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Mar 18, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Kylie's friend Cindy Nyhoff and Kylie's mom Kim Motter will post updates. From Cindy Nyhoff: Kylie and I became friends through a mentoring relationship at Woodbridge Elementary almost twenty years ago! We have remained friends ever since. Kylie has had some health struggles over the years, but most recently had been dealing with a locked jaw and constant severe pain. We were all stunned to learn of the cancer diagnosis and are praying continuously for effective treatment and complete healing. Please add Kylie to your prayer list and offer encouragement as she travels this very challenging road. Kylie's mom Kim is a nurse with an understanding of medical terminology and what follows is a summary of Kylie's diagnosis and current treatment plan. From Kim Motter: Kylie has been on a journey with her left jaw over the past 16 months. In the past 40-plus days, the journey has been on the fast track after her appointment at U of M Medical Center on November 27, 2017. The referral was for a locked left jaw. A CT Scan was ordered followed by a 3 hour head and neck MRI and two days later biopsies. The MRI showed a large tumor that blocked both nasal passages; wrapped around the left jaw; behind the left ear and lymph node involvement. The cancer is rare for a Caucasian as it is primary site nasal pharyngeal which is primarily found in South East Asians and the tumor is also Epstein Barr Virus positive (this is the virus associated with mononucleosis). The next part of the journey begins on Thursday, January 11 including radiation with chemotherapy over the next 7 weeks. The chemo will be used as an enhancer for the radiation and will be one infusion every 21 days.