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Aug 29, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 21, 2017
It has been a hard few weeks for Kristy and her family. The week of August 2nd, Kristy started having headaches, flu symptoms and a fever. After suffering for a few days, she went to a doctor, had blood work done and was told she had a viral infection and her white blood cell count was low. She was told that if it didn't get better she should come back and follow up with the Physician. Her symptoms lasted through that week, into the next, and on August 18, 2017, Doug decided that he need to take Kristy into Aurora. Kristy discussed her medical history with the Physician and at that time, he decided they needed to do a scan. They found a mass on her brain and continued with a MRI. It was then they discovered that Kristy has three tumors (non-cancerous) in her brain. Aurora referred Kristy back to Froedtert Hopital. As many of you know, 14 years ago Kristy was diagnosed with having an Acoustic Neuroma (a non-cancerous tumor located on the main nerve from the inner ear to the brain). She had a 12 hour surgery and the recovery was very long and difficult. She lost her hearing in one ear, and some mobility on the side of her face. On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, They met with the Neurosurgeon, Dr. Zwagerman, who told Kristy, that she most likely has a hereditary condition called Neurofibromitosis Type 2, which means tumors can produce in the brain or spinal cord. Dr. Zwagerman explained that there are 3 tumors in her brain(1 large and 2 small). She will have to have brain surgery again to take out the large tumor and have radiation done on the smaller two. The Surgery has been scheduled for September 6th. The thought of going through another brain surgery and recovery, is weighing heavy on Kristy and the family. Knowing this is a life-long condition also brings stress and anxiety. We are all trusting in God and know that he brings Peace. Please pray for the Kellner family during this difficult time, and we will keep you updated on the progress through out Kristy's journey.