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Apr 3, 2016
Welcome to Kim's Caring Bridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Kim, and to share with others our hope in Christ. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and thank you for your prayers. Your notes of love and encouragement are greatly appreciated.
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009, Kim discovered a lump in her left breast that a biopsy would later reveal as cancerous. After six months of chemo, a lumpectomy was performed in October 2009 at M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. Six weeks of radiation followed that procedure.
On December 21, 2010, Kim went to Round Rock Medical Center for her quarterly mammogram. Three spots were discovered and her radiologist recommended a biopsy. Pathology results indicated that Kim's cancer had returned and she underwent several surgeries, reconstructions, and another 6 months of chemo in 2011. On April 18, 2012 another round of scans revealed that the cancer had moved to Kim's lungs, and she underwent three years of clinical trials at the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio, Texas. On May 15, 2015 an MRI confirmed that a tumor was located in her brain. Cyberknife surgeries were used to treat that tumor (and two subsequent lesions). In November 2015, chemotherapy treatments failed to stem the growth of Kim's tumors and she again started receiving a trial drug at the START Center in San Antonio. In late November 2015, more brain lesions were discovered, and in December Kim underwent 2 weeks of whole brain radiation and 3 more cyberknife treatments. Clinical trials were stopped to see if the radiation treatments would stabilize the brain tumor growth, however minimal progression continued. On March 10, 2016 doctors informed us that all medical options had been exhausted, and on March 11th Kim began hospice care.
On March 24, 2016, after 6 years, 11 months, and 10 days of fighting cancer here on earth, the Lord called Kim home where her body was fully and completely healed according to God's promise in Scripture.
Although we grieve, we grieve with hope. And though our little family walks through this valley, we trust the Lord will provide everything we need, whether sweet or bitter, and we trust He will withhold nothing that will ultimately be for our good and His glory. God is good and He is enough. He will carry us--and we will continue to treasure Him above all things.
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."--Psalm 73:26