Jody fights back after Stage 4 diagnosis

Like everyone else trying to make it in this sometimes cruel world, I know of many friends and family members that have had to fight off cancer of one form or another. Let’s face it, over the last fifty years there has been no deadlier killer than CANCER.

Last year alone 260,000 Americans died of cancer. Another 650,000 were diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Amazingly 1 out of every 2 males will get cancer, whether it be prostrate, or pancreatic; lung or liver. One out of every three females will suffer from one form of cancer or another.

Just a couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance was told she had Stage 4 breast cancer. Now back in the day, this would have been certain death. Nowadays, thanks to all the contributors to such events as Relay for Life, cancer treatment and detection has come a long way, and fewer and fewer people die each year from the horrible disease.

Jody, a vivacious woman in her 40’s, from Harrison, had no idea she was sick, much less with cancer. She noticed a small pimple type bump that progressively got worse. She found herself getting tired more often and increasingly out-of-breath. However, she ignored the symptoms, and continued her everyday life. Finally when she was taken to emergency it was discerned she needed immediate help or death was certain.

After family members starting searching the internet for cancer treatment centers, it was decided to enroll Jody into one of the foremost facilities in the United States- the Cancer Treatment Centers of America branch in Atlanta, Georgia. Because she was is a fulltime employee for Walmart, Jody’s health insurance picks up most of the tab.

As I’m writing this, Jody is in Atlanta, consulting with doctors, who will determine the best treatment for her. It is expected, that she will be flying to Atlanta, at least once a month, for treatment. It is this writer’s opinion, after discussing the possibilities with Jody, she has exactly the right attitude and necessary fortitude to beat this cancer. Stage 4 or not, I suspect Jody will be a productive member of society for many years to come.

To help offset travel expenses and other items her insurance won’t pay for, friends are hosting a beneifit for Jody, this Sunday, December 9, at the Knights of Columbus in Harrison. The benefit, which is actually a Spaghetti Dinner will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. and will include a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

I marvel at how the Harrison community comes together to help their own. I shouldn’t limit that wonderment, however, to just Harrison. Clare and Farwell host their share of benefits as well. Coming from a larger city, you don’t find this sense of community in cities like Flint or Lansing. It’s refreshing to see communities take care of their own.

An example of Clare’s generosity is another shaghetti dinner- this one is for Denise Jenks. Denise, owner of the Whitehouse Restaurant in Clare, lost her home to fire a couple of weeks ago. The Clare community is rallying around her by hosting the dinner at the Clare Rod and Gun Club, December 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

If you would like more information on Jody Kipp’s benefit or would like to contribute in some way, feel free to call Donna at 339-8520 or email iamasurvivorkipp@yahoo.com.