Katie’s Story

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Journal entry by Katie Mitchell

I will survive, I will survive, hey, hey...  Sweet Gloria Gaynor - my second favorite karaoke song to sing - with number one of course being Dancing Queen.

Sorry for delay between updates!  November was a difficult month to say the least.  I had a bad reaction to the chemotherapy three times in a row, with each time resulting in a 4 - 5 day hospital stay.  On the plus side I made new friends with the paramedics, ER team and oncology and IMCU nurses.  As usual, everyone who took care of me, including my family, was amazing.  Thank you, Kennestone Hospital!

However, good news follows bad - and I am done with chemotherapy!!  And yes that means what you think - The doctors say I currently show "No Evidence of Disease."  Or as I like to say...  "I DON'T HAVE CANCER!"  Wow, what a remarkable thing.  I have literally had people praying for me and/or sending strong thoughts to the universe from all over the world.  I felt that and it sustained me through even the darkest days.  I have learned what love, care, friendship and support look like on a whole different level during this time.  God's work in my life is quite clear and I cannot wait to see what the next chapter has in store...

I am feeling stronger every day.  However, the cancer has left behind some damage and now my focus changes to whole body healing.  I still have ascites and neuropathy, with my lymphedema under control (thank you God!). Physical therapy is a big focus so that I can again walk and have full use of my hands. 

Cancer was most unexpected.  But with the pain, both physical and emotional, came great, great blessing.  I am so lucky to know the most wonderful people from all around the world and all stages of my life.  I was so lucky to have incredible family support - I am not sure who has it worse, the patient or their caregivers.  But what was so unexpected was the support of my friends - all of you.  All of it has changed me.  

I will continue to keep you informed of my progress - and as to what happens next.  As they say - Life is short but it is wide.  

So - good tidings of comfort and joy.  All the best during this magical holiday season - and see you in 2017!  I am planning my triumphant return, so look out!!

With my deepest gratitude and heartfelt love,


Katie Mitchell
Director, Kicking Cancer's Ass
1023 Chesterfield Place 
Marietta, Ga 30064
Mobile: 404-312-0936
Home: 770-919-2699
email: katiemitchell1013@gmail.com
bloggything:  www.caringbridge.org/visit/katiemitchell2

Susan Devins sent me some quotes:

"O, wind.  If Winter comes can Spring be far behind?"  Percy Bysshe Shelley
"She felt like a plant of some kind, like a flower on a stalk that only looked slender but was really tough, tough as steel."  Joyce Carol Oates
"Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery."  Wendell Berry

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