If that is true, then my youngest ‘oldest’ sister deserves the world.
I call her my ‘oldest’ sister, because it’s the inside joke in our family that even though she is 30, she is old. She likes genealogy, crocheting, rocking chairs, going to garage sales, anything you can imagine a retiree enjoying. She has even received membership applications from the AARP. She is somehow on a mailing list with a bunch of people twice her age.
Well, as an ‘old’ lady, she noticed a lump in her abdomen. She had recently given birth to her second child, (who is now 5 months old, and also has a 23 month old son) and mentioned it to her doctor. To identify it, they did an ultrasound, MRI, then a biopsy, and discovered she had a tumor, just like an ‘old lady’ would.
Her tumor was a Desmoid Tumor. Desmoid Tumors are incredibly rare -- roughly three in ONE MILLION people. The tumors themselves are not cancerous, but are treated as a cancer. Depending on location, they may be removed by surgery or chemotherapy. This is a genetic tumor, which may come at any time and any place. When aggressive, and grow as quickly as Kady’s did, they can be life threatening if they compress on an organ or a vessel. For the rest of her life, she will have to be vigilant about check-ups and screenings to watch for the tumors to return.
Kady's tumor was in the abdomen and could be removed surgically. She was told the chances of it coming back are very high. They are deciding if radiation or new medications would be an option to slow down the process of reoccurrence.
Two years ago, she started the coursework to get her masters degree in teaching. She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Fremont Public Schools. And not just any teacher -- an incredibly joyous, engaging, motivated, enthusiastic teacher. She was nominated by her own students and recognized as a teacher of the year by Midland University just this past fall. She cares deeply about her work with kids, and often shares stories of her work on ‘growth mindset,’ teaching kids that the challenges in life are what help you grow. That when things get hard, it’s because you’re about to have a breakthrough.
Well, you’re reading this because things are really hard for Kady and her family right now. And they need to breakthrough to the good times ahead.
The trouble is mostly financial. To be blunt, she and her husband (who is also a teacher and passionate football coach in Lyons, Nebraska) have been struggling to catch up on medical bills.
Their insurance covered a lot, but not everything. There are still several thousand dollars due, and in addition, Kady’s time off of work to recover from the surgery to remove the tumor is unpaid, because earlier in the same school year she had taken (just six weeks of) maternity leave.
For that reason, she is trying to take as little time off from work as possible, even though that doesn’t necessarily speed up her healing. The surgery involved an eight inch incision across her abdomen, which is hard to recover from for anyone, but with two very small children who she can’t pick up for four weeks, it’s extra hard.
When asked if she wanted a GoFundMe page, she replied that, while yes, even though it would be a huge help because things were hard right now, she felt torn because there are people that are worse off than she is. While that may be true, I don’t know anyone who DESERVES it more than she does.
Kady gives a lot, and constantly. She is giving of her time -- she had started a coding program for her students. She is giving of her talents -- she NEVER does the bare minimum for her students and classroom. She is giving of her passion -- she dreams of using her masters to help other teachers see and use the growth mindset, to teach kids that they CAN do it, even if it seems impossible. She is giving of her love -- she is such a devoted wife and mother; her grace and patience with two kids under two is unbelieveable.
Kady has sown so much love, patience and goodness in this world. I would love her to reap the rewards of her (young) life so far, at this time when she needs it. Relieving the financial stress from her mind would help her healing immensely.
She is an incredible wife, mother, teacher, and (to me) sister. Please consider chipping in, even if it’s just five bucks. Every person who donates makes a difference -- regardless of the amount. I can’t wait for her to see how many people care about and are rooting her!
Their newest baby girl, born October 2017.
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