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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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Mike and Peg Knutson
By Mike, Peg, Brenna and Susan Knutson
Kelly and Corey,
We are praying for you everyday! I will always treasure the years of working with Kelly at the migrant program and ECFE in Monte!
She will always have the bar set high for Special K bars! That infamous Svor family recipe is THE BEST! I'm pretty sure it's SO good because it's made with so much love!
Peace and love to all of you during this difficult time!
Love, Peg
Barb Deming
By Barb Deming
I am Sharon Gainor's sister. I am a breast cancer survivor. You are on my prayer list. I know God hears our prayers!
Verlee Sullivan
By Verlee Sullivan
Good morning to everyone of you. Well just to tell you not only am I praying my head off for you I wore my orange Kelly shirt to school yesterday. Not only are you in thoughts but I'm wearing you. One time when I wore it to a workshop someone asked me how I knew Kelly. She worked with Kelly but I don't remember if it was Dilworth, or Glyndon. So it is unreal how much you have touched people every where, Kelly. Well I'm being very brave today. I'm taking Brayden age 6 for another week, Caysen 6 since last Wednesday, AJ 8 for another month and Joe 13. to the show today. Cheap theater 2.50 apiece. But popcorn is out of the ballpark. Now if I had Kelly's purse we could sneak in popcorn and pop. Cuz there are slots for a beverage and then inside under the coloring books we could stash the popcorn. Then they will come home with me for a little while. My sister, Rock, was bribed into coming along to help. One reason is that I can't fit 4 kids into my care because it is my storage unit. One might fit. I suppose I could take 1 at a time to my place. It is only 3 blocks so they could wait for me to take one home then go get the other one. Good plan for next time. I'm into making puzzles now. Three done about 10 to go. When I get into a hobby I make sure I have enough. I have more yarn than Michaels in Fargo, more rubber bands than all the craft stores in Fargo, and now I'm into puzzles. Yea! I also have 3 cats if I haven't told you yet. Ever tried making a puzzle with cats jumping up on the table and laying on the part of the puzzle I'm working on. I'm getting a water spray bottle today. Just can't get my puzzle wet while spraying the cats. Well that is about all the news I have for now. Hope pain is under control so you can enjoy this email. No kidding aside I pray for all of you Fuhrmans and entire family. My thoughts are with you all the time hoping each day is easier. You guys take care. Thanks for the updates. But I think it is time for another one. Take care, Love Verlee
Patti VanCamp
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We are the ones blest to have your inspirational family in our community! Prayers continue for all of you! God Bless, Patti
Peggy Imus
By Peggy I
God's Blessings to you and your family - you continue to amaze me - Keep on keeping on Kelly with what you are doing - you're sure giving them a fight of their life here!
Sue Hess
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may God wrap His arms around you Kelly.
Gina Deeds
By Bob and Gina Deeds
We pray that God will send his strengthening hand to hold Kelly up in her journey. Prayers of comfort and strength are coming your way.
Shelly Erickson
By Shelly Erickson
Giving thanks for everyday - you are all loved!

Shelly
Sophie Fuhrman
By Sophie Fuhrman
Carrie Couchman
By Alyvia Couchman (former student, 6 years old)
Dear Kelly, I hope you feel better soon. I hope you can go outside and play with your kids. I am happy you are getting your strength back. I have been saying lots of prayers for you. Thinking of you.