Kerry Phillips - Fighting Cancer

$7,595 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 59 months
A heavy hearted aloha from the Hawaiian Island of Maui, 

Our dear friend Kerry, a mother of four with a priceless heart of gold and a sense of humor that rivals any top notch comedian (with an indescribable laugh to go along with it) is literally in a fight for her life. Although it is heart wrenching for us to write this, at the same time it gives us an opportunity to help Kerry in whatever way that we can. This is her life story.....

After enduring months of unexplained gagging, which led to vomiting, chest and shoulder pain, Kerry was continually misdiagnosed with acid reflux syndrome. After her symptoms failed to subside, she was finally admitted to the hospital in April of 2013 when the pain became completely unbearable.

Scans revealed a 5 inch tumor located in the bile duct of Kerry's liver. A biopsy confirmed it to be cancerous. On April 25, 2013, at the young age of 37, Kerry was diagnosed with stage 2 CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA, an extremely rare type of cancer. The prognosis was not encouraging since the sheer size and location of the tumor made surgery next to impossible.

After enduring 6 grueling months of intense chemotherapy, the tumor miraculously shrank to half its size. On October 28, 2013, Kerry underwent surgery on Oahu where 70% of her liver, which contained the tumor and sections which it had damaged, was removed. We were utterly amazed at how strong Kerry was following the surgery.

After returning home to Maui, Kerry was given chemotherapy and radiation daily until January 21, 2014, to continue to treat the areas of her liver that the doctors could not remove due to the danger of her bleeding out during surgery. She felt so much better that she was able to go back to work, and get back to the normal and everyday life that she dearly missed.

Several weeks ago, Kerry began experiencing unexplained pain in her jaw and hip.
Scans have now revealed that the cancer has spread to her jaw, hip, spine, femur, and stomach. A tumor was also found in her lungs. Obviously, this news was absolutely devastating to Kerry, her family, and us. But typical Kerry, she has picked herself up yet again, and continues to fight. She is determined as ever to not let cancer beat her.

Her husband Shane is now the sole provider for their family, and has already exhausted his leave from work to care for, and be by Kerry's side during this past year. They need your help. They need your help to cover everyday living expenses. They need your help to cover medical expenses and associated travel costs for future medical treatment. Any amount that you could provide would help to ease the tremendous financial burden that Kerry and her husband are facing.

During this ordeal, Kerry's strength, sense of humor, and laughter has remained intact. She never ceases to amaze us with her resiliency and positive attitude. We cannot even begin to tell you just how much Kerry has blessed our lives. If any of you could experience just one day with this incredible woman, you would be absolutely blown away.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for this opportunity to be able to share Kerry's life with you through GoFundMe. Let's help Kerry beat this!!!

Love and aloha,
Blaine and Nichole

Kerry and Shane just weeks before she was diagnosed

Their Daughter Makena and Son Dayton

Kerry and their Daughters Makena, Taylor & Shan-Te

First chemo treatment

A few hours after surgery 

Halloween just a few days after surgery
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Today was cycle #10 of chemotherapy. Last week my red blood cell count was low. I needed at least an 80 and my blood test came in at 60. If I got treatment it could have lowered my count dramatically. From my understanding red blood cells clot your blood so I was instructed to watch out for cuts that didn't stop bleeding.
On a much HAPPIER note, according to my doctor and nurses, my last CT scan was REMARKABLE!! There was shrinkage and NO growth in any of the existing tumors and most importantly, something that they have NEVER seen or read in CT reports while patients are getting chemo, I have bone growth where the cancer had invaded my bones! My Oncology crew was quite ecstatic and so was I!! My Oncologist suggested we keep going and after cycle #12 I have another scan to see where everything is at and decide where to go from there.
I have been researching out of state trials and plan on bringing them up to my doctor for her opinion. Unfortunately, there are very few trials and not much known about cholangiocarcinoma, BUT that does not mean anything to me. I believe that I will find what I need to fight this disease and obliterate it!
I have such a spectacular cheering section that keeps me in check and positive as ever. My husband, kids, brother, parents, cousins, uncles, aunties and friends are freakin' AMAZING!! All supporting me through out my diagnosis. I will keep you all posted on my follow up scans and plan of attack. Good night, God Bless and I love you so much!
#10 cycle still smiling & killing it!!
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This is week number 2 of low white blood cell counts for me. No chemo until my numbers get higher. It went from 150 to 88. I need it to be in the 1500. Hopefully by Friday I'll have an increase. I'm guessing that my body needs some rest even though I feel fine. Most importantly I have to make sure not to get sick because my immune system will not be able to fight it. Please flu stay away from me
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Treatment #4 was yesterday. Came home with CADD pump for 48 hours. Can't wait to remove it tomorrow. Still getting adjusted to many new odd side effects but I'm still positive as ever!!
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Jodi and the Country Flavas have been thoughtful and kind to put on a Charity Zumbathon supporting my fight against cancer. Please come out and join us this Sunday 12/14/14 @ Kula Community Center between 10am & 4pm for an awesome time of Zumba and friendship!!
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Raised by 83 people in 59 months
Created September 28, 2014
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GL
$100
Grace Lee
48 months ago
JK
$50
Jody Kele
48 months ago

Your spirit is PRICELESS! 2 words...Pink Mohawk! Fight on sister!! Smooches!

RS
$50
Ryan Souza
48 months ago
SD
$100
Sands-Madelyn-Maile-Makena Dougherty
49 months ago

Sending strength love and healing prayers

R-
$200
Randi-Eva-Kamalei-Kaina-Kala'i ---
49 months ago

Keep up the fight my Cuz... Like you always do

TG
$100
Theresa Gerry
49 months ago
AD
$25
Ana Davis
49 months ago

Praying for you Kerry!

$25
Anonymous
49 months ago
$100
Anonymous
49 months ago
AM
$1,000
Alice/Adele Meyer
49 months ago

with love and aloha, from one kula mama to another

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