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Kerry Quimby-Zenich TeamKerry

First post: Jan 24, 2017 Latest post: Dec 11, 2017
    Please use this the Meal Train site for any donations!  ( )    Our family and Kerry's family have been friends for as long as I can remember.   She went to school with my dad.  Kerry has been like a second mother to me, in fact, I call her momma K.  Her family participated every year with fund-raising for our cause, IFOPA, and have continued to be members of FOP, as has her sister and her father, who I also referred to as Grampa, I believe all of their kid's friends did!  Kerry returned to Orcutt in 2015 to care for her father who ended up getting a diagnosis of terminal cancer.  She and Henry planned on retiring in California and moved to Paso Robles to be closer to Henry's work in Morro Bay at Mission Linen.    Kerry does a lot for many people and now she and her family, unfortunatly needs our prayers and our assistance.   Kerry has been dealing with cancer since 1996 when she was diagnosed with a breast carcinoma "in-situ", she will say that it is not cancer, but the doctors consider it that.  In 1998, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, that over a two year period, returned twice for a total of three surgeries.   Their family moved to Oregon around 2002 or 2003.  It was a couple years later they were vacationing in California, when Kerry was found to have a brain cancer after having a grand mal seizure.  She had surgery at Sierra Vista Hospital.    She was treated in San Francisco and in Oregon.  She had been feeling super well.  Early in 2016, her Oregon doctor's said they saw some shadowing around where her brain cancer had been removed.  They had her come back a few times for more tests.  In July 2016, they referred her to UCSF who told her that the cancer had returned and they did a second surgery one week later.  She found out the night of the surgery that it was in the motor cortex area and after the surgery that the cancer had spread from the right side of the brain to the left side.  She was told that the cancer on the left side was inoperable.    UCSF wanted her to come back in a couple months and do another MRI and do the wait and watch, but she and Henry did a lot of research, and learned about Proton Beam Radiation and searched for second opinions.  In late November, they went to MD Anderson Texas, and Kerry was invited/accepted into their Proton Radiation Program and also their Integrative Medicine Program.   She and Henry returned to Houston to start the treatments on January 9th, 2017.  She started updating on FaceBook and I was helping her and I started a Meal Train (see below).  Kerry has a large circle of friends, many of whom are not on Face Book, so we are now transferring everything over to Caring Bridge so that everyone can stay informed on her progress.  As of today,  January 24, 2017, she has completed 10 of her 30 radiations, so she is 1/3 of the way done!  She is getting very tired.  Her cousin arrived from Washington today to help in her care.  Her daughter Leslee is there now and will head home to Oregon at the end of the week.  Henry will be there for the last two weeks of treatment.  If you have any questions, you can call me anytime at (805) 868-3575.  I try and talk with her a few times per week.   Please, if you would like to donate, please see the Meal Train site that I original set up @:        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.  Steph Snow 

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