelly is able to have some relief from pain and prayers that this continues. Continued prayers for her-so strong. Hugs to all.
Jane Eilertson
By Jane Eilertson
Prayers continue for all! Thankful to hear this news.
joci toyne
By joci toyne
Little miracles are welcome every day!! What a strong wonderful wife mom and woman!
Mark Eckhardt
By Mark Eckhardt
Praise God, prayers are being answered. As one who is battling cancer I have learned from others who have fought and won is to never give up! Take it one day at a time and with God all things are possible! I will continue to pray for miracles to continue!
Marilyn Goodell
By Marilyn Goodell
You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert W. Zarrett, MD
By Robert W. Zarrett, MD
Dear Kelly and Pr. Corey,
We are so glad, Kelly, that you are able to continue some of the "Mom stuff" and that you are getting the meds personalized for the best benefit! We continue to keep you both, and the kids, in our prayers every day.
With our love,
Bob and Sharon
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