In May of 2014, Kelli started experiencing strange symptoms that we couldn’t seem to make sense of. The first “episode” occurred over Memorial Day Weekend just after she had finished “The Murph”, an intense CrossFit workout. Over the next few weeks, she continued to have strange symptoms such as “whooshing” in her ears, light-headed/dizziness, increased anxiety, headaches and itchiness just to name a few. She went to her General Physician who more or less dismissed her and sent her on her way with a “diagnosis” of vertigo, which we all knew couldn’t be right. Kelli had just transitioned into a full-time stay at home Mom, so we all kind of attributed some of the symptoms she was having to a change in schedule, lifestyle, stress-level, etc.
After returning from a family vacation to Hilton Head, her symptoms returned and her headaches got more intense and became more frequent. After experiencing the intense headaches, which were accompanied with extreme nausea and vomiting, she was finally convinced that she needed to go to the ER. Well, our prayers were answered and the doctor in the ER was on it! He immediately started an IV of steroids and fluids, and ordered a CT Scan…which ultimately revealed a tumor in the right frontal lobe of her brain. Kelli was transported from Bethesda North to Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati to be admitted to the Neurosurgery ICU for surgery the following day (Friday, July 18th).
Kelli’s surgeon, Dr. McPherson, was able to perform an incredible surgery and remove nearly the entire tumor in her right frontal lobe. However, we did not know anything at the time about the pathology of the tumor. She came home from the hospital on Sunday, July 20th and began her recovery from surgery. Wednesday, July 23rd we went back to the MayField Clinic to see Dr. McPherson and receive the pathology results, which revealed that Kelli has Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is a Grade IV Brain Tumor.
Since then she has been undergoing treatments. Kelli started the process at the mid-end of August which consisted of 6 weeks of radiation (Monday-Friday) and 6 weeks of daily chemotherapy. She CRUSHED it the entire time, experiencing slight nausea, fatigue, some headaches, and scalp sensitivity, but kept moving forward. Her first post-MRI was on November 3rd, and on November 4th we got the results which not only showed no progression, but in fact the part of the tumor that was not removed in surgery was “significantly less evident”. A week later The Woodstocks got to take their girls to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and also spend a few days on a Disney Cruise thanks to Jenni Woodstock setting up a fund raising website and the tremendous support they have received from contributors. They had a wonderful time and made some great family memories!
Since then Kelli began a cycle of treatment which involves 5 days of Chemotherapy followed by 23 days off and then she repeats. The next MRI is scheduled for February 4th and will get results on the 10th to find out what path is best.
Thank you for your support…stay tuned for more updates!