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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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Last Night in a Hotel 4-27-12

 Last Night in a Hotel 4-27-12

The man that was missing has been found!   I don’t know all the details but he is fine.  I got goose bumps when I heard this.

From yesterday’s blog I also received a message about a lady Julie.  You have probably heard about this story.  This is the one where the father and young son went out on the lake in the canoe and never returned.  They did find them later not alive.  Her loss is much more than I could even imagine.  She lost her entire family.  It has been 6 weeks for her.  She was at the house celebrating her birthday with friends when her husband and son went out.  I wrote a comment on her blog.  It makes me feel good to share and hopefully help her deal with her grief.

I also had a nice talk with one of our friends who has cancer.  I can’t believe how parallel her life is with Kathryn’s.  She was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and now has a secondary cancer very much like Kathryn.  Similar in that when I read about it her cancer is usually found in older men and is many times caused by previous treatments (radiation).  Kathryn’s second cancer is usually found in older men and her tumor was definitely caused by her first treatment (radiation).  Both Kathryn and our friend had been cancer free for years.  Kathryn was 11 year out and our friend 12 years out.  Both of the secondary cancers gave the girls very bad prognosis.  Both were told that cancer would come back and take their lives.  Kathryn prognosis was that she would live for months, a year if lucky and 2 years is we won the lottery.  I hoped for the best and did everything possible to not let this come true for Kathryn.  Our friend’s type of cancer said 3.5 to 4.5 but longer for younger people.  Since she is younger she could have many more years.  She is not showing any disease at this time.  I was very happy to hear this.  I just hope that the time she gets will be enough that they develop a cure.  Hope and prayers is what I have to work with.  I’m not a scientist nor a medical professional but I do know that they are working hard to find a cure for cancer and it could happen at any time.  Many people who have cancer today are saved and that was not true a decade ago.  Kathryn has inspired our friend in many ways.  Kathryn inspired her to do her recent chemo.  She believes Kathryn is guiding and helping her as she goes through this tough part of life.  As we talked I did share with her that I wished that Kathryn had not protected me so much.  I wish she would have talked to me more about any fears that she had.  I know she was strong and I truly do believe she had hope up until maybe the last couple of weeks.  I know she feared that she would die when she left the hospital.  But she didn’t talk much about it.  I told her even though it made be sad to talk to her mother about her fears she should .  At least I know I would have liked to have known more about how Kathryn was feeling. How she was truly feeling.   

Scott and I drove up the coast today to Florence Oregon.  We went by the place we took the kids way back when.  Richard had gone out with Scott to the dunes and they drove dune buggies while Kathryn and I stayed back and played putt putt golf.  I remember that I thought Richard was going to have so much fun and he would have a big smile on his face.  Well, he didn’t.  He came back mad because he had flipped over upside down and was hanging there by his seatbelts.  I think this just scared him so much that he couldn’t show how excited he really was.  It was a great trip just like all of our family trips. 

Richard is now at our cabin in Packwood.  I’m so glad we bought that place.  He is having a bunch of friends coming up and they will ski and hang out.  That is exactly why we bought it.  We bought it to build memories and have good times.  One time around Christmas Richard went out and cut down a little tree (Charlie Brown type) and Kathryn and her friend Erica decorated it.  We also hung out and played games.  This is where most of the hats were crocheted.  Lots of good times at the cabin.

We are going to visit with Scott’s friends from way back (40 years ago).  They all surfed together and hung out at a place called Tongs.  This is a place close to Waikiki.  After our visit we will head home.  Princess, Dude and Klyde will be so happy to see us.  Princess will do her little wiggle dance.  Dude will sniff everything and rub up against us and Klyde will probably do a lot of talking. 

Good Night

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