Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Continued Thank yous and some details and background

I have been meaning to post some details and a time line, but most of the time when I log on and start to type, I literally doze off in some drug stupor or at least that is what I'm calling it.  I continue to read your comments here on the blog as well as facebook and am continually uplifted by them.  I cannot say thank you enough!!!

So here is a bit of background for you.  I'm going to go back to about 6 months ago, but I don't honestly know how much of what was occurring then is directly related to my current diagnosis... and to to be honest there is no way of knowing 100%.

June - I was having some stomach problems, you know the usual gassiness, upset stomach, and some back ache.  Most of the pain was centered on the right side ribcage area. It didn't go away so I finally made an appointment with my Dr.  He suggested some routine blood work and of course my gall bladder came up as a source of this pain I was having.  My blood work came back with a positive reading for a stomach bacteria called H. Pylori and Vitamin D deficiency.  The fix was easy... heavy antibiotics with an ant-acid chaser and some supplements.  I did opt for an ultrasound though to rule out gall bladder issues just in case.  Scan came back clean.

After the meds, I felt fabulous.  Lots of increased energy, I vowed to refocus and start exercising again and I did great for a while.  Then, I started slowing down... I just didn't have the umph to get on that treadmill every day, so it turned into every other day, then every couple of days, then maybe a couple times a week and then nothing.  I attributed it to my just being kind of lazy and lack of initiative.  During this whole time, I continued to take my ant acid medicine because I would havee a stomach twinge here and there, but decided it wasn't anything to really worry about.

Now, it is heading into November and the twinges are getting more frequent.  I considered that maybe the bacteria wasn't really gone, but the only way to find out for sure was through a stool sample because once you test positive for the bacteria, you will always test positive if you use a blood test... Well, let me tell you... I was very squeamish and didn't want to do it.. that is the honest truth.  But, I did finally make an appointment with a Gastroenterology Dr in late November.  The appointment was for the 23rd of December and it was the 1st one that was available with the Dr. that had been recommended to me by my friends.

It is now December 1st and my symptoms have gotten worse and its becoming more and more intolerable.  I'm feeling full all the time, its uncomfortable to sit, I feel like my stomach is being squished, I'm  burpy, etc.

December 4th is the first day that I vomited.  I can keep some food down, but I have to start eating less and less because it doesn't take much to feel extremely full, the kind of feeling you get after that big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

December 7th, couldn't take it anymore so I called up after hours and got an appointment to see a Dr. the next day.

December 8th, went in and discussed my symptoms with the Dr. and to this day I feel like he completely advocated for me.  He immediately went downstairs to talk with the gastroenterology specialist that I had my appointment scheduled with and they moved my appointment up to the following Monday.  He believed that I had an ulcer or extreme gastritis.

December 13th, visit with my GI doctor and it was determined that I would go the next morning for an upper endoscopy which is the tube down the throat where they can take pictures of what is going on in your stomach.  Up to this point, I'm still vomiting daily and feeling very ill.

December 14th, Upper Endoscopy done.  Yes, I had a bleeding ulcer but that was the only result I knew for a fact.  I was scheduled for an appointment for the 16th with the results of a biopsy. I received a phone call that afternoon with some blood test results and was told that I needed to go the very next day to have 2 units of blood.  My red blood counts were 1/2 of what is considered normal.

December 15th, Blood Transfusion... took a very long time!!!  I spent a total of 9 hours in the hospital, mind you there were a couple of paper errors that slowed the process down a bit.

December 16th, we meet with the GI Dr. and he tells us that yes there is a bleeding ulcer, but unfortunately, the biopsy from the bleeding ulcer is MALIGNANT... THUD! What had happened was that a cancerous tumor had formed and then ulcerated and then started to bleed.

December 17th, a CT scan is scheduled and we receive more bad news... it is clear that the cancer is beyond just the ulcer, but no real details other than that.

Here comes the longest weekend that we have ever experienced.... seriously excruciatingly long.

December 20th, we travel to Seattle to Virginia Mason hospital to have a PET scan and another endoscopy done as well as to consult with a surgeon.  We learn that the results aren't good.  Surgery isn't an option for me and that the cancer has spread to my ovaries, adrenal gland and there are lymph nodes found around my neck.  Surgery is only done if it is considered to benefit one's overall quality of life and in my case it wouldn't.
The tumor board down at Virgina Mason would meet on Wednesday evening, discuss my case and then give us what they considered to be the best course of action.

We go home to regroup and to find a local oncologist

December 22, we have a meeting with my oncologist and of course things are grim.  All you have to do is google and to realize what statistics say about stage 4 gastric cancer.  We have no recourse except for Chemo... it is our only option and of course it is the one we'll take.  We schedule a couple more tests and prepare for chemo to start on Jan 3rd.  At this point, chemo will be every 3rd Monday for 8 hours.  We take a tour of the infusion area, talk with nurses, and get lots and lots of information.

Way back when, we had planned an extended family vacation to Disneyland, but it was clear after this turn of events that Kevin and I wouldn't be able to go with the uncertainty of tests and scheduling.  It was absolutely my number one priority to get my boys to Disneyland though... we made arrangements so that they would fly out with my sister and her family.  We had originally planned on driving so it was just a matter of purchasing tickets and getting the boys to my sister's.  

After talking with the oncologist on Wednesday, we decided that we would keep the boys for Christmas instead of sending them with my sister back to her home across the state.  We would meet her on the day the plane was to leave instead.

Plans seem to be unraveling all around me though... 

December 24th, I am suffering from excruciating stomach pains and nausea and wake up at 6 am and tell Kevin that I really need to get to the ER.  I am admitted and end up with another blood transfusion... this time 3 units of blood.

A CT scan is done later that morning and it is basically showing that the tumor is trying to squeeze my poor stomach to death.  The reason why I had been having such problems eating is because the tumor had taken over the lower part of my stomach that normally contracts and moves food down to your digestive tract.  This muscle is no longer working and any food that I eat is essentially just sitting there.  Some makes it through, but not much.  

The next thing I got done was a brain MRI just to make sure that there was no cancer in my brain.  Whoa, this was tough.  Begin nauseas, drugged up and then being wheeled around in a hospital bed was not good to my equilibrium.  I barely made it out of that brain scan before throwing up all over the place.

December 25 until today, I'm still in the hospital, but it looks like chemo will start as soon as possible in the hospital.  Chemo should start shrinking the tumor enough that my stomach should be able to get some of its function back and food won't be such an issue.  I hope so!

Its going to be a juggling act though since the side affects of chemo can be devastating to one's appetite.  I don't know how this will play out, but I want to catch a break and be on the positive side of this food battle.

December 27 is the day that I got a biopsy.  They went in from the lower back just to make sure that all the cancer was stomach cancer that had spread versus ovarian cancer that spread to my stomach.  This is important because all cancers are treated differently.  We were also looking for a specific  protein that cancer cells emit that would also affect what type of drug that could be added to my drug regimen.

Right after that, I had the port placed onto my right collar bone area.  This is to make it easier to administer the chemo drugs.  It is much less harsh doing it this way than trying to administer drugs through other veins.

December 29 is the the day that my first chemo is started.  This was very tough and I was definitely not able to keep my nausea at bay.  It took me an entire week to start feeling a little bitter better.

I ended my December with a loss of 15 lbs as well as a loss of what my life used to be.

January 1st was the day that I got to go home.

Wow, I've been working on this post for a while now because I did want to share some details and catch you all up on what's going on.  I so appreciate you "listening" to me and it is easier on me to be able to write about it and share it with my friends.  I feel like it empowers me to be stronger.  It is hard... I had a "moment" today where I felt terrible both emotionally and physically, but it passes and the fight continues.  Thank you for fighting with me.

-Katie

74 comments:

Tricia said...

Good girl, Katie-Kate - as Lisa always calls you! Good girl to keep trusting and fighting in this new "adventure". I'm so glad that you are where you have doctors and nurses that can fight right along with you. I'll be praying that your chemo will make a positive difference very soon.

Keep the faith!!!

Tricia

Lauren said...

I know you don't have any clue who I am, but that doesn't matter one bit. Just know that you have many many people praying for you and your family. Stay strong. Stay positive. I really have faith that you will be fine. It won't be an easy road. Obviously. But you'll make it through to the other side. Lots of prayers coming your way....thank you for having the strength to share your story.

Michelle said...

I just wanted to say that I have been following your blog for a while. I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. You are in thoughts & prayers every day.

Thank you for taking time to update all your followers.

Sue from Oregon said...

Hello Katie bug. I know this is not easy to share, but knowing what is "sort of" going on makes me feel closer to you. Sending you my love today. Sue Kment

Laura Isham said...

Sending you prayers and well wishes. Thinking of you often and keeping positive thoughts heading your way. You are loved, even by those who have never met you.

Peace.

Jennie said...

Praying for you Katie!

Lorie said...

Katie, thank you for sharing this with us. I'm sure your story is going to not only affect others but also help others realize to be proactive with their health. Many, many hugs to you!

Margie H said...

STAY STRONG, Katie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are allowed to have that "moment" because it helps you to regroup and focus on that battle. You are a fighter and we are happy to be here for YOU!

Continued strong prayers to you, my sweet friend!! xo

Joan B said...

What an amazing story. I'm stunned by how swift you went from run of the mill symptoms to stage IV cancer. Thank you for sharing your story. There are people all over the world pulling for you, from your closest family and friends, to internet buddies to total strangers. Hugs, joan

Debbie Bearse said...

Fighting (and praying) right along side you Katie. Thank you for sharing your journey so far. It's nice to hear the info first hand from you.

Anonymous said...

I'm a complete stranger, but it saddens me to know that a fellow mom is going through this especially during the holidays. It's amazing how you're handling it all. Thank you for sharing all the details. I will be praying for you and your family.

Erica said...

So glad you feel empowered by writing in your "journal" for us. You will be in my prayers throughout your journey.

Vicki said...

Katie, thank you for sharing your story here! You may have given a "head's up" to someone who is wondering about their symptoms also! You and your family are being "hugged" and prayed for. There is power in prayer and a Great Physician who hears them all! God bless you all and always know you are never alone in your journey even though it may seem so at times! Love and blessings to you!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Katie - prayers are coming your way, and I do beleive they help! I truly believe that telling your story helps you work through it and maybe even will help someone else who has symptoms get attention a little quicker also. I had breast cancer this spring, so I know a tiny bit of the scare you have. I pray for comfort to you and strength to get through what is needed.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Katie... my heart goes out to you and the family. Know that I am saying prayers for you and God will be with you continually! Hugs and prayers...

Jak Heath said...

We are fighting all of the way with you Katie as is your lovely family, we have big shoulders for you to lean on an prayers in abundance for you.
Those meds sound just the ticket to make sure you are behaving yourself and the sooner the chemo starts the better so you can kick that skanky tumour into touch.
Love to you katie.
Jak x

judy said...

Katie, your strength and spirit come
through as you share your story!
Keeping you and your family in my
thoughts and prayers.

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Thank you so much for the details. It empowers you, me, and your readers. I am counting you as one of my daily blessings.

:-)

BIG HUGS!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Katie, I'm heartbroken that you have to go through all this. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs, Lisa

Jodi said...

Thanks for updating us. You are in my prayers always and we are here to "listen" through this entire journey!

rooney said...

Katie, I am overwhelmed by the strength you are showing! You don't know me, but now i know you and i will be praying the God who created the heavens and the earth and the very cells of your body will be mighty in your life right now. mighty and powerful and healing.
Jackie from Missouri

Ted said...

Hi Katie, thanks so much for the journal entry and keeping us all up to par.

I can't tell you how heroic I think you are...

I know statistics may be grim, but thankfully God doesn't go by statistics. I do believe in miracles and please know that my mom, dad, and I are praying you well. God DOES listen to prayers and He DOES perform miracles.

Please always trust that He loves you more than any of us can. He will do what's right.

Stay strong in your faith.

Debbie Gaydos said...

Katie, I don't "know" you; I heard about you through stamping friends. Your story has touched me so. I can't imagine the emotions you must be feeling, or where you find the strength to fight. I have had friends who fought cancer - none this serious - and want you to know that you will be in my prayers. Your positive attitude is amazing. I can only hope that I could be as strong, facing something like this.

ReneeK said...

Katie, you are one brave girl. That's all I can say. My prayers are with you and your family.

Tina said...

My heart just breaks for you and for your family. Please know that my thoughts are with you and I will continue to pray for your continued strength and faith.

Terri said...

You don't know me but I found out what you are going through on Joan's blog. I just wanted to let you know that my heart goes out you. I wish there was something I could do to make this better for you. I hope just knowing that many people are thinking about you will help you to stay positive and you will get your miracle. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

cheryl mezzetti said...

Hi Katie
We are facebook friends and I wanted to post that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
{{hugs}}

Candy F. said...

Love you girl and I don't need to say anything else!

Axes DesigNs said...

Hi Katie.. I always received your posts.. and this notice break my heart.. but you are so strong and as Ted Said.. God doesn't go by statistics.. Miracles happen.. I'm a colon cancer survivor so I know all kinds of thinkings we have at that point.. just be strong think positive.. look for an alternative medicine too.. I did both.. alternative medicine + Chemo + Radiation + surgery + Chemo again so just think and be positive and never ever forget God has always something for us.. God Bless you and your family you are in my prayers.. Magdalena

Kim Teasdale said...

Hey Katie,

Just to put a smile on your face my quote for you today is from Dory the blue fish from Little Nemo -

"You know what you gotta do when life gets you down?
Just keep swimming
Just keep swimming
Just keep swimming swimming swimming
What do we do we swim, swim, swim
OH HO HO How I love to swim"

Some days are going to be better than others and I really hope that those days come soon for you. You are stronger than you think and you have a lot of people cheering you on hon! :)

Gloria said...

Dear Sweet Katie,

Thanks so so much for keeping us all updated...you have so many who love and care for you out here in blog land!!

Your positive attitude is amazing and I must say inspirational....Keep it going! I hope knowing that so many care for you and the love of your beautiful family help you get through those emotionally and physically tough moments and help you to carry on.

You continue to be in my thoughts, heart and prayers!

Hugs
Gloria

Lorraine said...

Hi Katie,
I learned of your situation on the PTI forums. I am so sorry you are going through this. Just wanted to let you know that you & your family will be in my prayers every day!

Shaunna Lasley said...

You don't know me but I am a new follower to your blog. I hold you in my every prayer - and I am praying with complete faith for you and your family.
Thank you for sharing your journey with us - you're such an inspiration to all. Can you share a mailing address with us? I would really like to send you something.
My thoughts and my prayers are with you!
Lots of hugs,
Shaunna

Meredith said...

Thank you so much for sharing more with us - We've never met, but I am keeping you in my thoughts, and really hoping for a miracle. You have three beautiful boys to keep you going - we have to think the universe is not so cruel as to take away any of your time with them. Stay strong - you really sound like you've got your head wrapped around this, and you know you have to fight... Please know that there are many many of us who are praying for you, sending you strength and well wishes, and hoping that you come out on the other side!

Judy Rozema said...

You don't know me, but I found out about your cancer on Gloria's blog - just wanted to say I am so glad you can share your story. Prayers are being sent your way!

Leeci said...
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Leeci said...

Katie--thank you for sharing your story with us. Your attitude and spirit are amazing - such an inspiration to us all. I'm so sorry you must go through this, but please know that you have many, many "friends" out here praying for you and your family. Share with us what you want, when you want. Consider us your therapy group if you wish. God bless you, dear friend. Hugs, Leeci

Christi said...

Hi Katie

You inspire me. Thank you so much for sharing what is going on with you. You stay on my mind and in my prayers. I keep seeing advertisements for the 'Cancer Centers of America' featuring people sharing their positive testimonials and it makes me think of you and that if they can recover, then so can you. I admire your strength to share your journey online. When you first started sharing you were having tummy trouble, I hoped it would be like me, I ended up being allergic to dairy after my son was born, and then I found I had the H-pylori infection this summer, and yeah, I didnt want to get that second test done either --eewe-- It does make me sad that that is where our tummy ails stop being similar. It is so encouraging to see how many people you have supporiting you both in person and online. God is in all things, trust him in all things.
Love and Hugs
Christi

PS: Have your husband watch the mail, some RAK is coming your way!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Katie, I haven't been to your blog in a long time. But know that you and your family are now on my Prayer list.
Have Faith and expect a Miracle!:)
Sometimes the Miracle may not be exactly what you ask for but they are Miracles none the less.
Stay strong,and we will stay strong in prayer for you!

Hugs and Blessings,

Mary

Kelly S. said...

Thank you for sharing so much of your story with us, Katie. I am truly in awe of your strength and grace! Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts your way!

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Katie, You don't know me but I heard about your battle from Gloria's blog. I'm amazed at your strength. Stay strong and know your are being sent prayers.

Shelly Schmidt said...

So funny- I have been following your blog posts for ages- and do not often leave comments- so I feel like I know you and you have no clue who I am! I adore your work by the way.....! I love what Kim T said, Keep Swimming! Keep Swimming....you have lots of love coming your way and lots of prayers too! I hope the chemo brings you alot of comfort and relief of symptoms so you are pain free and can eat, Hugs!

Mandy said...

Katie, thanks for the updates! Hope today is a WONDERFUL day with NO side effects! Lots of love, friend!

Lisa H. said...

OMG! Katie! I don't know what to say, I'm sure many feel that way. All I know is that I am praying for you, for your family, and for the Dr.'s that are treating you. Thank-you for sharing your story. Many, many {{{{{hugs}}}} and MUCH love!

Jennifer {jennifer-g} said...

Katie, I just read your story - there are no words. I had seen on FB that you had to go into the hospital but hadn't seen any details... You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope that today you feel GOOD and have quality time with your boys.

Christine Riley said...

Hi Katie,

You don't know me but I was directed to your blog from SCS. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You!
Hugs, Christine

True :) said...

Katie,
You are on my mind almost all of my waking hours and in my heart always.It is so funny how now a days with computers, you can become friends with people you have never met.
I so hate that you have to go through all of this but just think of the glorious testimonials you can give when you are doing better!

I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers,

Hugs,
True :D

Sherry said...

Katie, I just read about what is happening in your life. I pray that the chemo will shrink your tumor and bring you health and happiness in the New Year. Please continue to fight! Wishing you well
Sherry

IamDerby said...

Big huge hugs to you Katie. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Marlene said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Cancer is a horrible beast, and I wish no one ever had to experience it. :(

Latisha said...

Katie
{{big hugs}} I have an incurable disease, and can relate to so many things you have described. Hold on to your faith, your sweet children and husband. I will keep you in my prayers.
Do you mind if we pray together?
Dear Lord,
Please hold Katie up, and let her lean on you when she is too tired to stand. Let her lay her fears to you, and you give her peace. Keep your hand on her doctors, and give them wisdom. Let her feel the prayers that are being said for her. There are many people who care and love her, shine your light on her, and let her feel that love.
Amen

xoxo
latisha
ps
thank you for sharing your story

Leza said...

I have just come across your story via splitcoast stampers...I just wanted to say how brave I think you are...Not only for fighting but for writting your thoughts down in such an honest and frank way. I'm sure anyone facing the same battle will appreciate your honesty...
I haven't faced cancer myself but I had some intergestion about a year ago and was given some medicine...3 weeks later I was in hospital being asked to sign a concent form for a the doctors to try and save my life. Unknown to me they had already told by husband that he should say goodbye to me as my pancres had given off something which had burned through my gall bladder and spleen and they were pretty sure I was too far gone.
When they came to see me afterwards they told me it was worse than even they had expected and they had no idea how I had survived and even wrote me up in some journel.
I suppose my message is no matter what anyone says Nothing is ever certain and I wish you love,hope and luck in your journey wherever it takes you. Please remeber its your journey...other people can only given an educated guess where they think its going to.
Leza London uk

Linda said...

Katie, we do not know each other but as I sit here reading your story, I am aching to my core reading about your struggle. You are a very brave young woman, who by sharing her story is going to touch many people. My prayers will be with you each day as you and your family deal with your illness. Please know a total stranger is thinging of you and praying each day for your healing. Bless you, Katie.
Linda in Atlanta, GA

Mothermark said...

Hello Katie!

Like some of the others, I am new to your blog. I came here by the way of Lisa Lara. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know there are many thinking about you, praying for you, pulling for you, and sending you cyber hugs.

I am so sorry that cancer has touched your family. Thank you for sharing your story.

Big Hugs!
Cindy

A Walk With Faith said...

Katie you don't know me but my heart goes out to you and your family. What a courageous woman you are. Thank you for sharing your story, I am sure it is going to help someone else to realize they need to get to a Dr. Our God is the great physician and all things are possible through Him. Miracles happen every day and I am praying that you are one of those miracles. Just know you are never alone, He is always with you and the love, thoughts and prayers of people all over the world are bombarding the very gates of heaven on your behalf. Keep strong, keep believing and trusting.
You are very special and a blessing to all of us.
God bless you.
Faith

Wendy said...

Dear Katie,
Know that I am thinking of you and sending hugs your way.
You are an incredibly strong and brave woman. Keep that strong fight going chum:)
Hugs
Wendy

Kathy Bradley said...

I'm new to your blog - by way of Lisa Lara on SCS. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. There are so many people sending prayers your way!

marleygo said...

Katie.....I will be praying for you and your family! I pray that God will keep His arms around you to give you strength to go through the Chemo and that He will keep His arms around your family and provide them the strength that they require to help you get through this. God is the ultimate Healer. Keep your eyes on Him! God Bless you, Katie, and know that you are being bathed in prayer!

Hugs,
Lesley Gould...Splitcoaststampers

Patricia Rose said...

Hello Katie - I just heard about what you are going through from SCS... I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers... Keep on fighting, Katie.
Hugs.. Patricia Rose

irishgreensue (SCS) said...

Hi Katie -
Just heard about you through Lisa Lara. You are so courageous in sharing your story, and because of it, many of us are storming the gates of Heaven in your behalf!
Please stay strong in the knowledge that WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Remember you are special and you are NOT alone. We will all keep you wrapped up in prayer for the strength that you and your family need. God bless you!
Hugs,
Sue

Abigail said...

KATIE, I GOT A THREAD POST ABOUT YOU AND READ THROUGH YOUR BLOG, i AM ABBY FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA A MOM WITH TWO CHILDREN AND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU, MAY GOD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU. AMEN

marilynprestonn said...

Dear brilliant Katie,

As alot of us, we do not know you, but Lisa Lara sent us here and I had to tell you after reading your post, that you are a in my thoughts and prayers. I feel privileged to have read your story, uplifts my spirit and makes me want to hug you.

Kindly, Peggy

Jackie said...

Dear Katie,
I guess my story is very similar to yours 2 1/2 yrs ago my husband was diagnose with stage 4 cancer the odds were zero and although he
pass on. I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Cancer is curable and WILL BE BEATEN. If you ever need to talk and can say I have been there.
I wish I could give a big gigantic hug for you and your family. I'm going to keep you in my prayers.
Best Wishes,
Jackie Smith

Anonymous said...

Katie, you don't know me, but my heart goes out to you and to your family. Cancer is a scary word, much less a diagnosis - but know that our God is the Great Physician - and He can do great things and marvelous things. Please know that I will be lifting you up in prayer each and every day, and that you will be put on our church prayer list. May God Bless you and heal you, and may you feel Him strengthen you each and every day.

Barbie
SCS

Terri said...

Katie, you don't know me, but Lisa Lara sent information about your blog. I have to say I feel so honored to have read your story. I wanted you to know that I will be lifting you up in daily prayer for a complete healing. Anything is possible with God. Stay strong and know that He has you in his capable and loving arms and that you are in many good thoughts and prayers!
Big Hugs,
Terri (SCS)

Lisa Kind said...

Hi Katie!

I came across your blog through Splitcoaststampers and I'm so in awe of your strength and honesty. Stay strong...your family needs to see you as YOU and not someone they don't know. I know that will be difficult with all that you are facing, but I went through this same thing with my brother. He kept his spirits up through his children and that helped them get through all the craziness. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Fondly,
Lisa Kind

Anonymous said...

Katie, you don't me either, but as I read your blog today, my heart and prayers went out to you and your family. Keep believing and fighting, and may God bless you and give you the strength and courage to meet the daily battles you are fighting so bravely. Annie (Atlanta)

Liz Williams said...

It matters not whether you know us or not, we are a sense of community on SCS, and I know we all are holding you in our prayers. May your spirits be lifted by your writing and sharing, and in all the love we all have to share with you. All things are possible through God, and we have nothing to fear as He will see us through everything.

Kittie said...

Katie, I am so touched by reading the events in your life over the last few months. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. I hope you will realize peace and comfort as you fight this battle. The whole SCS community is thinking of you today.

julsanne1 said...

Katie,
I heard about you on the SCS site and your story immediately touched my heart. I can't imagine what you are going through and can only say keep up the fight, girl. You are very brave and from the looks of the picture have a very beautiful family to fight for. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie

America said...

Hi Katie. I too was led here through SCS. Know that people care for you. Your touching story of recent events is heartbreaking, but also encouraging and uplifting. You are a very strong fighter with a sweet spirit. Hurry up and get better because Disneyland awaits you and your beautiful family. :)

Sending you and your family hugs, warm thoughts & heartfelt prayers.
America

momof5sons said...

Katie:
I came to see you via Lisa Lara and Mothermark on SCS. Know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and that God makes His love, strength and peace truly present to you.

Laura O'Donnell said...

Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

lisa808 said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. Stay strong and positive.

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