Cancer Treatment for Katie

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Raised by 57 people in 45 months
Kara Menne Kane
on behalf of Katie Filger
 GREEN BAY, WI
On July 2nd, 2015, 34 year old Katie was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.  She was 30 weeks pregnant with her third child. 

While pregnant, she underwent two surgeries to have the cancer removed and then in August  gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

During the diagnosis period, her two operations, and countless doctor meetings, her husband took off work to support her and help with the older boys ages 2 and 4.  This took a hit on the couple financially.  On top of that, they now they face the bills with Katie's treatment.

On March 1st 2017, Katie  was diagnosed with stage 3c breast cancer. The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes,  three of which are tucked in between the pectoral muscles and one is behind her collarbone. The location of the lymph nodes is a cause of concern when it comes to removing them so it was recommended that she try to shrink the tumors with chemotherapy before having surgery. It also leaked into her muscle in her chest.

She is currently having chemo and supports her immune system with nutrition, supplements, and IV therapy.

Please consider blessing their family by donating financially.
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January 2019 Update:

The PET scan showed activity at the area of the surgery. It doesn't correspond to fluid collection or mass. (However I do have swelling that may be fluid build up near that area in question) Nothing seen on the bones, liver or lungs! (Per the doctors if there was I would have been considered incurable) There is borderline enlargement of my aorta (lots of possible explanations...stress is one of them haha what!?) I started physical therapy for my arm this week. Once I get more mobility 6 weeks of daily radiation will start. Since the cancer spread to my lymphnodes and started growing outside of them it is suggested to consider 6 months of pill chemo just incase it travel elsewhere
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November update!

Katie had a scan done a few weeks ago that showed a new spot in the breast and that there was growth in two other spots that they were watching. One of those spots was in the lymphnode where the growth was quite significant.

Earlier this week, she had a mastectamy and a full axillary lymphnode dissection. Which is a surgery that removed the breast and all of the lymphnodes on the affected side.

Surgery went well and now she has four weeks of recovery with limited mobility.

Christopher is home until early January to take care of the kids, pets, home and Katie while she recovers. Unfortunately, this is unpaid time off.

Please consider helping them out financially so they stay afloat.

Thank you!
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October update from Katie:

Chemo is done! It was cut early as I hadn’t been feeling well since the end of July when I got a bad cold.

My labs have been consistently low and dropping since then and it was felt that if chemo was continued it could knock my down where it was hard to come back from.

I had an MRI recently and have a PET scan next week. I'm going to see what they show before deciding what the next step is.

I appreciate the meals, childcare and financial help we have been given. It's never easy to ask for help. However, it still would bless us tremendously to have the help to pay for medical bills, IV therapy, supplements, and my special dietary needs.
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August update from Katie.

Sorry for the lack of updates. It's easier for me to talk about it, but when I'm asked to write about it, it's not as easy.

I recently had a breast ultrasound and the tumors were not seen and the remaining lymph node (out of 4) has reduced in size!

I am hopeful that when treatment is done, a MRI will be approved so I can get a full picture as neither the ultrasound or CT scan showed the chest muscle that the cancer leaked into.

This Friday I will be 5 weeks into the 12 weeks of the chemo. Last week’s treatment was postponed due to a bad cold. It hit me hard and is taking a while to get rid of it. Thankfully my labs looked good and I didn’t have a fever as then they were talking hospitalization.

This current chemo drug is administered weekly, but far less potent than the first.

As always, I am so thankful for the prayers and ALL the help.
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