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Kathryn Bradley was born on 2/5/91 and given a Hawaiian name Kahiwalani meaning "Gift From Heaven" She has been a special gift from the day she was born.

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Well they were right on time.  Kathryn was taken to surgery at 11am and was back in her room before 12:30.  The doctor was very pleased.  He said it went well and that he didn’t have to cut the thyroid.  He was able to just move the thyroid over while he placed the tube in.  The tube went in easily.  He also said the vocal chords looked a swollen.  They did go through a great deal of trauma so this is to be expected.  Also may mean they are not damaged.
She has been awake in and out.  She has been writing to us.  The staff seem to be amazed at how well she writes with her left hand (non-dominant) while sedated.  They just don’t know how determined this girl can be.  Kathryn is calm and comfortable.  In a couple of days she will be well healed. 

Never thought I would be happy to have my daughter get a tracheotomy.  I am so we will be able to hug, cuddle, kiss and talk.  Hopefully she will be able to enjoy food too.  Time will tell.


  1. What a great update! I am glad everything went as planned. Panda the fighter amazing everyone; that's our girl! Much love to the Bradleys, Pineapple.

  2. Hi Kathryn,
    This is Sue Meister (Susie) I live in your mom & dad's neighborhood, and met you earlier this year. I remember thinking how pretty you are, & how much you look like your mom. I didn't know of your long & difficult journey through cancer, but after reading your blog I am humbled and amazed at how you have continued on with determination, strength, and grace. You are an amazing young woman, and although I wish no one would ever have to take the journey you have been given, you are an inspiration. You have touched many lives and have so many who love and support you. I will add myself to those who are praying for you and believing the New Year will bring all good things. May you continue to heal and feel stronger so you can come home. I send you love, blessings, and healing light from above. I know angels are at your side and will watch over you. My love to your Mom & Dad, the are the BEST! God bless & hurry home!

  3. What strength your little Panda has!! Very happy to hear that things went well and hoping and praying for a Happy Healing New Year. :)

  4. Some great news today! You are all in our prayers.

    Caryn C-D and family

  5. Thank you for posting the good news! So glad all went well. We pray for healing and rest for all of you and that Kathryn is homeward-bound in the next few days. Thank you so much for allowing us to witness the love and strength in your family as you endure and push ahead on this difficult journey. Much love and hugs to all, Lisa, Ryan, and Laura

  6. The Yamamoto familyDecember 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Very glad to hear surgery went smoothly. We're praying that you'll be back in the neighborhood very soon. Saw the light on in your house as I drove home just now. It reminds me that the light that shines from the love of your family is forever bright. Carol, Scott, and Richard, please let us know if there's anything you need done around here.

  7. So glad everything went well today. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    CamI Moore

  8. This is from Grandma(my mom),and I -- I LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU! (We'd say this to each other alot!) As you know it's been 1 year-Iam in tears of course! I know she is watching over you.You're wonderful little lady and so strong!I can't wait to see you and give you the biggest hug. Love, Aunty Ket

  9. YOU"RE THE BEST! WE LOVE YOU! Uncle Pete, Kainoa, and Janice