St. Peter Family Fund

$35,671 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 529 people in 53 months
After I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer late last year, so many friends have asked "How can I help??" Your prayers and kind thoughts and deeds have been AMAZING, and have gotten us this far. But, our journey is only beginning.

The battle continues after months of chemotherapy, surgeries, and physical therapy. With more chemo & radiation to come, not to mention reconstruction surgery and long term lymphadema therapy and future treatments, working is becoming less and less of an option for me. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet on one salary.

That's where you come in. Any donation to our family fund is greatly appreciated! We have responsibilities that range from outstanding medical bills, and current ones, to child care. As well as basic needs like meals, laundry, and gas for our well traveled - to and from the hospital - cars.

Your contribution will help take some of the financial pressure of medical bills and the day to day basics off of our shoulders, so we can put our focus on my road to recovery. 

Thank you hardly seems like enough, but we are truly thankful for your help!
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Hi everyone this is Lara. I want to thank all of you individually but I am in the hospital and it's difficult for me because i am still limited in what I can do. We appreciate all your contributions. A quick update: I've been having seizures because I have brain tumors and I find that it is compromising my language. I'll be in the hospital for several more weeks doing physical and occupational therapy. This is hardly enough but we thank you all so much.
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It's been almost a month since my seizure and every day since, any little twitch or odd sensation terrifies me. I hope that will get better with time. It's really no way to live. I have gone from taking 2 kinds of meds to 6, that adds up to 15 pills a day. I can't drive for 6 months - it's South Carolina law. I never realized how much my independence meant to me. To just grab your keys and go, I miss that already. Thank God for Rick. He is my chauffeur!

We still need your support. Summer is the most challenging since I'm not working. But of course my chemo treatment, doc appointments, and medicine continue.

Please share our story. Please keep praying. We appreciate you more than you know.
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I have been in the hospital since Sunday. I had a seizure. This is what happened.

I was labeling yard sale items and went to talk to Olivia in her room. As soon as I got to her door, I began to feel a sensation in my hand. My fingers clawed up and the sensation quickly turned into a wave or syncopation of muscle in my forearm. It was terrifying and painful. I started screaming and falling to the floor. I couldn't speak anymore and my body began to contort strangely. That's the last thing I remember before being put in the ambulance.

What I don't remember - Olivia going to get our neighbors, Rick calling 911, Aidan crying that he didn't want me to die, and me on the floor, eyes open looking into the floor mirror, but unable to see. My face was turning blue, I could only grunt, convulse, and foam at the mouth Our neighbors gave me the stroke test as soon as the seizure finished and I could speak again. But I don't have any memory of that. The EMS showed up and gave me a seizure test, which I passed. I don't remember that either. The EMS put me in a chair to take me down stairs, don't remember though!

Getting to the ambulance and on a gurney was the first time I was aware of what was happening. And off we went to AnMed Hospital in Anderson SC. The EMS asked lots of questions. We got to the ER and I had a CT Scan, blood work, and visits from my family. I moved to my hospital room at about midnight.

It was determined that my potassium was very low, 2.2, which could have been the cause of the seizure. And even though my CT didn't show any changes from my MRI from a week and a half ago, the neurologist was sure my seizure was because of my brain lesions. Bit of a contradiction between my doctors!

So, that's where we are. I have been taking an anti-seizure pill, steroid for the inflammation in my brain, and all my regular meds. I hope I won't have another seizure.

Thank you for your continued support, generosity, and kindness. You are in our hearts.
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I saw my oncologist yesterday and I have an update. It's quite a bit of information so I'm going to take it line by line.

1. My brain MRI results were a little different than I thought. The largest of the original lesions (from August) has shrunk considerably, but the others are slightly bigger. They aren't life threatening so we will keep an eye on them and address them as needed. For example, I am on steroids now for the inflammation and how it affects the use of my right hand.
2. My bone scan revealed that my bones are responding well to the bone cement that I receive every month. In fact, they are filling in nicely and getting stronger. As my doc said, the bones were like Swiss cheese and now they are less swiss and more cheese!
3. The Cancer activity number that they read in my blood had gone up a couple of points in the last few weeks. It should be 5 or lower, but it came up to 7.4. The PET Scan showed that I have Cancer cell growth on my right adrenal gland. That's the gland that sits on the right kidney. It's not life threatening, so there's that.
4. Good news? My liver, lungs, and lymphnodes are looking good!

So, now what? I will adjust my chemo by having more drugs added to my cocktail. I will do this every three weeks. My chemo end date of May 2015 will be extended. Not sure to what, I guess it depends on how I respond. I will continue the same pill taking plan as I am currently on as well.

Tomorrow I will start the new chemo. I'm not sure how I will react to it, hopefully not badly. It's scary, stressful, and not what I was hoping to hear. But, it's part of the new normal for me. Flare ups, adjusting, new Cancer growth, working to fight it. Okay, it really sucks. It REALLY sucks.

Thank you for still caring. Thank you for all your support. There is no way I could do this without it.
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Raised by 529 people in 53 months
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Krissy Keene-Feighery
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Tons of love to you and the kids, Rick. Hope to meet your kids sometime and spend some time with ya'll!

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Ruth Winters
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We wish we could be there today. We are sending all our love.

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