Kim's Healing Fund
Last year, she married the love of her life, Robin. It was the most beautiful celebration of love I've ever seen.
Yesterday, Kim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Kim hasn't been feeling well since November. In fact, initially she was so sick she spent time in a hospital while they tried to figure out what was wrong with her. Kim is one of those people (like many of us) who shrugs off feeling yucky and presses on with work and life. However, this time, she was so sick she was not able to return to work. Doctor after doctor tried to figure out what was going on, and everything pointed to an issue with her pancreas. Robin has been working extra hard to support both of them along with trying to keep Kim comfortable and accompany her to all the doctor appointments both near and far.
Last week, they drove 3+ hours away to Wake Forest to have a biopsy that ultimately provided the devastating diagnosis.
I can't imaging what they are feeling right now, but I know we can all pull together to help them.
Kim and Robin are facing the fight of Kim's life, literally. Kim will win. Kim will kick its ass. But they need our help. They will deal with issue after issue with insurance companies trying to deny coverage. They will have to travel far away to receive treatment, incurring unexpected and seemingly insurmountable expenses. Kim is not able to work and Robin will have to take tons of time off to help her.
I know together we can make things easier for them.
Many of you reading this know Kim and Robin and will immediately want to help. ANY amount you can donate is soooooo appreciated. Please don't feel like you can't give just $1 or $5 or whatever. If that's what you can spare, it will go a long way to help them. If you can spare more, you know you'll be doing a wonderful thing for them. Whether you can donate or can't, PLEASE SHARE!!! The more people that see this, the more each $1 donation will help.
If we succeed in making this go viral, and you don't know Kim and Robin, check out Kim's hilarious blog about her life at http://ruffbeachday.blogspot.com. Please give a small amount to help them, even if they're strangers to you. Consider it a day you pay it forward. Instead of paying for someone's coffee in line behind you, donate $2 here.
The money will be used to help offset medical and travel expenses, and fill in any gaps created by Kim's inability to work and the need for Robin to take time off to be with her.
Together we can be so powerful, and make an incredible difference in their fight. Thank you from the bottom of the hearts of everyone that loves Kim and Robin.
I have a big update on Kim and Robin.
After Kim's first round of chemo and radiation, they went to the doctor at Wake Forest for a scan to see if she was a surgical candidate or if this was the end of the line. Scary day. The news they got surprised everyone, including the doctor: the chemo seemed to be working and the doctor felt the best option was to have another round of chemo to make sure the tour was recessing enough that the surgery would be successful. It was great news and Kim committed to going through all that chemo a second time.
Their new scan date is September 8.
We are all praying that she CAN have surgery. If she can, it is likely that they will do it as soon as possible, perhaps even the 8th or 9th, at Wake Forest.
So, I need to take a slight detour - about a month ago, Robin lost her job. I don't have all the details, but what I do know is that her boss (who was WONDERFUL and let Robin work odd hours and mostly from home to take care of Kim) was let go and then it was only a matter of time before Robin was too. What a bunch of a-holes. Anyway, obviously Kim can't work and now Robin is out of a job too.
Back to Wake Forest for the surgery we are all praying for ... if this can happen, it is one of the most invasive surgeries you can have (called the Whipple Procedure) and hospital recovery time is 3-4 weeks, and then six months at home before fully recovered.
Wake Forest is a 3 hour drive for them, so Robin will have to stay at a hotel while Kim is hospitalized and they will also have to board their dogs.
I know they are petrified about money issues right now, since neither is working. I have no idea how Robin is going to find a job while also being Kim's caregiver.
If you're reading this, I am asking to donate $5. This GoFundMe page has gotten so many hits, I know if we can all give just a little bit we can more than cover the expenses they will face for the surgery.
None of us will miss that $5 but it will really add up to help Kim and Robin get through the surgery. Please give, and then share. Thank you all so much for your support so far and thank you in advance for giving just a little bit more to get over this final hurdle.
After five grueling weeks of radiation, Kim is on a much deserved break from daily doctor's appointments.
At the end of the month, she will have a scan to determine if the intensive combination of chemo and radiation has stunted the cancer's growth and pushed it back enough to remove it. That is the ultimate goal. Your continued prayers and support are so appreciated as we all hope for positive results from this scan.
Kim and Robin send their love!!! <3
Today was a big day. Kim got the results of her scan after three weeks of extremely intensive chemo.
Amazing news - the chemo is working!!!! It stopped the tumor dead in its tracks. This means she can move forward to the next phase of her treatment, which is 5 weeks of daily radiation along with more chemo. The goal is to make the tumor shrink to the point it can be surgically removed.
This is particularly positive because the doctors have told Kim and Robin that most pancreatic cancers do not respond like this. Many patients are told at this phase that there is nothing more that can be done. Kim's amazingly positive attitude, Robin's incredible care, and all of our prayers and help have given them the strength to beat this.
Kim and Robin wanted me to tell you that the Gofundme campaign has removed so much stress in their lives, and has been a key weapon in their fight. They wanted me to send their gratitude for everything everyone has done, from donations both small and large, to incredibly thoughtful gifts, to prayers and healing vibes. They feel all of it and are overwhelmed with love and gratitude.
Their expenses continue, so please feel free to share this campaign. Small donations add up!!!
A friend of mine just celebrated her 65rh birthday and this is what she gave to me..."enclosed is $20. It is not much in today's currency but it will serve the purpose of this gesture...take some of this for u and do something , buy something, see something that brings u joy. Take the rest and do the same for someone else. A friend, stranger, a colleague whoever u choose." I surely don't need a thing and it brings me great joy to pay it forward to support Kim's fight.