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"!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

     This will be a short update...I had a chemo treatment just 3 days ago, & am still feeling the effects, although I AM out of my pajamas as I write this--that's always a good thing!  I got to have a little extra time between treatments due to the holidays, & it was wonderful!  Our Christmas was quiet without Jarett, but very good.  I wish I could say the same about his.  We are waiting for the mail to arrive today, & hopefully there will be a letter from him.  We didn't get one after Christmas, as we expected, & just learned this week that he had the stomach "flu" that was going around the MTC & made at least 250 missionaries sick over the holidays.  As I have felt sick the last couple of days from my chemo, I've just thought how grateful I was to not have to share a bathroom with a whole bunch of other people who weren't feeling well--that is certainly a blessing for me!
     I did get word on Thursday from Dr. Prystas that the Topotecan hasn't been working.  My CA-125 #'s have gone back up--to 294.  So, once again, we'll be trying something else.  I've been through several drugs already, & there are only so many that work on ovarian/breast cancer, so this is a big disappointment.  I've been able to get about 6 months out of each drug I've received, & I was hoping to get at least the same out of this.  I've already thrown myself a "pity party" the past 2 days as I've been down, but woke up feeling better today.  We had our FHE last Monday, & set goals for this month on developing charity that included "suffering long" from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  I was thinking more in terms of my being more patient with Vern & the boys, but apparently I'm also going to be learning to "wait patiently on the Lord."
    On the bright side of parents & I went to the Donny & Marie Christmas concert at Abravanel Hall after Christmas.  It was a great concert, & at the end of it I was surprised to get to go backstage & meet Donny after the show.  My sister, Julie, & my aunt, Phyllis, arranged it all.  What a special treat!  I only got to visit with him for a couple of minutes, as he was pretty tired & had been ill beforehand, but he was so gracious & kind.  Here's the only picture I got of the two of us--you'll notice that I look old enough to be his mother!


  1. Hi Kim! I'm so glad i got to see you last sunday at church. I sure miss being in your ward! You radiate light and goodness. Thanks for your friendship. That is awesome you got to meet Donny Osmond. What a fun surprise.
    Darn it that the chemo isn't working...we'll be praying that the next one works it's magic.
    Happy New Year to you and your family! Tell Jarrett "Hello" for me. I taught him in sunday school back when he was 13ish. So awesome to picture him as a missionary! He's a smart and talented boy(man now!)
    much love,

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    1. look beautiful and he looks...plastic...or cardboard....kind of like a cutout. You aren't trying to pull one over on us are you? I do notice that you two are quite "close"...were you comfortable with that? ;) Oh, I wish I could have been there when you met "the man"....what a day! You have the best mom, sister, and aunt ever, you know! See you soon...

  3. Kim, You're looking great. How neat is that to meet Donny Osmond?! Did you know he used to live in Huntsville? I actually took piano lessons way back when from a lady that used to teach his brother. Small world. Get feeling better. You're in my prayers.