Friday, October 14, 2011

A Sharp Turn Onto What Looks To Be A Short Road

Hi All,

As many of you probably know from my recent Facebook post, Katie went in for an upper endoscopy to see if there was a localized site that could be treated to arrest her bleeding; unfortunately her GI Dr. only found diffuse bleeding that could not be addressed. At this point we are left without any real viable treatment options our only hope being that the bleeding resolves on its own or possible radiation therapy which may be able to address the bleeding. We are currently waiting to hear back from her oncologist to see if the radiation folks think they can do anything and what kind of torture it would be to do it.

Katie is being treated for her pain and nausea right now and is being kept as comfortable as she can be in the hospital setting. We are currently in a very nice large room that can accommodate quite a few family and friends, a big improvement over our last hospital stay. Should the bleeding not improve or radiation not be possible we will most likely be asking to move her to the Whatcom Hospice House to provide her with as much comfort as possible.

I want to thank you for all your positive thoughts and prayers, I am constantly amazed by the support Katie, the boys, and I have received from all of you. I will update you as we know more.

Take care,
Kevin



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144 comments:

Cassie said...

Praying for God's peace, Kevin. Katie is never far from my thoughts and always in my prayers.

jen del muro said...

Sending well wishes from TX! Many hugs to you and your family!

Jak Heath said...

Thinking of you all Kevin, stay strong, you have amazing support.

Cath said...

Sending you all hope, love, and strength from the deepest parts of my heart.

IamDerby said...

Kevin,
thank you once again for taking the time to update us. Tell Katie I am sending lots of love. Sometimes life is not fair at all.
Michele

Kathy said...

Oh Kevin, my thoughts and prayers are with you and especially with Katie. Praying peace and comfort for you all.
Kathy

Jennie said...

Praying for you all...especially for strength. Katie is heavy on my heart...and know that you are all being prayed for during these difficult hours and days.

Eveline said...

Thinking of you all.
Eveline.

Dana said...

Kevin I am praying for yours and Katie's strength. May God provide you both comfort right now. Sending love and prayers from Georgia.

Hugs
Dana

LORi said...

I go to sleep thinking of you all and wake thinking of you all! I've been on my knees praying for Katie's Miracle...this I will continue!! Love, hugs & blessings - LORi

i {heart} papers said...

Oh Kevin...my heart is so heavy for you and the boys. I only hope that her pain is controlled and she has the peace she deserves. Much love from me and thousands of others around the world.

judy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with all
of you!

Angel said...

{{{{{many hugs and prayers coming your way}}}}}

Barb said...

Thank you for the update, Kevin! I am so sorry this is happening to Katie, and to you and your families! Katie is such a fighter, and she will give it her all! I know how hard it is to watch someone you love so deeply go through this! Please know that there are many of us sending lots of love, thoughts, prayers, and many hugs to you all!
Hugs from Barb in Northern VA

Debbie Gaydos said...

I do not "know" Katie in the way that many of her online friends do, but yet I feel united to her as part of the close-knit, online papercrafting community. I have been following her fight, and my heart is heavy as I read this latest update. Katie, you, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you and bring you comfort and peace.

Lisa Lynn said...

My prayers and thoughts are sent your way for Katie and your family.

Andrea said...

many hugs and prayers sent to you all. know that this large community is there with you all in spirit and are sending so much love and healing thoughts xo

Jodene said...

I have been thinking of you all often, thank you once again for taking the time to update us at a time when I know you want to spend every moment possible with Katie and your boys.
I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love from Western Australia xx

Margie H said...

Kevin, know that you all are not alone...as you can see :) I will continue to pray for Katie, you and the boys for strength to get through this sharp turn. Much love to you all! xo

Ted said...

Kevin, please know you all remain in my prayers during this horrendous time. May God's grace be ever-present in your hearts.

Lynda Benden said...

You, Katie and your family are in my thoughts constantly. God bless you all.

Sharon said...

Although I do not personally know Katie, you and your family, my thoughts run deep and I am praying with all of my might. I believe in the power of prayer and as you can see, there are lots of prayers being sent your way.

Carol said...

Thoughts and Prayers for Katie, you and the boys. God Bless

Cyndi S said...

Sending you all many thoughts and prayers from Vancouver, WA.

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

Kevin, thank you for the update on Katie. I pray that you and your family have the strength that is needed for the coming days. Hugs and blessings to you all.

Jessica said...

so very sorry to hear this! praying for you all, may you be strengthened and filled with God's peace.

jengd said...

Thinking of you all, hoping for the best and wishing you peace.

Brenda said...

Hugs, thoughts, and prayers. I hope that your strength from within and the unconditional love Katie has given you will help see you and the boys through this difficult time. I'm here for you.

Theresa Momber said...

Thinking of you all.

Davi said...

First praying that the radiation would arrest the bleeding and Katie will be strengthened and that your time together will be filled with Gods peace.

Anonymous said...

Kevin,
You continue to be an amazing support to Katie and I am in admiration of you and your strength.
It is so hard to be the care giver of someone who is going thru the journey of cancer and at times it is easy to forget that you too are going through so much yourself watching someone you love be so sick and feeling helpless at what to do or how to feel. Know that you are appreciated by Katie and loved for doing and being all that you are. You are doing everything and feeling everything that is normal for one to feel especially at this time.
I only met Katie once but have followed her blog since I heard ....I have admired her for her ability to express just exactly what and how she feels.
I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts.
Take care.

Amy said...

Dear Katie & Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Gina said...

May you continue to be granted all the strength you need on this heartbreaking journey. Much love to you Katie and the boys XXX

catdidit said...

Lifting all of you up in prayer today!

Jackie Njeri said...

Sending you prayers all the way from kenya (Africa).
Jackie.

Jenny said...

I only 'know' Katie through blogging - she is such a talented paper crafter. I have been following her story and have admired her strength through this time. I just wanted to say my thoughts are with her and your whole family.
Jenny from the UK. xxx

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Keeping Katie and your family in my prayers. I pray for comfort & strength for you all.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Sending my love to you all from Scotland, Hazelxoxox

Glenda J said...

Sending strength and positive vibes... so sorry for the struggle.

Candy F. said...

Katie is one in a million and so are you Kevin. Prayers are constantly being said for all of you. I hope you feel all the love that is being sent your way and that it is giving all of you some strength and comfort.

Lori Craig said...

Praying for comfort for all of you. Sending love from the midwest.

Jade said...

I wish I could do more than this but I am praying for you all

Lisa said...

Sending prayers and love your way.

Giovana said...

Praying for you all!

Harriet Skelly said...

Sending you hugs, love and prayers to you, Katie and your boys from California.

cgashley said...

Kevin, do you have a specific prayer in your own heart today? Just now, I asked the Father to listen very closely to your heart and to hear your prayer.

So many of us know you and your family only through this blog and yet we pray for all of you every day. While you wander in the wilderness, I pray that you find sustenance in the knowledge that you are not alone.

Sharon Rittler said...

Please know that I'm praying so hard for Katie and your family. She is so strong and such an inspiration to us all. May God bring you peace and strength at this time.

Linda said...

Prayers for you, Katie, the boys and your families coming from South Carolina. Stay strong Kevin, you have a massive support system that you cannot see. I hope your family find some solace in that.

Kathleen said...

All of you are in my thoughts. Praying for strength to face what is ahead. Katie is such an amazing writer she really gave us a close up of her journey. You are all so precious. Thank you for the update.

pinefeather said...

May God's peace, courage, and strength surround all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bobbi-Lynn said...

I will continue to pray. My heart goes out to your family. May you feel God's presence during this time. Katie has touched so many through her strength and hope.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I prayed at least 4 times yesterday for Katie and your family. I hope that something is able to help.

Corinna said...

Thank you so very much for the updates. WE are so blessed to have y'all in OUR lives, reminding us of what is truly important. Strength and courage and many prayers for you and your family as you face what lies ahead.

Deirdre said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Holly aka Toy said...

May the peace of the Lord be with all of you, Kevin. Katie and you and the boys are in our constant prayers. She is being virtually hugged from all over the world. Much love.

Julie Ebersole said...

Sending love, strength, and hope. Carrying you family in my heart.

Alicia said...

Bless you and your sweet daughter with peace and a well-deserved recovery. {{{hug}}}

Misti said...

My eyes are flooded with tears as I read this post. I can't even begin to imagine how hard this is on your family. I have to cling to the hope that God gives. He is the ALMIGHTY and He knows the plans He has for you. He is the one who will sustain you. Please draw near to Him and cast all of your cares on Him, for He cares for you!!

True :) said...

Thank you for the update Kevin. I was praying for better news though. Your family has been so strong and graceful in this very hard time. I will pray for good days and less pain.
Peace to you.

Hugs,
True :D

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Still praying for God's healing touch for Katie, and all of you. May God bless Katie with peace and comfort, you and your family with strength and the doctors with wisdom.

Susan said...

Thank you, Kevin, for keeping us posted. I continue to pray for all of you. I am now praying that the bleeding will resolve and Katie will improve. Peace, love, and hope to all of you.

Carla said...

Praying for peace and comfort for Katie and you & the boys. Hoping that no matter whether the road be short or long - that it be filled with special & precious moments & memories of time spent together.

Renee said...

Praying for comfort and strength through this hard time. My heart goes out to all of you!

Whimcees said...

Gear Kevin,

My heart breaks for you all - I am so sad to know that Katie has even more being asked of her. She has been fighting this fight with the most bravery and postive outlook imaginable. Please know that I am praying so hard for Katie as are so many - she is so special. You are in my thoughts and prayers also Kevin, as are your children. Take care and thank you for keeping us updated.

Love and hugs to you all,

Barbara Diane

jovialjudi said...

Thanks much for taking the time to keep us updated. Katie and your entire family have remained in my thoughts and prayers. I send you love and strength. Praying the pain is lessened. God bless. Hugs, Judi

Julie Koerber said...

God bless you and your family and know that we are keeping you, Katie and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bev Gerard said...

Prayers for Katie and for you, Kevin. God Bless each of you as you journey together on this new path.

Stephanie Washburn said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to write these updates to us... so thoughtful of you. We're praying for Katie and sending her all the love and strength we can- we're pulling for her! God bless your family.

Anita said...

Prayers be with you and your family.

tina said...

Praying for God's comfort amongst all of you.

Ryann Salamon said...

Sending positive thoughts of strength & comfort your way. I hope the road is longer than expected.

Lynn Mercurio said...

I'm at a loss for words, only that I'm praying for you and your family that God will bless you all in the particular way you need Him most. HUGS!

Paula said...

Thank you so much, Kevin, for taking time to update us, your unofficial extended family. You, the boys, and Katie are in my thoughts and prayers during this oh so difficult time. Sending you love from southern California.

Jackie Pedro said...

My heart is heavy reading this update. You, Katie and your boys are in my prayers.....

Jamie said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing you the best.

Beautiful Greetings said...

Kevin, your posts are always appreciated and I thank you for keeping us all up to date during this difficult time. Your family is always in my heart. Please take strength from the many who think of your family always.

Diana said...

Thank you for the update, Kevin. I'm praying for you, Katie, your boys and your family...for strength and peace.
And especially praying that Katie isn't in pain.

with much love from Southern Washington,
Diana

Kris Chirhart said...

Thoughts and prayers to Katie and her family.

Clyndago said...

God bless you all and lift your spirits at this difficult time. Even tho we have never met, I feel the pull on my heart to send hugs and love. Make the most of the time you have together!

Julie Ranae said...

May God continue to hold Katie and your entire family in the palm of His hand.....

Karen B said...

Continuing to keep you, your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Still praying for a miracle. You are all in my prayers. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Loving thoughts to all of you...m

Ranor said...

Kevin, my prayers for strength, courage, and comfort are with you, Katie, the boys, and the rest of the family. Sending a BIG Texas hug, Normita

FibreJunky said...

Oh no! I truly pray for a miracle.

Shazza said...

Praying for you all Kevin, thank you for your update
God Bless
x

Tara said...

It saddens me so much to read that Katie is going through such a difficlut and painful time right now - she has shown such strength, dignity and honesty and has allowed people to gain a real insight into this terrible disease.
What I pray for right now is for the most incredible feeling of peace to flood Katie's mind and body as she feels His prescence close by. And I wish for you and the boys to feel the love of a blogging community willing and praying for a miracle.
God Bless you all and huge hugs from England.
Tara xxx

scrappycanuck said...

Kevin,

Thank-you for taking time to keep everyone in the digital world informed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Big hugs.

Jenny said...

My prayers are with you Katie! I pray God is there with you wrapping his loving arms around you and giving you peace. ♥♥♥ And Kevin, my prayers are with you as well hoping God will give you the strength and comfort knowing that he is there with you always.

Love to the family and Katie!

Kathy Mc said...

My heart is heavy after reading this post. Katie has certainly been courageous throughout this ordeal. She's been open and honest with each writing. Know that prayer can be powerful and you, Katie and your sons have tremendous support. Praying for her comfort!

Anonymous said...

Love & prayers!!

Sarah Moore said...

Keeping you all in my prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated!

Lisa in Texas said...

Praying for our Lord and Savior to bring healing to Katie, peace to you Kevin and to your boys. We are strong in our prayers for you here in Texas and will continue to be Katie's prayer warriors and pray for the Lord to guide her doctor's hands and her caregivers as they provide her with the best care possible.

Anonymous said...

We appreciate the updates, even though this is a very busy time for you. Katie and all of your family have become very dear to me through her blogs. I pray that she is finding peace and comfort, and that you are also . There are many of us praying for your family as you travel on this journey.

Kelly Schelske said...

Sending love and prayers to you all from Canada. I pray for your family and for a miracle for Katie.

Hugs, Kelly

Pam Hornschu said...

I've never had the privilege of meeting Katie, but the papercrafting family is huge and always there. It seems to me that this brave and inspirational person definitely found her soulmate in you, Kevin. Thank you for keeping us all updated. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Laura Isham said...

I am thinking of you all of the time. My heart is breaking at this news, but I am continuing my prayers. I hope that radiation brings good news and little pain.

Mary said...

May the Grace of God see you through whatever will happen. I pray for Katie and your family everyday.

Kim Hughes said...

you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated ((((hugs))))

Linda said...

Thank you for the update, your family is such a blessing to "know". I am so taken with the courage and grace and love that you and Katie have shown to us even while you struggle along. I want Katie to know that as long as I live there will not be a day that goes by that I do not pray for her precious family, as I do now.
love and prayers, Linda

Angie Blom said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers. BLessing for Katie , you and your kids. xx

Pryn said...

Sending you all tons of hugs, prayers, strength and courage. May God wrap his arms around you all and surround you with love.

Carla S. said...

Keeping Katie, you and your whole family in my fervent prayers, Kevin. Praying for wisdom for her caretakers and comfort and freedom from pain for Katie. Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated. You all are never far from my thoughts.

Danielle said...

Keeping your family in my prayers.

Tameko said...

May God give you all peace and comfort as you continue the journey. Thanks so much for the updates. I know this is beyond hard for you as well.

Linda Borneman said...

Kevin, I pray the that the many prayers being lifted up for Katie's healing can be felt...that you and Katie can rest in God's love and strength during this time. I am believing that God is able to deliver Katie out of this storm as He is still a God of miracles and so many are crying out for Katie. Praying that God will fill you and the boys with perfect peace and Katie with comfort and peace. She is continually on my mind and in my heart...please tell her so. God bless you all.

Deedee Anderson said...

Thinking of and praying hard for Katie and all of you today and every day!

stampinganja said...

So sorry to hear, Kevin, praying for you all. lots of love, Anja

ALTHEA said...

Dear Kevin and Katie,
I am Continuing to be prayful and asking for a miracle.
God's blessimgs to you both and the boys.

Meredith MacRitchie said...

You and your family are in my thoughts, and my family and I will continue to hope for a positive turn for Katie. I wish there were more I could do or say!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the updates, even though this is a very busy time for you. Even though I have only recently discovered Katie's blogs, Katie and all of your family have become very dear to me. Katie, you and your are family are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Big hugs from BC, Canada

Susan@Cardmaking-Companion said...

I have just found this blog and have read most of the posts.
I would like to say a big "thank you" for having the bravery to post your feelings and thoughts so candidly.
All I can do for you is to offer a prayer - may God Bless you and your family always.

Anonymous said...

My prayers for her!
Love from Turkey/Istanbul
Bahar E?

LaurieJ said...

Sending you hope and strength. You all are in my prayers.

cbuswell said...

Hoping for comfort and peace. You're all on my mind all of the time now.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Still praying that God will heal Katie! Praying for all of you!

Debbie Nelson said...

Kevin, my prayer for peace, strength and comfort for all of you. I have never met Katie, except through her blog. I have had breast cancer since 1999 and recently spent four months in the hospital, close to dying three times...but by the power of prayer and the grace of God, I am once again cancer free! Katie and I corresponded through our blogs several months ago, before my latest health crisis. I could see clearly how she loved you and her children. Please keep your courageous Faith!

Debbie Nelson
Hot Springs, Arkansas

ThePurplePlace said...

I don't even know what to write today. My heart is heavy as I think of how difficult this journey must be for Katie, you and the boys.

You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

May God Bless you all.

naturecoastcrafter said...

Praying for peace, and strength, and comfort for you and your families, Kevin . She is lucky to have you.

mforquer said...

Prayers for you family and big warm hugs to you all.
M

Barbara said...

Sending positive thoughts from Germany, whatever they can be. Stay strong.
Barbara

Lisa said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I will pray to whomever is in charge of stopping the bleeding. And for comfort.

Sue Ann said...

I am sad to read your post today. I am keeping you Katie and the boys in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had a magic wand to make it better ....... I hope for the boys to have their mom when they go to the prom or to give them advise when their girlfriends act like girls ... she will know what to say, they need her..... you need her. I hope and pray everyday when I go into my reader there is a positive post ....... I hope you know how many people are pulling and praying for you guys!!! Keeping the faith and sending cyber hugs to all of you!!!!

Suzie said...

Many thoughts & prayers for Katie, you and the rest of the family. {{{hugs}}}

LouLou said...

Oh Kevin, I so hoped for better news! Thank you again for taking from your so precious time to keep us informed. Katie, you, the boys and all your family and friends are in my thoughts. Keep strong Kevin! Sending all my love and hugs across the Ocean.

America said...

Thank you for the update Kevin. This is sad news. Please know you all have support, and that you are thought of, and that many prayers for strength and hope are coming your way. Big Hugs from NY!

kathlee said...

I am just without words. You and your family are amazingly strong. My thoughts are prayers are with you all. May Gods blessings be with you.

Kelly S. said...

More prayers headed your way. I pray for strength, comfort, and peace for you all.

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

oh my heart aches. My prayer at this turn is that Katie can remain comfortable and at peace. That you, the family that love her remain able to cherish these last moments with her and ease her pain and allow her to ease yours along this scary journey. This friend in cyber land will continue to fervently pray for each of you that this will be a peaceful journey for you all. Hugs and hugs and more hugs to all of you.

Vicky said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. Will continue praying for Katie, and all of you!
Gods love, peace, and grace is with you all.

Shelby Goolsby said...

You will all be in my prayers. God bless and comfort you all.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, I am a friend of Mira. Praying for Katie and all of you? Blessings and love to your family. Irene Gonzales

Curt in Carmel said...

Kevin, what on earth can I say to you. . .? I know that I'm going to have to face this one day soon too. Every time I take Jay to the hospital I wonder if he'll come home this time. I can only imagine what you are going through though I can come close. I think about what you must be thinking of how your life might change, about all the conflicting emotions running through your mind. I think about those sweet kids, and of course I think of Katie. I can't tell you how very sorry I am for what she and you are going through. Your beautiful family certainly doesn't deserve to go through this suffering. I chose not to post the religious type comment. Enough have done that before me. I just wanted you to know that there is someone out there that can relate some to what you are feeling, and I'm offering my time if you ever need someone on the outside to vent to or to just talk to. If you need to talk, just email me (curt.obrien@gmail.com) with your phone number. Let me know when I can reach you and I'll call and you can talk, or vent, or scream, whatever you need. I'm there for you. Please let Katie know that I'm thinking about her and sending so many positive thoughts her way. I'm serious Kevin, if you ever need to talk, day or night. . .the time doesn't matter, and I can talk to you as long as you like for free. Hugs to you and your sweet family. My heart is breaking for you all. . .Best, Curt

Anonymous said...

I'm another who knows Katie only from her blog. My heart is heavy for this woman I have come to admire through her generous words of profound honesty, as well as for you, Kevin, and your sons. Ditto on all that everyone else has said. If/when your strength seems to falter, that's OK as you need only to remember that you are being held up by the love and strength of others. Shelley

Mothermark said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Katie and the family at this time! My heart is heavy!

dono said...

Keeping you all in our thoughts Kevin. -Don, Laura, Jack, Ellie and Ava

Mary Friederichsen said...

I am continuing to pray for a Miracle for Katie and your family Kevin.Although we never know what that Miracle will look like,our Lord is the Great Physician. May you all know His strength,Love and Peace. Just remember that where there is Life there is Hope!

Blessings and Hugs for you all,
Mary

Anonymous said...

I am truly sorry to hear this news. Katie and your family are always in my prayers. God is still in control of the situation and miracles happen every day. Stay strong and believe.

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

My heart is heavy, too, Kevin. I cannot even imagine all that each one of you has been through. May you continue to find strength and comfort from family and friends---even cyber frieds---in the days ahead.

WENDY said...

My heart is heavy for you and your family. Healing thoughts and prayers are coming your way, stay strong. Much love to you all

Grandma Nancy said...

Praying for a miracle! Sending love and positive thoughts! I'm so sorry you all have to go through this. Love, Nancy

Amy Sheffer said...

Praying for a healing miracle for Katie! May God pour out blessings upon your family -- blessings of strength, peace, comfort and restored health. I'm so very sorry for all that you're facing at this time.

Lorianna said...

Keeping Katie and your family in my prayers. I pray for comfort & strength for you all.
HUGS to all of you
Lorianna

tictacgal said...

Thank you Kevin for keeping us updated. Your family is in my prayers too. Lean on the Lord. He will give you everything you need to fight this battle.

Blessings,
Terry

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