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Posted 2018-06-23T23:15:53Z

News from MD Anderson

Good news from Texas - I've qualified for the trial study (WOOT!), got to do a little sightseeing, and spent some quality time with family.

I was really impressed with MD Anderson as a whole; the organization as well as the providers. In addition to the doctor running the study (brilliant!) , I was able to meet with the Nurse Practitioner (amazing!) and a Nutritionist. I have to admit that I think the nutritionist was one of my favorite parts - they were able to give me some recipes and some overall guidance for eating that I hadn't received thus far. [...]

Posted 2018-06-14T01:02:00Z

Day-1 of Chemo

Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC, USA

Click here for driving directions.

Day one of chemo done! After a few hiccups this morning, I received 4 hours of chemotherapy and, at the end of the day, they attached me to a portable device that will administer small doses of chemo over the next two days. They also offered up a sweet fanny pack for carrying around the device but I opted for the handsome canvas shoulder bag. Pictures to come...maaaaybe.[...]

Posted 2018-06-13T02:46:00Z

Adios, CaringBridge - Hello, PostHope

Hello friends and family! Sorry for the site change but we felt that the way the Caringbridge site presented the tribute was misleading as it appeared that the contributions were going toward my treatment. I apologize to those of you who attempted to donate funds through CaringBridge; GoFundMe is the only site I have setup at this time:[...]

Posted 2018-06-13T02:24:57Z

1st Week of Chemo / MD Anderson - Journal entry by Kari Tippens — Jun 11, 2018

I have my first chemo treatment this Wednesday-Friday and am scheduled to receive this every two weeks. The way the treatment works, is that I go to Hollings Cancer Center Wednesday for a day of treatment, then, at the end of the day, they attach me to another type of chemo that is administered for the next 48 hours at home. A home health nurse then comes over on Friday evening to disconnect the port.  Again, the doc says this type of chemo is tolerated fairly well.[...]