My Story

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April 30, 2009 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer & became cancer-free July 1st after surgery which resulted in a radical hysterectomy w/ a lymphendectomy. 

April 30, 2010 I was diagnosed w/ Small Cell Carcinoma of the Perimetrium which brought on Cushing's Syndrome - two differnt cancers & a "bonus" within months of each other

I update my Journal entries OFTEN.  I'd be honored if you'd be willing write me a note in my guestbook too ~ those entries are SUPER encouraging to us!

Last Year's Story began on April 30, 2009.  It was the day I received the call from my doctor informing me that I have cancer.  I was in the middle of having a lovely lunch with friends on my deck... 

I had gone in for my "annual" pap smear.  The results of the test came back a few days later and I had a "call back" because of the abnormal results.  This prompted a follow-up exam to get a uterine & cervical biopsy along with a colposcopy.

The biopsies went to our lab in Denver, and then were shipped to Mayo clinic for further scrutiny. 

My gynecologist, Dr. Berga knows me as a "give it to me straight" type of gal and called me to say I had a form of glandular cervical cancer - only about 15 - 20% of those with cervical cancer have this form. 

I was told that I should plan to have a hysterectomy in a few weeks.  To determine what kind of hysterectomy will be performed, I underwent another more extensive biopsy on May 14th called a LEEP Cone Biopsy (more info. in Resources).

The results came back on May 20th and I was told there was extensive cervical adenocarcinoma - meaning that the larger biopsy had a LOT of disease and the margins were positive - meaning that the cancer is inside & outside of the cervical lining - completely covering the tissue that was biopsied.

Thanks to a mutual friend, I was able to get a 2nd opinion from a world renown gynoncologist, Dr. Sue Davidson on June 11th.  She and her pathologists said that what I have is Grade 2, invasive cervical adenocarcenoma.  They suggested that I receive a complete radical hysterectomy w/ lymph node removal as well.

On Wednesday, July 1st, I underwent a radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal (19 total) and I also received a suprapubic catheter that stayed in a few weeks.

Believe it or not, April 30, 2010 I received a call from Dr. Kimball informing me that I now have a NEW cancer (which is mimicking recurrence) called "Small Cell Carcinoma of the Perimetrium" (which is extremely rare - literally only a few ladies in the world have ever had this particular cancer in it's location)

So, here we go again!  

To date:  I have received 25 doses of radiation, 5 IMRT radiation treatments (also called boosters), and 3 inistitial implant radiation therapy treatments in Santa Clara, CA.  I've also have had four rounds of chemotherapy with Etopiside and Cisplatin (15 treatments).  Currently I'm in the middle of 6 rounds of Topotecan (30 treatments and counting...) and I've had 9 surgeries. 

In June 2010, the small cell triggered what is called Cushing's Syndrome, a horrible disease all by itself.  In October 2010, I underwent an adrenalectomy to stop the cushing's symptoms once and for all, enabling me to solely focus on fighting the cancer.

Good news - the tumor is shrinking, we are making progress!

Thank you , thank you for your support, notes of encouragement, gifts, prayers and the numerous, unique ways you choose to bless our family!

"If you see a turtle on a fencepost, it needed help getting there!" 

~ Kimberly

 

The battle been won. Kimberly is with the Lord now and has conquered this cancer on July 30, 2011.

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heather surridge posted a new journal entry, "2nd Annual Kim Kopp Daisy Run".

Can you believe it - It is that time again! Time to remember our lovely Kim. It has been one year since we ran to honor her and we are back for more. ... Read more

annmarie Hoskins signed Kimberly's Guestbook.

Dearly loved and Dearly missed! Can't wait to see everyone in honor of my lovely pal. xoxooxxo See you with my group of gals on the 27th! love to all:) Read more

heather surridge posted a new journal entry, "ONLY 2 weeks Left!!".

Daisy Run is almost here! Less than 2 weeks till we celebrate Kim's life at the First ever Daisy Run. We are super excited and I can't believe it is happening so fast. A ... Read more

heather surridge posted a new journal entry, "Sign up for The Kim Kopp Daisy Race!".

34 DAYS until the race! The Kim Kopp Daisy Run's website is up and running!! Please go to http://kimkoppdaisyrun.com/Sign_Up.html to sign up, donate or get additional ... Read more

heather surridge posted a new journal entry, "Daisy Run".

It has been brought to my attention that i may not have been 100% clear with the last update. So I will recap everything below. In a nut shell we want to do something to ... Read more

heather surridge posted a new journal entry.

Hi to all! This is Kim's sister Heather. I am sending out this Caring Bridge update to let you all know about something super exciting we have planned for remembering Kim ... Read more

Kimberly Kopp posted a new journal entry.

Hi to all! This is Kim's sister Heather. I am sending out this Caring Bridge update to let you all know about something super exciting we have planned for remembering Kim ... Read more

Kimberly Kopp posted a new journal entry, "Daisy Run".

Hi to all! This is Kim's sister Heather. I am sending out this Caring Bridge update to let you all know about something super exciting we have planned for remembering Kim ... Read more

Kimberly Kopp posted a new journal entry.

Another P.S.(apparently no one can ever remember to put everything on the first time)   At the funeral we would like to have everyone wearing BRIGHT, HAPPY AND COLORFUL ... Read more

Kimberly Kopp posted a new journal entry, "Celebration Of Kimmy's Journy".

Hello Dear Friends,We finally have the funeral arrangements all settled!Wednesday (August 3rd) at "Fairmount" Cemetary and Mortuary in Denver we will have a ... Read more

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