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    Oh No: Oh no. All this work, never giving up. Finally finding someone to resect. And the surgery scheduled. What? What? Insurance has denied the surgery.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): A chance conversation leads Kim to a hospital in New York City. A Dr. there may consider resecting her. We are strong believers in things happening for a reason. Kim sends her scans to New York, praying she is a candidate for resection. Meanwhile meeting with Drs. about Y90 radiation. She is not giving up. Imagine the shock when Dr.Kato called Kim and agreed to resect her. She was headed to NY to see a transplant specialist who would remove her liver and veins. A team of Drs. would operate on her and another team on her liver. They would make a working viable liver from a 1/4 of her liver. Removing the entire tumor.. taking her jugular vein and making it her portal vein. She would be 1 of only 6 patients to receive this type of surgery. The surgery estimated at 11-30 hours long. But Dr. Kato believes he can do it. Kim as scary as it sounded was by far the bravest woman i know. She heads to NY to see this Dr. and discuss her surgery. She agrees and surgery is set for July 2010.

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    Decision Point: So Chemo wasn't working, Kim knew she needed this tumor out. Where to go? So she starts her search. Using out of pocket money, she seeks out the answers she is looking for, a surgeon brave enough to operate and remove this tumor. The best hospitals in Philadelphia. She would see top drs. in three area hospitals. They wouldn't touch her. They pretty much told her no hope. They suggested she try a different chemo. Make her peace. Well they don't know Kim. No way.... not an option.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: While chemo wasn't working, the drs weren't giving her much hope. A timeline of 3-6 mons and this was so unacceptable. Friends made a meal calendar, and people would all place their names on the board and bring dinner/meals to her home. But Kim would set out in search of someone to help her. She would not accept the news she received.

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    Celebration: Money was of course tight. Applying for disability would take months. The first check wouldn't be seen for six months. So what to do? A benefit... We would find a hall, and have the food and beer donated. The DJ volunteered and all the troops rallied to get donations. The support was so incredible. We had so much food. A Cheer Basket, Raffles, Silent Auction. Everyone stepped up to the plate. An account was set up in Hope for Kim. this is important for tax purposes. We raised close to 10,000 dollars. This would be what she lived on for the next few months.