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Kimberly’s Story

Welcome Friends & Family! 

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.

Latest Journal Update

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. People of all ages are urged to support the Kimberly Kopp Charitable Foundation and raise money to provide free housekeeping for young family's who have a parent fighting cancer. And also to raise awareness for cervical cancer as sponsors and participants in the Kim Kopp Daisy Run, a 1k fun run or 5k run / walk on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Vail.

The theme of the event is "Walk, Run, Honor and Remember!"

Even if you do not enter a race, you can contribute through the website or at the event by participating in a raffle or silent auction.
 
Racers and Walkers will meet at Donovan Park in Vail.  The 1k fun run and 5k run / walk are scheduled to start at 8:30 am. Registration is from 7:30 - 8:15am. A celebration and picnic will immediately follow the 5k race. The entry fee for the Kim Kopp Daisy Run is $25.00 per person for the 1k fun run and $55.00 per person for the 5k. All the participants will also receive a t-shirt and goodie bag with vendor coupons and giveaways on race day. 

For more details to register or donate for the Kim Kopp Daisy Run, visit www.kimkoppdaisyrun.com

Hope to see you on Race Day!

God Bless