Last year, after months of illness, pain and chronic fatigue Kirsten was preliminarily diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Thinking she finally found the answer to her physical problems, less than a month later she was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancerand invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast. During her surgery, doctors found the cancer had spread from the tumor throughout the skin in her left breast; cancer started to form in the right breast, and she had metastatic cancer in three lymph nodes. After 6 weeks of grueling radiation treatment which burned her skin off in some places, A PET scan revealed a tumor on her right ovary, so she had a second cancer surgery in January 2017.
After major recovery and the inability to work for months, her condition worsened and she was informed she had other autoimmune diseases, including Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, which is an overlap of multiple disorders that can have debilitating effects characterized by features commonly seen in systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and polymyositis. Basically, her immune system is attacking her body which leaves her in pain and constantly fatigued. In time, it can cause irreversible damage to her organs, including her heart, lungs, and kidneys.
While trying to treat her ongoing pain, cancer and autoimmune illness, her doctors determined she could no longer work. She is now on disability which does not cover her and her son's daily necessities, and further treatment costs have become insurmountable which makes Kirsten’s journey toward recovery a trying time. She has always been a vibrant and energetic woman until these diseases took hold. While her prognosis could be better, Kirsten is going to fight - and we are going to help her.
I (her cousin Bill) along with some of her friends have created this campaign to help raise money to fund her fight. As you can imagine, her diagnosis presents a huge family burden, emotionally, physically and financially. Many people have asked how they can help her get through this, and she appreciates your support--all forms of it, including giving hugs, sending positive thoughts and prayers, taking Connor out to play, bringing meals to her house, and providing financial assistance.
She needs your help. Please donate AND share this with your friends. She is forever grateful for your generosity and the outpouring of love and support many of you have already extended.
We are also working on forming a non-profit organization to help those in need like Kirsten to pay it forward. In addition, some people have donated artwork, tickets to events and other special things so if you have ideas for others special fundraising please let us know (we are a work in progress.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Bill, & Michele Brasier; Deborah Leoci Meisenberg; Sheila & Jim Fogarty; Kara (Cline) Cooper; Jennifer Lynne; Jill (Madsen) Kelly; Lisa Perry; Erica Edwards; Chris (Stanton) Petkov and Joseph Dietrich
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- Cheryk Frederick
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