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The Family and Friends of Karina Bruns are uniting to raise funds to assist her with medical bills as she battles with IMT. Please help.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass….It’s about learning to dance in the rain”

If anyone knows how to dance in the rain, it is Karina. Since diagnosed with IMT (Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumors) back in 2010, she has faced obstacle after obstacle with determination and faith that she will beat this disease.
What started out as simple stomach cramps, quickly manifested itself into something that would change her life drastically. She was admitted to Mayo in Oct. 2010, where surgery was performed to remove the tumors, which ended up being larger and more numerous than the doctors had expected. Even the doctors at Mayo were perplexed by her condition and called in several specialists. Never had they seen a case this severe.
But the prognosis was good, as this was considered a ‘slow growing cancer’. Chances were that she would not have to deal with this again any time in the near future.
Fast forward 5 months... the same stomach cramps and pain appear with the sickening realization that maybe it was not so ‘slow-growing’ after all. Back to Mayo...but the tumors are too large and numerous and surgery cannot be performed without major damage/partial removal of major organs/tissue. Chemo is introduced to shrink the tumors and so begins the agonizing cycle of facing each day with pain and nausea.
And yet, through all the sickness….Karina dances. She postpones her wedding until she has more strength…and she dances some more. The daily pain and nausea now make it impossible for her to go to work… but knowing that she has the love, support and prayers from family and friends…she does her best to keep dancing….although she is getting tired.
As each new challenge is presented to her, Karina accepts it quietly, never complaining. She would never want to be a ‘burden’ or expect others to come to her aid.
Anyone who knows Karina knows what a caring, loving person she is. She IS THE ONE always taking care of everyone else and has been the ANGEL for so many. It’s OUR turn to be Karina's Angels…to lift a little of the burden she has on her shoulders, to show her that with our donations, prayers and support TOGETHER we will beat this WITH her.
It is simple to make a donation but your prayers are even more important. Thank You for whatever you can do to help and please keep the prayers coming!
God Bless~
Family and Friends of Karina
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