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Kim Ariza’s Fight Club

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Raised by 427 people in 1 month
Created October 24, 2018
As a Resident Doctor writing this in support of a fellow Resident Doctor, I have no choice but to present this as a patient case. Kim was recently diagnosed with cancer, and this is her story that is very close to all our hearts and can use all the help/support you can offer.

This is a previously healthy 30 year old female who, 2 years ago when she was pregnant with her now 19 month old daughter, Sofia, developed a lump in her neck. After 2 biopsies, doctors told her it was a harmless swollen lymph node, and she moved on with her life as all of us would. Over time, the swelling worsened, moving down into her chest and arm, so Kim went to the doctor for another checkup. After getting images and lab work to investigate, she got a call from her doctor, explaining it would be a good idea to have someone cover her clinic the rest of the day because her news wasn’t good. After the grueling/tortuous process of waiting for more results (multiple MRIs and CT scans, three biopsies, and lab work), the final diagnosis was something we all wished it wasn’t but knew deep down it was--cancer. On July 30th, 2018 Kim was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which had spread to both her lungs, her liver, and many lymph nodes.

And with that, this loving/fierce/hilarious/badass fiancé, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and physician’s life completely halted. She was forced to put herself first, for once. The treatment to kick this cancer’s ass involves at least 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy. As with everything else she has done, she is absolutely crushing it. Every expected and unexpected side effect that has brought her down has only led her to rise above even higher to confront the next obstacle coming her way.

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Unfortunately, in order for Kim to tackle this cancer and get better for herself and her family, she had to make the brave decision to leave her residency position in Family Medicine after only a month into her 2nd year. This amazing new doctor was suddenly taken from a career she was born to do.

Through all of the struggle, she and her family are trying to remain positive and journey on. Between planning a wedding with her incredibly supportive fiancé, Nic, raising her beautiful/hilarious/mostamazingkidinthewholeworld, Sofia, plus normal life expenses (mortgage, bills, daycare, insurance, student loans, plane tickets for supportive out-of-state family members) on a now one-salary household, we are all asking for your help. Please help us somewhat normalize this family’s new routine and help them move up and onward.

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Any form of assistance is truly and deeply appreciated to offset their burden. Along with this, as a hater of running, Nic has been training to run a marathon Dec 8, 2018 in Tucson, in a futile attempt to join in some of Kim’s struggle. Knowing that he could never balance the scales of what she is going through, he felt that this was a small way for him to support her journey while also putting himself through some pain. We cannot emphasize how much Nic hates running. Fun fact, Nic actually wanted to shave his head in support, Kim couldn’t take both the side effects of chemo AND Nic’s beautiful curls (her favorite) being chopped off. If you would like to help contribute or even join him in his effort, please let us know and we will give you more details. 

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We love this family so much that now is when we ask you to Alohomora your wallets (funny if you’re a Harry Potter fan) and help out this kick-ass family in any way you can.


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Just wanted to give a little update on the course of things. I am incredibly grateful for all the love and support that I have gotten from far away and close by friends and family. Thank you to everyone who is showing love and telling their stories. Thank you to everyone who was able to make a monetary contribution. You are all making me realize that I’m not alone even though I sometimes feel that way and that I’m so surrounded my love and light. I get treatments every other Monday and there are IVs and blood work all in between that. The first week after treatment is usually the hardest for me, but I bounce back up to the best of my ability. While Sofia is the best thing for my spirits because she is literally the cutest human on the planet, it does get hard to take care of her during the day, especially because she also already has my personality (*my attitude*). We are halfway through chemo. While sometimes radiation is necessary, due to the extent of the spread, that wasn’t an option for me. So we will keep pushing forward and staying positive. I’ve never taken too much of a break once I started on my journey, so this has been a change in SO. MANY. WAYS. Thank you immensely for everyone showing love and support; it’s all made me cry more than I wanted to, but maybe that exactly what I needed. I will keep everyone updated as we move forward. Thank you again!
-Kim Ariza
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Raised by 427 people in 1 month
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