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Karen Wing's family and friends are uniting to raise money to help her battle Medullary Thyroid Cancer. Please show your support!

In January 2012, Karen Wing received the worst news possible: she had stage 4 cancer. Medullary Thyroid Cancer is a rare and incurable form of thyroid carcinoma which originates from the parafollicular cells (C cells), which produce the hormone calcitonin. On February 11, 2012, in Denver, CO, her thyroid was removed along with the cancerous tumor attached to it. The surgeon removed 93 lymph nodes total: 30 from the center and 63 from the right side of the neck. 20 of the 30 from the center were malignant and 13 of the 63 from the right were malignant. She lost three of her four parathyroids in the surgery. For the next several months, calcitonin numbers were watched carefully, and they continued to rise. A year later, she knew she needed to be treated somewhere that was experienced with MTC, so she travelled to Texas to receive care at MD Anderson in Houston. Another tumor was found in her trachea, and a tracheal resection was performed on April 2, 2013. She was unable to breathe following that surgery and a tracheostomy was performed April 4, 2013. Following the surgery, she underwent six weeks of radiation, May 13-June 21, 2013. She had a feeding tube inserted June 5 due to severe nausea and lost more than 20 lbs. Shortly after the feeding tube was removed in September, an esophageal stricture was discovered and the tube had to be surgically reinserted. The gastroenterologist in Denton, TX, was unable to pass a scope through the stricture to dilate it, so Karen went through 20 sessions of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in an effort to speed healing. During that period, Karen was only able to eat by feeding tube and suffered spasms that caused her to be unable even to swallow her own saliva. In February 2014, the gastroenterologist at MD Anderson was able to successfully dilate her esophagus to 10mm and she was able to eat for the first time in months. The dilatation procedure was repeated at MD Anderson in March and the feeding tube was finally removed.

At present, Karen still lives with a tracheostomy to breathe and difficulty swallowing. She will need to continue monitoring her calcitonin and CEA levels, as well as receiving ultrasound and CT scans every six months for the rest of her life. She suffers from hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, and hypocalcemia from her loss of thyroid and parathyroids, requiring medication and supplementation of synthroid/cytomel, calcium, calcitriol and Vitamin D. She has thousands of dollars in outstanding medical bills and a future of mounting bills and travel expenses. The funds from this account will go to pay her past and future medical bills as well as travel and lodging expenses involved in receiving treatment, including the future possibility of expensive chemo drugs. Karen is the mother of six beautiful children, still homeschooling the youngest two girls.

May the Lord bless your faithfulness and generosity!
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