Love offerings for Jan

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 Jan was at work when suddenly she started having severe chest pain and shortness of breath. EMS was called and transported her to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. It was determined quickly that it was not a heart attack but she had 2 large blood clots in both lungs and a mass on her kidney. They immediately started her on an IV blood thinner but because CCU, CVRU, and ICU were full she was moved to the Heart Center overnight. The next morning, a very knowledgeable and caring nurse informed that us that Jan needed to be seen by a cardiologist and she called Dr. Nguyenduy's physician's assistant to look at Jan's reports. He realized that Jan's condition was much more serious than we knew. Jan had a saddle embolism (blood clot in the artery that feeds both lungs). The blood clot had her left lung completely depleted and cutoff of all oxygen and blood supply. Her right lung was partially blocked.

Dr. Nguyenduy then came to visit Jan and asked if she would be willing to undergo a very risky procedure called EKOS. EKOS is also known as a catheter assisted thrombolysis. It is when a catheter is guided through the blood vessels to where the blood clots are in her lungs. The catheter delivers a special clot dissolving medication (TPA) to help dissolve and break up the clots. Dr. Nguyenduy suggested that the mass on Jan’s left kidney is where the blood clots were coming from.

The procedure was performed successfully Friday afternoon and Jan was admitted to CVRU. She stayed in this unit until Monday morning when she was stable enough to move to a room in the heart center. She made improvements with her breathing and lung strength each day and another CT scan was performed on Wednesday.  The urologist came in shortly after the CT scan and confirmed the large mass on her left kidney. The mass is larger than the kidney itself and has invaded the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in the body also known as IVC). Jan also has a "concerning nodule" on her right lung. The urologist consulted an oncologist immediately, Dr Curran. Both doctors felt positive the mass on the kidney is cancer based on it's size, the invasion of the kidney and IVC, and the blood clots.

Dr. Curran met with Jan and her family on Wednesday evening and discussed his preliminary diagnosis of stage 3 renal cell carcinoma. Because of Jan's pulmonary embolism, she was not a candidate for surgery nor a candidate for further testing at that time. He did mention the use of a oral chemotherapy drug called Sutent.  At that time, his concern was for Jan's lungs to get stronger and her O2 levels to improve since that was the immediate need. He wanted her to be able to get out of the hospital and get stronger so he could see her in his office in a couple of weeks.  On Friday, January 19th, Jan was released from the hospital and her first oncology appointment was made for Feb 1st at 9am. There are a lot of unknowns right now that advanced testing will help answer. The first is finding out if and where the cancer has spread.

If you know anything about Jan it is she is strong, not only in life but in her faith and conviction that God will carry her along this path. We firmly believe that prayers have helped her make it this far and will continue to help her.  On January 11th, God kept Jan here for a reason. Hundreds of you have asked “How can I help?”. This GoFundMe account has been set up for those who wish to help with medical expenses. As most of you know, Jan is self-employed. She is currently out of work with no income and mounting medical bills. The entire Mabry family appreciates all the love, care, and prayers over the past few weeks. The outpouring of support shows how much Jan is loved and how much she means to so many people.

Donations

  • Monty Wright 
    • $50 
    • 26 mos
  • Yessica Rodríguez 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Lindsey Tate 
    • $20 
    • 27 mos
  • Kelly Wood 
    • $100 
    • 27 mos
  • Beverly Turner 
    • $50 
    • 27 mos
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Organizer

Tracy Mabry 
Organizer
Spartanburg, SC
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