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Stacey Holder's Medical Fund

$8,345 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 24 months
Created August 8, 2017
Stacey has a had a very rough road when it has come to her health these past few days and really since she was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in 2002. During that time, she had very aggressive chemo and radiation treatments to get rid of all the cancer. It worked and she has been cancer free ever since but it came with a cost. She has had a lot of residual issues with her stomach since then and she went to a gastro specialist in 2012 where they found a small obstruction in her colon. She had a procedure done then to help flush it out and it has been fine until now. This past month or so it got bad enough for her to go to the ER 3 different times.

The first time they told her she was clogged up and she just needed to let it pass. The second time, which was Thursday night, they told her that there was an obstruction in her colon that was causing the pain but there was still a little passage so they sent her home with two bottles of magnesium citrate to drink to see if that would flush everything out. Then if that didn’t work then they wanted her to come back and they were going to do surgery to get the obstruction out. At this time this all seemed like a simple surgery, scary since it was still surgery but simple none the less.

 After consulting some friends who were doctors, she decided to go to the ER at MD Anderson on Saturday morning. She was in pain but still laughing and joking just like always. At about 2pm everything took a turn and her pain got significantly worse. Then at about 7pm things started to get serious and they called the gastro and surgeon teams. They took a lot of scans and labs and they decided that they were going to try to go in with a scope and if that didn’t work then they would do surgery.

 It was about 1am by then and it felt like we were the only ones in the hospital. They moved us to a waiting room while they took her back and it took about 30 minutes before they said it was too narrow to go in with the scope so they were going to put the scope through her mouth and try to clear as much as they could from the top then they were going to bring her to surgery. So we moved to the surgery waiting room and waited until 5am when the surgeon came out and talked to us. He said he has been doing this for 30 years and this is something he has never seen. He said they did the colostomy and they weren’t planning on it but they had to perforate the small bowel as well because there was so much stool. He said that they would have to go in again after she was stable to clean out any stool that got into her stomach cavity.

We then moved the Surgery ICU and have been here ever since. Sunday they were just waiting for her to get stable enough to go to surgery but at 1:30am Monday they told us they were going to take her back even though they didn’t want to. This was because she was getting worse so they needed to get in there to figure out why and they were being honest with us saying that there was not a good chance of a good outcome. At 4:30am we found out she made it through the surgery and the reason she was getting worse was because her bowel was dying and they had to remove a lot of her small bowel. The surgeon said they weren’t able to reconnect the bowel tissue because it was like wet tissue so they are about to go into surgery today to assess the situation to see if they can reconnect it or they might have to remove more of her bowel.

After she makes it through all the surgeries they are telling us she will need to be in here for weeks possibly more. Also, there is a possibility of her needing home healthcare after she gets home and I’m sure a lot of follow up appointments in Houston. We thank you for all your support. Keep praying, she definitely needs all the help she can get.
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Some of you may have seen our posts over the last month or so, asking for prayers and good vibes for Stacey. She's been at MDAnderson for 30+ days, has had 10 surgeries and spent 95% of her time in a sedative coma state. They slowly woke her up shortly after the hurricane, but she's not out of the woods yet. This family has been dealing with so much devastation that I can not begin to fathom the pain and fear they have been feeling. Harvey flooded their home and they were forced to leave Stacey's side to begin rebuilding it for her for when she came home. Today that home caught fire. PLEASE, keep them in your thoughts and prayers, for this challenge only seems to get worse for them. I know everyone is facing their own hardships right now, but if you have something to spare, please do, or share. Thank you ❤️
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Day wooohooo!!!!

Today has been an amazing day for all of us, I was able to talk to my wife, give her a kiss and get her to smile at me for the first time in almost 30 days, 1 hurricane, flooded house and many sleepless nights. She won't be able to talk for another couple of days because of the tracheotomy. She still has has long recovery and lots of hurdles but it's finally feels like we are heading in the right direction. Today I feel as though we are at mile marker 20, no bumps or u-turns.

If someone out there ever says the power of prayer does not work, please have them go to my page read from day one of this journey. I can not express how thankful we are to everyone for their prayers, support and just thoughts of all us during this time. Anytime we needed help someone answered or cries and was there to help, even people I don't know but have grown to know through all this. We know we still have a long way to go , I know that everyone will be right beside us doing anything they can to help. We love all of you and can't wait to bring Stacey home!!!!

She will still be in ICU for a bit and we will let everyone know when she can have visitors. Stacey gets really wore quickly, so if you do plan to visit please contact one of us so we make sure she's getting her rest, plus it's crazy to try and get to Houston right now.
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I am feeling so lucky to have the support of so many friends, work, family and strangers. It's been 13 days since I brought Stacey to what we thought was going to a in and out procedure and the love, caring , praying, visiting has not wavered one bit. This is the first time I have had to deal something this tough and without all of you and a team of the best doctors, I don't know how I (we) could could have handled it. Thank you all for taking time out your lives and being a part of ours through this. As I said before WHEN she walks out of here I'm going to track down ever person who prayed for us and thank you face to face .....

She had a good night last night with a episode while they were pulling fluids off, she has a tuff time breathing and they have to push more oxygen and go back on BP meds, she has some wheezing in her lungs but nothing serious, their keeping a close eye on it, cause she has been laying down so long. Surgery #8 is at 8am tomorrow morning.

I know her and today if she open her eyes and talk she would say "GO BULLDOGS!!!!!" Good luck to our boys tonight and kick some butt...

-Kenneth
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Update 8.13
11 am

Stacey is resting really good getting ready for another surgery tomorrow afternoon . We are being cautiously optimistic and trying not to get to excited cause things change min by min with her. She is trending in the right direction but still new things pop up. Now she has one of her left fingers turning gray and purple from the BP meds and their trying to correct that. She is producing some urine and down to 40% oxygen being used "this is a good thing", BP is ok still being treated with meds.

Unless there is a big change this will be the only update for today. Fingers crossed and on our knees for tomorrow...
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