In August 2017, Kathy had a regular doctor appointment which resulted in them finding a mass on her stomach. She was rushed to the hospital shortly after and diagnosed with stomach cancer. She underwent surgery to remove half of her stomach and the mass. She spent 2 weeks in the hospital. The doctors were confident they had gotten all of the cancer. However, she lost a lot of weight and was very sick. The doctor told her to return for a follow up appointment in 3 months.
In November 2017, she returned for her follow up appointment where they found another mass. This time larger. The cancer had returned and she was told she would have to undergo surgery again to remove it. She was sent to a new doctor at a new hospital, who performed the surgery in January 2018. She stayed at that hospital for only a few days. The doctor was confident he had gotten it all and she was sent home.
March 2018, Kathy went in for a follow up appointment where they had once again found that the tumors had returned. This time they had spread from her stomach to her liver as well. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Sarcoma Stomach cancer. Kathy will have to go to a Sarcoma specialist in Seattle to see what to do now. She will have to receive chemo and other medication that will make her weaker.
Between the two previous surgeries, Kathy has used all of her PTO at work and has little money left for bills and for her family. Her husband, Carl, has also used his time off and may have to quit his job to help her in Seattle. Bills will begin to become a burden for them and I’m hoping to help them in this rough time. She is my mother and I love her dearly. The last thing I want is to see her sick and worried.
We will continue to update this page during her battle.
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