Kristin McQueen Suck It Cancer

$48,005 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 492 people in 40 months
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
Friends and Admirers of Kristin McQueen-

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year for you and your loved ones!

As you may have noticed the fundraising goal has been increased. It reflects the frustrating reality that Kristin's Blue Cross Blue Shield policy is out of network for Northwestern hospital and she needs another brain surgery in the new year.  The test implant Kristin had in December provided some relief from her occipital nerve pain allowing her to do what we take for granted-putting her head on a pillow without extreme pain.  Being out of network would incur a $15,000 out of network cost plus an expense of 50% of all costs beyond the deductible.  The amount is really daunting but so is the pain.  This is the first surgery Kristin has had that seems to relieve some of her pain.  

If any of your are fundraising experts or know of any that would like to help we are all ears!  Kristin is still unable to work so there are expenses like food, rent, heat, etc.

Many thanks and happy holidays!

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Following is a portion of an update from Kristin. Unfortunately she continues to deal with challenges as she awaits an update on when she will be having her next brain surgery to help diminish her ongoing pain.
"I'm sure some of you can and are probably wondering when we are going to wrap all this up already. Frankly, I'm not sure. The shit show keeps coming back with encores! Anyway, I had my foot surgery yesterday on the left foot. That rounds out the count with two on the right and one on the left in the past six months and that's enough please. He did the tendon graft, cleaned away some adhesions around the nerves and did something with the bone because I'm stuck with the dreaded pin in my foot again. The pin gives me the willies a little bit just like it did when I had one in the right foot. It's in to stabilize the joint and the tendon graft but then it comes out externally through the top of my toe. I'm glad I at least can't see it because it's under the cast. So as you can tell by the time on the post (3:07 AM), sleep isn't going well. The pin and the nerve area are throbbing pretty good and I'm dealing with a crabby stabby so I just can't get comfortable. I've moved from my bed to my couch to my recliner back to my couch. It's musical chairs over here. I go on Friday to get the wound checked and a cast change. Unfortunately the pin stays in for a week so that also means crutches for a week. At least this time I'll be able to drive though. It's the little things!"

Any support for Kristin as she goes through her ongoing challenges is greatly appreciated.
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It is hard to believe Kristin turned 40 today. She definitely does not look it . All of you know she has been dealing with more than her share of challenges. It would be terrific if we can make today a great day with birthday gifts to help her with her ongoing expenses.
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I have decided to share with you what is going on with Kristin in her own words for those of you that do not receive the "lotsahelpinghands" email and because Kristin's words are so eloquent. I am sorry to say she is in a challenging place right now and your support is SO appreciated.

"Hi All
Boy, I went from no updates for months to "here we go again" pretty quickly. I'm running on two and a half benders (only a couple hours last night) since this weekend and it's only Wednesday so I'm sorry if there are typos. No, there isn't any news on the brain front yet, but in usual McQueen fashion I have another surgery to fill the time before that one happens. Seriously WTF. You may or may not remember I had to have my foot fixed (again) in September. I had grown more weird shit like I did last April only this time it turned into an aggressive Staph infection as well that required 4 months of antibiotics, a bone graft as well as a tendon graft. The bone graft is healing but my body has not taken the tendon graft and has left me with, for lack of better words, a hole in the bottom of my foot. It's been 3 months now since surgery and that incision/hole still hasn't closed. This has become quite the ordeal. I haven't been able to run at all or even just walk normally since the end of July. So when I went back to my foot doctor on Monday he gave me the ever familiar sigh that I get from pretty much every doctor I see and he told me that this isn't common. Growing a weird infected blob that latched onto my tendon wasn't common to start with and shocker, this healing pattern also isn't common. So he took some ultrasound images of the tendon and saw a lot of fluid build up and some other junk in there, and x-rays showed the bone graft was healing but he didn't like how this was getting close to encroaching on that graft. Unfortunately this means another surgery for me. He has to remove the tendon graft and clean up that whole site and stitch it again so it can heal properly. I asked if he could just do it ASAP so I can get it over with so I hopefully don't have to worry about this for whenever Rosenow has a date for me with the brain stuff. I was hoping for a week from today (Wednesdays are his surgery days) because all that poking and prodding on Monday has left me limping again, but of course they couldn't make that work. So December 26th it is. Maybe I can convince him to just web my foot to make me swim faster. Hmmm...not sure how that would work for running though. Next year I'm putting "tropical island vacation" on my Christmas list. The past two years I've been in the ER and this year will be surgery. Good lord, this is turning into quite the eventful off season already. No problem, just squeezing in another foot surgery before they saw my head open again. Way to end 2018 and start off 2019 with a bang!

The picture on the left is a couple weeks after surgery in September and the one on the right is today. My foot looks less alien like now but is still swollen and the outside doesn't move yet. It basically feels like he sewed someone else's foot onto mine. Hopefully this surgery will fix it already and I can be done with this issue. Stabby continues to be more fired up and there isn't much I can do about that. I don't understand how my body and mind can be on such opposite ends of the spectrum ALL.THE.TIME. My mind says I'm a normal functioning human being that likes to race, sleep normally, hang out with my friends when I want to and go to work to support myself. My body thinks that is absolutely hilarious and absurd and does everything possible to prevent all of that.

So I'm hoping I won't be in a boot for too long so I won't have to take more than a week or so off work. They still aren't offering me many patients but I would like to take what I can before the noggin surgery since I'll be out much longer with that one. I had to humble myself yet again today and go to Dupage County Services to apply for assistance with my utilities and also ask about the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps). Yes after 3 years I'm finally conceding that I'm there. I have to admit that every time I write about having to get financial assistance it is through tears. I usually delete it and re-write it about 4 times and so far today is no different. I don't like complaining about it and I don't want it to come across as looking for pity. It's always just to remind you that there's more to illness than just the physical. I know some of you get frustrated with me on this (accepting financial help) but if you really put yourself in this position, not just for a couple weeks or months, but for 3 YEARS you had to depend on others' help despite all your efforts to remain independent, hopefully you can understand a little bit where I'm coming from. That being said, I'm extremely grateful for all of you and all of the anonymous help I've received along the way. I'm also just grateful to have this platform to get the yucks out and hopefully educate a little along the way.

I'm frustrated as hell with life but I'm continuing to trust that SOMETHING will turn around at some point. Then hopefully it will be a domino effect and things will start to fall into place. Or maybe they already are and I'm just not realizing it. Either way, each day will pass and I can piss and moan or laugh and be grateful. Laughing is way more fun and less stressful so let's press on!"
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Kristin had an appointment to get the pin out of her foot and was looking forward to it because it was bothering her all week. After the doctor took the cast off he saw the was really red on the outside and top of her foot. He asked if she finished the antibiotics. She said she had taken the last dose the night before. Kristin indicated the doctor looked a little concerned but pulled the pin out and asked if it had been causing her pain. Kristin has been on antibiotics since the first week in August. The doctor put all kinds of antibiotic creams on it (stitches are still in) and wrapped it and she is now in a boot. but it's still just as sore . She is still pretty gimpy because it hurts to put all her weight on it but she can probably use the crutches if needed. He gave her a surgical shoe to put on if she need to drive but you can guess she is probably no in the best shape to get back to work.
Kristin goes back to the doctor on today so the doctor can check things and change the dressings. Kristin is not sure how much longer the stitches have to stay in or how long she has to be in this boot now. This has become quite the ordeal.

If yourself in a position to help Kristin as the new month starts I want to share she is on Venmo for those of you that use it and her handle is @kmcruns

Have a great week/month!
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$48,005 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 492 people in 40 months
Created January 11, 2016
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
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12 days ago
Betsey O'Brien
2 months ago

Love and admire you so much, Kristin ... Thank you for showing all of us how to live life with courage, humor and genuine strength. #40WOW

Barbara Ryniec
2 months ago

Happy Birthday Kristin! Stabby Joe can suck it! I hope you get some relief for at least your birthday! Hugs!!!

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