Kathy Abegglen KathyAbegglen

First post: May 30, 2022 Latest post: Mar 22, 2023
In April, Kathy began experiencing some chest pains, which she interpreted as a rib "being out". After seeing the chiropractor a few times and experiencing no improvements in her symptoms she visited the emergency room as she was having stabbing pains in her side.  Doctors initially thought she had pneumonia and took an X-Ray. The X-Ray immediately concerned doctors and they ordered a CT scan telling us there were “abnormalities” in her right lung. The CT scan was scheduled for May 11th. Troy, her husband, was in San Jose for business when the results were received confirming the abnormalities were presenting as Lung Cancer. Troy immediately rushed home on the next flight, May 12th we met her primary oncologist the next day ,Dr. Hudson with Summit Health. Dr Hudson told us that Kathy appeared to have a collapsed lower lobe in her right lung and some masses in both lungs but we would need to confirm this with more tests. We then met with Dr. Kouskov, Kathy's pulmonologist at St. Luke’s who reviewed the results of the CT scan with us and scheduled a Bronchoscopy and Biopsy for May 18th. The Bronchoscopy was successful but the news was very bad. Everywhere Dr. Kouskov checked, the right lung, left lung her lower esophagus and the lymph nodes in her chest were all positive for cancer and her lower right lobe was completely collapsed and inaccessible. Dr Kouskov confirmed the results with us saying Kathy was positive cancer and at least at Stage 3. An MRI of her brain and a PET scan of her body would be needed to determine if her cancer had metastasized and spread to other areas. Pathology results would be required to determine the specific type of cancer. The MRI was scheduled for May 23rd and the PET scan for the 25th. The MRI results were shared to us via Kathys MyChart, unbeknownst to her oncologist which prompted her oncologist to asked us to come see her that day before the PET scan to go over the MRI results. The MRI identified 29 lesions in her brain meaning her cancer is Stage 4 that has metastasized into her brain, which she was devastating news. Dr. Hudson also confirmed the type, Adenocarcinoma of the lungs with Brain Metastasis. The PET scan went forward as scheduled on May 25th. We met Kathy’s Radiation Oncologist Dr. Kuhn, another amazing doctor at St Lukes, for the first time on May 26th to review the results of the PET. The PET scan revealed that cancer had also metastasized into her throat, the area above her clavicle and her ovaries. Dr. Kuhn next insisted that Kathy begin whole brain radiation treatment that afternoon and that the treatment would continue for 14 total times during the weeks to come. To sum all of that up, Kathy has Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma lung cancer in both lungs with the lower right lobe collapsed and it has metastasized into her lymph nodes in her chest, brain, throat, Supraclavicular fossa ( area above the clavicle) and her ovaries. Now the good news. Kathy’s blood, spine, bones, kidneys and liver are all cancer free. She’s also young and healthy with no complicating underlying health conditions besides asthma. This means she doesn’t fit into the typical use cases or timelines of life expectancies, meaning she’s the very best candidate for any and all treatments. We have the very best doctors in our region driving her care and we’ll be going to MD Anderson, the best lung cancer hospital in North America, for a second opinion and to become the clinical research arm of our team in late June. MD Anderson will be able to get Kathy into any research trials that apply to her case. All of our doctors will be working together, in sync, to ensure Kathy has the very best treatments, support and cutting edge therapies available. We’ve already seen a huge outpouring of love and support from all of you but we know this is going to be a marathon. We’re gearing up for that fight. Kathy has as of today May 31st had two treatments of Whole Brain Radiation with 12 visits left. During this time she is not immunocompromised and I encourage anyone who wants to see her reach out and come for a visit or volunteer to help with meals or other service needs I'll be coordinating through our Mealtrain site here - https://mealtrain.com/5mnogy   I will make updates via CaringBridge periodically but please reach out if you have questions. We're so very grateful for all of you and your love. Kathy 208-995-9951 and Troy - 208-890-8085 abegglens@yahoo.com

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