Kirby’s Journey

Welcome to KirbyStrong!

For those of you who are new to the site and have questions about what has happened so far, here is a quick synopsis:

Kirby was diagnosed with cancer,  a very rare, small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type.

In early August Kirby was having a lot of abdominal pain. She got some antibiotics and was told to check into the emergency room if the pain continued. On August 12th she checked herself in to NYC Downtown Hospital, two blocks from her house. After about 8 hours, no eating and a CT scan they tell her she has a large cyst on her ovary and suggested surgery.

Surgery was then scheduled the following Tuesday at Mt. Sinai hospital. Kirby had a cyst on her right ovary, that they removed. She also had necrosis of the left ovary, which they also removed. They also removed her appendix and some lymph tissue for testing (that was all clear). Meanwhile,  family joined her in NYC (where they survived the NYC earthquake and hurricane, thank you very much).

At this time, Kirby was already planning to come back to DC to watch some of her beloved Nationals games. She arrives in DC the first week of September for R&R from her abdominal surgery with the expectation to go back to NYC to start chemotherapy. Pain comes back on Friday night and she checks into Washington Hospital Center ER on September 10th.  A new CT scan showed a partial obstruction on the path from the kidney to the bladder.  Other lesions also showed up on the new scan. Since then, she has been scanned, ultrasounded, x-rayed, scoped from end to end, blood tested, interviewed, family medical historied, poked and prodded as they looked for a primary site, eliminated sites and tried to id what she had, manage the pain manage the nausea.  It all happened on hospital time which runs on sleep deprivation where they keep shifting and keep you awake.

Kirby died at 2:48 on 30 January 2012 at home.

Thank you to all that have visited Kirby and  this site and for your love and support for Kirby and her family!

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