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Let’s Give Kirsten Time To Heal!

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Raised by 76 people in 5 months
Created September 23, 2018
Our beautiful, strong & loving friend Kirsten has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer & will require multiple surgeries starting in early October. Not only will she have to take unpaid time off of work, but so will her partner, leaving money tight while she heals.

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Between balancing bills and school debt and care for her home and pets, she could use our help while she gets back on her feet! Kirsten is in a healing profession and spends her days taking care of other people. We’d love to take care of her!

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Hi there!

It's taken me far too long to write this update and I apologize. The days since surgery have been a bit of a blur.

The big news is that the pathology report came back from my surgery. I am CANCER FREE! It is amazing and weird to think about.

I saw my doctor for the two week post-op and she said everything seems to be going well from what she can tell. There's some concern about anemia post-surgery, but we're dealing with that.

All in all, I am doing well on the recovery front. I'm having some pains, but don't usually need any medication to handle them. I just started doing a little driving today, though I'm not a big fan of it yet and prefer to leave it to Matt. I still tire pretty easily and after what feels like simple tasks like dishes or the laundry, but I'm not napping so much as just resting and that helps. I'm going to continue to lay pretty low through the rest of the year, but am slowly trying to take on a little more. I've opened up meditation session scheduling and some other things to get back into the groove.

All that said, the biggest thing I want to express to you is just how much I have appreciated all the support for the last few months. Wow. I know I still haven't gotten a personal thank you to everyone who deserves it, but I am so grateful for everything. There's still a lot more time that finances, board exams, work, and so on are going to be up in the air before everything settles, but the donations, the good thoughts, the check-ins, the love, everything has made such a difference in my life and during this hard time.

In an effort to thank everyone more properly than just an internet message, I wonder if you'd be so kind as to give me your address: www.postable.com/kirstencarroll. If you're at all interested anyway.

I've got one more post-op appointment coming in a couple weeks. I'll let you know how it goes.

I hope you all have the best of holidays.

All the love.
-k-
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Great news! Kirsten has her surgery yesterday - a full removal of her uterus, cervix & tubes - and it went perfectly! She’s already home from the hospital and working on recovering. Kir’s getting big help from Matt & her sister Kim, not to mention Thor, Maus & Frey, but she can still use our support. We’ve gone above and beyond our original goal - thank you! But her recovery time from here will be 6-8 weeks, where she won’t be able to work to earn her usual income. Please consider sharing this campaign with friends!

Another great way to help, if you’re in the holiday spirit, is to send her items off of her Amazon wish list: http://a.co/boiIyLZ Please include your name in a note if you do send something through her list so that she can thank you properly!

Don’t be afraid to reach out in the weeks ahead - this kind of recovery is a boring and sometimes lonely experience. Kirsten would love to hear from you!

Once again, thanks to everyone who has contributed &/or has been following her on this journey. Happy Holidays!
Post surgery! Our girl’s looking good!
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Hello Kirsten Supporters!
It is the week - Kirsten's big surgery is on Friday.
She is spending this week checking things off her formidable to-do list and getting everything ready to be as easy as possible while recovering. Despite hopes, the cats have still not learned how to do laundry.
Her sister Kim is going to be staying with her through next Thursday to help out. Local friends are welcome to check-in or stop by starting next week but please check ahead first. Kirsten isn't sure she will be messaging back quickly at first.
She also is not sure when she will be able to drive, so she may love some extra car support in the weeks following surgery.
If you are looking for other ways to support her you could check out her wishlist or send an Amazon gift card to use later.
Check it out here: http://a.co/boiIyLZ
Please include your name on gifts - she would love to send a thank you! A few things have arrived without names attached, was it you? Let Kirsten know what you sent, and know that everything is very much appreciated.

Please also share this campaign with your friends -especially today, a day of giving!
THANK YOU!
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Hey Kirsten supporters! Brittany here with some great news! Kirsten had initially been told she might have to wait until the new year for her big surgery, but there was a cancellation and it's been moved up to November 30th! That's just over 2 weeks away!

We have reached our initial goal thanks to your generosity & kindness, but her down time following this procedure will be 6 to 8 weeks minimum, where she won't be able to earn her normal income. Between her birthday (November 19!) and the holidays, I thought we might come together once more to help her stay afloat and focus on healing up.

We're going to do our best to keep you updated here through the surgery & recovery. Please share the gofundme on your social accounts, through email, or however you are comfortable. And if you're interested, we've come up with an amazon wishlist with some basic items she's going to need over the next month or two. Check it out here: http://a.co/boiIyLZ

Again, thank you so much for your help and support!
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