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Kristin (Kris) Koeppl
Feb 9, 2018 Latest post:
Aug 5, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.
Mom's journey began in May of 2015 when she was diagnosed with Uterine Carcinosarcoma. She underwent surgery and the tumor and uterus were successfully removed. Because this cancer is a "smart" cancer chemotherapy immediately started after she recovered from surgery. She bravely underwent numerous rounds of chemo therapy as well as radiation. During this time tumors started to appear on her lungs, and unfortunately these tumors continued to grow despite being on treatment. In January 2017 all treatment stopped. After a few weeks when all the cancer medications were out of her system mom was able to enjoy the taste of food and drinks again. She also had more energy, which she took advantage of and did her best to watch her 10 Grand Angels in various activities. Mom has also been an active participant at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie. Even on her "yucky days" as mom would say, she mustered up enough energy to attend her various committee meetings at church.
While mom was enjoying all the little things in life, her tumors continued to grow. By November one of the tumors on her lung had grown to the size of a grapefruit. Mom also had become more tired, her breathing more labored, and her cough continued to worsen. To ease mom's discomfort, home hospice entered our world.
While mom is still smiling and always worrying about everybody else her journey continues to progress. Mom requires 24 hour care which is being managed by family and close friends at this time. She is also blessed with such a wonderful hospice team/nurse. Even her Oncologist came out to visit her.
Our goal is to keep mom as comfortable as possible as she continues her journey. She has asked us to start a Caring Bridge site to keep everybody updated. Mom has been having pain as her tumors have continued to grow. With the help of oxygen, pain medication and various other medications it's helping to make her comfortable on her journey that continues to progress rapidly.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time and welcome your memories and stories of our mom. Our 24 hour caregivers promise to share them with mom.