On June 1st 2011 God blessed us with our first child Brice and again on August 30th 2013 with our 2nd and 3rd children Trent and Talon. They our the light of our life and enjoy them every day. However Since Crissie gave birth to Trent and Talon she has struggled with her weight and in 2015 she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Diets were not working and she became unable to exercise due to the diabetes making her exhausted all the time. The exhaustion began to put a strain on our family and marriage. It was at this time she realized that she wanted to live a longer life for me and her children and something drastic had to change in her lift to accomplish this feat.
2016 proved to be a very trying year for the Hoppes family. Plagued with our personal marriage problems, dealing with our home owners association, schools/day care issues, children, health, financial and family issues. I honestly don't see how we went through all the things that we have in 2016, but things seem to be turning around and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel on several of these issues. I thank the lord for everything that he has done for our family.
On March 22nd 2016 Crissie successfully underwent gastric bypass surgery and within days the diabetes and blood pressure issues were gone. However due to the surgery she developed a mrsa staff infection at one of the incision sights. This infection was treated and she made a full recovery. This surgery was a huge life long change in many ways and will take a while to adjust to all the changes. One of which was adjusting to only eating very small amounts of food and not drinking anything while eating a meal. Within a few months she was loosing the weight and her energy level started to return.
As the weight feel off she began to notice a lump in her right breast. At first thought it was probably nothing as her mother had a similar situation in the past and it ended up being a non cancerous cyst. However, it needed to be looked at to make sure. So she scheduled doctors appointments to have it checked out. Her first doctor look at it and she was not very concerned but other test needed to be done. After her second doctors appointment with another doctor she started getting nervous as this doctor seemed very concerned that it was cancer. After this appointments several other appointments followed very quickly with was very concerning. A biopsy was done and on October 21st and a few days later we were informed that Crissie has breast cancer.
With in a few days they determined that it was defiantly statge 2 grade 3 breast cancer. Which means that it is very treatable, but is very fast spreading. This was horrible news, however on a brighter side it had not spread and is confined to just this one lump.
It was determined that because of the gastric bypass and the amount of weight she lost it made the cancer more recognizable. So basically the bypass surgery saved her life in more ways then one.
6 rounds of chemo would need to be scheduled to shrink the cancer and surgery would need to be done to remove any remaining (if any) cancer cells.
Since the diagnosis it seemed that the medical staffs started dragging their feet and her first round of chemo was started on November 23th 2016 (Happy Thanksgiving to her).
She is now scheduled for her 4 round of chemo treatment on January 27th 2017. At this time she has lost over 135 lbs and she is trying to find the right doctors to do the surgery's after the chemo is over. She will require multiple doctors to do the operations as she has opted to have both breast removed and reconstructed. She has chose this option because it is the best chance she has to minimize not having to go through this process again.
It has been a struggle to find the right doctors because the insure we currently have. All of the local doctors that are in network do not have good track record. They have either killed people or botch people. So we are currently looking for doctors out of state and/or paying for the surgery's out of pocket. Which based on some of the figures we have heard could cost $12,000 or more out of pocket. She will also be out of work for 6 weeks or more after the surgery's Which will be very costly as she has been using all of her sick leave and vacation time for after the chemo recovery days.
I ask everyone that reads this story to keep my wonderful wife Crissie and family in your prayers. She has been through a lot and will be going through a lot more as time goes on.