Kerry's Medical Fund

$6,878 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 47 months
Nancy Bailes Loggins
on behalf of Wendi Loggins Ivester
 BOWLING GREEN, KY
The information below was written by my daughter about her husband, Kerry Ivester. Wendi and Kerry will celebrate their second wedding anniversary October 6, 2015.

Kerry's journey began back in March of this year (2015) when he began having intense abdominal pains. They became so severe, we had to go to the ER. All tests/scans came back as normal, except for his pancreatic levels. They were 1200, which is extremely high. His pain reoccurred, and he was in and out of the ER often and seeing a gastroenterologist as well. At one point, his pancreatic levels finally lowered into the normal range and he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. After two months of going back and forth to his doctor and ER, we finally got an appointment with a dr at Emory in Atlanta. The NP at Emory said Kerry needed an ERCP surgery to open one of his ducts believing that was the source of his problem. She also said there was a "fuzzy" spot on one of his many, many CT scans. She didn't seem concerned about the spot and we never really heard anything else about it. She sent Kerry to a surgeon and was scheduled for the ERCP. Because the surgeon was out of the country (and we were told by his doctor that this surgeon was the only one in our area that could perform this particular surgery), we were forced to wait until August for his surgery. I wasn't crazy about how she treated us, so I researched to find another doctor for a second opinion. Especially since we were told only one surgeon could perform that surgery (hard to believe) and having to wait for another 2 months. Kerry could not wait that long. I found a doctor in the Cumming/Atlanta area, so we scheduled an appointment with him. He did another procedure (EUS) and found a mass that was 1-2cm long. He took some biopsies and referred us to an oncologist surgeon. Three weeks went by, and we finally heard that the biopsies came back containing abnormal cells. The abnormal cells along with his pancreatic blood panels containing high numbers again, the surgeon told Kerry that he more than likely had pancreatic cancer. The surgeon then decided to go in and remove the mass by performing the Whipple procedure. The surgery was scheduled for August 5th. Before the surgery, he told us that he would take some fresh biopsies while Kerry was on the table and get the results before he made his decision to remove the mass. We were told that the fresh biopsies weren't as thorough as frozen biopsies, but he wanted immediate biopsies taken. Six fresh biopsies were taken and came back clear. Six more were taken and sent off for more in depth testing. When the surgeon opened Kerry, he said that what he saw did not look like cancer. He told us he was 90% sure that it was not cancer. 90%!! We were so thankful!! He removed Kerry's healthy gall bladder (to prevent possible gall stones from causing future flare ups of the pancreas) and left the mass. He told us Kerry was very compact inside....that there wasn't enough room for him to put his hands inside.  He was afraid that if he tried, he would hurt Kerry. (All the while knowing that his blood levels were elevated and abnormal cells were present.) Two-three more weeks passed before the Dr called and told us he had pancreatic cancer. We were devastated!  Kerry was cut from his sternum to below his naval and by this time, the top part of Kerry's incision hadn't healed properly. Another week later, that area became infected and had to be reopened, cleaned, and left open to heal from the inside out. Because of this, Kerry could not start chemo. At this point, the mass had grown to about 3cm in length. The week of Sept. 7th, Kerry saw a new doctor about his chemo treatments. This doctor told him his incision had healed enough to begin his treatments the following week. Later that same day, Kerry had an appointment with his surgeon. The surgeon wasn't there, but an assistant told Kerry that his incision still hadn't healed enough for chemo and to again wait before starting treatments. Because of the constant delays, we decided to go to the Cancer Treatment Center of America. He will be having his 3 day cancer evaluation Sept. 15-17 and we hope he can begin aggressive chemo very soon! He has had a tough journey thus far, especially with his first set of Drs misdiagnosing him and wasting so much valuable time. He is in constant pain, cannot eat, and has lost almost 65 lbs. Because of his pain and medications, he is no longer able to work. He hasn't worked for months. Please keep Kerry in your prayers as he begins his fight with pancreatic cancer.

I am Kerry's mom-in-law. I am setting up this account with the hope of helping Kerry and Wendi. Kerry hasn't been able to work since spring. He has insurance with Aetna, but the Cancer Treatment Center is, unfortunately, out of their network. The Center tried to get on Aetna's list of providers, but Aetna refused. My daughter teaches Special Ed at an elementary school, so they are not rolling in money. If anyone would like to donate to help Kerry and Wendi with bills and ongoing medical bills for months to come, I know they will greatly appreciate it! Most of all, please keep Kerry in your daily prayers. Please pray for comfort and complete healing. Please pray for Wendi; that she will remain strong mentally and physically.  I ask that you please share this on your page so we can reach as many people as possible. For those who are able and willing to help, thank you from the bottom of my heart.....❤️.
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This week has been a tough one. We found out that Kerry’s cancer has spread to the abdominal lining and there’s a new spot in his lung that the doctors are thinking is cancer. Kerry is very tired, but thankfully not in pain. He was given some medicine to help with the ascites. The medication helped alleviate some of the pressure in his stomach. He also has a good bit of fluid in his lungs, and will see a pulmonary doctor soon to see if they will drain his lungs. We are thankful that Kerry is still able to get out and about in small spurts. We are also thankful that his pain is under control at this time. There are so many of you that have supported us and loved on us through this nightmare, and we are incredibly grateful. Please continue to pray for Kerry as he continues to fight this horrible cancer. We love every single one of you.

Wendi
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(Jan 31st) We got the news that we have been praying not to hear. Kerry’s cancer has spread to his liver. While we are heartbroken that his cancer is now stage IV, we are still hopeful that there are other treatments or clinical trials. Kerry starts a new chemo tomorrow. He will wear a pump for 2 days. Please pray that he doesn’t experience the side effects he had with his last chemo pump. Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers, and love. Please continue praying for Kerry while he continues his fight.

- Wendi
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Earlier this week, we got the news that we have been praying not to hear. Kerry’s cancer has spread to his liver. While we are heartbroken that his cancer is now stage IV, we are still hopeful that there are other treatments or clinical trials to try. Kerry starts a new chemo tomorrow. He will wear a pump for 2 days. Please pray that he doesn’t experience the side effects he had from the last chemo pump he had to wear. Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers, and love. Please continue praying for Kerry while he continues his fight.

- Wendi
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Kerry is out of surgery. They weren't able to remove all of his pancreas, but they were able to remove the cancer. They had to leave about an inch of the pancreas due to inflammation, bleeding, and scar tissue, which does leave a chance of another relapse (that would potentially be inoperable). He lost a moderate amount of blood, but his levels are okay right now. He's still in recovery, but will still more than likely be a type 1 diabetic since he only has a small piece of the pancreas left. Thank you all for continuing to pray for Kerry, and for being such an amazing support system. We love y'all!

Wendi
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Beckie Latty
47 months ago

You are all on our prayers.

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Jamie N Erin Austin
47 months ago

Father we come boldly into tour throne room on behalf of Kerry and Wendy. Lord we claim wisdom for these doctors, I pray for your hands to guide their every move. I claim superbatural insight for them. Father your word says when 2 or more come together IT SHALL BE DONE! Lord you are our healer, our peace our comfort and through your son who shed His blood and took those stripes 9n our behalf...we are healed! I claim the. Blood of Jesus over Kerrys body. Father we claim complete healing and a hedge of protection over Kerry. Lord you are still in the miracle business and we thank you for the testimony Kerry has to share with others of your Amazing Love Mercy and Grace. Father please show up and show off in this situation. You and you alone are worthy of all our Praise and Honor! I claim peace that passes all carnial understanding over Wendy. Father we come as one in your Name and thank you in advance and speak this miracle healing as tho it is! By the power of our Savior we command that Satan GET THEE BEHIND! You cannot have Kerry ee cimmand satan leave this Child of God! We have the authority and cimmand satan BE GONE IN CHRIST JESUS NAME AMEN!

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Paula Livingdeadgurl Edge-Broome
47 months ago

Kerry also went thru surgery to have a port put in during this time also thanks to everyone who helps my brother and thank you for prayers and good vibes....

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CP
$100
Christina Payne
10 months ago
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JM
$100
Joel Murphy
10 months ago

I am so sorry Wendi. When I saw your post today, I realized that I never saw my donation show up on my account. Something went wrong and it never went through. We love you both and are praying for you.

JP
$100
Joe & Pat Pilcher
11 months ago

We love you and are still standing and believing with you for complete and total healing...our Lord and Savior is forever faithful

TD
$20
Teresa Davis
11 months ago

God Bless you Kerry and Family...Praying

MC
$25
Mandi Carlock
11 months ago
AB
$50
Angela Broome
11 months ago
HE
$30
Heath Elrod
18 months ago
1
1
JR
$100
Joe Rampley
18 months ago
1
1

Our thoughts and prayers are always with you and Wendy. We love you!

MC
$200
Mike and Andrea Cook
18 months ago
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TB
$500
Tom Bailes
18 months ago
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1
Beckie Latty
47 months ago

You are all on our prayers.

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Jamie N Erin Austin
47 months ago

Father we come boldly into tour throne room on behalf of Kerry and Wendy. Lord we claim wisdom for these doctors, I pray for your hands to guide their every move. I claim superbatural insight for them. Father your word says when 2 or more come together IT SHALL BE DONE! Lord you are our healer, our peace our comfort and through your son who shed His blood and took those stripes 9n our behalf...we are healed! I claim the. Blood of Jesus over Kerrys body. Father we claim complete healing and a hedge of protection over Kerry. Lord you are still in the miracle business and we thank you for the testimony Kerry has to share with others of your Amazing Love Mercy and Grace. Father please show up and show off in this situation. You and you alone are worthy of all our Praise and Honor! I claim peace that passes all carnial understanding over Wendy. Father we come as one in your Name and thank you in advance and speak this miracle healing as tho it is! By the power of our Savior we command that Satan GET THEE BEHIND! You cannot have Kerry ee cimmand satan leave this Child of God! We have the authority and cimmand satan BE GONE IN CHRIST JESUS NAME AMEN!

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Paula Livingdeadgurl Edge-Broome
47 months ago

Kerry also went thru surgery to have a port put in during this time also thanks to everyone who helps my brother and thank you for prayers and good vibes....

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