Jolene Keller's Health Fund
My good friend and co-worker Jolene is suffering. Jolene is a massage therapist at my chiropractic office. She is mother of a sweet gradeschool boy named Race and wife to her husband John. Jolene started noticing pain in her left shoulder and as a massage therapist we all assumed she had just "overdone" it. The pain became unrelenting and she soon could no longer raise her arm. Jolene didn't make a big deal out of this because she's not a complainer and she's a really tough person but it became obvious that icing, stretching, adjusting, and rest were not helping this get better. Cortisone shots and trigger point injections did nothing. We knew an MRI needed to be done and money was already tight but she found a place that would take cash at a reasonable rate. We assumed a rotator cuff issue would be the worst possible news. We were wrong. It turns out the rotator cuff was fine, but what WAS found was an aggressively growing neoplastic mass in the bone of her shoulder blade (socket) that is breaking through the outer layer of bone. I can't imagine her pain and now the fear of malignant cancer in the worst case scenario. The best case scenario seems to be an invasive surgery to remove this tumor (benign or not) that directly affects her ability to work as a massage therapist for who knows how long. Jolene and her family have no medical insurance. Her husband is out of work for the time being and they just don't quite qualify for ACCESS insurance. Money is desperately needed to start to diagnose and treat this quickly as I fear waiting several months to try and qualify for state funded insurance could prove to be life threatening. Thank you SO much to ANYONE who donates to this lovely person in need. She is loved and blessed to have a community that is willing to help.+ Read More
Thank you everyone for all donations, thoughts and prayers. We found out unfortunately that Jolene has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer was found in her pelvic area, lungs, brain and of course the shoulder which was the pain that led to all the testing. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy was started this week and your donations and further contributions will go to helping her and her family stay afloat during this horrible time. We pray for her and her family but especially her son Race who is only 6 years old and needs his momma the most right now. Please give whatever you can and we thank you in advance. God bless you all.
I want to personally thank each and everyone of you for donating to my dear friend and co-worker! I can't express enough how much HOPE each of you has given to Jolene. She is humbled and thankful knowing she can now get the preliminary testing done. The unknown is the scariest part for her. She will be having blood work done tomorrow, specialist appt on Tuesday, and will also be scheduling her CT scans ASAP. The long road ahead is now a bit easier thanks to each of you! Sincerely, Dana Coates