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The Ultimate Journey... 
Jun. 6, 2013 9:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2013 11:59 pm

I have written about my "hero"  before.  He has served his country and he has served his family well.  This week, my hero is taking on the hardest mission of his life.  

You see, his sister, my niece Katherine - 35 years old is fighting the ultimate battle.  

My hero is on his way to see his sister, possibly for the last time.  

Katherine  is 35, has two children. 

Two children that deserve to know their mother.  

Katherine has cancer.  

You can read her story here.  

Katherine's Story

I cannot imagine what my sister, Katherine's mother, is going through.  My sister is a warrior!  As she guides her grandchildren she has to put one foot in front of the other as she faces the doctors grim prognosis for her own child.

Ultimately, we may never know exactly why a young, otherwise healthy woman could develop this type  of invasive cancer.   If you have ever read my blog - you already know what I think. 

We need clean food, clean water and clean air.   

Katherine is strong in her faith.   

We believe in miracles.   

We believe in the power of prayer.  


Jun. 6, 2013 9:38 pm
I thank you for tolerating my struggle with this blog. It could have, should have been more eloquent. I just don't have it in me to put into words the heartbreak and emotion.
Jun. 6, 2013 10:02 pm
BN: It just isn't fair; is it? Cancer doesn't play nice. I hope your entire family finds the strength they will need.
Jun. 6, 2013 10:09 pm
Thank you emeralds. There are no words to express the heartache.
Jun. 6, 2013 10:13 pm
BN. Your family are in my prayers. This is so sad. Thank you for sharing this. Huggs
Jun. 6, 2013 10:15 pm
bikerfamily - Nope - cancer doesn't play fair. This is a difficult journey for sure. I lost my mother when I was 11 but I have my memories of her - at 4 and not quite 2 - will her children remember their mama?
Jun. 6, 2013 10:17 pm
Thank you Doubletigers - this is a rough road. It just should not be this way! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Jun. 6, 2013 10:30 pm
Oh Penny....I am so sorry to read this. My heart goes out to all of you and I will pray that God will work miracles for your niece and hold you all in the palm of His hand. Sending you a great big hug!! Love you lots!!!
Jun. 6, 2013 10:35 pm
Thank you Noemi for the hugs and prayers. I can't tell you how much it means to me. Goes to show you that each day is a blessing, doesn't it?
Jun. 6, 2013 10:40 pm
oh BN, i'm so sorry that you and your family are going through this. my heart just aches for you. Big hug.
Jun. 6, 2013 10:51 pm
Thank you weeble. I can't believe this is really happening.... Why? It makes me so mad and so sad..... Thanks for the hug. We need those right now.
Jun. 7, 2013 3:07 am
BN You know I am hugging you all the time. I am praying you and your family get the miracle you are all wanting and needing.
Jun. 7, 2013 3:09 am
I am so sorry for what your family is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sometimes we just don't know how fortunate we are to have each day.
Deb C 
Jun. 7, 2013 3:31 am
My dear Penny, I can’t image the anguish your family is experiencing. I wish there was some way I could alleviate your sorrow. I’m hopeful that someday others will recognize the increase in cancers, autism, etc. is connected to the earth, and health and well being will have more of a priority than corporate profits. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Take care.
Jun. 7, 2013 3:52 am
BN, my prayers to you and your entire family. Just awful and I don't have words. Big hugs to you and yours.
Jun. 7, 2013 4:49 am
BN, I just read this and am very saddened. I have witnessed this wicked disease first hand. (pause). Backed up to Katherine's story and just had to leave comp. for a while, having a hard time finding the words. All I can say is that this pain and suffering is NOT what GOD intended for us and that this wicked system we live in now will soon be changed. I will pray every day for Katherine. Keep strong in your faith and pray from the heart and your prayers will be heard. Remember GOD is a loving father and hurts when one of his children suffer. I can quote many scriptures to you but will refrain as this is a public forum. You all have a strong faith and Katherine has the will so it can be beat. Miracles DO happen. One last thing is religious in that Jesus commanded us to LOVE one another as we would love ourselves so I do feel your pain and anguish as a fellow person and follower. Bless you and your family to be strong and endure. With love. Gene
Jun. 7, 2013 5:02 am
I have kept your niece and her family in my thoughts since I first heard about her battle, how can you be eloquent when you are losing someone so young. There just aren't words.
Jun. 7, 2013 5:04 am
She is so beautiful! Prayers for all of you! XOXOXOXO
Jun. 7, 2013 5:15 am
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jun. 7, 2013 5:19 am
BN, I'm sorry your family is going through this. We had a similar battle and my oldest son was left with three young children in 2002. Life will go on for the survivors, the children will adapt, but it isn't easy for any of them. Sending prayers to your niece and her family.
Jun. 7, 2013 6:01 am
Prayers BN ... lots and lots of prayers being sent to Katherine, her children, her family. Sometimes things just are not fair and it breaks my heart. My sincerest wishes for strength to all.
Jun. 7, 2013 6:22 am
Like you, I still believe in and ask for miracles. I'm praying with you and for you and yours.
Jun. 7, 2013 6:55 am
Penny, I am so sorry that you are going through this. Prayers to beautiful Katherine & her brave family. I hope she gets to the treatment center soon & they can help her. Cancer is taking too many lives too soon-it truly is an enemy we must vanquish. Miracles do happen & the power of prayer is strong.
Jun. 7, 2013 7:03 am
Truly heartbreaking. Prayers being said for the entire family.
Jun. 7, 2013 7:17 am
Baking Nana, I am so sorry to hear about your niece. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jun. 7, 2013 8:01 am
So saddened to hear about can be so unfair...yet we learn from people like you BN, how to be strong. My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you and your family.
Jun. 7, 2013 8:51 am
I will include your niece in my evening prayers. I am very sorry. I guess beyond words describe my feelings. I will hold a good thought for you and your niece. Stay strong.
Jun. 7, 2013 10:35 am
This is such sad news for everyone, Penny...deepest thoughts and prayers being sent (((hugs)))
Jun. 7, 2013 10:37 am
Praying for your niece. I have an employee who is battling stomach cancer today. I uplift your niece and my employee to The Lord asking for intercession to heal if it may be His will.
Jun. 7, 2013 11:26 am
So many others have said it better than I can. Just know that I am praying with all my heart for your niece, you and your family! There is a strength and tenacity in you I've admired from the minute I met you. I believe its whats helping you through this now along with your family. I HOPE and PRAY for the best BN.
Jun. 7, 2013 12:48 pm
Thank you for all your kind words and for the prayers and hugs. What a difficult journey this is for Katherine, her husband, kids and her family. I really do believe in the power of prayer. Blessings to you, my friends.
Jun. 7, 2013 1:04 pm
I read this blog this morning before I left for work, but just did not know how to write and express myself. I still don't. Cancer is a nasty, wicked disease. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Katherine is a beautiful young woman!
Jun. 7, 2013 2:16 pm
Thank you emeralds. Mother Ann - there are no 'right' words are there? But the kind thoughts and prayers help a great deal.
Jun. 7, 2013 5:28 pm
I saw this blog when you first posted it and knowing first hand what it is like to lose a family member (son) to "C" I can't find the words to express my sorrow for you and your family. I can say that our prayers and positive thoughts are with you and your family.
Jun. 7, 2013 6:37 pm
Thoughts and prayers winging their way from Wisconsin. Too hard to comprehend and make any sense of. Memories kept in our hearts are never forgotten when shared. And miracles can and do occur. I pray for one for your dear family.
Jun. 7, 2013 8:19 pm
Ah, Penny there really are no words. You know I am firmly in agreement with you as regards food (and water and air.) I add my prayers to all the others, for Katherine, her children, your sister and the rest of the family.
Jun. 7, 2013 9:55 pm
Thank you. These are the times of our lives that make us who we are. Many of us have traveled this road. bd.weld - I know that you and your bride have traveled this road. It is not easy. Life and death are not meant to be 'easy' - but most certainly a journey. It makes all the small annoyances that I get upset about seem petty, in comparison.
Jun. 8, 2013 5:11 am
No words suffice... ((hugs))
Jun. 8, 2013 9:02 am
Such a sad situation. Glad she is accepting help from hospice and holding her loved ones close.
Jun. 8, 2013 7:59 pm
Thank you for sharing. We will be praying for Katherine's healing and strength in The Lord.
Jun. 9, 2013 7:44 am
I get chills every time I read of another being afflicted by this horrible disease....especially young people. As you know, we have been both cursed and saved from this disease and we know all too well that miracles do happen. I wish a miracle for Katherine and that she find peace and comfort surrounded by all that love her.
Jun. 9, 2013 2:29 pm
Many thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you all.
Jun. 9, 2013 6:55 pm
I wish we could live forever, including my dogs.
Jun. 10, 2013 6:39 am
Thank you everyone. Katherine is out of the hospital and has posted a touching update on her page.
Jun. 10, 2013 7:48 am
DH and I are so sorry - we have seen the ravages of cancer first hand. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you. Take solace in knowing that your AR family is here for you and yours.
Jun. 10, 2013 5:56 pm
Penny, I am just so very sorry about your dear niece Katherine. I HATE cancer! It seems to get hold of the good ones! And that makes me mad! Vent all you want! We are all hear to listen and lift you up as you travel this journey with your beloved family. Please know I am sending positive thoughts and prayers to you, Katherine and your family. So much love being sent. Hugs....
Jun. 11, 2013 9:39 am
Know that we are with you and your beautiful family in this difficult time, and that we all hope for a good outcome. Whatever one's age or stage, every breath is a gift to be cherished.
Jun. 11, 2013 11:53 am
It seems like more and more young people are victims of cancer. So scary what our food and environment is doing to our bodies. My prayers are with Katherine, her children, and your family. Let's keep believing in miracles!!!
Jun. 13, 2013 7:28 am
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love... our love is our power.
Jun. 13, 2013 11:16 am
Baking Nana, just read your blog today.Cancer is very cruel,my prayers and thoughts to you and all of your family. Please take care of yourself.
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