Kristin is a 42 year old wife to Robert and an exceptional mom to 8 year old Ty and 6 year old Ethan. Further to that Kristin is a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend to many.
Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago. Right from the start she has tackled this head on, and has not allowed cancer to slow her down. She had a double mastectomy which was followed by chemotherapy and radiation. After being told she was cancer free, she allowed herself ample time to recover and in the fall of 2016, she returned to work. Sadly, a mere month after returning to work, she learned that the enlarged lymph nodes in her neck, were indeed her worst nightmare...her cancer had returned. At this time she was given a prognosis of 3-5 years with the use of a daily oral chemo medication that was required for the rest of her life. Without hesitation she began the treatment that would provide her the prolonged life she desired to continue to be the wife and mother to her boys that she wanted to be.
By the summer of 2017 she had learned that lymph nodes were increasing in size, and that the cancer had spread. She learned that there were 2 spots showing on one lung and 3 on the other. Further to that there was also a lesion on her lower cerebellum. She was given a one shot round of Stereotactic Radiation in September and on October 27th, she learned that the treatment they had been trying to manage the the tumours was not effective. The initial lesion on the brain had grown in size, and there was an additional spot detected. She was given the news that any cancer patient never wants to hear, that her expectancy for survival was being measured in months.
Naturally the news itself is a lot to process individually and as a family. They have since had the opportunity to explore options for treatment. They have decided to attend the Castillo Clinic in Tijuana for treatment. This was not an easy decision for them to make, but as family they collectively have decided to live life and not have any regrets in terms of what “could’ve been” down the road, by wondering if treatment in Mexico could have made the difference.
Treatment for Kristin will begin on Friday, November 17, 2017. Our health care here in Alberta sadly doesn’t cover out of country treatment options, so all medical expenses are to be covered by the patient, as well as flights, hotels, meals, and any additional expenses.
We are hoping to help raise some funds for them as family, so they are able to focus on each other right now...and not have the worry of not being able to access certain treatment options due to financial constraints.
Kristin and Robert are so overwhelmed by the amount of love and support they have been shown by family and friends thus far. This decision to allow their loved ones to help them, is not an easy one. Anyone who knows them as a couple, knows they are very proud...but also very caring...and they too, would make this very same gesture for any of their loved ones, if they were facing this same set of circumstances.
Please note...that the Go Fund Me page makes it mandatory that a goal amount be entered. We have no set goal in mind...and just want to let everyone know, that any amount that you may be able to donate no matter how big or small, is appreciated beyond measure. Thank you so much.
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