Kim Mesorana Stomp Out Cancer Fund
She recently found out that she has a cancerous tumor , the size of a grapefruit in her chest which is pushing her heart to the left. It appears that it is also spreading to her lymph nodes.
Kim will be going through a series of tests in the next two weeks to pinpoint the cancer and hopefully get a jump on treatments.
Her insurance only covers so much , and the bills are racking up.
Please donate anything you can.
Thank you all
Michael De Lorenzo
I know it's been quite a while since the last update, so I wanted to share some of what's gone on over the last few months with all of you.
As you're aware, Kim had the Stem Cell Transplant right after Thanksgiving, on November 28th after having received what doctors referred to as the molotov cocktail of chemotherapy every single day for a week.
The transplant was the easy part, it was having her immune system wiped away from the chemo that proved to be difficult.
After a fighting her way from not being able to speak, eat, or even move, she was released from the hospital earlier than expected to a place close by the hospital where her physician and the hospital staff could keep a close eye on her.
While she was supposed to remain in her post-transplant accommodations into the New Year, she was thrilled to be allowed home just a couple of days before Christmas!
On December 29th, I received a call at about 11 AM from Kim and Scott after they had left the hospital with some amazing news that she was Cancer Free!!!
The PET Scan that was taken just days before Christmas showed that the Stem Cell Transplant had worked... Being able to share this news with friends and family was a happy and emotional experience to say the least!
At that point she wasn't necessarily out of the woods as she still had to go through a series of intense Radiation Treatments to ensure that the aggressive cancer growth in the Mediastinal mass did not return.
The radiation treatments wreaked havoc on her and she was hospitalized a few times, giving us all a scare. Being the fighter she is, she soldiered through the process and at this point has been able to stay out of the hospital for a good 5 weeks now.
On March 24th she had her "100th Day" PET Scan. I received the good news from Kim on Tuesday The 28th that 119 days from her Transplant, not only did her PET scan come back CANCER FREE once again but she is free to finally move on with her life.
Suffice to say, this was the best news we could have possibly heard! She goes back in two months to begin her vaccination schedule (like a newborn) and we are all thrilled to be able to finally begin the process of putting this behind us.
Once again , INFINITE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for your continuous support... without it , we couldn't have gotten through this gut wrenching time.
Kim Update (12.15.2016) – So yesterday we moved Kim out of MD Anderson and into her new temporary residence near the hospital (not home yet). She’ll have to go to the hospital every day for blood work, shots/meds and probably a few transfusions over the next two weeks…so Aunt Wanda has graciously offered to stay with her there to be her 24-hour nurse, caretaker and monitor. Aunt Wanda will help (read: force) her to actually start eating food and drinking water.
Next up for Mrs. Mesorana will be some rather intense radiation treatment. She has ABSOLUTELY NO IMMUNE SYSTEM at the moment, so the next 4-weeks will be focused on making sure she stays infection free and away from any possible sources of contamination. (Note: She doesn’t have a “compromised” immune system…she has NONE.) There’s a long list of strict rules we’ll have to follow once she’s allowed to come home, of course…limited contact with the dogs, no contact with anyone who may have ANY symptoms of cold or virus, no contact with any little ones who may have had recent immunization shots, VERY limited public outings, avoidance of crowds, etc. It’ll take at least 6 MONTHS for her immune system to come back.
It’ll be a good month before we know if the stem cell transplant was successful or had any effect. So during that time we just wait. They’ll leave her alone for a few weeks and then start the tests and scans again. While the transplant is not a “cure”, the scans and tests taken in 4 weeks will let us know how large (or, hopefully, how small) an area the radiation treatments will need to be applied to.
HI EVERYONE - I want to give you an update on Kim, but also need to ask a favor of you...
I can't put into words how much we appreciate all of you reaching out and checking up on Kim and trying to get in touch with her to send well wishes and love...but I'm going to have to ask that you refrain from texting or calling her or anything for a bit. Please feel free to contact me either here or via text or email and I'll gladly update you or pass on any messages to her.
See, the week immediately following stem cell transplant is the absolute worst. In the doctor's words, "It's going to get a lot worse before it starts to get better." Prior to the transplant she had 7 days of intense, hi-dose chemo. 4 different kinds, every single day. (To kill the immune system and destroy any cells in the bone marrow before transplant.) Usually the side effects of the chemo hit about a week after infusion. So that means she's just now starting to get hit HARD with all of the Hellish side effects of the previous week's chemo blasts.
Aside from the chemo side effects, over the 48-hours following the transplant the patient's blood counts (white bloods cells, red blood cells, platelets, etc.) drop DRASTICALLY. This alone causes severe pain, nausea, unbelievable fatigue and a plethora of other unpleasant side effects.
So the first week after transplant is all about symptom management. Not treatment per se. As such, it's REALLY difficult for Kim to actually speak let alone answer the phone or sit up to respond to texts or emails.
Again, I will gladly update any of you via FB, text or email...but I just need to ask that you let Kim rest. She's dealing with the worst of it now and I don't think she's in a position to be able to handle the communication efforts.
Thank you...all of you. We love you and it's never been more apparent that Kim has so much sincere, loving support.
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Thanks to all of you... Kim's still fighting! Much love and many thanks to all of you.
Sharing this photo from this morning... So beautiful... The love between a husband and wife is unconditional.
Awesome good news!!!! ♥
What amazing news!!!!! Fantastic!!!
May God bless you and watch over you, and rid you of this horrific sickenss... your strength will get you through... you are all always in my thoughts and prayers xoxoxox
I wish You Dear Kim a great health & conditions,happiness with Your Family.God bless You always!!! Love,Iwona.
one day at a time .