Kim's journey

Kim was diagnosed last Thursday, September 16, 2010 with ovarian cancer. As Kim's Family, Friends, Neighbors and Fans - we have started this blog to help share information, updates, support, and love with each other during her next few months of surgery, treatment and healing. We will try to update it whenever we receive information. Please feel free to leave a comment expressing your support, love, and encouragement anytime - as that is how we will all grow and strengthen each other - especially Kim and her family. We love you Kim, and our faith, prayers, and total support and dedication are with you as you embark on this "Journey"!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2nd Chemo Treatment

I'll try not to make this a lengthly epistle again--I probably shouldn't be writing at all since I am really feeling the effects of "chemo brain" at the moment. My chemo treatment was postponed from Monday to Tuesday since Dr. Prystas had to show up for jury duty that day. Mom came up Sunday night and is back to taking care of all of us. Dad is doing really well this week, and I am so grateful to him for making it so easy for her to come here and help--he not only lets her take care of us all--he genuinely wants her to be here and wishes he could be here too. What a blessing to have such great family! Julie came and brought lunch during my treatment yesterday, and the three of us visited while the chemicals were being pumped into me. My health has improved so much in the last 3 weeks, so we are very hopeful that the side effects from this one won't be as bad as before. It's difficult to describe what all the chemicals make you feel like. It's not terribly awful--but I don't feel great. I am amazed when I hear of these people who have a treatment and then go right back to work afterwards--wow! I just feel really out of it. I was glad Mom was driving home yesteday--I think I could have driven myself, but I don't think any of you would have wanted to be on the road with me! Anyway, physically I am getting along okay, and mentally/emotionally things are feeling better too. I've loved being able to get out and about a bit more this last week and seeing all my family, friends and valley neighbors has really lifted my spirits. There isn't a day goes by that I don't get a note, blog message, phone call, visit or other thoughtful act of service and that just makes my day! I know that "angels (are) round about (me) to bear me up." (D&C 84:88) I am so thankful for such good people in my life--how can anyone go through such a thing without such love & support? I am grateful that I've not had to experience that. Love always, Kim


  1. Hi Kim! I am so glad to hear you are feeling a little better! I wanted to share a cute little story with you. The other day my Hunter came home from school and was eating yogurt when he noticed the pink lid. He said "Mom! This pink lid is for cancer right? We NEED to start saving all of these and send them in because I really want to help Braedon's mom." So you have another warrior on your side! He is keeping an eye out for pink lids! Hunter would love to have Braedon come and "hang out" as I am told they do more playing I guess. :( I want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers daily.

    Staci Schlack

    P.S. Your mom rocks! How wonderful that she is so willing to jump in and help.

  2. Kim,

    Just sending you hugs today!! You are so amazing and you build all of us up with your faith and positive attitude. Thanks for being such a wonderful person :)

    Becky Hunsaker

  3. I'm happy to hear that you are gaining strength and have been able to get out! I'm sure that is refreshing, and I'm sure you look beautiful in your new hair do! Love,

  4. Hey Kim,
    As everyone keeps mentioning, you are an inspiration to us all, and we are ready to help whenever you need it.

    I think losing my hair would be really hard for me, and my heart goes out to you. Your last posting title "I look like a Marine" reminded me of the movie G.I. Jane with Demi Moore. I don't know if you saw it (probably not), but Demi really shaved her long hair right off. In the movie, she survived "S.E.R.E." training 'against all odds'.

    That's how I view you - A warrior, with a ton of courage, who is strong in spirit and ready to fight. Can we call you G.I. Jane?! Kidding.
    Lots of love,

    P.S. You can see the movie clip and the real shave session on You Tube

    Movie clip -

    Real filming session -

  5. Hang in there, you are doing great! I hope to run into you - it's not like we live that far apart! Glad you can get out now and then. Thinking about you...
    Love, Pam Mitchell

  6. Hey beautiful,

    It was so nice to see you in church today in 'your' chair in RS. Your hair was beautiful, really. You were beautiful. What an amazing lesson it was on gratitude; acknowledging God's hand in all things. Having you there to express your gratitude for the concept of gratitude was wonderful and a gift to everyone there.

    Well, I promise our name is on the WAITING list to bring your family dinner. LOL....oh yes, there is a waiting list. :-)

    Oh, and I've never heard of anyone who has chemo and goes home as if nothing happened. Not that I don't believe you because I do but that is a rare and strange case indeed. won't get the chance to be down like this ever again. ;-)

  7. Kim, we dropped Spencer off at the MTC last wednesday. He is such a good child and we know he will be a great missionary. We are happy that you are feeling better. We remember you in our prayers, even Gary prays for you. Rick, Melanie, & Gary Jensen

  8. Kim, so glad to hear you have had some good days to enjoy during this beautiful fall and upcoming winter. My thoughts are with you and the family and pray for your continued strength. Gail Campbell