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Help Kelly Field (Medical)

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Raised by 70 people in 10 months
Created October 10, 2018
Kelly Field has been the manager for Cole Gunsmithing for the last ten years or so.  As mentioned on the Cole website, “As the office manager for Cole Gunsmithing North, she is responsible for oversight of all Cole North operations, including the website, product photography, gun sales, inventory management, and other daily management activities.  Kelly has a reputation as our parts guru and has built many lasting relationships with customers over the years.  She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter, playing on the coast and is very close to her family and friends.”

Kelly works at Cole North, 21 Bog Hollow Rd. Harpswell, Maine.  For those not familiar with Cole's, they fluently speak shotgun . . . catering especially to those who enjoy smashing clay targets with their friends, neighbors and family.  Kelly is a single mother, working hard to support herself and her eight-year-old daughter.  Sometimes, bad things happen to good people.  This is one of those times.  It may sound like a joke, but it sure isn't.

Kelly Field suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent subsequent emergency surgery.  It involved going up through her lower extremities and placing a stent into her brain. The current problem is, it was not successful.  The options presently are an invasive craniotomy, which it looked like it was going to be the path, or another up through the groin to the brain aneurysm stent placement.   Kelly has confidence in her doctors, though hardly a sure-fire deal, the success rate of this next procedure is sixty-percent or so, according to her surgeon.  Unlike myself, who only theoretically has a brain, Kelly Field actually does, and she has the pictures to prove it.  Kelly has insurance, but as you can imagine she quickly blew past the maximum of pocket level initially and looks like that is going to be the case again soon.

As any of my friends know all too well, insurance hardly covers all the direct and indirect costs associated with a serious medical event.  We have all heard the comment, “Well, it isn't like brain surgery.” In this case, it really is exactly like brain surgery . . . it is brain surgery.  It is the last thing anyone needs and if you are a single mother worrying about your third-grade daughter, you need it even less.

If this was a year ago, I'd refer to Kelly as the “Divine Goddess of Shotgun-Friendly Goodness,” but this is a very, very serious matter. Kelly and her daughter need help, even though they are not particularly comfortable asking for it themselves . . . so, I am.  Kelly Field is bright, articulate, talented, and funny.

Today, though, she needs some help to get through a very challenging rough spot for her daughter and herself.  Every single cent from this goes directly to Kelly Field. So, if you possibly can . . . please help. For my shotgunning friends, the price of one choke tube would mean a lot to Kelly and her daughter.  For my magician friends, the cost of one packet trick would do the same.  Please share and tell everyone you can about Kelly Field.  I'll post updates here from time-to-time, as things progress.  Thank you for your compassion and support!!!

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I'm not really sure where to start here, but I wanted to reach out and personally thank each and every one of you who has prayed, shared my story and this fundraising page, donated and, prayed some more. I’m grateful and truly humbled by the outpouring of support. The past year and a half has been a wild ride, to say the least. I have experienced a range of emotions I didn't even know existed, from incredible pain and fear, to sheer joy and extreme gratitude just to be alive! I am so thankful for my family, my friends, the shooting community, and my life!
I am happy to say that my last procedure on 11/14 was a success! My surgeon was able to install 4 new platinum coils along with a new assisting stent. This makes a grad total of 12 coils and 2 stents. I am back to work at the shop now and slowly learning a new pace. I still struggle with fatigue a bit which gets frustrating when your used to going a hundred miles an hour and trying to keep up with a fast paced gun shop and a very active 8 year old. Luckily, I have a very helpful family at home and at work who are always willing to back me up when need be and always remind me not to overdo it~ even if I don't always want to hear it. Seeing people come together like this to help is something I will never forget! Your donations have been extremely helpful toward the medical bills that have been piling up; your generosity will allow me to keep providing Sydney with a stable, unchanged home environment she is used to. I have been literally blown away by how kind and helpful the shooting community can be when called to help, I've seen it over the years and have now experienced firsthand. I feel so blessed by the genuine relationships that I have formed with many of you and trust that some will last a lifetime. I am truly blessed. I wish I could send a thank you note to each and every donor to the GoFundMe account (my friends know how much I’ve fretted about this) . While this may not be a note you can hold in your hand, it is as heartfelt as if I were putting a stamp on it and mailing it to you personally. Thank you all so so much for your generosity and encouraging words. It really does mean the world to us.
XO,
Kelly and Sydney
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This isn't much of an update, but the auto-cropping of the last picture cropped out Kelly. Now, she's back in.
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Sometimes things work, sometimes they don't. We can land a Man on the Moon . . . but, you can't land a man on Rosie O'Donnell. Normally a prerequisite for being in the firearms customer service industry is not having a brain. Kelly Field has bucked that trend, and has the pictures to prove it.

With the talented gunsmiths at Cole's, I wondered why there was the need to shell out the cash for an actual medical stent. Jim Bellegarde is a handy guy: give him some steel wool and he can knit you a Volkswagen. Surely, he could whip an optimized Kelly-stent in no time? Any decent brain stent would have been good, as long as Benelli didn't make it. Who really wants a brain stent that can click at you?

Anyway, enough of the joking. Going in to surgery last week, my understanding is that the odds of success was something like 60 / 40, not exactly sure-fire. However, the alternative was a far more invasive craniotomy. As far as I know, the new stent procedure was successful and, amazingly, Kelly Field was back at work today.

It all sounds like a spectacular success. Congratulations are due all around, particularly to the skilled surgeons that pulled this off. I'm signing off from update-land. Perhaps Kelly can briefly clue folks in when she gets the chance.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in for Kelly.
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This operation had about a 60% estmated success rate. In talking with Jim B. @ Cole, apparently it was a success! I do not know any particulars, other than Kelly is planning to be back at work Monday at the moment, perhaps part days until she gets her strength back, I don't know exactly. So, it is good news thus far, very very good news.
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