On April 4th 2019 Kim was airlifted to the hospital after suffering a major seizure. She was in the hospital for 11 days as they tried to diagnose the abnormalities in her brain. She was released and told to see a neurologist, and did, but ended up back in the hospital on April 24th 2019. Since Kim’s condition was declining, she had an MRI that showed massive inflammation. She was rushed in to emergency surgery due to the amount of pressure that had built up in her brain. To help relieve the pressure, they had to remove part of her skull. During surgery they discovered that the abnormality was actually a Large B cell Lymphoma. They were able to take out 50% of the tumor. Kim had another surgery on May 1st to remove a blood clot that had formed due to the first surgery. They didn’t take out more of the tumor due to the risk of additional damage to her brain. The doctors feel her tumor is best treated with immunotherapy, radiation and chemo.
Every two hours the nurses perform a neurological test on Kim to see how she’s improving. She has been able to open both eyes and recognize her family and loved ones. Kim still struggles with moving the right side of her body and following some of the cognitive tests, but is improving each day.
Today is May 7th 2019 and Kim is still intubated and is going to have a tracheostomy in a few hours. She also needs to start radiation, and when she is strong enough, chemo. The immunotherapy was started on Friday. She also developed an infection in her brain and she is receiving antibiotics for that. One more thing for her to fight.
Many of you know Kim and how much of a fighter she is, but not all fights can be won alone. Kim is going to be in the hospital for a long time and unable to work for many months if at all. She will need therapy in order to fully recover. A timeline for her recovery/release has not been established and we are taking things one day at a time. With that, we all know life doesn’t stop no matter what is thrown at us, and support from friends, family, and loved ones goes a long way. We have set a goal of $125,000 to help pay for Kim’s hospital bills, both present and future, and her other monthly bills. She has already received some hefty bills from the first hospitalization. To be honest, we don't really know how much all of this is going to cost, but if there is money left over, we will donate the funds to brain tumor research.
Thank you for reading this. Please share this with your loved ones and remember life can change in an instant. It certainly did for Kim and her family. The more support we have for Kim the faster she’ll be back on her feet warming all our hearts with her beautiful charm and smile. Any amount you can give is appreciated. Help us get Kim home.