Cancer sucks and is expensive

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Raised by 491 people in 33 months
As some of you know my life was forever altered last September when I was diagnosed with late stage 4 lung cancer that has matitasized to my liver and brain. I took life for granted back then and boy I'll tell you I fully appreciate every day I have now. They gave me 6 mths with no treatment and a year with . So the good news is I chose to under go the treatment of radiation to my brain and chemotherapy for the lung and liver. I am pleased to report that I responded well to both my brain is clear and the tumors which are to numerous to count in my lung and liver are holding steady and have even shrunk a bit . So here I am a year later and I feel amazingly well considering my diagnosis. I survived the horrendous chemotherapy side effects and It's been a great summer in my garden with my Aussie posse. I'm determined to be here next summer because I'm not ready to give up yet. My last scans show I'm mostly holding steady except for 1 new tumor and 1 that had continued to grow . So Monday I will begin a new cutting edge treatment with Opidivo immune target therepy so unlike chemotherapy that kills everything in sight this targets the immune system allowing it to fight the cancer . I fit right in to the tight requirements scarcous non small cell lung cancer that has continued to grow after platinum based chemotherapy . Yikes I can't believe this is my new vocabulary. I'm hopeful that I will be in the 20 percent that responed well to this treatment and that I can tolerate the side affects. This could give me more time on this earth. Thank you everyone who has been there for me this past year you know who you are I love you all so much and wouldn't be here now without you .
I have always been self sufficient and fiercely independent but I find myself in a position now where I need some help. I have a very hard time asking for and accepting help but damnt Cancer is very expensive. So if you are in a position to contribute to my cause ...me I would appreciate it so very much. Thank you in advance and send lots of positive energy my way . Kathleen Zuidema
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Thank you to everyone who donated to my funds . This is such a help to me . I can now pay for my final arrangements and pay on my medical expenses. Not to mention keep the lights on. It's been quite a struggle. From this aweful experience I have found out that there are many wonderful caring people in this world. Live each day to the fullest and make sure the people in your life know you love them .
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Wow. I am so overwhelmed right now . I can't believe what is happening. Thank you everyone. I will write more later .
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

I can't I made it to another Christmas . It looked pretty grim last year . My doctors say it's miraculously.

I just finished 15 rounds of intense radiation on a renagade tumor in my lung that grew 5 cm in three months. Bastard . So we waged war on it. Now we wait a few weeks for the radiation effects to peak and start to recede. I'll see my oncologist on the 28th and will find out if I will be starting a new intense chemotherapy or go back on Opdivo. So it continues trying to squeeze out more time.

I will stay positive and will keep fighting so I can have another glorious summer on San Juan Island.

Thanks for all your support and positive feedback
my Aussie posse. they keep me fighting
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Autumn is here and so am I . Round 2 of Opdivo is on Monday . Round 1 wasn't to bad so bring it on. I am treasuring every day that I feel good.

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Daniel Taylor
27 months ago

Thank you for being one of the 'good ones' in this world Kathleen! Reading your story, while holding back some tears, I realized that what you are doing for your 'babies' is probably one of the most kind and caring things I've ever heard. I'm sending love, good energy, and healing thoughts to you. Give your babies a nice big hug from Colorado for me!

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Margaret Walsh-Altman
27 months ago
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Kathleen, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm sorry you are going through this difficult journey. Your wonderful dogs are your family...I love how you are thinking of them first and want to ensure they are taken care of ...since they bring you such joy and love, I hope that you are able to keep them and find family and friends to help take care of them so you can continue to have their unconditional love and support at a time when you need each other the most. God bless you.

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Jo Ridlon
27 months ago
5
5

Im a stage 3 BC survivor I had my pups around 24/7 as well ... they helped just by being there... I was just wondering if you have tried the Rick Simpson Oil... its affordable and helps.. It doesnt take much and it doesnt make you high.... You get the medicinal not recreational. ... Prayers are with you and your Posse! ... ♥ ♡

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Julie Gabel Meisner
27 months ago
5
5

God bless you Kathleen. My prayers that you know Jesus as your personal savior, that you find comfort and peace in Him, and that those beautiful three babies(doggies) will find the perfect home

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Cindy Justice
27 months ago
4
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Hi Kathleen I am hoping that your treatments are successful and you can keep your beautiful fur family together. If you do have to find a home I have a website with over 25,000 pet loving people on it. I can post it there. Just let me know. You can message me on For The Love Of A Pet on facebook.

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Traci McEuen
27 months ago
4
4

I'm ELATED to hear of your progress when I seen your original post on Facebook then found an update..You're an amazing person to fight yet worry about your precious furkids home in last stage cancer when others would say you needed to focus on you.This is Gods gift watching you enjoy many more precious years with your family and furkids,such a of your lack of selfishness when you were so sick and act of courage to post for a home who I imagine are your children like mine are..I lost my uncle my age a year ago to this disease and am so happy for you and your babies it brought me to tears.. Keep fighting the good fight for your family and those furkids! God Bless you all..

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Tonja Michelle Nantz
27 months ago
3
3

Hey Kathleen use your go fund me money and buy one of these machines. I was stage four liver mets in June when I started using it (I did 6 chemo treatments as well) and knock on wood my 4 tumors are now a non active memory with no progression ... I stopped chemo in September so all I've been doing is using the rife machine ... It's worth a shot! http://www.rifedigital.com/

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Kathleen Mc Dowell Funk
27 months ago
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your dogs are welcome here; have 2 cats and one old chiquaqua mix, two adult home owners.

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Kim DeLong
27 months ago
2
2

Look into the cancer drug that just cleared Jimmy Carter of all cancer pembrolizumab. Article was just on facebook.

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George Kathleen Martinez
27 months ago
2
2

If you haven't already, you might want to contact www.rescueme.org to try to find a home for the Aussie Posse. Sending you lots of positive energy in the meantime. Wishing for better times for you and your pups. Kat Martinez

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Kimberly Roll
27 months ago
1
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I am so glad ylu were able to find a great home for your babies. God bless.

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Melanie Dameron Cabrera
27 months ago
1
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Kathleen-Cancer does suck and it is extremely expensive. I know that one in three of us will be touched by this awful word at some point in our lives. I read your story with tissues close at hand and a heavy heart for your struggle to find a loving "furever" home for your wonderful doggies. I am glad to see the positive update and that you are still fighting strong. May you continue to find strength and peace in knowing that you have touched so many people that you will never meet in person. Your story of hope and determination will give strength to others who may feel at times have none. Sending you a ton of hugs and prayers from Spanaway, Washington. God Bless you... ♥

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Allison Turner
27 months ago
1
1

As a cancer survivor, mom, and mom of a fur baby, my heart goes out to you on so many levels. Your Aussie Posse is fantastic and remind me of my dear Stella - an Aussie-Sheltie mix that was the best dog, nurse maid and nanny you could ask for. I'm so glad I rescued her and taught her people aren't all ugly and mean. She rescued me right back. Although I'm on the other side of the country - should you need it - your posse is welcome in my home in a moment's notice. Say the word and my vet will contact you ASAP! I wish you love, light and peace.....and many hugs to you and the posse!

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Brenda Lohmiller Ingram
27 months ago
1
1

I don't know you, but I hope you keep fighting! My family are animal lovers too. Our doggies are our babies their names are Lillybell, Alice and Buddy. I would take in your babies for you if you need someone to love them! Unfortunately, I live far away from you in Indiana. Keep your babies as long as you can they will help you have the will to fight this horrible diaease! My husband beat Cancer last year.. You can do this!! Lets pray this Last Chemo kill those tumors in your liver. You have alot of people pulling for you!!

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Helena Petrovich
27 months ago
1
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Dear Kathleen, I read about your story today on Facebook and it brought me to tears. I'm so sorry to hear about what you are going through these days. But I am also glad you shared your story because it touched so many of us and also showed how many people out there care and also love animals and want to help you find a home for your Aussie Possie. I'm hopeful you will find the right person or family to help you with them when the time comes. Stay strong and I and I am sure many others are praying for you and wishing you and your pups well. I was recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and I am in the first phases of treatment. Getting this diagnosis got me interested in reading about cancer treatments. I read about conventional treatments as well as alternative treatments. I know you've been down a long road already with your treatments and I hope you wont be frustrated about people posting about alternative treatments here....we just want to help. So if you feel up to it I will post a few links here for you to check out if you like. One book that has been helpful to me is "Outsmart Your Cancer" by Tanya Harter Pierce. Also "Knockout" by Suzanne Somers has been surprisingly helpful. And I've recently discovered this very healing musical experience called WholeTones. You can do a Google search for it or go to http://www.wholetones.com . Wishing you all the best for your and your furry family!

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Karrie K. Shuman
27 months ago
1
1

Is there a way I can contact you regarding your Aussie Posse?

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Michelle Coldani
27 months ago
1
1

I have a home with fenced yard, one yellow lab, friendly, 9 y.o. No kids, park nearby, lots of dog friends on our walks. Happy to provide more info through DM.

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Jane Huth Langdon
11 months ago

https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2014/10/stage-4-metastatic-misunderstood-breast-cancer.html

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Jane Huth Langdon
11 months ago

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?recrs=ac&cond=Lung+Cancer+Metastatic&cntry1=NA%3AUS&gndr=Female&age=1 Sending my love to you !!!!!!!!

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Stephanie Zuidema Warren
23 months ago

My aunt Kathleen has past way. Her fight is over and she may rest easy now. I want to thank everyone that helped her along her journey. Thank you. Sincerely her neice stephanie zuidema warren.

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Mari Valentenyi
26 months ago

Praying for you.

MK
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Mina K.
26 months ago

You are an amazing person for what you are going through, to have to put so much love, effort and thought into where and who will be allowed to take care of your dogs and to make sure of their safety and well being no matter what happens. I really do wish for your cancer to go away! Hope you are able to be happy and do what you want now, with the relief of knowing your Aussie Posse are going to be in a loving family.

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Suzanne Nelson
26 months ago

I pray for a miracle for you. My dogs are my heart. What you have done to make sure your Aussie posse is safe and together is amazing. You are truly an angel.

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Maryann Staron
26 months ago
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1

I hope you keep your strength and courage as you fight this battle for your life. So glad your babies will go to the same home, if need be. God Bless you & keep you strong!

Daniel Taylor
27 months ago

Thank you for being one of the 'good ones' in this world Kathleen! Reading your story, while holding back some tears, I realized that what you are doing for your 'babies' is probably one of the most kind and caring things I've ever heard. I'm sending love, good energy, and healing thoughts to you. Give your babies a nice big hug from Colorado for me!

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Margaret Walsh-Altman
27 months ago
8
8

Kathleen, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm sorry you are going through this difficult journey. Your wonderful dogs are your family...I love how you are thinking of them first and want to ensure they are taken care of ...since they bring you such joy and love, I hope that you are able to keep them and find family and friends to help take care of them so you can continue to have their unconditional love and support at a time when you need each other the most. God bless you.

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Jo Ridlon
27 months ago
5
5

Im a stage 3 BC survivor I had my pups around 24/7 as well ... they helped just by being there... I was just wondering if you have tried the Rick Simpson Oil... its affordable and helps.. It doesnt take much and it doesnt make you high.... You get the medicinal not recreational. ... Prayers are with you and your Posse! ... ♥ ♡

+ Read More
Julie Gabel Meisner
27 months ago
5
5

God bless you Kathleen. My prayers that you know Jesus as your personal savior, that you find comfort and peace in Him, and that those beautiful three babies(doggies) will find the perfect home

+ Read More
Cindy Justice
27 months ago
4
4

Hi Kathleen I am hoping that your treatments are successful and you can keep your beautiful fur family together. If you do have to find a home I have a website with over 25,000 pet loving people on it. I can post it there. Just let me know. You can message me on For The Love Of A Pet on facebook.

+ Read More
Traci McEuen
27 months ago
4
4

I'm ELATED to hear of your progress when I seen your original post on Facebook then found an update..You're an amazing person to fight yet worry about your precious furkids home in last stage cancer when others would say you needed to focus on you.This is Gods gift watching you enjoy many more precious years with your family and furkids,such a of your lack of selfishness when you were so sick and act of courage to post for a home who I imagine are your children like mine are..I lost my uncle my age a year ago to this disease and am so happy for you and your babies it brought me to tears.. Keep fighting the good fight for your family and those furkids! God Bless you all..

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Tonja Michelle Nantz
27 months ago
3
3

Hey Kathleen use your go fund me money and buy one of these machines. I was stage four liver mets in June when I started using it (I did 6 chemo treatments as well) and knock on wood my 4 tumors are now a non active memory with no progression ... I stopped chemo in September so all I've been doing is using the rife machine ... It's worth a shot! http://www.rifedigital.com/

+ Read More
Kathleen Mc Dowell Funk
27 months ago
2
2

your dogs are welcome here; have 2 cats and one old chiquaqua mix, two adult home owners.

+ Read More
Kim DeLong
27 months ago
2
2

Look into the cancer drug that just cleared Jimmy Carter of all cancer pembrolizumab. Article was just on facebook.

+ Read More
George Kathleen Martinez
27 months ago
2
2

If you haven't already, you might want to contact www.rescueme.org to try to find a home for the Aussie Posse. Sending you lots of positive energy in the meantime. Wishing for better times for you and your pups. Kat Martinez

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Kimberly Roll
27 months ago
1
1

I am so glad ylu were able to find a great home for your babies. God bless.

+ Read More
Melanie Dameron Cabrera
27 months ago
1
1

Kathleen-Cancer does suck and it is extremely expensive. I know that one in three of us will be touched by this awful word at some point in our lives. I read your story with tissues close at hand and a heavy heart for your struggle to find a loving "furever" home for your wonderful doggies. I am glad to see the positive update and that you are still fighting strong. May you continue to find strength and peace in knowing that you have touched so many people that you will never meet in person. Your story of hope and determination will give strength to others who may feel at times have none. Sending you a ton of hugs and prayers from Spanaway, Washington. God Bless you... ♥

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Allison Turner
27 months ago
1
1

As a cancer survivor, mom, and mom of a fur baby, my heart goes out to you on so many levels. Your Aussie Posse is fantastic and remind me of my dear Stella - an Aussie-Sheltie mix that was the best dog, nurse maid and nanny you could ask for. I'm so glad I rescued her and taught her people aren't all ugly and mean. She rescued me right back. Although I'm on the other side of the country - should you need it - your posse is welcome in my home in a moment's notice. Say the word and my vet will contact you ASAP! I wish you love, light and peace.....and many hugs to you and the posse!

+ Read More
Brenda Lohmiller Ingram
27 months ago
1
1

I don't know you, but I hope you keep fighting! My family are animal lovers too. Our doggies are our babies their names are Lillybell, Alice and Buddy. I would take in your babies for you if you need someone to love them! Unfortunately, I live far away from you in Indiana. Keep your babies as long as you can they will help you have the will to fight this horrible diaease! My husband beat Cancer last year.. You can do this!! Lets pray this Last Chemo kill those tumors in your liver. You have alot of people pulling for you!!

+ Read More
Helena Petrovich
27 months ago
1
1

Dear Kathleen, I read about your story today on Facebook and it brought me to tears. I'm so sorry to hear about what you are going through these days. But I am also glad you shared your story because it touched so many of us and also showed how many people out there care and also love animals and want to help you find a home for your Aussie Possie. I'm hopeful you will find the right person or family to help you with them when the time comes. Stay strong and I and I am sure many others are praying for you and wishing you and your pups well. I was recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and I am in the first phases of treatment. Getting this diagnosis got me interested in reading about cancer treatments. I read about conventional treatments as well as alternative treatments. I know you've been down a long road already with your treatments and I hope you wont be frustrated about people posting about alternative treatments here....we just want to help. So if you feel up to it I will post a few links here for you to check out if you like. One book that has been helpful to me is "Outsmart Your Cancer" by Tanya Harter Pierce. Also "Knockout" by Suzanne Somers has been surprisingly helpful. And I've recently discovered this very healing musical experience called WholeTones. You can do a Google search for it or go to http://www.wholetones.com . Wishing you all the best for your and your furry family!

+ Read More
Karrie K. Shuman
27 months ago
1
1

Is there a way I can contact you regarding your Aussie Posse?

+ Read More
Michelle Coldani
27 months ago
1
1

I have a home with fenced yard, one yellow lab, friendly, 9 y.o. No kids, park nearby, lots of dog friends on our walks. Happy to provide more info through DM.

+ Read More
Jane Huth Langdon
11 months ago

https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2014/10/stage-4-metastatic-misunderstood-breast-cancer.html

+ Read More
Jane Huth Langdon
11 months ago

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?recrs=ac&cond=Lung+Cancer+Metastatic&cntry1=NA%3AUS&gndr=Female&age=1 Sending my love to you !!!!!!!!

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Stephanie Zuidema Warren
23 months ago

My aunt Kathleen has past way. Her fight is over and she may rest easy now. I want to thank everyone that helped her along her journey. Thank you. Sincerely her neice stephanie zuidema warren.

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