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Help a zebra save her stripes, Lori's cancer.
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On January 5, 2012 Lori was diagnosed with Carcinoid lung cancer (known as rare cancer), previously going through uterine cancer in 2008 and then breast cancer removal in 2010. The Carcinoid diagnosis took 3 different major hospitals in trying ...

On January 5, 2012 Lori was diagnosed with Carcinoid lung cancer (known as rare cancer), previously going through uterine cancer in 2008 and then breast cancer removal in 2010. The Carcinoid diagnosis took 3 different major hospitals in trying to figure out what was still wrong with Lori, with Froedtert and the a medical college of WI finding the tumors when the other hospitals failed. Froedtert had a plan to remove the right lung leaving her with the left lung as the left lung carried the least of a tumor load. Froedterts tumor board then canceled the surgery when finding Lori had carcinoid syndrome so badly and was not sure how to go about treatment, thus telling her to contact hospice and have a plan put in place. That not being an option Lori was on the search again for treatment and found Cancer Treatment Centers of America where she found answers and a treatment plan with a wonderful oncology team. Lori now suffers from heart damage that has been done by the carcinoid syndrome and the damage still continues as the tumors are putting out extra hormones in her body which then in return are trying to close her valves and cause the rest of the heart to malfunction. The oncology cardiologist plan is to wait until they have to go in and do surgery. The carcinoid syndrome being so out of control makes Lori a high risk for any kind of surgery without losing her during the surgery. Lori does wear a pump 24 hours a day to try and help slow the tumors output of hormone, also receives LAR injections to help slow that cancer every 9 days at the cost of 18,000.00 per injection. When starting cancer treatment she received two injections every nine days costing 36,000.00 in treatment for the past two years leaving Lori with a large chunk of co pays to be dealt with not including the scans she receives and her previous cancer surgery bills she has been paying on and has them down to 7000.00. With many other prescribed meds she has to take. Other medical issues which are being watched closely are the tumors which have started in her liver and her pancreas shutting done with watching for the tumors to spread in different areas.

 

Lori is a fighter, a loving mother of 4 children, an early childhood educator, a cancer mentor to many, one awesome friend, Lori tries to make as many smile as she can when in oncology at the hospital, if there is any friends that need her she tries to do her best to be there for them, even sitting next to their bed side as they pass away from cancer never leaving that bed side so that person does not die alone. Lori amazes us in her strength and the things she continues to do.

 

February 26, 2014 is the date she was told by the doctors they do not want her to work any longer due to everything that is going on in her body, this is tough for Lori with doing everything on her own as she is a pay it forward person not a well receiver cause she does it on her own. And in Loris mind she is going back to work when she feels better. But as we have told her as well as her therapist it’s time to let people start helping cause things most likely will get tougher and you need to let people help. Lori now is in the process of applying for disability and will hopefully not be denied like two years ago, this process is a tough one as most cancer patients know. And this is where we have come in to put this funding sight together to see what we can raise to help her out and get her to Atlanta by her head oncologist that was transferred in August. The doctors asked Lori to move closer to the hospital so they could monitor her more closely and to keep her fighting, she did what she was asked, so Lori and Karlee which is her ten year old daughter moved to Kenosha to be ten minutes away from the hospital in ILL. There are no easy answers in any of this cancer game you just try and do the best you can with what they can give you and try to make it work. Lori tries to make it work in every way she can, we love her for the things she does and says and want to help her in any way we can. Please share with your friends, let’s show her our love and support. Thank you!

Gods Blessings,

Tonja & Kim

 

 

 

 

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