On July 21, 2017, Sarah Lines Kay received a call at her office that forever changed her life and the lives of her family.
During a routine physical checkup on July 20, 2017, Sarah's general physician mentioned that they had not run blood tests on her for a while and suggested doing so during her visit.
During the call from her physician on July 21st Sarah was told that her blood tests were "all over the place" and he suspected she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sarah was told that she needed to leave immediately and go to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, check in and begin treatment. One of her coworkers called her husband, David. The couple picked up their 2½ year old son, Preston, and drove immediately to Indianapolis.
Sarah began a month of intensive chemotherapy at IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on the evening of July 21st. Her initial treatment included bone marrow biopsies and lasted until Aug. 17th.
In August, 2017, Sarah was informed by doctors that she needed a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Her relatives have been checked and none are an exact match. In order to keep her transplant ready, Sarah would also need to return to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Sept. and Oct. 2017 for continued intensive chemotherapy treatment.
On September 13th, Sarah began chemotherapy consolidation treatment and received two doses for two hours per dose until Sept. 19th. On Sept. 20th, a Hematologist in Lafayette, IN began lab work on Sarah twice a week and gave her a Neulasta shot to increase white blood cells. On Sept. 28th, Sarah had her third Bone Marrow Biopsy.
October 10th Sarah met with the Bone Marrow Transplant team and had additional blood work done. From Oct. 11th to 17th, Sarah had her second round of chemotherapy consolidation treatment.
Starting on Oct. 25th, Sarah began receiving daily doses of Nupagin to increase her white blood cells after consolidation.
At the time of her diagnosis, Sarah was preparing to start her third year at IU McKinney Law School in Indianapolis, Indiana and working at the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office. She decided to take a semester off, however she wanted to continue to work to pay the growing costs to keep her family stable. By October, it became clear that Sarah would not be able to return to work.
During the months since Sarah’s devastating diagnosis, her husband, David, has been trying to care for Preston, support Sarah and financially meet the growing medical, family travel, and child care expenses. In July, Sarah’s mother, Susan Lines, traveled from Sarah’s home town of Eatonton, GA to Indiana. Her mother, Susan, has stayed in Lafayette to help support Sarah, David and Preston since that time. Sarah’s father, Stanley Lines of Eatonton, GA, and David’s father, Jay Kay and sister, Sybil Kay both of Marion, Indiana have also been a tremendous support to Sarah and her family.
The family is now faced with growing medical, living, and travel expenses that far exceeds what the Kay family is able to handle.
Sarah is our hero! It is her courage, determination and positive outlook that has kept her family and friends going. The selfless approach she has regarding the needs of her family are always of paramount importance to her.
We are grateful to all of the family members and dear friends who have reached out to assist and support the Kay family during this time of crisis. The overwhelming gifts of prayer have helped all involved maintain their optimism and determination to help Sarah in the fight of her life.