Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Unpublished Draft "Chemo #10"

Hi All,

Just a quick post and the very very short unpublished draft from Katie.  This post doesn't say anything, then again it says something.  Katie always wanted something to do while she was at chemo, unfortunately the drugs usually prevented her from completing anything.  We would usually arrive at 8:00, blood work would be done, and the pre-medications would start around 9:00.  By 9:30 Katie would be fast asleep and I would leave to take care of anything I needed to do; get drugs, clean house, get something to bring back for lunch.  By the time I came back at 12:30 or so Katie would be starting to come out of the benadryl fog but then suffering from the chemo. This post is the result.

On the home front, now that we have Thanksgiving out of the way we turn to Hunter's birthday.  On December 1st he will turn 12 and we will be heading back to the bowling alley for some fun (actually we will be going on Friday).  We are taking a few of his friends and looking forward to some bad bowling, some greasy food, and lots of sugar filled drinks!!

 This will be a repeat of last year just prior to Katie's diagnosis, she was suffering through a generally unsettled stomach and waiting for the GI appointment she had scheduled for late December.  Here is a shot of Katie, Hunter, and Lisa all having a good time last birthday.  We will all miss Katie this time around.



Thanks to all that have sent Hunter cards, he has really enjoyed getting them!


And here is Katie's attempt at a post from the infusion center, all twenty three words.

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Dear friends,

I'm posting from the infusion center today.  I want to hurry and get a post done before I get too sleepy.





28 comments:

Jak Heath said...

What a fabulous photo of katie and Hunter (Lisa too)
Hunter is growing so fast, quite the young man now. Hope you all have a super time bowling, i'm sure the boys will give you a run for your money and you'll end up coming home toally exhausted.
I think Katies Draft says it all Kevin.

Jacki Bates said...

Our poor Katie. As much as I miss reading her blog, I am reminded that her pain is no more. That poor girl - what she went through this past year just isn't fair. She will be missed at every birthday, every holiday, every get together - but she will always be there with you and the boys in your hearts and minds. Have fun bowling and Happy Birthday to Hunter! I am such a delinquent I haven't even made Nate and Will's birthday cards yet, let alone Hunter's. Hopefully they will all receive them before Christmas!! I'll get on that. Gramma Jacki

Sewflake said...

Thank you Kevin for posting Katie's drafts for us. Her words always gave me insight in so many ways.
The days still come and go without all of our loved ones present but she will be in your hearts always.
Have a fun filled day bowling and wish Hunter a happy birthday.

LORi said...

Thank you for sharing Kevin!! I continue to keep you all in my prayers and Katie in my heart!! ♥ & hugs - LORi

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Much love to you and the boys Kevin. I miss Katie too.

~nance

Whimcees said...

Hello Kevin,

The photo says it all - Katie's beautiful smile and the love shared between mother and son. Thank you for sharing this post with all of us who cared for Katie. It seems impossible that so much has happened in less than a year.

Happy Birthday to Hunter! I hope that he has a wonderful birthday and fun with his friends. Next year - a teenager! I keep you all in my prayers every day. You take care.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Meredith MacRitchie said...

It is so good to see that your family is managing to experience some joyous times, even during such a hard time in your lives. Happy Birthday to Hunter... I hope you have lots of fun, at least for one night!

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Happy Birthday to Hunter! What a wonderful picture, a moment to remember always! I hope you all have a wonderful time! Prayers! Leah Ann

Gina said...

:D Your doing a great job Kevin, and that party itinerary sounds perfect for a 12 year old boy.
Wishing Hunter a wonderful day, and happy memories :) XXX

Jerusha said...

What a sweet photo. I know you will miss Katie this time but hope that you all have a wonderful time.

Margie H said...

Thank you for posting her words...draft and all. The picture is heart-warming...love it!

Happy birthday to Hunter! I agree with Gina, it's a perfect 12 yr old itinerary! LOL!!

Misti said...

Hugs and love to you Kevin and the boys! Happy Birthday to Hunter! The birthday party sounds like a fabulous time for a bunch of boys! He will love it. Thanks for sharing your transition into your "new normal" with us. We miss Katie terribly and I know you miss her more! May God comfort you all during this transition.

Bobbi-Lynn said...

What special memories you all have, even through the not so good. I hope Hunter has a good birthday, I am sure he will be thinking of his mom. God bless you all.

Shazza said...

bless you all, I hope Hunter had a good day tomorrow x

Jamie said...

Thank you for sharing:) Happy Birthday to Hunter.

Novice Naturalist said...

Thank you for sharing Katie's short post, your comment on it, and the wonderful photo. Happy Birthday, Hunter.

eleftheria said...

What a great picture of Katie.I wish Hunter enjoys his birthday,Take care Kevin

Kathy said...

Great picture of Katie! And Hunter doing what 11 yr. old boys do...Happy 12th Birthday Hunter. I have to say we have two girls, Heather and Holly and way back when we were expecting our son I wracked my brain trying to think of an H name for a boy...never found one so we named him Brent. About two years after he was born we met a family whose son was named Hunter...now why couldn't I think of that name when I needed it?!! Love your name Hunter:)

IamDerby said...

Hope Hunter enjoys his birthday despite the sadness. Thanks for continuing to update Katie's blog. I think of your family often and its always nice to see how you all are getting along.

Carmen said...

Happy birthday to all 3 boys! (I didn't get a chance to leave a comment for the twins).

Katie's attitude during her illness always amazed me, and now reading your posts, I am also amazed at your attitude and the way you are dealing with your loss.

Thank you for continuing to share your lives with us.

Anonymous said...

That is such a sweet picture of Katie & Hunter. Happy Birthday Hunter! Katie will be right there with him in his heart as he celebrates the day.
Wishing you continued strength & peace.
Hugs, Vina

Sillyfilly said...

Kevin even though I never met Katie I felt like I knew her. She had a wonderful way of describing things. I could tell she was so in love with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for healing for you and your families.

Donna said...

Hi Kevin, I hope hunter had a fabulous birthday and you've recovered from the bowling expedition lol. A beautiful picture of Katie, I think of her often. hugs Donna x

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday to Hunter, you and the twins! Your birthdays are so close together and how difficult it must be to celebrate so soon. Continuing to send love & prayers your way!

Grandma Nancy said...

Happy 12th birthday, Hunter. I hope you have fun at bowling. I wish you love and lots of good memories of you mom. She will be with you forever in spirit.

Curt in Carmel said...

What a difference from then until now. Katie is still reminding us to be grateful for the time we have because so much can change in such a short amount of time. Happy Birthday to Hunter and I hope the outing yesterday when well and was lots of fun for him. Hugs, Curt

Claire said...

Happy belated birthday Hunter, I hope you enjoyed the bowling.
A beautiful picture of Katie, she looks so happy. Like Curt says, so much can change in a very short time, so we should all make the most of every day we have.
Thanks for continuing to share little snapshots of your life, I think Katie would like that.
With love
Claire xxxx

Susan said...

Thank you, Kevin, for continuing this blog. I hope that You find it helpful in your long journey to healing. God bless you and your family as you mark these special milestones while life continues for all of you. And thank you for the constant reminder to all of us to really live and love while we have a chance.

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