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My Story

In the early morning hours of Sunday August 16, 2009, Liz received dreadful news from an emergency room doc:  you have cancer.

On Saturday, Liz had been enjoying a blustery summer day at the Iowa State Fair when she started to feel horrible abdominal pain.  As it continued and worsened, Liz's good friend Deb suggested a visit to the medical staff at the Fair. Those good folks recommended visiting the nearest emergency department. 

Liz had oldest daughter Lauren drive to the hospital, then she sent Lauren back to the Fair to pick up Maddy!   Liz assumed a couple of painkillers and she’d be out of there in a jiffy.  After a few tests became lengthy and more in depth, multiple blood draws, CT-scans and ultrasounds, the doctors told her kidney cancer had been detected.  Although they wanted to admit her, Liz - aside from the back pain - was feeling just fine and wanted to be home with her girls.  An appointment was made with the urologist for Monday morning (today).  

Liz met with the urologist and other doctors today, and is currently waiting for more information and guidance on next steps.  It's likely surgery will be scheduled for early next week. 

Liz is amazingly upbeat and her main focus this week is on getting Lauren successfully settled into her freshman dorm room at Iowa State (go Cyclones!), and helping Maddy get ready for the start of her senior year of high school next week (Go Rams!).

What can you do to help?  Pray, pray, pray right now friends!  Ask God for peace and calm for Liz, Lauren and Maddy.  Pray for wisdom for the physicians caring for her, for goodwill and patience from Liz's employer, and pray for the many healing and helping hands who will touch this beautiful woman in the coming days and months.

Please sign the guestbook to show your support for Liz.  She may not have time right now to read all your comments, but she will definitely read them all and I know will be encouraged by them.

Thanks for your love and support,
Mary Pat, Maggie, Kati, Lauren, Maddy and MMK


Margaret Brower posted a new journal entry, "Hallelujah".

Liz is doing great!  She came home on Wednesday night.  Once we got in the car from the hospital her first thought was of our mom and she asked me to drive her to Bishop ... Read more

Kim Snyder signed Liz's Guestbook.

Dear Liz, As I posted on Andi Bacon's site today I thought of you.  You have come so far.  You never miss a beat. Life has handed you more than most people deal ... Read more

Andi Bacon signed Liz's Guestbook.

Prayers for the Kennedy family, strength and positive thoughts to get you through the next few days. Read more

denise wicker signed Liz's Guestbook.

GREAT news! Thanks for the update and am so relieved for you Liz. Take care and keep healing. Sure Do! Read more

Andi Bacon signed Liz's Guestbook.

Good morning! Just checking in to see how you're doing. I think and pray for you, your mom and your sisters every day. What a beautiful sunny day to be alive. We are blessed! Read more

Cheri Rutherford signed Liz's Guestbook.

Liz, Great news, spring is now here so go out and celebrate!  Tiptoe through the tulips! Yea!!!!  Read more

Allen Shenk signed Liz's Guestbook.

Yea Liz! The cheering section is jumping! So happy to hear your great news, and now you can get back to real life. Much love from Glastonbury...... Ann & Allen Read more

Alison Franklin signed Liz's Guestbook.

Liz,   Am a member of the church choir that your sister Kati is a part of.  I am the one on the far left in the picture we sent you.  I think I am holding up the sign ... Read more

Andi Bacon signed Liz's Guestbook.

Liz, so glad to hear the news. Cancer free!! You are in my prayers every day. I know your going to sail through the follow up. Keep your spirits high. You are loved by many!! Read more

Courtney Miller signed Liz's Guestbook.

 So good to hear you are doing well! We'll be happy to see you back at work soon!   Courtney & Carol! :) Read more

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