Kathy Griffin

First post: Sep 14, 2020 Latest post: May 26, 2021
Kathy"s story is a long one. We begun our fight with cancer about 7 years ago. It all started with a rash on her face then another and  another after  multiple biopsies  it had been determined that Kathy had  CTCL cutaneous  T cell lymphoma  and this cancer presented itself in her skin in a very rare  prognosis  which is Foculiar Mycosis  Fungoides (all future referencewill be FMF).  By this time we have move all care and treatment to Chicago North Western. The team at NW had been managing the FMF with  at home injections of a form of chemo, UVB light booth therapy and  multiple treatments of radiation.  Things had been going fairly well until just recently Kathy's right leg swelled up to  about 2.5 times the size of her left leg. Kathy went for a scheduled visit to our oncologist  in Bloomington and he located multiple  lumps in her lymph  nodes in her groin area.  I rushed her to NW and a biopsy was scheduled ASAP. The results  were devastating  Kathy's  cancer had moved into her lymph nodes. These results  rocked our world.  The Dr.s quickly  started her on a strong regimen of Chemotherapy. Though help from our family and friends  we were getting in to a  "normal" routine. Then  Sept 12th Kathy started to  feel quite chilled, and went to bed as changes in her body temp is quite common  with the chemo and of of her other medications, Saturday  night she was burning  up, Sunday morning here. temp was 101.5 and I rushed her to the ER.  Kathy's biopsy site  after 3  weeks now had an abscess  and was septic.  The Drs.  were  VERY concerned  and we were informed that she was in a very dangerous situation. And she needed to go to emergency surgery right now, however she had no platelets in blood due to blood thinners and Kathys white blood count was 0.01 because  chemo. We were told that she could bleed out on the table and that she would die if nothing  was done. The  team found a match for the platelets and off she went to surgery.  Surgery  took about an hour and a half and the surgeon informed me that the surgery went perfect,  her bleeding  was well controlled and they feel they had removed  all the infection. Kathy is now  in recovery and doing  remarkably well .  Thank you family and friends for all the prayers and  support.  Kathy and I feel that our God  preformed a miracle last night.  We will continue to place our faith and hope in God for continued healing. Jeff Griifn

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