Kim Ariza’s Fight Club

As a Resident Doctor writing this in support of a fellow Resident Doctor, I have no choice but to present this as a patient case. Kim was recently diagnosed with cancer, and this is her story that is very close to all our hearts and can use all the help/support you can offer.

This is a previously healthy 30 year old female who, 2 years ago when she was pregnant with her now 19 month old daughter, Sofia, developed a lump in her neck. After 2 biopsies, doctors told her it was a harmless swollen lymph node, and she moved on with her life as all of us would. Over time, the swelling worsened, moving down into her chest and arm, so Kim went to the doctor for another checkup. After getting images and lab work to investigate, she got a call from her doctor, explaining it would be a good idea to have someone cover her clinic the rest of the day because her news wasn’t good. After the grueling/tortuous process of waiting for more results (multiple MRIs and CT scans, three biopsies, and lab work), the final diagnosis was something we all wished it wasn’t but knew deep down it was--cancer. On July 30th, 2018 Kim was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which had spread to both her lungs, her liver, and many lymph nodes.

And with that, this loving/fierce/hilarious/badass fiancé, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and physician’s life completely halted. She was forced to put herself first, for once. The treatment to kick this cancer’s ass involves at least 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy. As with everything else she has done, she is absolutely crushing it. Every expected and unexpected side effect that has brought her down has only led her to rise above even higher to confront the next obstacle coming her way.

Unfortunately, in order for Kim to tackle this cancer and get better for herself and her family, she had to make the brave decision to leave her residency position in Family Medicine after only a month into her 2nd year. This amazing new doctor was suddenly taken from a career she was born to do.

Through all of the struggle, she and her family are trying to remain positive and journey on. Between planning a wedding with her incredibly supportive fiancé, Nic, raising her beautiful/hilarious/mostamazingkidinthewholeworld, Sofia, plus normal life expenses (mortgage, bills, daycare, insurance, student loans, plane tickets for supportive out-of-state family members) on a now one-salary household, we are all asking for your help. Please help us somewhat normalize this family’s new routine and help them move up and onward.

Any form of assistance is truly and deeply appreciated to offset their burden. Along with this, as a hater of running, Nic has been training to run a marathon Dec 8, 2018 in Tucson, in a futile attempt to join in some of Kim’s struggle. Knowing that he could never balance the scales of what she is going through, he felt that this was a small way for him to support her journey while also putting himself through some pain. We cannot emphasize how much Nic hates running. Fun fact, Nic actually wanted to shave his head in support, Kim couldn’t take both the side effects of chemo AND Nic’s beautiful curls (her favorite) being chopped off. If you would like to help contribute or even join him in his effort, please let us know and we will give you more details. 

We love this family so much that now is when we ask you to Alohomora your wallets (funny if you’re a Harry Potter fan) and help out this kick-ass family in any way you can.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Heather Lougee 
Scottsdale, AZ
Kim Ariza 

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