Welcome to Katheryn's Page
In March of 2014, an MRI scan revealed a golf ball sized tumor attached to the brain stem of our daughter Katheryn. Instantly, our minds tried to comprehend this overwhelming news and our hearts were flooded with feelings of fear, worry, and grief. But God was with us, and as we prepared for a delicate, seven-hour brain surgery and a forever changed way of life, we ran to God knowing He leads and comforts us. Our neurosurgeon came into the operating waiting room that day with the most comforting words, "I am not going to put a shunt in Katheryn. She has a very peaceful brain!" Those words were so comforting to us. Her little character is that! She is full of vigor for life's challenges, but in the midst of her living life with spice, she exercises a peaceful, contented spirit.
Even though the surgery was successful, our difficult journey had only just begun. Total resection of the large tumor mass was successfully completed, however, we found out that it was Medulloblastoma. This is a very aggressive form of brain cancer that attacks the brain in a solid form but can also travel throughout the entire spinal fluid column. Katheryn also suffered from Posterior Fossa Syndrome, which was a result of surgical manipulation and removal of the large tumor mass. She temporarily lost her ability to speak and nearly all her mobility. She was in a wheelchair for almost six months off and on fighting to regain her motor functions. So, after 22 days of in-house overnight rehab at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we moved our entire family to Texas for three months for radiation therapy followed by another year in Atlanta of intense chemotherapy treatments. She also was in physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions for almost three years. She also had to endure feeding tubes, multiple blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, neutropenia shots, CT scans, MRI scans, eye surgeries, and 100s of needle pokes for blood draws and port access.
Today Katheryn is now going on five years cancer free! We knew we were not alone! God opened our eyes to other hurting families around us in the hospitals in need of prayer and God's love. We give thanks daily that Katheryn remains alive and cancer free. But her journey continues as she faces the challenges brought about from surgery and treatment. More prayers will be needed over the coming years for this special treasure of God's created workmanship to thrive in this physical world, but God's mercies for her are new every morning. He is more than enough for each day’s troubles. GREAT is His faithfulness!
THANK YOU CURE for being a HUGE part of caring for our large family. You often met us during the journey with meals and smiles and simple gifts that brought smiles upon our little Katheryn's face. What a blessing that you have given so much of your time to our family. We are forever grateful!!
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