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His mom was working in urgent care when he got cancer diagnosis

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His mom was working in urgent care when he got cancer diagnosis

It wasn’t unusual for Geoffrey Kime to get blood clots in his legs so he wasn’t alarmed when he made a visit to urgent care.

By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes,

He has a protein C deficiency and if Geoffrey “Geoff” Kime sits very long, he needs to stretch his legs to get the blood flowing. It’s something he’s known for years. So when his left leg began to swell up, he wasn’t too alarmed.

A graduate of Twin Lakes High School in Monticello, Ind. he worked nights at a plastics molding plant in Goodland. After work he noticed the swelling had extended to his foot.

The youngest son of Mike and Donna Kime, Geoff, 32, has two older brothers. His mother is an urgent care nurse with IU Health Arnett Hospital. When he sent her a text about his leg, she suggested he come in to have it checked.

“We really didn’t think it was anything at all – maybe a blood clot due to the protein deficiency,” said his mom. Kime has always been healthy and active. In high school he was in the marching band and earned his black belt in martial arts. His dad was an Eagle Scout and scout leader and all of his boys were Eagle Scouts. They grew up camping and hiking. One of Kime’s greatest accomplishments was a 50-mile adventure hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He later served as a staff member at the camp working in the kitchen serving up 250,000 meals to campers. His Eagle Scout project was building 250 bat houses for parks in Monticello. Later in life, he’s been using his carpentry skills to refurbish his home.

But all that was put on hold when he received a diagnosis of lymphoma in October 2019. The cancer starts in infection-fighting cells of the immune system. The cells grow throughout the body - in the nodes, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow.

“Can you imagine working in urgent care and hearing that your son has cancer?” said Donna Kime, who as worked at Arnett since 2002. “I felt bad for my coworker who was telling us. It was difficult for us but difficult for staff –we were getting a significant diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis is a funny thing. It knocks you flat and at some point you grab the pieces and run with it because you can’t do anything else.”

That’s just what they did.

Kime became a patient of IU Health Dr. Jose Azar and began chemotherapy at IU Health Simon Cancer Center on Nov. 11, 2019.

“Dr. Azar has been great. He explained things thoroughly and the nurses have given me great care,” said Kime. “I’m ready to get my energy back and get back to working on my house.”