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Sep 2, 2018 Latest post:
12 hours ago
Welcome to our Caring Bridge site for Michele Kennedy. Please feel free to interact and comment, sign the Guestbook and follow along on this journey. Thank you.
After nothing more than a minor cough for 6+ months, Michele went to her General Practioner to get it checked. They performed several tests and there were no issues with her lungs or any other part of her respiratory system. After a chest X-Ray and further investigation, Michele was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma in late August 2018. The Pet Scan indicates that it is isolated to her chest cavity.
Prior to the diagnosis of lymphoma, Michele underwent major surgery in an attempt to remove the mass near her thymus. The surgery involved breaking her sternum, similar to what happens when someone has open heart surgery. She is at home recovering from this major surgery as she prepares for the next steps.
Her oncologist is proposing an aggressive chemo-therapy. It will involve 6 rounds of 21 days each. Each round will include 2-4 days of in-patient treatment, followed by 2 weeks of recovery at home.
At this point, we do not know the start date, but expect the first round of chemo-therapy to start the week of 9/10. Everyone feels that Michele needs time to recover a little before starting this fight.
Michele is preparing for a tough battle, but she can’t do it alone. All of us, especially Michele appreciate your love and support.
We started this site so that Michele and her family can communicate with friends and family about how she is doing, what help or support she might need, to allow you a place to leave messages, and track her progress.
To local friends, Karen Hermanson and Jennifer Austin are going to help coordinate some meals for Clyde and Michele as well as other requests for help as needed through the Planner.
Just so you know, CaringBridge is a non-profit and the 'Tribute' page is their way of funding their work. In other words, any money one donates via that link goes to CaringBridge to support what they do. A good idea for sure, but do not feel obligated in any way. And to be perfectly clear, Michele has good insurance, a supportive and understanding employer and does not need financial assistance to weather this.