Welcome to Katie's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers, and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. If you want to help, please see the "Ways To Help" link above to connect to the Meal Train page.
The Daltons have had quite a year. In January we found out we were expecting a baby girl due in early September, in March Gaelen was hospitalized for slurred speech which resulted in a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and in November Katie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Katie discovered a lump in her breast during the last month of pregnancy, but didn't think to mention it to her OB at her weekly appointments focusing instead of the impending arrival of baby Anna. Katie assumed it was a non-issue, chalking it up to hormones and pregnancy. During recovery in the hospital after giving birth to Anna, she mentioned the lump to her OB who examined it and told her to watch it and bring it up again at her 6 week postpartum check up. Katie informed her doctor the lump was still present at the check up, so from there her doctor ordered for an ultrasound. During the ultrasound, the radiologist suggested a biopsy be done, as they could tell it wasn't normal. The biopsy confirmed the worst - cancer. Upon her initial diagnosis with the breast surgeon, it was originally classified as stage 1 and did not appear to be in the lymph nodes, but was deemed aggressive (80% proliferation rate). However, at a follow-up ultrasound 4 weeks later, a new biopsy showed cancer in a lymph node as well, which means the cancer is now considered stage 2. Also, it is triple negative meaning it will not respond to hormone therapy. The current plan is for Katie will receive chemotherapy treatment for 5 months beginning December 1st and will then have surgery (the extent of surgery is still yet to be determined). Depending on how the first 2 months of chemo go, and if the tumor responds appropriately, will then determine if she receives another 3 months or changes course.
We will attempt to keep this site updated as much as possible. You can also reach out to various family members (Cynthia, Mark, Adam, Nancy, Larry). You are welcome to reach out to Katie and Gaelen, but just know that we may have some tough days ahead and have a lot to juggle. With that being said, it is your thoughts and prayers that will get us through the tough days.
We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of family and friends supporting us as we start this journey. The amount of support we have already received is beyond overwhelming. We are ready to get treatment started and over with, and move on to living "normally" again without a myriad of doctor's appointments taking time away from being with Anna.
If you would like to do something to help, Katie and Gaelen would always welcome a meal. Please see the link to the meal train under "Ways to Help" if you'd like to sign up. We also will need help with babysitting Anna during various doctor/treatment appointments or when Katie (or Gaelen) needs some extra rest.