Fight Like Kate: Beat Breast Cancer

$13,084 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 16 months
Colleen Glenney
on behalf of Kathleen Watts
 KELLER, TX
Kate (Glenney) Watts was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer on May 16, 2017 at age 43 after noticing an inflamed area of her breast just two weeks prior. The cancer Kate has is known as invasive triple negative micropapillary ductal carcinoma. In addition, it is inflammatory breast cancer. In short, it is extremely aggressive and rare.   Kate will start with 5 months of chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy, followed by 6 and a half weeks of radiation 5x/week, plus additional chemo if needed. Currently Kate's cancer is staged as a 3c on a scale of 1-4. We are praying that it hasn't metastasized yet which would make it grade 4. There are two 3 cm tumors in Kate's right breast, and we do know it has moved into the nearby lymph nodes. 
Kate will find out if it has spread to any other organs after she has additional scans in the next week. 

Kate is a single mother to a beautiful 8 year old named Jenna. She has a ton of support in friends and family; however, the out-of-pocket costs for her treatments is estimated at $7000 for the first year alone. While Kate will go on short-term disability leave to recover from the mastectomy, it only provides 60% of her pay. Therefore, we are starting this fund to provide some peace of mind for Kate as she prepares for the biggest fight of her life.
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Hi everyone. We got some very upsetting news yesterday about the state of Kate's cancer. It has progressed pretty significantly over the past 3 months, in three different areas even though she was on oral chemo the whole time. The doctors now have a goal of containing the cancer, versus curing it, which is heartbreaking for Kate, Jenna, and our family. She'll be headed to Houston weekly to participate in a clinical trial, which brings with it additional costs and time off work, for which she is unpaid. Please keep Kate in your prayers and if you are able to donate, we are so grateful.
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Hi everyone! Update time! Kate is hanging in there, but it's been a struggle over the past few months. She's now done with radiation and had a lot of nasty side effects, including open sores and burning on her skin. Because of these side effects, she had to stop the oral chemo in order to let her skin heal. She went down to MD Anderson, the leading hospital for breast cancer, this week, which was great. She did find out that while the MD Anderson folks are referring to her cancer as metastatic and between stages 3 and 4, they still feel it's curable, which is the most important thing. From her most recent PET scan, it looks like the cancer that was in her mammary nodes is gone, but there's a new area that could be just inflammation or could be cancer - Kate will return in May to MD Anderson for a new scan then to see how it has progressed. In the meantime, she's restarting the oral chemo for a few more months.

We (Kate and her family) are so incredibly grateful to the many friends and family who have given their time, meals, donations, and most importantly, prayers and love, to Kate (and us) during this time. Kate has done such a great job being positive and fighting this battle, but it's not easy! Thank you to everyone for your support.
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Hi everyone! So yesterday was a big day for Kate - head shaved and wig fitted. The timing was perfect because her hair started falling out last week. Kate's now had 2 chemo treatments and the doctor was able to tell a decrease in tumor size even after the first treatment! So that was very encouraging news. Kate's still feeling pretty good overall, as long as she gets good naps in (which is one of her favorite things in the world anyway, so she doesn't need much encouragement). Here are some pics of the big day and the unveiling of Lola, her new awesome wig!
Shaving the head
Getting some love from her friend Karin
Kate and her friends there in support!
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You guys! You guys! An anonymous donor donated enough to meet our $7000 goal!!!! This is so amazing and absolutely tear-inducing. Kate just had to pay $6400 out of pocket today for her treatment and so this couldn't come at a better time. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!! Here's a pic of the happy camper starting her fight with her first chemo infusion today - look at that smiling face. She's going to beat this thing!
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Nick Alioto
7 months ago

I just learned of your battle! I wish you the best speedy and complete recovery as you are so strong-willed and positive so you will conquer this!

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Heather Paxton Covert
16 months ago

Love you Kate !!! You got this #fightlikekate

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$13,084 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 16 months
Created May 19, 2017
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Anonymous
1 month ago
CK
$75
Cara Kinnally
3 months ago

Greg and I are thinking of you and Jenna as you go through this next stage of treatment!

$15
Anonymous
3 months ago
$25
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3 months ago
CR
$100
Celina Ramirez
4 months ago

You can beat this!! Love you!

$25
Anonymous
4 months ago
CC
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Courtney Crawford
4 months ago

I pray for you every day Kate!

Nick Alioto
7 months ago

I just learned of your battle! I wish you the best speedy and complete recovery as you are so strong-willed and positive so you will conquer this!

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Heather Paxton Covert
16 months ago

Love you Kate !!! You got this #fightlikekate

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