This family’s challenges began last year with a breast cancer diagnosis for Kelly. Chemotherapy shrunk it but did not eliminate it, and neither did surgery....
These treatments, however, kept it at bay for a while, and last fall Kelly and her husband, Josh, got to enjoy some family time away on a cruise and celebrated their son’s first birthday.
She began radiation upon her return, but Josh then became ill with Guillain–Barré syndrome - a rare disorder where your body’s immune system attack’s the peripheral nervous system, leaving you paralyzed - like having a full stroke. Josh has a severe case where he was hospitalized for treatments for two months, has already been in a rehab hospital for two months, and it will likely be many more months for him to regain function of his arms and legs again. He is now able to use his left arm fairly well. So while Kelly was fighting her cancer, Josh was fighting to move again. It was hard on them both as they weren’t able to be together and share in their son’s milestones and growth. Visits were frequent... but not the same as being home. Their little boy had to get used to new routines, too.
Kelly’s aggressive and rare cancer eventually spread to her lungs, bone, and liver. Sadly and quickly, she lost the fight and died last week. Thankfully, though, Josh could temporarily be home with her when that happened. Many thanks to the folks that helped make that happen for them.
Kelly was a wonderful person who loved her family dearly and made a positive difference in the lives of folks she met. She had a big heart and would really try and help anyone that needed it. Her smiles and generosity will be greatly missed.
Josh has a long road to recovery himself, to be able to be home with his son. So please pray for them and the road ahead of them. Please consider contributing to help fund their recovery, both pyhsically and emotionally. This family deserves some bright spots to guide their way to healing.
- Caroline Conway
- sandra buerk
- Lee Ann Antol
- Danielle Lee
- Mchele Shepley-Zinck
Organizer and beneficiary