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911 for Cindy Helkenn

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This is Sammie, Ted and Cindy's 4 year old daughter.  She loves to help with chores!  When I play with Sammie, it always involves one of her animals being sick, going to the doctor and resting a lot.   
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Life is filled with blessings!   We are blessed with family love, good friends and community.  We believe hard work and perseverance will always provide a way. 
 
Cindy Helkenn is married to my brother Ted.
 
On March 12, 2017, she was diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the small bowel.  The cancer had mestastasized to her ovaries and lymph nodes.  The prognosis was 6-9 months and a 5% chance of living another 3 years.  During the last 17 months, Cindy has undergone chemotherapy every 2 weeks. She had 4 surgeries and 2 hospitalizations during this time.
 
The surgeries and hospitalizations interfered with Cindy’s chemotherapy treatments.  The cancer developed into an additional diagnosis – peritoneal carcinomatosis: a metastic tumor in her abdomen.
 
A scan last week showed that the tumor had doubled in size.  Next week she will begin 5 days of chemotherapy and radiation for the next 8 weeks.   Her life expectancy is less than 3 months without this treatment.  If this extreme treatment shrinks the tumor to a manageable size for surgery, they will more than likely need to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. 
 
Cindy and Ted live in Sundance, WY and will need to travel to Rapid City, SD, the closest place for her treatment.  They will need to travel 186 miles, 5 days a week for the next 8 weeks. Ted is employed at Regional Hospital in Spearfish, SD as a sonographer.  He works full time night shifts Monday through Friday so he can take care of their 4-year-old daughter, Sammie and take Cindy to her medical appointments.  They do all of this with one running vehicle in their family.   They have 4 adult children, only 1 living close to them.  Ted has had Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 10.  The medical information and resources available during that time were minimal. Ted’s health is not well either. 
 
Life is beautiful and filled with challenges.  We get through them with the grace of God, family and community. I just don’t know how much more this family can endure.  Thinking of what they are going through and how much four-year-old Sammie could lose is heartbreaking.  It is hard to imagine.
 
On behalf of my brother, his wife Cindy and their family, I am asking for help to reduce stress during this critical time in their lives.  I pray for peace while they continue this battle and love and happiness to see them through.
 
Attached is a list of expenses they are facing.  They have exhausted all of their resources (everything they have) in the last 17 months on Cindy’s treatment and there just isn’t anything left for what is now the only thing left that will allow her to live more than a few more weeks.
 
It is so hard for us to imagine.
 
God Bless,
 
Carmen and the Helkenn family
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Hello all,

Cindy made her final journey on March 16th, 2019. She was surrounded by family as she left us. A prayer service was held for her on Monday, March 18th and we will have a celebration of her life this summer at her home, Saddle Tree Ranch. Cindy loved living in the country. The outdoors gave her happiness and peace. We thought it very fitting to celebrate her where she loved to be. You can read her obituary at: www.kirkfuneralhome.com
It should be published later today.

Ted, with the help of a child therapist will explain to Sammie what has happened. As you can imagine, this will be one of the hardest things he will ever do. Ted and Sammie are surrounded with so much love and with Gods help, they will get through this.

Thank you for all of the messages. It helps to know so many care. Ted will continue his FMLA for a while longer as he and Sammie adjust to their new life together. They will continue to need support so please share their story.

God Bless You All!

Sincerely,
Helkenn Family
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Hello all,

Thank you for all of the prayers and messages. Clearly Cindy is a very loved person and not alone. We'll be sure to share all of your messages with her and share with you on how she is doing.

Cindy has been in hospice for a week. The move is challenging for her. Today she is returning to the hospital to fix an epidural that she has for pain. Cindy is aware of her surroundings and awake at times throughout the day. She hears everything we say to her and responds. She's resting but restless at times. Thank you for the prayers. Sammie was able to visit with her Mom and hold her hand. It was good for Cindy to see that Sammie was okay. We will continue this journey with Cindy like so many families do and have done. We are thankful and trust in God.

Ted remains on FMLA to spend time with Cindy, her family and Sammie. Unfortunately he does not receive a paycheck while on FMLA. He must also continue his medical insurance payments through his employer.
If you are considering making a donation, please consider this family and please share their story. Thank you to all that have donated. Your kindness is overwhelming. You have helped this family during a very difficult time. Your generosity has allowed them precious time.

Thank you,
The Helkenn Family
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Hello,

Cindy has moved to Hospice House in Rapid City. She is in a place where Angels work. She is resting with family at her side. Thank you for your prayers of peace and comfort.

Sincerely,
Helkenn Family
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Hello,
We apologize for the lateness of this update. A lot has happened for Cindy since our last message.

Cindy is in Rapid City Regional Hospital at this time. She has undergone 2 surgeries and numerous attempts to get her pain under control. We are praying the latest surgery will giver her some relief. As we understand it, she will remain in the hospital for a week for post op care. If her pain is manageable, she will transition to hospice care. Her hopes and our hopes are to bring her home as soon as possible.

Ted is on FMLA and with Cindy around the clock. Betty and Butch are caring for Sammie, Ted and Cindy's 4 year old daughter.

Thank you for all the prayers, wishes, donations and notes of encouragement and hope. Cindy hasn't felt well enough to get online. You should all know this community means a lot to her and has brought her and us great comfort. I will copy your notes for Ted to read to her. Thank you.

Sincerely,
The Helkenn Family
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