A Friend To Many, Let’s Help Kimmy Fight This Rare Cancer!
Organized by: Megan Navarro
Half way there!!
March 07, 2016
This story is about my best friend. We have been best friends since high school and she truly has my heart. She has one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. Anyone that meets Kimberley Porr Feldman instantly loves her and thinks she is one of the nicest people ever. She is a wonderful wife and a loving mother of two young girls. Her family and friends are her world and she would do just about anything for anyone in her life. Unfortunately now it’s time she needs the people that have been in her life and supported her to continue their support on another level. She has to face that word that has become all too prevalent in today’s society…cancer. To make it even worse, the particular cancer that is affecting her is not a cancer you’ve probably ever heard of before which makes it that much more scary. The cancer that is in her body is called Adenosarcoma and it is an extremely rare cancer. There have only been 54 cases recorded ever of this cancer, therefore it’s extremely hard to gauge even what stage this cancer is in. I am asking anyone that reads this to please find it in your heart to donate to her and her family to help them get through this unbelievably difficult and scary time in their lives. Here’s her story:
Back in 2011, she was having severe stomach pains and went to her primary physician to seek help and relief. She was tested and diagnosed with endometriosis. Unfortunately, the pain did not end for her and in 2012 she was told that in order for her endometriosis to get better she should have to have her left ovary removed. This was devastating news to Kim, because at this time she had not had a child of her own yet, and that was something she wanted more than anything. They told her if she was interested in having a child after the surgery that it would be extremely difficult, but not impossible. They thought she would most likely need fertility treatments. However, much to her surprise, after having one ovary removed she was able to get pregnant on her own without any treatment which was an amazing gift.
Quickly after she had her beautiful baby girl in 2013 the pain came back, only this time much more intense. Her doctor decided to put her on double the daily dose of birth control pills twice a day to help with the pain and suggested she think about having a hysterectomy to hopefully make the pain go away for good. Since a hysterectomy is such a major surgery and she wasn’t even 30 years old at this point they decided to try and hold off on that. In the meantime the pain did not go away, but was still told it was from her endometriosis. In December of 2014, her pain became so bad that she went to an ER and a doctor decided to do an ultrasound and discovered a mass in her pelvic abdomen area. She was told that a hysterectomy was now at the top of the list for her to do. That way they could have a closer look inside and remove everything that was causing her all of this pain.
In July of 2015, she underwent surgery and her doctor saw something suspicious and decided to send it to be tested by Dr. Robert Young who specialized in cancer pathology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Ma. This was the first time cancer was ever discussed. Dr. Young requested all her medical records be brought together from previous years. His findings correlated with what he found in his most recent testing which is Adenosarcoma with overgrowth. Adenosarcoma is extremely rare and there is not a lot known about it, but what makes it even more worrisome is the term 'overgrowth'. The overgrowth can grow and attach itself to other areas and tissues, and if not caught in time could attach to the lungs or even brain, which as you can imagine would not be good. The team of doctors requested her to fly to Boston for more testing where everything was confirmed and she was given the news that the best way to fight this would be with chemotherapy.
Since she lives in Orlando, FL not in Boston she was referred to Dr. Chon at The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Before they wanted to start chemotherapy Dr. Chon requested a full CT scan to be done which is when they discovered she actually has two tumors between her pelvic and rectum. This is when she was told they would need to have yet another surgery to remove these tumors. Sarcoma is extremely hard to see so surgery is a way for them to get a closer look, as well and remove anything suspicious they find and have it tested so that chemotherapy can be as successful as possible.
The surgery was recently performed in November of this year, rendering her unable to host a Thanksgiving dinner as she and her family have done in most previous years. She had to have a vertical incision done from her chest down to her pelvic bone which would require her to have a recovery of about 6 weeks. The surgery was successful in removing all that they could, but chemotherapy is still neccessary. She will start chemotherapy the first week of January 2016. The name of the chemotherapy is called Docetaxel and she will have it twice every three weeks for 6 rounds. Right now she is in the recovery phase from surgery waiting to begin the next steps in battling this rare and scary disease. This is where help from you comes in. Kim has always been a great saver, on a budget, and overall very careful with money. Unfortunately, she can no longer work for the time being and the thought of bills has brought on a whole new level of stress to her and her husband. Which as most people know, stress on top of already being sick is never a good situation. She knows that medical bills are what they are and that the most important thing is to make sure she is getting the treatment and care that is recommended for her to have the most successful recovery. However, the bills they need to pay month to month in order to just live and eat will be affected because of her inability to work during this recovery time from surgery and in the upcoming months while going through chemotherapy.
Her loving husband, Adam, who had been attending the police academy, recently resigned to be able to help out more and plans to do the best he can working extra shifts to bring in money to cover their bills. He will also be the primary care taker of Kim during the treatments as well as caring for their two young daughters which will make it much harder for him to bring in the amount of money they need to support them month to month. The thought of this has brought so much stress to them, but especially to Kim which worries me and where I felt I had to step in. I know there are so many people that have been touched by Kim and this family in one way or another and now its our turn to help out to bring a little reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills and she can just focus on her recovery and health. I am asking you to please help me help her during this extremely difficult time and donate any amount of money you can. There is no donation too big or small. Any donation that you can make is beyond appreciated and a blessing. I thank you in advance for your support and time taken to read this for one of my very best friends and I hope together we can help ease the financial stress she and her family will be under for the upcoming months. Again anything donated is appreciated so much!