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2/7/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
I don't know many of you out there and many of you will not know me. I am not accustomed to social media and I'm quite shy. I am doing this for a dear friend and sister who has gone over and above for me. She has held me up through the death of a child, stood next to me during my teenage son's two open heart surgeries, and put up with my sometimes endless babbling. She is my idol: her toughness and bravery keep me on my toes.
On Monday, Jan. 30, Katie went in and was prepped for sinus surgery only to find out it was canceled due to abnormal lab work. She was immediately sent to a hematologist, who immediately performed a bone marrow biopsy. By that Monday afternoon, she was told she has leukemia (a blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow). The shock of this diagnosis took Katie, Michael, and each of their precious children's breath away. Not only is the diagnosis shocking, but how quickly their world has been turned "upside down" has greatly added to the emotion well-being of this family.
There are several types of leukemia. Since Katie's original diagnosis of leukemia, we have found out she has a rare type called CML. There are less than 200,000 US cases per year and usually found in older males.
The doctor immediately started her treatment. She is expected to have uncomfortable side effects and extreme pain. However, she is being monitored closely. With all of this, Katie and her family need our prayers, emotional, and physical support.
Please peruse this caringbridge site for more information and ways to help. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions!