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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- A 30-year-old Tri-Cities woman has been battling a rare, inoperable brain tumor for six years.
Kelly Turner says doctors tried chemo and radiation but nothing has worked. Now, her friends are rallying around her to raise money to pay for alternative therapies to give her a shot at survival.
Six years ago, after struggling for a year with strange symptoms, Turner had an MRI and received devastating news.
"The day I had the MRI they called me and said, hey, you have a brain tumor that's blocking the spinal fluid in your brain and you need to come in for emergency brain surgery," said Turner.
Then 23-years-old, she had a tumor deep in her brain, and removing it was not an option. Turner has endured four brain surgeries for complications. Doctors tried a year of chemotherapy, then radiation to shrink the tumor; nothing has worked.
The tumor is a little smaller than a golf ball and is slowly growing. But, but it is changing and behaving in ominous ways. Turner said doctors are now just watching it. "They just want to watch it and wait til it grows but I don't want to wait til it grows cause I'm gonna have more symptoms and be worse off."
Turner wants to try alternative therapies that have shown success in treating brain tumors. She's been on a naturopathic IV treatment for several weeks but doesn't have enough money to finish it. There is also a promising therapy using curcumin -- a substance in the spice turmeric.
"That is very promising in shrinking tumors, even brain tumors, it crosses the blood brain barrier," said Turner.
But the therapy costs $18,000. And that's where Kelly's friends come in.
Ivory Verduzco has known Kelly since their days of running track together at Kamiakin High School. She said she couldn't just sit back and watch, so she has gotten involved in raising money to pay for Kelly's treatment.
"Putting $18,000 as the price on someone's life is devastating. And I would hope there would be someone out there to do the same for me," said Verduzco.
Kelly is grateful, and says it's hard, at age 30, to watch her friends get married and start families, when her focus is just staying alive and healthy. "At this point this thing could take off, it could not take off, we're just kind of waiting."
She's willing to try any promising alternative therapy, to have a fighting chance for a normal life.
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