Welcome to our CaringBridge website, for Kathy’s Cheerleaders. We are using this site to have one central place of communication, to keep family and friends updated on her status throughout this long and winding journey. We are truly blessed with the out pouring of love for our Kathy. We appreciate your support, more than you will ever know. Along with God, your words of Faith, Hope and Love are helping to carry us during this unfathomable time.
Our Kathy is best described by three words: vivacious, gregarious and humorous. Kathy is always up for a good laugh. Once while Kathy was cheering in high school, she forgot to put her bloomers under her skirt. When she jumped, she quickly realized they weren’t there and it didn’t phase her one bit. Together, everyone enjoyed a good laugh, along with Kathy. As a family, we have laughed together, cried together and love a good game of Uno, with our own rules! When we are together, we are always playing pranks on one another; if Kathy doesn't start it, she is always right in the middle of it.
Kathy’s life, as she has known it for the last thirty-four years, suddenly took a hard sharp turn on December 21st, 2016; she lost the love of her life Richard, to kidney cancer. Kathy and her three boys Drake, Fraser and Walker are all still grieving their loss.
Kathy’s story began on February 14th, 2017, when we noticed something just wasn't right with our Kathy. On February 16th, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and we needed additional tests that were not available at the current hospital. On February 21st she was admitted to a different hospital for the tests and on February 22nd, she had a brain biopsy. So, just like you, we had to wait. It was during that time of waiting, God was telling us to trust Him. It is easy to have Faith at the beginning and the end of a storm; the hardest time to have Faith is in the eye of the Life-storm. As a family, we knew God must be glorified throughout this entire process.
On March 1st, Kathy was diagnosed with Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma. CNS Lymphoma is a rare non-Hodgkin lymphoma in which cells from the lymph tissue form in the brain and/or the spinal cord. Kathy’s CNS lymphoma point of origin, is the brain. All of her other tests are clear. If you would like to read more about this diagnosis; go to Lymphoma Research Foundation. (http://www.lymphoma.org