Monday, April 20, 2009

Amazing News after a very hard weekend...

This weekend was extremely difficult for my family. Grandpa Keith lost his battle to cancer this past Saturday about 12:15pm. All his kids were with him when he past. With him living with Uncle Kirby and Aunt Kathy, this has been hard for them to even go back into the room where Grandpa Keith stayed. We lost Smitty just before Christmas and now Keith on Saturday. The three of us were diagnosed within months of each other. Even though we were years apart in age, we were still fighting a similar fight. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to lose him. I am now the only one left. That is harder than you think. It's been hard to see myself striving while my loved ones are losing their battle. So as you can imagine, my family has been through some really hard times over the past few months but especially this past weekend. Please say a prayer for my family as we go through this challenging time AGAIN.

However, today was such a good day. We saw our new doctor, Dr. Zafar. After reviewing our results, their is no trace of active cancer in my liver. Yes, you read that correct. The Pet Scan showed NO ACTIVE CANCER IN MY LIVER!!!! PRAISE GOD!!! My primary tumor in my colon will have to be surgically removed which is always the case. We will be meeting very soon with our surgery team. We will be having the surgery at Good Sam Hospital probably the first week of June. Dylan's birthday is May 25th and I don't want him to come to the hospital to see me on his birthday. We will also have one of the best liver surgeons present in case they get in there and see something small on the liver and they can cut it out while I'm under. That means NO MORE CHEMO for now. I'm so excited. My family really needed this news as we prepare for the funeral this Thursday.
I feel so blessed!! Thank you so much to everyone who continues to say prayers, bring us dinners, support us in any way you've been able to support us. We have made it this far with the help of you all. Thank you...Thank you!!!

Much love,



Austin F. said...

Wow Kim! That's great news for you. I'm so sorry about your family's loss. My little sister was just diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago, but it seems very treatable. Initially we thought it was breast cancer, though. Keep fighting. We're all pulling for you!

Trina Hautala said...

I am very sorry to hear about your families loss. Stay strong, you are a survivor - you are beating this cancer!!

Rannyjean said...

Stay strong Kim we continue to keep your family in our prayers! I am so excited about your great news. We are still awaiting the post-op results of my moms mastectomy!

Garrett said...

We are so happy to hear that the cancer is out of your liver! It's no doubt that your faith and good attitude are helping kick the cancer to the curb. We will continue to pray for you!

Also, keep Mike in your prayers as well, as he is having major heart surgery on May 5th (bypass and valve replacement). We told him we'd all have a nice cold margarita to ceelbrate his successful surgery on Cinco De Mayo! :)

With love,

Garrett & Katie Miller

Bre said...

I'm so sorry Kim. I'm praying for you and I know you are so strong, but we are all here for you to lean on. The news of no cancer in your liver is beyond AWESOME!!!! It sounds like you have wonderful doctors and people taking care of you.

Debbie said...


I am so sorry to here about your loss.
I want you to know you are in our family prayers everyday.
You are going to beat this!

I love ya!
Debbie Teeples

Gayla said...


I am so sorry to hear about your loss as well. We will keep all of you in our prayers as well.

It is so wonderful to hear some good news - you are amazing girl!
I know you want to get the surgery behind you and on the road to recover from the surgery. It's awesome that you have such wonderful doctors!

Take care and please let Deron know that I am thinking of him!

Love you all,
Gayla and Connor Guard
Guard Family Cousins

Linda Lou said...


we hope that this will be a major turning point. We think of you, Deron and the kids all the time and admire your strength and perseverance. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.

Sending lots of love from Oregon,
Jason & Linda Miller

Life Flipping said...


I've been following your journey via the blog. I am just so proud of you. I am so glad that your perspective is positive, you're nurturing yourself, you have such a great support system, and that you continue to be victorious. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Sarah Phillips Eccles

hlmortensen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I can only imagine how difficult that is on you and your family. I am so happy to hear the great news about your liver. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Heidi Mortensen (susan's sisnlaw)