Thank you for visiting Kimberly's CaringBridge page. In January of 2015 Kimberly was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy, 4 months of chemotherapy, and 39 radiation treatments. With the help of cold capping, Kimberly managed to save most of her hair, opting for a stylish short 'do that her family soon loved!
Screenings following her treatment showed nothing of note but Kimberly began experiencing pain in her hip. She assumed this was a result of a hip replacement surgery she had done five years prior but in August her oncologist ordered an MRI. A shadow on her spine was troubling and so doctors completed a PET scan which revealed that Kimberly's cancer had spread to her liver and bones. Pathology of Kimberly's liver and bone biopsies showed results similar to that of her original cancer.
Kimberly's orthopedist worried that the tumor in her hip was causing enough pressure on her femur that her leg could break, so doctors acted quickly and within days Kimberly had a full hip replacement surgery with a large portion of her femur also replaced. Her orthopedist was shocked at the deterioration of Kimberly's bone and said that she had her strong muscles to thank for keeping her hip and leg from breaking on their own.
The current concern is a spot of cancer on Kimberly's upper spine near the curvature of her neck. Again doctors have acted quickly starting Kimberly on 10 rounds of radiation and on an oral chemotherapy called Xeloda.
The road ahead is long and difficult and Kimberly appreciates all of your kind words of wisdom and encouragement.