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FTF Blog — Survivor Stories

In Loving Memory: Emmy Olson

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In Loving Memory: Emmy Olson

Written by Tracie Olson   Emmy is the 1 year old daughter of Ryan and Tracie Olson.  She is fighting cancer and is headed to the Mayo clinic.  Feb. 6th she was diagnosed with germ cell cancer it has spread throughout her pelvis, liver and lungs.  The initial treatment was 3 days of treatment, 3 weeks off, and repeated 3 times. This didn't work!  Emmy was in the hospital the first time until the 19th of Feb. and numerous times since.  April 11th her tumor marker went down to 68.8.  They were at 118,322 on February 2nd.   Surgery was on...

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Survivor Story: Kelly Emery

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Survivor Story: Kelly Emery

  Contributed by Kelly Emery    My name is Kelly Emery I am fighting the battle of Multiple Sclerosis.  I am 43 and was diagnosed at 23.    My disease has financially ruined us.  Trying to keep up with medical bills and prescriptions has buried my husband and I.    I have turned to every one for help never to be accepted.     A donation from Fight the Fight would be an unanswered prayer for us!     As I continue to get worse the expenses are getting bigger.  I worry for my husband...he is a wonderful man and awesome care giver...

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Survivor Story: Amanda Pfeiffer

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Survivor Story: Amanda Pfeiffer

    Contributed by Billy Hester   On August 2, 2018 Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This has forever altered her life’s story.  She is strong and fighting hard to be a Survivor.  We have an opportunity to join hands and connect with the amazing Pfeiffer family from Livingston, IL and help Amanda, Bryan, Lexi and Braden fight this detestable disease, and live happily ever after! This is Amanda’s story:  She first found a lump on July 7th and really hoped it was something that would go away.  Her husband Bryan told her she should go to the doctor...

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Survivor Story: Brian Faltin

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Survivor Story: Brian Faltin

    Written & Contributed by Sarah Herrin   Brian is a son to two wonderful people, a father of two children, a grandfather to three children, a brother to one sister, an uncle to one nephew, and a friend to many!  After battling back, neck, and shoulder pain for quite some time Brian became very ill and his pain continued to become unbearable.    At the end of December he was hospitalized due to a serious infection in his spine and underwent a neck surgery.  He had to have discs C3-C7 removed leaving him paralyzed from the waste down,...

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Survivor Story: Kathy Schafer

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Survivor Story: Kathy Schafer

Written & Contributed by Kathy Schafer   I am 57 years old and in need of a heart transplant to save my life!    It all began in 2016 when I had a Heart Cath and was told I needed emergency heart surgery.  Having bypass surgery never caused me any fear as I had watched members of my family recover from such surgery, but mine went horribly wrong!    Four grafts were put in and three collapsed that night.  Then I had a heart attack!    What I am left with is more or less half a heart.  The left...

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