MJ's visit in York (04/18)

Katie Irvin

First post: Apr 20, 2022 Latest post: Sep 2, 2022
Welcome to Katie's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your love, support, and words of hope and encouragement.  We felt that this site would help manage the kind words and wonderous text messages we have been receiving thus far.   While the copious prayers and well wishes we have received through texts and calls have been kind and necessary, it is also vital that Katie rests her body and mind as much as possible.   This site will hopefully consolidate your kind words into an easy platform for us to periodically check during Katie's road to recovery.  


On Monday, April 11th, Katie had a syncopal episode in the morning shortly after waking up to attend to McKenna.  After a few phone calls, Katie was immediately in good hands as Dr. Adams and her husband Craig responded to our home to check on Katie.  Being our neighbors, their response time was faster than any ambulance or paramedic service could provide.  Brian returned home from work and transported Katie to the Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room.
Little did we know, our world would shortly be turned upside down.  

To be continued...


On Monday, April 18th, Katie's pathology was back.  She was officially diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia (GTN), with the type likely being metastatic Choriocarcinoma.  In short, this cancer is very rare and starts in the female reproductive organs.  Her's most likely started following the birth of McKenna.   The marker for this cancer is the hCG level, which currently sits around 25,800.  Katie still has an acute pulmonary embolism and hemoglobin levels continuously trending downwards.  Katie is still on a blood thinner (heparin) to treat the blood clot in her lung and continues to receive blood transfusions as needed.  Hopefully soon she will undergo a surgery to receive her port.  From there she will start an induction chemotherapy which will hopefully help stabilize her blood counts.  She will then proceed with an aggressive 5 medication chemotherapy.  She will continue to receive weekly cycles of chemo until her hCG level returns to 0.  From there, she will receive 2 additional cycles of chemo and will hopefully be cancer-free!  It should be noted that GTN has been proven to be highly treatable as it reacts very well to aggressive chemotherapy treatment plans.  

For now, Katie remains in York Hospital under the continuous care of Dr. Eav Lim and his team of doctors and nurses.  


Feel free to utilize the “well wishes” function to drop her some love every now and then. Photos are encouraged.