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5/8/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Kim's CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated. Kim and her family appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Kim is a principal/superintendent by profession, but to her, faith and family are the most important things in her life. Her health has taken a recent turn, and updates will be posted as I receive information from Kim or Steve. Following a CT scan and a complete physical at an appointment in Rugby last Thursday (May 5), Kim went home to await the results. Within the hour, she received a phone call informing her that she would need to travel immediately to Minot or Grand Forks because the CT Scan showed a mass in her abdomen. That evening, she and her husband, Steve, traveled to Minot, ND. It was there that she was told she would be transferred to Rochester, MN, because the tumor was extremely large (20 cm x 43 cm), and Kim would need a team evaluation. On Friday evening at 7:00, she was flown by fixed wing plane to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, and is currently awaiting surgery.
Since she has eaten very little over the past two months, Kim's nutritional levels are extremely low. The team has defined the upcoming procedure as a "marathon surgery," so Kim must be as strong as possible. In order to do that, she had a triple picc line inserted to provide nutritional supplementation. Currently, the team is thinking that surgery could happen on Wednesday, but that could change at any moment. Kim is staying positive, knowing that all things happen for a reason. She has been told to expect a hospital stay of 7-10 days following the surgery, and at least two months of relatively no activity.