Friday, October 14, 2011

A Glimmer of Hope

Hi again,

We had a consult with a Radiation Oncologist today and we are starting radiation therapy today. We have a 60-70% chance that the treatment will help to stop the bleeding.

As I type I am sitting holding Katie's hand while she sleeps on the CT scanner. The scan they just completed showed that the tumor is totally obstructing her stomach; something we suspected but that the endoscopy did not show. Shortly they will be prepping her for her first treatment, let's all pray we see positive results.

Take care,
Kevin

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Peace Health Radiation Therapy Center

151 comments:

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Praying that the radiation works! Huge hugs to you, Katie, the boys and your family!

Christine said...

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LORi said...

We are all (even my children) praying for Katie's Miracle!!! Excited and expecting it!!! Thank you for the updates Kevin! We are praying for all of you!

katrynka said...

My prayers are with you, I have been thinking about Katie all day.

LouLou said...

My thoughts are with all of you! KEEP HOPING!
Love and Hugs across the Ocean!

Anita said...

Praying!

Carolyn King said...

praying praying praying....

Elise said...

So much praying {and GLITTER!} - Thought are with you ALL!

cgashley said...

Father, hear our pleas. We are joining together to ask you to give Katie some relief from this awful disease. Father, please guide the doctors' hands and minds as they seek to stop the bleeding. You've told us that, where two or three are gathered together, there you are in the midst of them. We are gathering, Father--not physically, but emotionally. Please heed our prayers, in Jesus' name.

Geny said...

So happy and sad to hear this news, I am praying that this treatment will help Katie! Sending her lots of hugs and well wishes!

Claire Brennan said...

Praying hard Kevin. Thank you for the update.

Lovely Linda said...

Thank you for the update - your family are being covered in prayer worldwide 24/7! Thank God e never sleeps nor slumbers! {{{hugs}}} from the heart!

Margie H said...

Praying HARD from Chicago!! Thanks for updating us, Keven!! GO KATIE GO!!! xo

Meredith MacRitchie said...

That sounds somewhat positive! Glad to hear that. I hope this treatment works. Thanks for the update!

Erin Bigler said...

Sending prayers for positive results and peace for all your family.

Ted said...

God is hearing us! I'm praying that our Heavenly Father pushes those odds to 100%! May His hands be at work and stop the bleeding and grant Katie peace throughout this entire process. Stay strong, Kevin. You're a great man.

AShu93 said...

Glad to hear the encouraging news! Prayers & hugs going your way.

Novice Naturalist said...

What a courageous inspiration you all are. My deepest heart thoughts and wishes are with you.

Lorraine said...

Thank you so much for updating us. Continuing to pray for Katie, you & your family. Tell Katie we love her!

Ronnie said...

Katie, and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. My heart goes out to you all. Will continue to keep Katie, and your entire family in my prayers.

Emily Painter-Davis said...

That is great news.
And gals if you read this comment, there is a group called Praying for Katie on FaceBook. You are welcome to join.
Hugs...
Em

Theresa Momber said...

Loads of prayers headed your way!!!!

Harriet Skelly said...

Praying with all my heart! Thanks for keeping us updated!

Julie said...

We're all rooting for Katie! My thoughts are with you and your family!

Dana said...

In prayers for you Katie and Kevin. Been praying all day and I will continue. You now have tons of women and men from Robins Air Force Base GA praying for your strength, peace and comfort. Sending hugs and prayers.

Beckie said...

Praying for you. God is in control. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Be Blessed, Beckie

Robyn said...

Hello and love to your family. It's my birthday today and this glimmer of hope for you and Katie is the best present I have received yet! Thanks for letting us know- thinking and praying for you all constantly!

There She Goes Clear Stamps said...

Sending so much love and prayers to your entire family for both strength and peace as you go through this next step in this journey <3

Sammi said...

More prayers from here for all of you! May God give you those positive results from this treatment! (HUGS)

Colleen Holmes said...

Gob bless

Jessie said...

Sending prayer to you all at this difficult time.

ThePurplePlace said...

Thank you Kevin! You have my prayers and those of so many more!! Katie's story has touched us all so deeply!

-- We will continue to be here to support Katie in her battle!!
Praying that the radiation treatment provides her some relief and stops the bleeding.

Paula said...

Sending you love and hope! I'm rooting for Katie and for the radiation to be successful.

cbuswell said...

Hold on to that hope. Focusing on a positive result. Stay strong. Thinking of you all. My mom is praying for Katie too now!

Tricia said...

Praying for you both and for the doctors to have wisdom.

AJ said...

Prayers for comfort for her, and you all- stay strong Katie!

marilyn said...

Praying for success with the radiation therapy and comfort for you and Katie.

Shelby Goolsby said...

This is such good news!! I will keep praying for this to be successful.

Allison said...

Hope she can get some relief. Thinking of her up here in Canada...

Melissa said...

So happy to read this update and I will pray that the radiation will do its job. I am thinking of Katie and your whole family often!

Diana said...

Thankful for this glimmer of hope! Will continue to pray for all of you, and that the radiation will be successful.

much love from southern WA,
Diana

Susan said...

Praise God that there is something that they can do and that there is hope. Keeping you all ever in my prayers.

Sara Mac said...

Praying for all of you!
Praying for complete healing too.

Jak Heath said...

thank you Kevin, I'm holding you both close to my heart, remember to get some rest yourself. xxx

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

Kevin, thank you for the update on Katie. I am praying for your strength during this difficult time. Hugs to Katie and the boys.

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you. Keep that hope alive!

KellyG

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Praying that the treatment works. Sending prayers for all of you.

Davi said...

Already in prayer that this procedure will work! Looking to hear good results!

KathyE said...

Sending prayers for Katie. I have been checking back all day hoping to see a message like this. Thank you for the update.

KathyE

Michele Gross said...

Thank you for sharing the hope. Will continue praying!

naturecoastcrafter said...

Kevin, I was so happy to hear this. I am telling you my brother was in very fragile straights and this radiation oncologist appeared out of nowhere and said, I will make you feel better and he bought us time. I am so hoping. . .

Sharon D said...

Praying for you all. Thanks for the updates.

Caroline Hackney said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Hope is a beautiful thing... hang on to it! Praying for you all here in TX.

Winnie said...

I am glad I checked back tonight...I am hoping and praying for the radiation to work and give Katie relief. Keep swimming Katie and Kevin....

Dana (*danavee*) said...

Holding you all in my heart.

elliejoan said...

Thinking and praying for all of you x x

Bernadette said...

A glimmer of hope is good. I hope the treatment brings relief soon.

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Minnesota

Bonnie said...

a stamper is praying in Southwestern Ontario Canada

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

BIG HUGS and always Hope!!! <3

Glenda J said...

Hope this works. Strengths and hugs... thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Katie and Kevin we are praying for you both and your boys, praying that this treatment works for Katie my heart goes out to you both, praying from Texas

Anonymous said...

Praying for you, Kevin and Katie and family. I hope the radiation will work well. Much love to all of you. Thank you for taking the time to update us all.
Deborah F

Peggysuez said...

Praying for you, Katie and the boys. That was so thoughtful of you to provide an update while in the hospital room.

Anonymous said...

The update is much appreciated. Prayers for all of you. We pray that Katie gets comfort and relief and we pray for peace for your whole family. Katie has been so amazing and inspiring during this journey and I am grateful for the opportunity to pray for all of you. God is good and he does hear our prayers! Kevin, please take care of yourself, too. I know that you are a strong rock for Katie. God bless all of you.

Tammy (in Michigan)

Cath said...

WORK radiation, WORK! Sending Herculean strength to Katie and everyone there! Thanks so much for keeping us informed, Kevin. I have never met you, but I can tell you are an amazing man. Much love to you during these trying times.

Anonymous said...

Sending more love, hugs and prayers! Marylynn

Anonymous said...

Kevin, you are such a good husband. You have been so strong for Katie and we all know you can keep strong for as long as she needs you to be. How many lives Katie has touched by just being her own self! Makes me realize my daily worries are nothing and makes me appreciate things as they come. Thank you for letting us all into your lives.

Donna Wilson
Saskatchewan, Canada

Jessrose21 said...

Kevin, Katie and your family have been on my mind and in my prayers so much these past couple days. Lord Jesus, give Katie your healing touch and saving grace. Amen.

Kelly S. said...

Continued prayers for strength, Kevin and Katie! Thank you so much your continued updates. I am so glad that Katie has someone like you to hold her hand!

Carla S. said...

Continued prayers for Katie and your whole family. Praying for success with the radiation therapy and comfort for Katie. You are never far from my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Mc said...

WOW ~ already 71 comments on this latest post. Hopefully, you can feel the love and share that with Katie. Pray this glimmer of hope provides Katie some relief as well. So sad you are all having to go through, but Katie is very lucky to have you by her side. Best of luck!

Linda said...

Katie, you fight, we'll Pray! God Bless you Kevin. Hugs from South Carolina.

Julie Masse said...

Lots of prayers are being said on your behalf Katie!! We are praying the radiation brings some relief! Love to you all!

Jenny said...

Saying prayers for Katie and the entire family and keeping you constantly in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

IamDerby said...

Hoping this glimmer turns to a full shining light. Thank you for the update. You and Katie are in my prayers.

ALTHEA said...

Nothing more to say ; I too have been praying all day. Happy that there is some good news. Thank you again for the update.

Renee said...

Prayers and hugs being sent to you both. I haven't stopped praying today.

Mandy said...

Definitely saying some extra prayers tonight for you and your family. Thank you for giving us an update. Praying for good news.

chrisd said...

Thinking and praying for improvement for Katie.Sending you all hugs.

susanc said...

Praying that the radiation therapy will stop the bleeding. Thank you for keeping us updated. xxx

Kathy R. said...

Lots and lots of prayers for all of you ...

Lisa T said...

We'll take a glimmer! Hoping the radiation works. Thanks so much for the updates. Give the boys a hug.

Curt in Carmel said...

This is good news, keeping my fingers crossed and sending up hopeful prayers. . .Best, Curt

Tameko said...

So glad I checked the blog again this evening. Praying for a miracle for Katie, and your fanmily. God Bless. From Texas.

judy said...

Keeping Katie and all of you in my
thoughts and prayers!!

Sandy said...

Positive thoughts, love and prayers are going out to you all. You are a good man...

Mel said...

Praying for the radiation to stop the bleeding and provide Katie with some relief. Sending strength to you Kevin and your boys as you hold Katies hands on her journey. xxx

Mandi-Lee said...

sending lots of love and strength! mandi xxx

Anonymous said...

Praying for Katie that the radiation will help stop the bleeding and to help relieve her pain. Praying also for yourself Keven and the boys as the days ahead will be the hardest yet. . . may God keep you all enveloped in his love and care. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Judi V/Idaho

gayle-rn said...

Just found your site Katie and Kevin.I am an R.N. Visiting Nurse and see all kinds of illnesses.No matter how dismal just keep your prayers going.I shall pray for you Katie for you have been so strong and brave and for your family who stand by your side.GOD BLESS you KATIE-gayle-rn@sbcglobal.net

Eveline said...

I hope the radiation works and quick.
Eveline.

Carrie said...

Prayers from Alaska.

Anonymous said...

I am sending prayers and my best thoughts to you, Katie and your boys. It must be such a huge comfort to her to be surrounded by the tremendous love your family provides.

Anonymous said...

Praying for u. God Bless you and your family

Gina said...

We are all there with you xxx

Linda said...

Been praying and praying. for Katie, for you, for your boys. love to you all

Hazel (Didos) said...

Sending big hugs your way, Hx

Joan V said...

Praying for Katie and your family. Thanks for the update, Kevin.

Lisa S. said...

Prayers and love being sent to you all.
xoxox

~amy~ said...

I've been thinking of you guys....thanks for the update.

Tamika H. said...

Hello Kevin and Katie,
My thoughts and prayers have been with your family since this summer when I found Katie's blog. I join people all over the world and pray for positive results! God Bless you and your family.
Tamika

Saskia said...

Thanks for the update Kevin! I'm sending all my positive thoughts for Katie!!

BIG hug for all of you!
Saskia :)

Christine said...

Praying for Katie and your family.

Claire Anne said...

Sending Katie and her family lots of positive thoughts. Take care xxx

Joan B said...

Kevin, you are an amazing man. Showing such love and care for katie and the boys. i hope you are able to carve out even a half hour to just be you every day.

Katie is a smart lady -- she chose well when she picked you. Not every spouse stays this supportive. Hugs

lolo said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Keeping you both in my prayers and hoping for good results for you. Katie has been such an inspiration to us all and we feel her fighting spirit.
God bless you and the entire family.
Hugs,
Charlotte

Susie said...

Many, many prayers from Illinois for Katie, you and the boys.
Thank you so much for giving us updates on Katie.
{Hugs}

Marilyn said...

Continuing to pray for a healing miracle for Katie and long and happy life for Katie, for you Kevin and for your beautiful children. God bless you.

Whimcees said...

Please God I pray. Please God. Help our Katie.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both today Kevin. Praying the radiation treatment helps stop the bleeding.

Sending love and hugs,

Barbara Diane

anna1 said...

I'm praying for you all

Julia Aston said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers constantly - thank you for taking the time to update us...

Julia said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers constantly Katie.

Debbie Nelson said...

Sending prayers that the radiation works...praying for peace, comfort and strength!!

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

continued prayers that this helps her to be more comfortable and in less pain.

Laurie said...

My heart and prayers go out to you friend! I hope this treatment works to stop the bleeding and give you some comfort.

Kathy C said...

Praying for Katie and your lovely family.

Ελευθερία said...

my prayers are with you and your family...
hope Kate feels better soon...
xxx

gramma jacki said...

Thinking of you all and sending positive thoughts your way. Thanks, Kevin, for the updates - we do so appreciate them!

Jenny said...

sending lots and lots of prayers to Katie, you and the family .... thank you for keeping us updated ... ♥

Shazza said...

praying the treatment works Kevin x

Lynn B. said...

This is the first time I've posted but have followed along your journey since the beginning. Positive thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Thank you for keeping us updated.

Lynn B.

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

I just read this email. I am praying for Katie and you and your children, and all of your family! "Everyday holds a possibility of a MIRACLE" You dear folks are in my heart and in my prayers! Leah Ann The Hoosier Stamper

Bee and Dee said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers Hugs Bee and Dee

Jill said...

Praying for all of your special family.

Jill xxx

Cathy P in AZ said...

Hoping for that miracle for Katie, having tremendous faith that it will happen and praying for all of you to have strength and courage - come what may! Praying praying praying for positive things!

Shirley said...

Just read your post, Kevin. Sending all of my prayers and strength to Katie.

Vicky said...

Thanks for the hopeful update, Kevin. Continue praying!

Mary Sara P. said...

Sending hope and strength. Thank you for the updates. Sending prayers.

Heather Jensen said...

I am so happy to hear HOPE. I wish you all the best and will continue to pray.

Hugs,
Heather

donna calamari said...

My heart is with you all.

gayle-rn said...

Stay strong family;miricles do happen.My prayers are with all of you and hoping Katie your pain is more controlled.Love you all.God Bless.Hope today is 1 better than yesterday.Gayle

sandi said...

Praying hard from Harpers Ferry WV.

Grandma Nancy said...

Thank you for the update. Poor Katie and her poor men! I'm so sorry that you have to endure this. I am continuing to pray for a miracle!!!

Pryn said...

Saying prayers for the radiation to work! Sending hugs of comfort to you all <3

Bobbi-Lynn said...

Praying that the radiation is the answer. Big cyber hugs to you all, all the way from Ontario Canada!

Barb said...

Praying, a lot! God bless you, Kevin! You are a very special man! Hugs, thoughts and prayers to Katie, you and your family!

Paula & Neil in Studio City, CA said...

We are moved by your gracious willingness to share some of your time during this most-personal of struggles, when every moment is precious…

Your dear Katie, your beloved children, and you are in our caring thoughts.

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Praying SO HARD for you all right now...

Shelly Greybeck said...

I am new to your story...but I do hope and pray for the best for you and your family. God bless!

Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for you and your family. Please draw near to our Lord, and He will draw near to you. I know that you and your family are suffering terrible pain; please let God help you through this.

In His love,
Sue C

Mary Friederichsen said...

I am praying for a Miracle for Katie. Hang in there Katie. We love you. We want to see that gorgeous smile of yours!

Blessings and Hugs for all of you,
Mary

hello gorgeous said...

hey gorgeous, just wanted to send a hug....it makes the tears that are falling slightly more bearable to handle.

Having just been through the same with dad {he also had radiation to help stop the bleed} I understand where you are at right now.

So much love and a million hugs to you and your family sweetie :o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

tina said...

I have no words...thinking and praying for Katie, you and the boys. Thanks Kevin for taking time to update us.

Debgem said...

Kevin - thank you for taking the time to let us know how Katie is. You are so strong too - take time to look after yourself and your boys too. Keeping you all in my thoughts and sending hugs. xx

Becky Jo said...

Thanks for the update, Kevin! You, Katie and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I'm so glad Katie has you in her life. Hoping this radiation treatment works. Big Hugs to you all! Give Katie a hug from me!

Maria said...

Kevin,

I thank you for informing us on Katie's condition! I am hoping and praying that the radiation treatment works and gives Katie lots of relief! Am keeping Katie, you, and boys in my thoughts and prayers! Take care and hugs!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I recently discovered your blog through another craft site & I just wanted to send my heartfelt thoughts & prayers to Katie, Kevin & the boys.
Her strength, grace & honesty should be inspiring to us all.
Kevin's loving words really touched my heart & had me in tears.
Love, Vina from California

Kim H. said...

Thank you so much for updating us and sharing your story. Our deepest heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.

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