A LADY’S HOPE

I am reposting my article A Lady’s Hope, for Pink Saturday, One Year Anniversary, for this is a special day, 
for Beverly at How Sweet The Sound 

HOPE

Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out of the windows which Hope has opened.
by C. H. Spurgeon

I have wanted my blog to be about things that I love and happy things I want to share. I have been so undecided whether to write this post or not to write. I feel I need to share a little of my journey that I am and have been on since January 2003, when breast cancer came into my world.

Today is my oldest grandson, Creighton’s fifth Birthday! I had asked God to please let me live to see my daughter through her labor and delivery and to meet my grandson, that I had held on fighting to see. My life has been on an emotional roller coaster six years now. I will not go into all the details, but as the years went by, My husband and I began to hate the color pink. For it represented the nightmare we were living. We took all thing pink out of site, even the pink ribbons, we had on the car, to clothes, etc. Last Christmas we decided this was going to be a day that we were going to not speak of Cancer. We all gathered at my Daddy’s home. My sister, Gloria, not knowing that we trying to have one day that Cancer was not allowed to take over. She gave me a lovely pink Victorian Lady, I was very emotional, and somehow said thank you, I know someday this will mean a lot to me. A few days later I opened up the box and sat her on my piano, by my favorite hat box. The Victorian Lady looked wonderful with my box. I told myself  I can do this. Then I noticed the tag that come with the lady, Her name was HOPE, for the pink of breast cancer. Now I knew this lady was there to help me through this nightmare. HOPE was what I was missing in my life. I had both of my breast removed, and complications set in Two surgeries went into 39 surgeries, as of today and more major surgeries coming my way. The doctors say I will never be the same person, that I will have to adjust my life. One day I came into the parlor and found HOPE laying on the floor, all broken and in pieces. I carefully glued her back together as close to what I could remember, but she was not perfect. This was my HOPE and she was broken, and in pieces just like me. So when you see the pink ribbon its not just for awareness, But for HOPE! God has given me life to be with 3 more grandchildren. My daughters and my grandchildren have been my reason to hold on to living. Creighton is my Soaring Eagle, he keeps me flying high, Gage is four and he is my White Buffalo, for he is so rare and such a loving child, he never leaves with out telling me he loves me. Hannah is three and she is My Morning Star, my reason I got up some days, even when she was still in the womb. Brianna K. is 22 months and my Little Dragonfly for they bring good luck. But most of all I have had a loving, caring husband of 31 years on Oct. 14, 2008.  We have known each other since we were eight years old, his mother said she use to keep us both in the church nursery, we were childhood sweethearts from 11 years old to about 16 years old, then we came back together at 19 years old. My husband Terry has stood by me and taken care of me, like no one could ever believe. I just have to keep HOPE in my life and I can make it, on the good days and the bad days.
But with Terry at my side, I know he and God will get me through.

I felt I needed to touch on breast cancer this month, for I thought I would never be one to get it, everyone was trying to get me to go do the test. It always happens to other people. But how wrong I was. This cancer started in my early 40′s, I turned 51 last April. I am told 85 percent of women that get breast cancer, do not have it in their family. So please get tested, and know my breast cancer only showed up on an ultrasound, not on the mammogram. The best advise I can give you is to research your surgeon, and plastic surgeon, do not assume they are a specialist for breast, do some research. Check your breast every month, and ask your doctor the right way to check for lumps. Know what your breast feel like and check out the web sites on breast cancer.
Now through HOPE I have learned to LOVE pink again, my new tea set and china, Old Country Roses has pink roses on it. I have an antique pink doilie , I could not bare to throw out something so pretty and it helps having little tea party girls.
Thanks to my family for helping get me through these rough times.

Hootin Anni read my article on,A Lady’s Hope, and gave me a such an honor, by posting it on her blog, with an article she wrote about my Hope, click here to read Anni article, I have placed with, A Pink Rose for a Lady

Please go visit Beverly,
 At How Sweet the Sound, where she is hosting Pink Saturday 
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80 thoughts on “A LADY’S HOPE

  1. Katherine,
    Thank you for sharing your journey with cancer on your post today….

    My Mother and Father had six children..my Mother died of kidney cancer, my oldest brother with prostate cancer, a sister with colon cancer, a brother with lung cancer, a sister with pancreatic cancer, a brother is in remission…of the six, I am the only one cancer free as of now…..my faith in God sustains me, otherwise, I would have no peace waiting for the shoe to drop for me……

    My thoughts and prayers are with you….God Bless….Betty

  2. Thank you for telling your story! Sounds like you have a wonderful husband! I have a digital mammogram every year and do my monthly checks. I try to eat sensibly and exercise. You can only do what you can do and the rest is in God’s hands.

    Manuela

  3. Kathy I am so glad that you finally are able to share your journey wit others that it might help and I think it might help you that you are able to share.You know I love you and will always be here for you, and I want you to get more joy coming into your life.I am so proud to read this post that you have written .You still have many years with those beautiful grandbabies,your girls and Terry.

  4. This was a beautiful post! My sister battled breast cancer two years ago and we nearly lost her due to complications with her chemo. Thankfully, the Lord was not ready for her and she is still with is and cancer free today. Her name is Kathy too.

    Blessings to you! Thanks for visiting At Shore’s End.

  5. Kathy,

    You are very brave and have such a wonderful family.I too, suffer from a chronic illness, Lupus, and understand how every good day is truly special. I have two grandsons, ages 3 and 1-1/2. Yes, they are reasons to fight for life. My prayers will be for you today and the days to come. My prayers will also be for your family, that they will have you for a very long time. You are their rock. Stay strong, for they are depending on you.

    Blessing to you and yours,
    Amethyst Rains

  6. This just made my heart melt…my eyes tear up, and then soar to a new high! You are a survivor if I may say so. You’ve opened women’s eyes who read this…you’ve done great. I love your pink Victorian Hope and I think I will always remember your blog post. It has depth, feelings, fear, and above all the best part…your grandchildren!!!

    You are blessed!

  7. hiya! i’ve come to visit via hootin’ anni. thank you for sharing such a personal story, and making it a triumph. thanks for passing on your hope!

  8. Katherine,

    Wow! This is an inspiring post to say the least. You are fighting the good fight. I love your HOPE. She is beautiful. How thoughtful of your sister to give you the one thing that would inspire you.

    I know several people who are on this journey at present. I will add you to my prayer list. It’s so nice to meet you.

    Wishing you and your husband a very Happy Anniversary. How wonderful that you have been together so many years and your love continues to grow.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Mary

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us all. It is one which is traveled by so many women including several of my friends. Your words truly inspire and offer much needed hope.

    My thoughts are with you and your loving family.

  10. I am stopping by because Annie said that I should and I am glad that I have!! You are so wonderful to be sharing this testimony of what has happened to you. I think that someone will read this and you will be the one to help them through what they are facing. Always remember when we go through trials it is for some reason. I believe that most of the time it is so that WE can help others when they are going through what we have faced…Thanks again..Sandy

  11. I am happy I read this. My women’s club calls roll once a month and we answer whether or not we did our breast exam. If someone forgot, they’re given a terrible time. We have a breast cancer survivor in our club. We’re so proud of her.
    Now, I will say we’re not the same age after all. I am nearing my 60th Birthday. We’ve been married 41 years. I have a sister named Gloria and a granddaughter named Brianna. We have two natural children and one foster, 5 natural grandchildren and 2 foster. God is good.
    Mama Bear

  12. Katherine, I finally got over here to read this post. I’m typing with tears running down my face (just the thought of the struggles you have faced and the ones you are facing saddens me so much), but the beauty of your story of Hope and your wonderful grandchildren, is so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are going onto my prayer list immediately, as is your beautiful family. laurie (bargainhunr)

  13. Thank you for sending me the url to read this, and thank you for sharing your heart. I can’t even imagine how you feel, or how you got through this, except with the Lord’s help.

    We went through a year of chemo and radiation with my husband last year. He had lymphoma, and is cancer free now, PTL! We’re told it can come back though. We’ve had so much prayer, and have been to several healing services. God has been good to us and we are so grateful!

    My prayers are with you.

    Katherine
    (my second blog is Power of Prayer)

  14. Katherine. . .Your post touched my heart deeply. Many times we never know what another person has endured. You are a remarkable person and I am happy that I have made your acquaintance. God bless you!

    Lori

  15. Wow Katherine! I am glad I came back and read this. What a blessing to read of your triumph, and your HOPE! Now I know why you really loved that little HOPE Christmas decoration of mine! Please know that I will pray for your health and long life. I turned 50 last May, and have had 3 biopsies that all came back negative.
    You have left me with a really warm feeling. Thank you so much, and thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. That blessed me as well!
    With sincerest regards,
    Becky

  16. Just a beautiful post katherine…and I admire your story so much..Girl I am an ovarian cancer survivor now of 15 years..that is how I got my name “Happy to be” and the only one who can break HOPE is you girl…My prayers are with you your family and your wonderful husband..thank you so sharing your story to make others aware of breast cancer..God bless you…hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  17. This was a powerful post.
    I am so sorry you have had to go through this. It makes me rethink about getting tested, as they have scared me twice. I’m HOPEful you will not need to be admitted to the hospital, but if you are, know there are those of us in blog land who will include Lady Katherine in our prayers to pull you through.

  18. Thank you for sharing this with me. I skipped my mammo this fall because I was just too busy. I am going to make an appointment right now. Thank you so much for the reminder and you are in my prayers.
    Roberta Anne

  19. Katherine,
    My heart breaks for all of the pain you have gone through and the trials yet ahead. I hope and pray that all will go well with your doctor visit. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It is a brave reminder that we all need to take care of ourselves and get the necessary tests done early.

    I am so glad that you have a wonderful support system surrounding you and hopefully you feel the outpouring of love for you here in blogland as well. Please let us know how you are and how we can help!
    Praying for you,
    Kymber

  20. Katherine, I am so glad you decided to share this today as part of Pink Saturday. You have an important message for many.

    You remain in my prayers. I know this has been a difficult week for you.

  21. Katherine, Welcome. Happy Pink Saturday! Thank you for sharing your journey. You will be in my prayers! Breast Cancer awareness is so important and I thank you for choosing this as your pink post! Touches my heart. pink hugs, Ellen

  22. yes indeed…thanks so much for sharing. I am guilty of not getting my check ups. My mom is a two time survior of cancer one of which was breast cancer. You would think I would know better. I promise…I will think twice next time about canceling my appointments.

  23. Katherine, I am praying that all will go well. I live with cancer hanging over me every day..mine isn’t pink – it is aqua…but it is there. Life is so wonderful and I too have so much I want to live for to see, do, love, experience. Please keep me posted when you can…and I am waiting to see more of your beautiful posts!!
    Ceekay

  24. I am traveling and have not had a lot of time for personal computer time..so I am posting Pink Sat… just under the wire ! LOL

    And I do hope to get to visit all the lovely postings!

    I am entirely supportive of the Pink for Cancer movement…!!!!!!!

    Your figurine is so delicate and feminine…lovely!

  25. Welcome to Pink Saturday.
    Your post was so moving..I too, am a cancer survivor of stage 4, level 13 maglinant melanoma..and I know the path you’re on all too well. Keep that hope in your heart along with the love of your family. It’s all that got me through.

  26. Katherine,
    I am sitting here with tears….and smile. What a beautiful testimonies and encoruragement words you have posted. Thank you sooo much for sharing your story of your life. I will always have you on my prayer list. I want to welcome you your First Pink Saturday. “Hope” is a powerful word. Thank you my friend.
    Katherinellen

  27. Hi Lady Katherine,
    Happy Pink Saturday! I really like Spurgeon too; great preacher!
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us on your wonderful post; the Lord be with you and your family. I lost my best friend to breast cancer and I still miss her terribly. It gives me great comfort to know I will see her again someday.
    Hope you have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  28. Breast cancer is such a scary thing, even the thought of it, let alone actually going through it. This was such a meaningful post, and I really admire your strength. May God bless you with continued strength and lay His healing hands on you and everyone facing these frightening battles.

  29. Lady Katherine, I have enjoy reading this post! I have been doing some searching just today on the color pink….I was going to tie it in to my pink post for next Saturday. With your permission, I would like to copy some of your post and paste it into my post for next week…I will ofcourse give you the credit for the part that I would use. Please let me know if this is okay. Again, I want to say, how that your post touched me today. I know it was meant for me to stop by here tonight, after I had just finised researching PINK. Blessings and prayers to you, Nancy

  30. Oh thank you for permission to use some of your Hope post! Yes, please take and use that picture! I took it from the Digest…lol! Just make sure you take pics of your new shelf wall! I can’t wait to see the results. Blessings, Nancy

  31. Thanks for this heartwarming post full of love and hope. Children and family are the lights of our lives. They are the special encouragement for us to go on. I am glad you have such a wonderful support system around you and rest assured you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you are having a Happy Pink Saturday. ~ Robyn

  32. Hi Katherine,
    Kudos for sharing your amazing journey with us all.
    I have quite a story myself but have not been this brave to share it.
    I completely admire you.
    You are amazing! I’m so glad to hear you are doing well.
    Great news. :)

    You are in my prayers.
    Please come visit me anytime.
    You know you’re always welcome.
    Have a blessed Sunday. ~Melissa :)

  33. Hello, :) Thanks for you kind words. Yes, you are correct. You and I have a bond that not everyone understands…Right now I am beyond blessed and lucky. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to share my story as well.

    I am worried about your tests.
    I really do hope everything goes extremly well this week. Let me know if you can.

    I just found a blog…Maybe you’ve visited already.
    “Ikickedcancer’sass.blogspot”
    Funny name I know…
    Lot’s of inspiration.

    Have a blessed Sunday and week.
    ~Melissa :)

  34. Very emotional to read your post – I had breast cancer 7 years ago and went through a nightmare,then…it took some time to get back to “normal” and it touches me deeply to hear of what you went through…never loose HOPE and have all my good wishes!
    Hugs from Claudia from Berlin

  35. Dear Katherine,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m praying for you and I do hope everything goes well. You are very brave and I’m glad you have such a wonderful husband and family. That is very important.
    Unfortunately, I think every family has some story about cancer. And mine is not an exception. My Mum had breast cancer 11 years ago but she’s fine now, though she goes to the doctor regularly. I had breast surgery last July but, although the doctor was afraid of the results, it was a benign nodule. Next week I will have to do another mammography to see how things are going. But we cannot lose our HOPE.
    Blessings

  36. I love your quote, so timely for me. I recently heard some one say, without Faith, life is hopeless. Blessings to you dear, may God continue to show you His wonders, and you continue on what ever journey He has planned for you:)

  37. Katherine,
    it means alot to me that you shared this journey with us.

    Thank you for the information as well..you are so right, you just don’t know when and where it will stike.

    I think you are a girl full of HOPE…I see that you have a pink background for your blog.

    Many hugs,
    Deanna :)

  38. Lady Katherine, I hope all goes well for you in this journey. Thanks for sharing it with us. Will be thinking of you, and I pray that you will have the outcome of your dreams! :-)

    Happy Pink Saturday…

    Sheila :-)

  39. Hello Katherine; How very courageous and kind of you to share such am emotional story with us. I am in awe of your strength and faith in God. Even though we have just met, I will be keeping you and your family in my heart and prayers. May the Lord shower you with Blessings. Love the Pink Lady she is so pretty…

    Hugs;
    Alaura

  40. That was so well written. I think your beautiful, pink Victorian lady fell over and broke because she was overflowing with all that HOPE. She may not be perfect, but she’s still beautiful and she’s still here for a reason. May she give you HOPE and inspire you every day.

  41. What a beautiful gift your sister gave you and that husband of yours sounds like a saint!

    It must be so hard when illness takes over your life. I am glad HOPE can see you through the hard times.

    Bless you and it’s nice to meet you! It’s my first pink Saturday.

  42. Bless you, my friend. Know that you don’t have to take this journey alone. You have many friends and loved ones, and Jesus is beside you every step of the way. Have you ever looked at http://www.chemoangels.com? This is a wonderful volunteer organization whose mission is to provide rays of hope for patients undergoing cancer treatments.

    Blessings, Lana

  43. Your story is very inspirational.You have fought a tough battle. I hope your latest tests are good ones and thanks for sharing your journey. I am sure it was a tough thing to write. And enjoy your little grandchildren, they are a very good reason to keep on fighting. hopefully one day this disease will have a cure!

  44. Such a wonderful post…from an amazing lady… I am sure you have touched many lives…

    When I see pink now.. I will think of you and hope!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    Susan

  45. Geez, i”m in tears so excuse my typing. When I read that you were fighting to hold to see your grandosn, here they came!

    Katherine, your strength is amazing. I’ms o glad that you have Hope now…my prayers will be with you.

  46. Dear Lady Katherina,
    You are inspirational. God has given you a wonderful family and support system.
    I will be scheduling my mammo next month. I found out I had breast cancer the day after my dad died of liver cancer. It has been 3 years. I don’t really talk about it, and it was actually hard to write.
    May God’s blessings be with you.
    Maryrose

  47. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I loved your site when I was just passing through and I love it even more now. Good luck to you and I will HOPE and pray for you. I know how much it means to have a wonderful husband, grandchildren and family. I am lucky in this way, too. I am a great believer that your mental well being helps determine your physical well being. Sometimes easier said than done, but it sounds like you definitely have the right mental attitude.
    BTW, I also love pink.

  48. MY Dear Lady Katherine; Thank you so much for sharing such a privet story with us. You are an amazing Lady, with such a caring and loving family behind you, and the Lord you will get through these trying times.. My the Lord shower you with Blessings.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

  49. Lady Katherine, this is so very touching. I pray that you live to see those precious grandchildren grown to adulthood with children of their own. May the Lord bless and keep you, sweet lady.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    XO,

    Sheila

  50. I am so sorry you have to go through this Katherine, but those cute little babies and your loving husband and God will help you get you through all these. You are always in our prayers too. Hope is so beautiful and literally lifts our spirits too. Never lose it for there is hope in every breathe we take in. Happy Pink Saturday, my friend!….Christine

  51. Lady, thank you for sharing HOPE and your battle with cancer. I, too, secretly think that it happens to other people but I know that I’m not immune to it. What a difference a great husband makes in keeping strong and focused on those that matter… Your grandchildren will remember your strength and tenacity, something that they’ll need when they grow up… You have a great family support and I’m glad I got to meet you here in Blogland.

    I was just reading up on HOPE yesterday as the misunderstood sister between Faith and Charity. It turns out that without HOPE, Faith often falters and Charity cannot do her work. HOPE strenghtens and bouys us up and propels us to do great things as we look back on Faith that got us started on the right path and latch on to Charity that makes sure we are on the right path…

    Thank you for this post…

  52. Katherine,
    Thanks for sharing your story. You will have lots of bloggy friends praying for you. I’m so glad you have the support of a loving husband.

    D

  53. I came over from Carol’s (Writer’s Porch) blog to let you know that countless others are thinking and praying for you right now. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  54. G’morn Katherine ~ May God continue to hold you up & carry you thru these moments you are facing. I pray for you to be healed.

    You are truly one beautiful lady & an inspiration to us all.

    Have a beautiful PS ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  55. Good Morning Lady Katherine Sweetie…

    Oh what a beautiful heart share today. I thank you for opening up to all of us, as I know this could not be easy for you sweet friend. Please know that you will have many prayers storming the heavens for you a full recovery, and for the angels to be comforting you throughout the surgeries yet to come. You are not going to walk alone you now have at least 100+ praying for you.

    Through HOPE you were able to find your way, and through LOVE you have made it along the road of life. You have a beautiful supportive family, and I love the way you have named your grands, as I do mine too.

    I will be praying for you sweet friend. I know you are in the BEST hands possible. He sees and knows ALL.

    Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

  56. you might know that I cry every time I read your story. I cry for you and for the millions of other ladies going thru this horrible time. We have no breast cancer in our family…but I am smart enuf to know that it starts somewhere.
    I pray for a cure of ALL cancers.

    Brave and kind lady, you have a lot of prayers going up for you.
    xo bj

  57. Having visited you many times before I never would have thought you had struggled with this awful disease. You always have such a beautiful and upbeat blog that I thought you had an ideal life. I am so glad to hear your story because it can give hope to others. I truly believe hope is the best medicine because without hope you don’t have anything to hang on to. I am amazed at your story of courage and love for your family. I do understand why you would fight to survive. It is amazing how much our families are pieces of our hearts. I will being praying for you daily and I hope you continue on this journey we call life with this beautiful support system you have in place. Your family. Blessings to you! Anne

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