Monday, March 7, 2011

Good news!

Today's Shout Outs and a special note:

I just want to extend my thanks to everyone that continues to send me cards.  Many of you have sent me multiple cards in the last couple of months and it is so appreciated!!!  Also, I want to let you all know that you have practically made me a celebrity at my local post office.  Kevin was in picking up the mail and actually spoke to one of the employees at the counter and the employee was telling Kevin that they have all noticed that I get some pretty cool mail and that they make comments about it :)

Lynn M, Christi B, Kelly S, Judy P, Bonnie S, Mary Jane D, Nancy E, Peggy Sue T, MIL, Stephanie W,  Kate, Crystal T, LeeAnn L, Donna McE

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Dear friends,

I have really great news to share with all of you!  Today was an appointment with my oncologist and it was a special visit since we had a CT scan to go over.  The results of the scan are quite promising and it boils down to the fact that I'm responding very well to my chemo treatments.  There is no visible evidence of the cancer in my ovaries, the tumor in my stomach has shrunk quite a bit, and my markers (the number that indicates the growth of tumors) have dropped significantly.  I'm responding well enough that I actually get to skip one treatment in April -  the one before our Disneyland trip.  I will resume my treatments as soon as we get back, literally the day after!

What does all this mean?  Well, I'm by no means even close to being cancer free, in remission, cured, etc. but because I'm responding well to treatment, our immediate future options are expanded.  If you remember, I spoke of how my oncologist described my future with cancer.  When things are going well, it just means that we have a wider range of decisions and choices that are available to us.  We will probably consult with Doctor(s) in Seattle and see if they have suggestions as to future choices that might be an option for us.  All of this isn't set in stone and we don't know what the immediate or long term future holds, but these results that we discussed today let us know that things look promising.

Thankfully, the news was good and it allowed me to give my oncologist this card with enthusiasm and joy!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Pure Innocence
Cardstock/Papers: Papertrey ink
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Copic Makers
Tools/Embellishments: Spellbinders, Copic Airbrush, May Arts twine, piercing tool, plastic canvas (guide of holes)

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Until next time.

-Katie

112 comments:

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Finally I cry tears of joy for you.
I'm very pleased and thankful for this great news.
I hope and pray the next news is even better.
Miracles happen.

I BELIEVE!

Emily

Julia Aston said...

Thinking of you today Katie! and what good news I find on your blog post! Praise God! Amen Love your card too!

Giovana said...

Awesome Katie!! I am so happy for you, still praying for you.

Candy F. said...

I'm letting it slide that I had to read about this instead of getting it "first hand" -- ha ha! Best news ever and I'm so happy for you!

Robyn said...

That's FABULOUS Katie- it will give you renwed enthusiasm and joy (us too Lol!)Your card for the doctor is just brilliant- I'm sure he will keep it forever!

Novice Naturalist said...

I am thrilled with this good news. Now you can look forward to that trip with at least a few less challenges. Go, Katie!

Cassie said...

My family is sitting here while I read this, and we are all rejoicing that you are responding to the chemo! We have ALL (including my kiddos) been praying for a good news! Yay, for more choices :D

Sue Ann said...

OMG HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE FOR YOU and your family!!! What a great post to see in my g-reader today. I am so over the moon for you it is crazy!!! Still sending hugs and thoughts your way!!!

Kathy W said...

So sooooooo glad to hear it, Katie! What great news . . . Keep on fighting!

Christine from FL said...

What wonderful news!Keeping you in my prayers.

Chef Mama Lori said...

KATIE! KATIE! KATIE! Oh, wow! Praise God! I know it is "just" one step, but it's a HUGE step! This is the best news I could hear today---or this week---or this year! So happy for you! Praying still.

BishopsMommie said...

maybe all of of praying for you is helping, oh and you are doing your part too..lol so so glad to hear it.

~amy~ said...

{{doing the happy daance}} definitely happy for you..that's super news...your card is oh-so-stinkin-a-dorable!

Jenn said...

KATIE!!!! I am so happy for you!!! (I'm crying!) Keep kickin' it, sweetie!

LaurieJ said...

Katie!! Your good news has just MADE MY DAY, so I can only imagine the level of joy you must be feeling. It must be way up there! I'm so happy for you and your family.
Love your card. So cute! I'll bet your doctor was suitably impressed.

Misti said...

I am soo thrilled at your news!!! I have been waiting to hear this for a long time just as you have been waiting to hear it also!!! Prayers for the future and what God has in store for you!!! HE is the great physician and he never makes mistakes!!

Lisa S. said...

Congrats !!
This has made my normally blahhh Monday - a FAB one !!
:)
Continual thoughts and prayers to you and your family !!
XOXOXO
Lisa

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

Oh Katie that is such wonderful news. Anyone who says prayers don't work are crazy. Keep up the hard work and your friends out here will continue to cry with you, rejoice with you, and mostly continue to pray for you. You are special and don't ever forget it.

Hugs from cyperspace,

barb

Karen B said...

So happy for you! Continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Bobbi-Lynn said...

That is absolutely amazing, wonderful news!! I am so happy to hear this. My husband even asks about you all the time, because he knows I am praying for you.
God continues to bless!!

Michie B said...

Very happy for you and your family. I know what it is like waiting for some good news. I hope the future continues to bless you. Know that you are in my prayers.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Katie this is a huge praise report! Your faith and hope are small like they should be. Take each day for that. Praise God. I am so happy for you! Keep that body responding to the treatments girlie! Awesome... Hugs.

Jane said...

WOW!! I have just read back through about your fight and am in tears, both at your original posts and todays! What fabulous news that you are responding so well and you sound so positive! you are a true inspiration and I shall stop by to see how you're getting on. biggest of hugs, Jane x

Farida Rone said...

Woo Hoo!!! Katie,
This is a fantastic news. I am so happy for you and your family.
Big hugs,
Farida

Lorraine said...

YES, AWESOME NEWS! I am so happy that it was a good day for you. Continuing to pray and send well wishes your way! Keep on fighting, Katie!

Sue from Oregon said...

Katie, I am crying with joy for you! What wonderful news!

Terri Davenport said...

That is wonderful news!

Tammy Hershberger said...

That is awesome news, Katie! I'm so happy for you! Keep fighting, girlie!

Kathy said...

AWESOME!! I am so happy for you and your family. I pray it just keeps getting better and that you have a fantastic trip to Disney World. Your card is adorable-I'm sure your doctor loved it!!

The Stamper's Touch said...

HOORAY!!!!! I am soooo excited for you and your family!! Such wonderful news!!!! You pack a mean punch girlfriend, and remember, that's coming from a 4th degree black belt!!!!! LOL!!! How fun to skip a treatment right before your vacation...just like skipping school and getting away with it!!

Linda

Joanna said...

So great to hear it, Katie. Really, really great. Seems like you are finally getting a break. Yay. You all deserve it!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Praise God for his infinite mercies. This is such wonderful news Katie. I'm sure no one is more happy that you and your family, but know that we are all rejoicing with you!

Katie_Bolinger said...

so glad to hear you are doing better. Enjoy every moment of your Disney trip.

Margie H said...

SO THRILLED~! This is the start of the beginning for more positive news and GREAT RANGE of treatments!! Continued STRONG prayers for you and the family!! xo

Shell said...

Woohoo!!!!!! Praise the Lord!! He hears our every prayer. He has truly been working on you. :) I'm SO glad to hear this great news, Katie. The prayers continue. :) Hugs!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

This is wonderful news Katie!!! I'm so happy for you!! Praise God!! This card is SOOOOOOOOO cute!! I bet he loved it huh?

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful news! What a great affirmation of faith! Continued blessings!
Donna McEwen

cbuswell said...

YAY!!! good news!! I'm so delighted : ) My heart just did a happy dance!!

Barb said...

I was thinking about you today Katie! Awesome news!!! Still keeping you in my prayers! I am so happy for you!!!

Kim O'Connell said...

Congrats to you and your family, Katie! Much deserved good news!

Linda said...

So glad to hear the good news. I was thinking of you and praying all weekend for strength and courage and especially good news.
I am so so happy that your choices are increased!
Great card you made!

God does answer prayer, and you do kick butt!

rooney said...

wow.wow.wow. i am so happy for you and your family!!

jackie

Gloria Dojlido said...

How wonderful Katie! So happy that you are responding well to treatment and that you have more choices available to you! Definately good news!!!!!

Hugs
Gloria

Ted said...

Katie! My heart skipped a beat when I read in my G-Reader "Good news"! Oh my goodness, is it! Praise God for His working in you. He's so good and it's clear He's hearing our prayers loud and clear! :) I'm bouncing in my computer chair!

Keep fighting the good fight and may this promise of hope be the spark you always remember to keep at it.

My prayers will only change to prayers of praise when you declare you're cancer-free...until then, you have them. :)

Marni said...

So amazing for you and your family!!!!! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!!! Sending lots of love and hugs to you!!!

Debbie Gaydos said...

What incredible, heart-lifting, SPECTACULAR news! I'm so glad to hear that things are going as well as could be hoped, and will continue to pray for improvement in your condition!

Donna C. said...

Fabulous news!! Will continue my prayers and if you ever get to Walla Walla we can stamp!

Kathy Mc said...

Have been faithfully reading your blog and was a little worried when you hadn't posted since Thursday. However, let me tell you, it is fabulous news to read your post starting with "Good news!" So happy to hear your treatments are working and there's improvement. Enjoy your vacation to Disneyland as we continue praying for you and your family!

IamDerby said...

Oh Katie! This brings tears to my eyes! I hope you have the most wonderful vacation and you continue to improve everyday.

Mad for Paper said...

Katie,
I have been following your story, tho I haven't commented before. This is so incredible. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Ang

Melissa said...

Such great news! I'm so happy for you, Katie!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Well Ms. Katie, your brave struggles are bringing good results! What wonderful news! Wonderful! I am so happy to read that you will get a break from the chemo and be able to take your trip with the family feeling strong and healthy! I am so happy for you Katie!

Wishing you a great week! I love your card and I know that your doctor did too!

I keep you and your family in my prayers always.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Karen said...

Katie this is FANTABULOUS news!!! Wow - I would have skipped out of that hospital rather than walked! lol

Keep up the fight - cause it sure is working by the looks! I'm so happy for you!

Karen
Australia

becky said...

Praying so much for you and PRAISING right now!!! LOVE YOU AND YOUR STRENGTH!!

Virginia B. said...

So happy to hear you got some good news today!

June K. said...

So glad to hear your good news. Hugs!!!!

Anita said...

Great news!

Sarah said...

Katie, I am so excited for you. God is good and he is a healing God. Before long you will hear the words "cancer free". I will continue to pray for you and just know that you are always in my thoughts.

Pam~ said...

Katie I am so happy for you and your family ... wonderful news!!! Your card is darling. I know the doc smiled when he received this! Take care!

thestampingbug said...

Yeah! Happy news indeed! Keep it coming, you Warrior you!

Kerry

JenMarie said...

Katie! This is FABulous news sweet gal!!!
Keeping you in my prayers!!

Dana (*danavee*) said...

Love you Katie! Keep fighting the good fight!

Meredith said...

Congrats Katie! That is wonderful news!! I just booked a trip for the kids to DL, and I was thinking of you... I hope you have a wonderful time!

susanc said...

That is GREAT news Katie! Yay!!! :)

Theresa Tyree said...

You have so many people praying for you that I am not at all surprised! God is bombarded with prayers for Katie! Yay! And we are seeing His glory!

Joan B said...

What wonderful news. So the chemo is making you and the cancer miserable. Maybe the effects will be easier to handle knowing that it is doing its job? I hope so. Thrilled for you and your family.

Terri said...

This is great news! I am so happy for you and your family. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you have fun at Disneyland.

Maria said...

Yay!!! I am so happy to hear the great news!
Hugs!!

Lisa Lara said...

Yep...taking good news where you get it...I am sooooooooooooooo happy Katie-Kate. Oh soooooooooooo happy. Yay. And you've been sooooooo good you get to skip a chemo treatment. Yay.

WENDY said...

what wonderful news Katie., it justshows the power of prayer does work, we will keep at it untl we hear those words 'cancer free'. enjoy your trip. Hugs Wendy

Claire said...

Brilliant news. Get planning on that Disney trip, I am sure you will all have a fab time. Claire xx

Sandie said...

I'm absolutely beyond thrilled to hear your treatment is working. You can beat this and you WILL beat this!!

Enjoy the vacation planning. It'll be brilliant!!

Steph Mitchell said...

I'm so pleased to hear things are going well - a real answer to many prayers, obviously. I love the card and hoped the doctor did too!

Eveline said...

I'm glad to hear you had some positieve news. Have fun in Disney land.
Eveline.

Lynn said...

Katie, This is wonderful news. I will keep prayers coming for you! Have a wonderful trip to Disney! Doing a happy dance for you and your family!

Grandma Nancy said...

I could just cry I am so happy for you, Kevin and the boys!! I know it doesn't mean you are cancer-free but let's just enjoy each victory and always think positive thoughts. I continue to pray for you!!! Love and hugs! Nancy

Sheri said...

I thought of you all day yesterday and prayed a lot. Now I am crying happy tears as I read your post this morning. Praise God!

donna calamari said...

When I saw GOOD NEWS, like many others, I cried copious tears of joy. You have struck such a chord in our heart strings. Enjoy your victory!

Susan said...

I have always taught my children to celebrate all victories (large and small) and you will always have something to celebrate. How wonderful that you have a victory to celebrate, and that we can celebrate with you. May this be the start of many more celebrations. Hugs to you and to your family!

Debbie Nelson said...

Praise the Lord!!! Prayer is so powerful and you have many prayer warriors! I am so very happy for you and your great news...hoping you and your family have a wonderful Disney trip! I am sure your doctor loved your adorable card..I have that stamp ad will make my oncologist a card also! Have a great day and week!

Lorraine Mcneil said...

Oh, Katie. I am so over the moon for you. I hope your good news continues on until its the best news in the world. Thinking of you, always.

tilly said...

what wonderful news, praying for you Tilly x

Sue said...

I'm here in Concord, CA, celebrating your good news with you and your family. My husband, who is battling pancreatic cancer, and I are off to the onco today to review the results of his last CT scan. I see your good news as an omen for our good news! Keep fighting, Katie....for ALL of us! Hugs....SueC

Sparkly Pink Star said...

this is such awesome news, I was thinking of you yesterday, I hope it continues to be good news from here on!! Your card is wonderful I bet your Dr loved it!!

Glenda J said...

Congratulations on the great news! So happy for you. Hope you enjoy your trip.

Cute card - great colouring!

cheryl (clee') said...

That's great news, Katie! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed and my prayers and thoughts going out for more of these kinds of days and less of the nauseating type :)

Gina said...

:D XXX

Curt in Carmel said...

Hey! Hey! Hey! Girlie Girl!!!! That is super awesome news! I thought about you all day yesterday knowing that you went to the oncologist. I was hoping for good news, but this is spectacular news. You've been kickin ass little fighter!!! This is the best post yet and hopefully they will get better and better!!!! Best, Curt

Becky Jo said...

Katie - I'm so happy for you and your family. Good news indeed! I don't always post, but always read your blog. I think of you and pray for you everyday! Keep the positive attitude because it does help. Prayers for continued positive response in your treatments. Best of luck and have fun on your trip! Big Hugs!!

Carmen said...

Katie - I'm so happy for you and your family! After receiving such hard news and traveling such a hard road, I'm sure this was an incredible moment for you and your husband. I hope that things keep on improving!
I'll keep thinking positive thoughts for you and your family!

Cindy Holshouser said...

Gosh I am so happy for you. Keep those positive thoughts going - and have a wonderful vacation:)

Ren-Yi said...

This is fantastic news! So glad that you get to see a little positive light!

Brenda said...

Great news; happy for you and your family and friends.

Michelle said...

Wonderful, wonderful news. So happy for you Katie.

ameklus said...

Katie-

I am so thrilled for you! I was about to re-post your X-mas layout on the TaDa blog, and decided to check your blog for any news. I gasped and called my husband into the room I was so anxious to spread your joy! I have tears in my eyes when I write this. Reading prior your post, with the darling "It's my potty" card made me pray even harder for you. You had a right to be mad. I know I would be! Now you have a right to celebrate your good news. I hope you don't mind, but I want to share your good news on our blog along with the Dec. project.

You go girl! I knew you were a fighter from the start!

Love & hugs-
Annette Meklus

Sillyfilly said...

I sit here with tears of joy in my eyes and thanking God for answering prayers! Praise God.

CSB said...

what wonderful news...we do have great doctors in Bellingham....enjoy your vacation!

Donna said...

Oh Katie, I'm so happy for you hun, what fantastic news! Have a great holiday, you so deserve it. Big hugs Donna x

Kelly S. said...

I have tears in my eyes, but today they are from HAPPINESS! Oh, Katie! I am so thankful that your news was good today!!!! You have been so brave and strong, and it's all paying off :)!

That card just happens to be the cutest thing ever, and I am sure your doctor will cherish it...and share it with all of his friends. Now you just have to find "World's Best Postal Crew"! Have a GREAT day today, full of smiles and joy!

Sue W said...

Fantastic Katie!!!! Now you can go on holiday and relax a little! x

Dinahsoar said...

This is wonderful news! God Bless.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

So happy for your fabulous news!

BethieJ said...

So HAPPY to read this Katie! Enjoy your trip to Disneyland! Continued prayers sent to you and your family!

Diane Jaquay said...

Oh Katie, such wonderful, hopeful news! You are constantly in my prayers, and I know that God is taking care of you! Bless you sweetie :)

I'm Renee said...

That is such wonderful and joyous news!
Have a wonderful vacation and will continue to send prayers and good thoughts your way :)

jackib said...

Katie - such good news for you and your family....and us, your faithful followers! :)

Cath said...

Such GREAT news, Katie! Keep on a-fightin' like the tiger that you are! Mwah!

will said...

Praise to God, Katie! I have tears of joy in my eyes for your good news! I know that you still have a long, hard journey ahead of you, but you are winning battle by battle! Continuing my prayers for you and your family to continue the progress!!!!

Lisa T said...

Katie, that is such awesome news! I hope you keep responding so well to the treatment. So, so glad you are feeling a bit better!

Allison said...

Nothing but the best of cheer to you Katie. I love this cute bald doctor...is your doctor bald too?

And, after reading your post this AM (today's, that is), I would feel exactly the same. Being a planner, it would drive me nuts to not be able to "plan" for even the next day. So feel however you want. Maybe one of those lessons that come out of this is that you don't have to be anything for anyone else. Even your boys will learn through life that they don't have to be "on" all the time for everyone else and they will love you for that lesson. (My husband is "on" all the time and it is something he and I argue about. My kids don't have to be people-pleasers...they just have to please themselves, be satisfied people and the world will appreciate it.)

I've blathered too much...GTG take these older monsters to school!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Praise the Lord Katie!!
I am so excited for you!
Keep up the good work and we will keep up our prayers!

Blessings and Big,Big Hugs!

Mary

LORi said...

Oh Katie Bug...I am blown away, positively overjoyed and beyond THANKFUL for God's healing touch on your body!! I and my family will continue to pray!! Love and hugs & Blessings - LORi

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