News From Karen

September 19, 2013

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You wouldn’t guess it from the glowing photo above, but our family received some bad news recently: Karen’s cancer has returned. She asked me to share her news with you all.

She fought endometrial cancer with a hysterectomy, radiation and chemo 2.5 years ago.

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Sadly, she had some symptoms a few weeks ago that took her back to the doctor and an MRI uncovered a mass the size of an orange in her pelvis. Two lymph nodes are also cancerous as well. I spent Sunday night in the emergency room with her due to some severe back pain.

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This morning she’s in a very serious surgery to remove the three spots, and if all goes well she’ll be in the hospital for about a week. When she has recovered from surgery, hopefully about 6 weeks from now, she’ll undergo 6 more weeks of intensive radiation and likely a bit of chemo again. She is in very good hands at the University of Virginia.

Karen is an incredibly strong and positive woman, so we are all hoping for the best.

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1 Haley S. September 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thinking of you all and sending good vibes her way <3

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2 Madison @ E&C September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

Oh Kath and Matt, I’m sending prayers to you both, and to Karen as well. Cancer is a horrible, horrible disease that my family knows well. Please keep us updated and know that you are being supported from afar.

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3 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

I’m so sorry to hear this :( Thinking of you all and wishing her a speedy recovery!

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4 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

So sorry to hear this but I know she’ll pull through just fine! Sending lots of prayers and virtual hugs to your family!

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5 Jackie September 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

I hate cancer. My cousin is battling lymphoma currently. Positive thoughts and prayers sent to Karen!

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6 Steph September 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’m so sorry to hear about Karen, Kath. I’ll be thinking about you during this trying time. Karen will do great and beat this again! Can I send you the name of an herbalist that we use out of Ohio? He works wonders and I swear by the power of herbals. Let me know either way. Sending good vibes your way.
Steph

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7 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire September 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

Thinking of and praying for you all this morning!

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8 Lynda September 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

So sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with Karen and her family. I hope the surgery goes well and her recovery as well. Tthanks for sharing with all of us.

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9 Tiffany September 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

I will be praying for Karen and your family during this time.

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10 Hope September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hi Kath. I am a long time reader of your blog, but have never posted. I am so sorry to hear about Karen’s cancer returning. She, along with your family will be in my prayers. I am certain that Mazen will be a light during this time. Children are such a blessing!

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11 Judy September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thinking of all of you and prayers for Karen. Beautiful fotos. Hugs.

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12 Nikki T September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

Love and hugs for Karen and your family <3

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13 Katie September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thinking of your Family at this time. I hope everything goes well <3

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14 Tracy September 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

Sending prayers and many positive sunshine thoughts to Karen during this difficult time! Wishing her an easy and very speedy revcovery!!

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15 emily September 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

I am so sorry to hear that Karen is having to go through this again. I will keep you guys in my thoughts.

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16 Carla September 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

Oh my goodness, what terrible sad news. I will be praying for her – hoping to hear some positive news soon

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17 Melissa September 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thinking of you and your family, keeping all of you in my thoughts and wishing Karen a speedy recovery! <3

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18 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

Oh no!

Thinking of Karen, you & your family in these hard times! Sending all the positive energy I have!

Stay strong!

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19 Katryn September 19, 2013 at 8:54 am

My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your whole family, Kath.

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20 Kate September 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

I am so sad to hear this! Sending you positive vibes and love from this corner of the world!

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21 Priscilla September 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

I have been so inspired by Karen. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending as much positive energy as possible. Best wishes!

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22 Leslie September 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

Thanks for sharing. I will start praying for Karen right now.

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23 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

Oh my goodness. I obviously don’t even know Karen, but my heart just sunk when I read this. Cancer has affected some of my family members and close friends, and it almost makes me angry when I hear of more people being affected by it. Praying for the doctors as they perform the surgery and for Karen as she recovers!

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24 Tina B September 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your whole family. Hugs to all of you.

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25 Lori September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

So sorry to hear this. T’s and P’s for all of you! Hoping all goes well today and full recovery asap. Take Care!

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26 jm September 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

Sending wishes of comfort and peace to each of you.

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27 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

Sending tremendous positivity to Karen and your family Kath.

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28 Christine@ Apple of My Eye September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

Karen, your in my prayers! Keep fighting love <3

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29 Becca September 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

Lots of HEALING VIBES being sent Karen’s way. Hang in there, Kath, Matt, Mazen, and family!

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30 Denise September 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

I have been wondering how Karen was doing. My mother also has cancer so I’ve been reading her story and praying for her. I hate that her cancer has returned, and I will be praying for Karen as well as the whole family during this difficult time.

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31 Carol B September 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

Prayers being sent on behalf of this beautiful lady! Prayers also being said for you and Matt during this difficult time.

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32 Lindsay September 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

Sending lots of good thoughts and positive vibes to Karen and cheering her on from NC! We are wishing her a speedy recovery!

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33 Hillary B September 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I’m sending lots of love into the universe for Karen! Please let me know if it would be helpful to bring over dinner one night in the coming weeks (to either y’all or Karen).

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34 E September 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

Kath – I’m sorry to hear her cancer returned. My FIL has been through an extremely rare battle with cranial nerve cancer – twice. He’s the only person to survive treatment…and he did it twice now. I know how difficult is is for a family to go through this, but the one thing I reminded everyone when he battled the second time around was the same thing I will tell you…I’m thankful she knew the signs and has a great medical team in place already (that takes some of the stress away). She has been there before, she fought, she won and she will again. Positive and strong vibes to you all!

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35 Alicia September 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

I am so sorry to hear this. Sending positive vibes to Karen and your family.

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36 rosie September 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

Definitely sending good vibes to sweet Karen today and as she recovers!! xoxo

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37 Molly September 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

Not fair.

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38 Sarah September 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

Karen and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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39 Jackie September 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

Thinking of Karen and your beautiful family…<3

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40 Nicole September 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

She seems like such a cool lady. Sending healing thoughts to her and all the best to you and your family.

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41 Hannah September 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

Saying prayers for Karen!

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42 Emma September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks for sharing this with your readers. We all love Karen and are hoping for a great outcome for her.

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43 Jennifer September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Wow, Kath, this is some sad news. I am so sorry to hear about Karen’s cancer returning. My grandfather is battling cancer of the prostate, lymph nodes and throat right now and is going through chemo and radiation in his 80s. I will keep Karen in my thoughts as well.

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44 Heather C September 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

My prayers to your family!!

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45 Amanda September 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family.

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46 Erin September 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

So sorry to hear about this heartbreaking news. Sending all of my best thoughts and warmest wishes your direction as you go through all of the challenges (and victories!) to come.

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47 eliza September 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

Shes in my thoughts! Good vibes coming her way <3

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48 Brett September 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

Prayers for Karen! She’s blessed to have wonderful family at a time like this. <3 <3

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49 Tara September 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’ll keep Karen (and you all) in my thoughts and prayers!

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50 Christine September 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I just wanted to tell you that I’ll be praying for Karen!

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51 Michelle September 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thinking & praying for all of you!

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52 Stacy K September 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

So sad to hear this news! I will keep Karen and your family in my thoughts. I’m sending lots of love and positive vibes to her.

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53 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

Sending prayers and positive vibes for Karen! I am so sorry she’s having to go through this again.

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54 Kori September 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

I can’t help but become furious whenever I hear of someone being diagnosed with cancer. The treatment one must go through is incomprehensible, and I so wish there was a magical cure. I sincerely hope Karen pulls through this just as well as last time and that this IS the last time. Sending positivity your way. <3

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55 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon September 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

From reading your blog, Kath, Karen has been a wonderfully positive force in you, Matt, and Mazen’s family and I wish her all the best. We are all here for you!

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56 Cindy DuBose September 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

I am praying for Karen and your family!

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57 Jennifer September 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Karen and your entire family.

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58 Linda September 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

I am so sorry to hear this news. Karen is a strong woman as she’s beaten this before. Lots of prayers for Karen and your whole family as this new journey begins.

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59 Taylor @ Liftingrevolution September 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

Kath, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks for Karen and you all. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

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60 amyloispie September 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

I’m so sorry for this devastating blow to your family. I can understand your pain as my Aunt is going through the exact same situation this year, only it’s liver cancer this time around. I wish Karen nothing but the best.

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61 Julie September 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

Keeping all of you in my prayers.

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62 tiffany September 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

karen, you have no idea who i am, but you have all my best wishes! stay strong!!

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63 Clare @ Fitting It All In September 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

Prayers –
I volunteer in the inpatient cancer unit (8 west) so maybe I’ll get to see her and bring some smiles!

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64 Jesse September 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

be well, karen!

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65 Bob Theroux September 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

My best to Karen. I’m in remission 6 months now, but one never knows.

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66 Meredith September 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

Sending love and strength to Karen and your family during this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

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67 Ashley N. September 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

Prayers, thoughts and good vibes to Karen with a speedy recovery.

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68 Annie September 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

Oh Kath, I’m so sorry to hear this. She’s lucky to have you, Matt, and Mazen so close by. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Let us Cville moms know if you need anything.

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69 Ashleigh September 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Praying God will hold your family’s hearts close to his and offer you peace during this time.

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70 Jess September 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for Karen and all of you.

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71 Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

Praying for you all and Karen. My heart breaks for you.

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72 Mary September 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

So sorry to hear this. Will keep you all in my prayers.

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73 Megan September 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’m so sorry to hear this, Kath. Thoughts and prayers to Karen, Matt, you, and your family.

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74 Erin September 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

Sending love and good vibes to Karen and your family during this difficult time. <3

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75 Gail September 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

I have been sending healing thoughts and saying lots of prayers since I heard that the cancer has returned. Hope all goes well.

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76 Johanna B September 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

My prayers are with Karen and your family during this time. I will light a candle for her healing when I get home tonight.

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77 sarah September 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

I think it’s a good sign that she responded well to treatment once- means she can, again!

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78 Erin September 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts to your entire beautiful family!

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79 Colleen September 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

Tons of positive thoughts to Karen and your family.

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80 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

Oh, no! Thinking of your family & Karen today!

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81 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Sending all of the positive vibes, thoughts and energy I can your way. Stay strong, Karen!

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82 Theresa September 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

This gives me chills. Sending loads of positive thoughts your way. I’ve always love the pictures of Karen over the years. Just from photos, you can see she is an amazing person and someone you’d consider lucky to have in your life. It seems like she is just so sweet and caring, the type of person you always want to be around. Again, sending thoughts and prayers to your family.

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83 Lauryn September 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

Will be praying for Karen, she seems SO sweet. I am soo soo sorry to hear this!!

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84 Hope September 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thoughts and prayers for Karen! Hugs for all of you!!

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85 Heather L. September 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

I will keep Karen and the rest of you in my thoughts and send all the good vibes I can muster.

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86 Kimberly September 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

So sorry to hear this news. Karen seems like such a sweet person and a wonderful grandmother to Mazen. I hope everything goes smoothly and will keep her in my thoughts.

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87 Laura @ The Healthy Sooner September 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

Keeping you all in my thoughts!!

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88 Elizabeth September 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

Sending positive thoughts to Karen and your family…

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89 Mary September 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Karen. Stay strong!

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90 Kelly K September 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

Sending them now!

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91 Ky G September 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

Sending my thoughts and prayers to Karen & your entire family, Kath!

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92 Sal September 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

Lots of healing vibes Karen’s way!

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93 Lindsay McAlester September 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

Prayers for sweet Karen! I am sorry she is going through this. Breaks my heart.ll

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94 Karen September 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

My thoughts are with you all

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95 Lauren September 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

Sending all of you prayers. I hate to read this news about Karen, but you are right she is in great hands and I’m sure little Mazen will keep her spirits up. Big hugs to your family.

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96 Tiffany September 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

So sorry to hear this! Sending all of you lots of love and prayers!

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97 Jess September 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

So sorry to hear that, Kath. Sending good vibes your way.

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98 Carol September 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Sending all of the positive vibes I have, hoping everything goes well and that she’s back on her feet in no time! Also sending you guys a HUGE HUGE HUG!

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99 Mollie September 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

so sorry to hear this. you got this karen!

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100 Cara September 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

I believe in positive energy and am sending some to Karen this morning! Karen does seem like a strong and positive person and there is a lot to be said for mental attitude in healing. Best to you all.

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101 Shannon P. September 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

I’m sorry to hear this, Kath. I’m sending positive thoughts and energy your way!

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102 Lauren September 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sending prayers and positive vibes your way. Get well soon, Karen!

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103 C. September 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

Oh Kath and Matt am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with your beautiful family-and the positive power of healing to Karen. Hugs to all!

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104 dawn September 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

sending healing energy and love from amsterdam!

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105 Ingunn September 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

I am so saddened to hear this. Stay strong, Karen, we’re rooting for you!

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106 Julie September 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thinking about all of you! Even if I don’t personally know you all, I feel like I do being a long time reader of your blog. I always enjoy seeing how close you are to Karen. Sending positive healing vibes your way Karen!!

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107 Janelle September 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

Prayers for health, strength, and peace!

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108 Robyn September 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

Sending heaps of positive healing energy towards your family! She can beat this!

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109 Hillary September 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

I am so, so sorry to hear this. Sending Karen and your entire family lots of positive vibes.

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110 sheryl September 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

keeping Karen in my prayers.

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111 caitlin September 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

So sorry to hear. Prayers and positive thoughts for Karen.

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112 natasha September 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

prayers for karen!

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113 Candice September 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

Such a bummer but she is tough!! Saying a prayer.

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114 deb September 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

So sorry to hear this. Sending prayers for all of you.

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115 Merideth September 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

Karen and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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116 Emily September 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

Prayers sent up for you and your precious family!!!

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117 Tonya September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

Karen,

Nothing but love energy and heartfelt prayers going your way from up here in the DMV! It’s crazy how we can sense your light, beauty, and sense of humor through a blog you don’t even write! I pray all goes well and I pray for your family as they hold you up during this time. When you feel down, just take a deep breath and reflect on Mazen’s lil face. :-)

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118 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

My heart breaks to read this, Kath. I remember vividly reading each and every post 2-3 years ago when this was all happening and I remember Karen’s fighting spirit. She is so strong and resilient but life is just not fair. Your are all in my thoughts and sending healing thoughts and energy your way.

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119 Kelly September 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

Sending positive thoughts from MD! Stay strong!

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120 Joy September 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

Sending prayers to you all

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121 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna September 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

Sending lots of positive vibes to such a strong woman!!

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122 Lisa September 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

Prayers for your beautiful mother-in-law, Kath.

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123 jen September 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

Thoughts and prayers for all of you. Take care.

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124 Kel September 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

Keeping you all in my thoughts!

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125 Pippa September 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

My thoughts are with you, Matt, Karen and the rest of your family!

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126 Jen September 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Much love to Karen and family, and hoping all good things come her way. Best wishes for a strong and speedy recovery.

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127 Joy September 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

So sorry to hear this news. Prayers and positive thoughts from me to Karen and your family.

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128 Lindsay September 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Kath, I welled up reading this post. I’m so sorry to hear you all are going through this again. I’ll send all the positive thoughts that I can, and rest assured that you have an INCREDIBLE medical team on your side. UVA Hospital is the reason my father will be present to walk me down the aisle next year.

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129 Rachel September 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Thinking of you and Matt as the caretakers as well as Karen in her treatment – as many positive vibes as I can muster. <3

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130 Elizabeth September 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

keeping Karen in my thoughts and prayers

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131 Fancy September 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Sending big hugs and lots of positive thoughts, XO

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132 nancy September 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Oh Kath I’m so sorry to hear this! She and your family will be in my prayers. Please keep us updated as you can.

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133 Kristin September 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Kath, I will pray for Karen and your entire family during this difficult time. Karen seems like an amazing woman and I know she can get through it. Lots of love to you all!!!!!

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134 EllaS September 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Prayers out to Karen, best wishes for a speedy recovery from surgery! I’m fighting my third reoccurrence in 7 years and, like Karen, know that attitude is everything! Keep fighting, keep smiling, Karen!

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135 JK September 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

So very sorry to read this news.
My very best to Karen and all of her family.
Positive thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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136 Christina September 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Positive thoughts and wishes of a speedy recovery for Karen.

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137 Amy September 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Much love to Karen <3

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138 Jola September 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Prayers from Belgium! I hope for the best!

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139 anne September 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. Wishing her all the best!

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140 Eileen September 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Many prayers and positive thoughts coming her way! I hope that she will draw joy and strength from her beautiful family. ((HUGS)) to you all.

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141 alison September 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Thinking of you, Karen!

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142 Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Kath and Matt, I am so so sorry to hear this news. I am a looooong time follower of your blogs and feel like I know you’re whole family. Unfortunately, life throws curve balls sometimes. Karen is so strong…she beat it once, she’ll do it again! Best wishes to your whole family!

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143 Kelly September 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I don’t often comment on your blog these days but I wanted to send words of encouragement to Karen. In all the posts you’ve shared she always seems strong, caring, and like someone who is very giving to your family. Talk about a woman with grace and class. Hope she pulls through and recovers quickly. You’re very lucky to have such a fantastic mother in law!

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144 Emily September 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sending love your way – sorry to hear the news, but she seems like such a strong lady that I know she’ll do fine.

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145 Kate K September 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your family’s way.

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146 Maggie September 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this – although I’ve never met Karen I will be keeping her and your entire family in my thoughts <3

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147 Amelia September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sending your family all my best thoughts, Kath. Grandmas & mothers are so precious and they deserve wonderful health. I’ll be keeping Karen in my thoughts and heart.

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148 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sending happy thoughts to you and your family, but especially to Karen.

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149 Tracy September 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Praying for Karen. Hoping for the best.

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150 Cortney September 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Sending LOTS of good vibes Karen’s way!

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151 Erin Motz September 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Wow. What an incredible woman. Sending lots of strength to her, Matt and the rest of you all. <3

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152 Ella P September 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Dear Karen, you are in my prayers.

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153 K September 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Sending good vibes and prayers your way!

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154 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

i’m so very sorry to hear this news. you guys are in my thoughts and i hope karen is on the road to recovery very soon.

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155 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Oh gosh Kath I am so sorry! Please give all my best to Karen and I’m wishing her a quick recovery with as little pain as possible! You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers. <3

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156 Katie G September 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Karen,

Prayers with you as you tackle cancer and surgery recovery. The pictures of you at M’s party are beautiful, praying that you feel as vibrant as you look very soon!

katie

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157 Alicia September 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thoughts and prayers for Karen and your family. So sorry to hear this.

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158 Kelly September 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Ditto all of these comments. Stay strong, Karen.

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159 Toni September 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Prayers for Karen and good vibes for you all, Kath

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160 Laura September 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oh no, what terrible news! Sending positive vibes!

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161 Justeen September 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

So sad to hear this news. I met Karen at a cheese class at Whole Foods once, and she was just lovely. Sending lots of positive thoughts her way!!

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162 Heather September 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

This breaks my heart! Thank you for sharing. Lots of prayers for Kay-Kay.

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163 Shel@PeachyPalate September 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Positive vibes and well wishes all the way from Ireland. My aunt just had a brain tumour removed and unfortunately now they think it’s spread. Such a nasty disease that touches far too many people’s lives. Let us know how she gets on….

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164 Sara September 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Sending Karen lots of good healing thoughts.

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165 Kim September 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

So sorry for the bad news! My mother-in-law has ovarian cancer, so I know how hard this is. She lives in Washington, but she and her husband are moving to be close to us in Dallas next week, since she is not doing well at all. I’ll keep Karen, you, and your family in my thoughts!

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166 Joan September 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Stay strong! Thinking of you all.

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167 Krista N September 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Sending prayers for strength during this difficult time.

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168 Silvia @ skinny jeans food September 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Oh Karen, the epitome of life and life well-lived! I am rooting for you and I am sure you will make the best out of it. Hope, all goes well!

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169 Maggie September 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Sorry to hear this Kath – my best to you and your family, especially Karen.

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170 Molly A. September 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family. Karen is a strong and courageous woman.

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171 Laurie September 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. Lots of prayers coming her way. Hope the surgery went well today

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172 Elyse September 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that Karen’s cancer has returned. You and your family are in my thoughts. And best wishes to Karen for a speedy recovery.

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173 Alexa September 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

So sad and sorry to hear this Kath. She is such an adorable Grandma to Mazen. Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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174 Lindsey September 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Sending good thoughts your way.

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175 Liza September 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

How terrible for her. Sending positive thoughts her (and your family’s) way.

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176 katherine September 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Karen,
Praying intensely for you and that the hands of the doctors are blessed. Stay strong and fight hard! Little Mazen is your light when chemo may not make you feel the best. May he bring you lots of joy in this trying time. Matt and Kath- Karen is lucky to have you guys to help take care of her! Stay strong!

Sincerely,
Katherine

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177 kai September 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

so sorry to hear this, sending lots of positive thoughts her way and also to your family

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178 Lauri September 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

My mom is a two time cancer survivor and I will be passing along all the strength she mustered both times to Karen, although from reading about her, I think she has plenty of strngth. I’m sure she wants to be around for many years for her adorable grandson and hopefully his smiling face keeps her fighting even harder. Many many thoughts and prayers to her and all of you

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179 Cyn September 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

All good thoughts and prayers coming your way!

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180 Patty September 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Darn it anyway!! I’m so sorry to hear that cancer has returned.
Please let Karen know we are plugging for her…and praying.

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181 Abby September 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Lots of positive thoughts coming your way! Stay strong and believe.

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182 Camilla September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I have followed your blog for a long time from the sideline without commenting. But today I want to Express my deepest wishes for a successfull surgery today. I send all my Best wishes and support to Karen and your entire family. A situation like this is hard for you too I’m sure. But you seem like such a closely knit family and I’m sure you will get through this together! All my prayers are with you.

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183 Sara September 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I hope all the positive thoughts bring comfort to Karen and your family.

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184 sharon September 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

So sorry to hear your family’s bad news. Thoughts and prayers.

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185 Ida September 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Prayers to all, that just SUCKS! God bless you Karen. xoxo

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186 Debbi September 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

God bless

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187 Rita September 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been reading for years and I feel like I’ve come to know you and your extended family. I’m so sorry to read this! I’ll be praying and keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers and sending positive healing vibes northward from South Florida. (((((hugs))))))

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188 Kathy W. September 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Even though I’ve never met Karen face to face, I feel like I know her, through the blog and through that great video you & Matt did with her about regional English. (and the stories about hiding rubber snakes!) Karen has a BIG personality, and I mean that as the ultimate compliment.

Please tell Karen I am thinking about her & sending love her way!

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189 jenna k September 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

oh no. i’m so sorry to hear that! i was catching up on some posts a week or two ago, and i couldn’t help but think about what a great women she seems like she is. all my prayers and positive thoughts are with you guys and her healthcare team!

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190 cvd September 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thoughts and prayers for strength and healing!

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191 erica September 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

sending out thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes to Karen and your entire family!

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192 Timmery September 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Prayers and healing thoughts sent to Karen and your family.

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193 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Count on my prayers for all of you. Hoping for the best for Karen. <3

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194 Hillary September 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Another long-time reader here.

Sad to hear this news. Karen is lucky to have you, Matt, and Mazen for love and support. Best wishes to you all in this difficult time and I’ll be sending healing thoughts to Karen!

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195 Sarah September 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Healing thoughts and prayers to her and you.

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196 Irena September 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

thinking of you and Karen.

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197 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

It is heart wrenching to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and your family!

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198 Farah September 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

So sorry to hear this news Kath – my thoughts and prayers are with Karen. She is a strong woman and has fought this before, and I wish her all my best and a speedy recovery.
Much love.

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199 Wendy September 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Karen,

I love when Kath has posts with you in them, I’ve never met you but I can feel your beautiful spirit. Your family must be very lucky to have you in their life. I wish you a fast recovery, all the best.

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200 Kathi September 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Karen, I’m praying for your surgery today and recovery in the coming days. I’m sorry you are having to endure this again. Know that so many are praying for you and thinking of you today. Hugs.

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201 Emily @ Life on Food September 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Best wishes coming your way!

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202 Shanna September 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Kath, Matt, and Karen,

I am so sorry to hear the news. I will send lots of love and positive energy your way! UVA is one of the best hospitals. I am sure Karen has a great support team.

Hugs,
Shanna & Michael

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203 Maryz September 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

So sorry to hear this news! Sending your family prayers! I hope Karen has a speedy recovery!

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204 Katie September 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Sending love and prayers to Karen and your entire family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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205 Mary September 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

So sorry to hear. You’re right; you’d never know from the pictures thanks to her striking, vibrant personality! Very best wishes for Karen and her recovery.

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206 beth September 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

karen we are all pulling for you; hang in there.you are such a good grandma!

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207 Tiffany September 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Oh man. I’m so sorry you all are going through this. How scary. Sending my best positive thoughts to Karen. I hope the surgery (and ensuing days) go smoothly.

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208 Kimberly September 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Thinking and praying for all of you!

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209 lani September 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I am very sorry to hear this news. Sending all positive thoughts and prayers to you all.

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210 Rachael September 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

So, so sorry to hear about Karen. I will definitely keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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211 Randy September 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Karen and all of her family and friends during this difficult time.

I wish Karen a fast recovery and that everything gets back to normal very soon.

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212 Melissa September 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

As a long time reader of KERF it literally breaks my heart that Karen and your family are going through this. Karen is a strong woman, and with all the prayers from your loyal readers, I hope she has a full recovery.

Take Care!

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213 Monica September 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Praying for a swift and easy recovery and that all the cancer cells are destroyed.

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214 Laura September 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Sending my thoughts and prayers to Karen, you, and your family.

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215 Jess September 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Goodness. I am so sorry to hear this news. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

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216 Danielle September 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Sending my prayers to Karen & your family. May her grandson give her the joy to keep her resolve positive through the treatment.

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217 SAL September 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Sending love and prayers to Karen and your whole family. She is one of the reasons I read your blog: she seems like such a cool, loving mother and mother-in-law–and grandma! Sending a huge healing hug!

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218 Lisa September 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Thinking of Karen, you & your family! <3

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219 Claudia September 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

So, so sorry to hear this news, I LOVE Karen and the closeness of your lovely family…..sending lots of positive thoughts her way… <3

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220 Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news, Kath. Sending lots of love and prayers to Karen and your family.

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221 Michele September 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Go get em’ Karen! You are a strong and positive woman who will figh through this again. Not an easy road and I know you’re grateful to have your family there to support you. We’ll be cheering for your speedy recovery. Best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you as you go through the next several weeks.

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222 lmm831 September 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Praying for all of you!

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223 Karen September 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

So sorry to hear the news re. Karen. Her smile always brightens up your blog (and I imagine every room she is in!) I’ll be praying for a relatively pain free recovery. Please keep us updated on her progress and send my love her way. You and Matt take good care too, and try to keep calm. xo

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224 Kathleen September 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I am so sorry.

Get “Forks Over Knives” for her ASAP and look into the anti-cancer regimen from Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Many cancer patients have made full recoveries. There are no guarantees but switching to a vegan diet or at least one with less than 5% of animal protein is the best thing she can do since animal protein helps promote cancer growth. She also needs lots of high nutrient food.

Praying for your whole family.

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225 Leslie Fisher September 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

So sad to hear this news. Will definitely be praying for all of you.

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226 Elisabeth September 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

So sorry to hear about your bad news….. Sending lots of good thoughts your way, Karen! We’ll all be praying for you & your family.

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227 Laurie September 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Prayers for Karen!!

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228 Deidre Drane September 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

My heart aches for this sad news. Thoughts and prayers for strength, love and healing are with you all!

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229 Rachel September 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm

All the best to Karen. It’s so hard. Stay strong and feed her well!

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230 Mary Ann September 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Sending positive thoughts, energy and tons of prayers for you Karen. Please take this recovery one day at a time and know that there are so many people supporting you.

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231 Katie September 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

So sorry to hear about this. Saying a prayer for Karen and you all. Hope she is recovering well and that her spirits stay positive!

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232 Megan September 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

She will be in my thoughts and prayers!!! I am so sorry to hear the news! Sending love to the whole family

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233 robin September 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Awww Karen Im so sorry youre having to go through this. I enjoy the photos of you that Kath shares and all the great meals that you share with them. You have a great smile. Im putting you on the prayer list at my church. My thoughts of good health and a speedy recovery go out to you.

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234 Leesa September 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this news. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers through this trying time.

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235 Beth September 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

So very sorry to hear this! Thinking of your family and especially Karen. <3

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236 Katie September 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Much love to Karen!

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237 chiara September 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I am sending love and huge wishes for the surgery and the recovery to go well and for Karen to kick cancer’s ass again! You guys are all in my thoughts.

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238 Stacy B September 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that Karen’s cancer has returned! I hope her surgery went well. Sending love and hugs to all of you and hope for a full and speedy recovery. Do keep us updated when you can, as we are keeping Karen in our thoughts and prayers.

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239 Simply Life September 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

so so sorry to hear the news. will be thinking about her and your family and hoping for nothing but good news…

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240 Bonnie September 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Prayers of healing sent your way. I pray that Mazen will have his grandma in his life for a long, long time.

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241 Liz September 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm

So, so sorry to hear this! :-( Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers her way.

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242 Janet September 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Positive thoughts and prayers for Karen and your family during this ordeal.

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243 Carrie September 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Sending you all the best, Karen! You are in my thoughts.

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244 Amy September 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Fuck cancer.

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245 Cait September 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm

prayers for sweet Karen.

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246 Katie September 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Sending positive vibes to Karen!

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247 Elizabeth September 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Kick that cancer’s butt.

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248 Jo Williams September 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Just read this & wanted to post that I’m praying for Karen! Look at all the friends who are praying for her!!!

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249 Laura September 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

So sorry to hear this devasting news! I will be praying for you all. My mother was diagnosed and treated for cancer last year- I know it can all seem unbearable. Praying for much comfort!

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250 Sandy September 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Praying for Karen to have a great recovery. Please give her love from all of your readers.

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251 Amanda September 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Love, Light and all things good coming her way!

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252 Joni September 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Sending many, many, many good vibes your way.

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253 Lee September 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Sending good vibes to Karen!

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254 Cindy Childers September 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Heavenly Father,
What a blessing and delight you are to have brought this unique and beautiful blog of Kath’s into my life a year and a half ago when both she and I were pregnant. I do not know her personally but have grown to love her family from afar. Like all the other readers, I sunk when reading Kath’s words. Father you know how we ache when our loved ones and even strangers suffer. Only a Perfect Father could create such beings to bear one another’s burdens. Lord, would you place your loving hands on Karen and bring about your perfect healing into her body. Let not one cell remain in her body with cancer. Let complete and Divine healing transform what is broken to complete wholeness. Lord I pray for Karen to have thousands and thousands of more days to see her precious Mazen and other grandchildren bloom forth from this earth. Give Hope to Matt and Kath as they wrestle through this and give them a sense of trust in You that only You alone can produce within them. Lord, I renounce this cancer in Jesus name and pray for your healing touch to fill every part of Karen. In your precious name we pray. ~~Amen~~

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255 Jenee Libby September 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Oh Kath, I’m so sorry to hear this :( Karen is such a sweet lady. Bruce has such wonderful things to say about her and he is devastated by this news as am I. She is in our prayers and thoughts. Love and healing light <3

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256 Danielle September 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Prayers coming right your way Karen and family!!

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257 michael wykoff September 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I will add Matt, his mother and all your family to my prayer list. God Bless.

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258 Maddy September 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Karen-sending healthy vibes your way. You have a fan club out here in cyberspace cheering you on! Wish you continued strength as you fight back and tell cancer “Oh hell no!”

Much love from cyberspace!

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259 Tonya September 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

My dad is undergoing chemo right now and my cousin is having both chemo and radiation….I will add her to my growing list of prayers. Sending good vibes your way!

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260 Nikole September 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Praying for Karen and your family!

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261 Chris September 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

So glad she sailed through her surgery! Love and prayers, from her rally rider!

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262 Tracy September 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Prayers are a wonderful way of feeling comfort and staying positive when tough things happen in our lives. I have seen so many times when prayer takes over and changed what once was a very scary situation and turned it into a journey towards recovery.
My prayers are with you all. Feel the power of everyone around the country praying.
Believe..

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263 Libby Oed September 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Oh no that is so hard for you guys! I am so sorry that you are having to go through all of this! Thinking of you all!

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264 Kate @ Indulgent Wellness September 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Prayers for Karen’s strength, health and wisdom to her medical team as well as prayers for you and your family, Kath. (((hugs)))

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265 Cac muffin September 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Sending all my positive vibes Karen’s way. My heart aches for her but I know God will watch after her as he has before! Sending prayers not only Karens way but to you and your family as well. Please keep us posted!

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266 Janet September 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

My mother it’s currently undergoing radiation therapy for a tumor they removed from her brain. I know how hard it is on the family as well as the individual. All the best wishes.

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267 LD in SF September 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Love and prayers for Karen and for all of you.

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268 Chrissy September 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Karen seems like such an awesome granny and an all around cool lady. Get well soon, Karen! Thinking of you and hoping for the best.

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269 Lisa September 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish Karen a safe surgery and positive thoughts during her treatments.

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270 Stephanie September 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

So sorry to hear this Kath. Thinking healing and loving thoughts for her.

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271 gina (fitnessista) September 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

i’m so fortunate to have been able to hang out with karen– she is a truly a bright, beautiful, kind and amazing spirit. livi, tom and i are sending love and prayers. hope the 4 of you can come play in tucson again soon <3
xoxo

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272 marparisi September 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Prayers and good vibes all around!

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273 Nicole September 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this, I pray that God blesses and guides the medical staff that are caring for her, that He strengthens Karen and holds her close during recovery, and that He fills your family with peace during this hard time.

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274 Helena September 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you Karen. Be strong!

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275 Tori September 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

Thinking about you, Karen, and sending lots of positive vibes to your whole family! Can’t wait to read about how well you are doing in a few weeks!

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276 Shannon Bell September 20, 2013 at 12:17 am

Karen, you’ve got SO much support out here! Very sorry you have to deal with this again, try to stay strong and know that when you’re not you’ve got your loving family to be there, and the blog family too!

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277 Emily September 20, 2013 at 12:24 am

F’ Cancer. Good luck to Karen!

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278 Amy September 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

Warm thoughts from Jakarta. I obviously don’t know Ms. Karen, but she seems like such a lovely lady. I hope for the speediest possible recovery.

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279 Allison September 20, 2013 at 12:32 am

Sending positive vibes to your family, Kath. May Karen’s strength and Mazen’s smile be the winning combination to beat this!

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280 Kathleen September 20, 2013 at 3:08 am

My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family. (((Hugs)))

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281 Robin September 20, 2013 at 3:23 am

Praying for Karen. Stay strong and positive.

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282 Sanne September 20, 2013 at 4:12 am

Sending all my thoughts and prayers for Karen

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283 J Edwards September 20, 2013 at 4:48 am

Thoughts and prayers are with Karen and all of her family as well. I hope everything goes well and she is soon cancer free.

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284 Jill Hughes September 20, 2013 at 6:08 am

Sending love to your beautiful family all the way from Australia xx

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285 Katie September 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

My mom has been battling ovarian cancer for the past three years and is a new grandmother as well. She always says the best medicine is the support she finds from people she least expected. I hope Karen can find comfort in knowing all of your readers are cheering her on. Xo

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286 Kris September 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

Sending positive thoughts, prayers, and wishes for healing to Karen, a special, beautiful, amazing woman!

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287 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

I am sending well wishes and thoughts and prayrs to Karen and your family! I wish nothing but the best. Stay strong!

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288 Parita @ myinnershakti September 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

Sending lots of love and strength y’alls way.

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289 Shari September 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

Sending so many good thoughts and prayers her way.

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290 Kate September 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

Love to Karen and all of you. I too had endometrial cancer three years ago and last year was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Just found out that I have Cowden syndrome which is a genetic cancer disease and have to look at a prophalactic bilateral mastecomy and have yearly colonoscopies and endoscopies. Just hearing the words is life changing…to have cancer more than once is nothing short of devastating. I hope she feels comfortable just crying sometimes and not having to “kick it in” for others around her…..strength is good but exhausting……..

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291 Anne September 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

Sending my love to your family. <3

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292 Shannon September 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

Positive thoughts and prayers for Karen and your family, stay strong!

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293 Elizabeth September 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

Postivie thoughts to Karen and all those who love her.

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294 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget September 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

Cancer is such a hard thing to battle with. Prayers are being sent your way!

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295 Whitney September 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

so sorry to hear, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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296 Teresa September 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

Prayers are with Karen and the entire family.

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297 amy September 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

Sending thoughts and prayers………..

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298 Brie @ Baked Brie September 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

This is heartbreaking. Many heartfelt thoughts coming from the UK to you!

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299 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thoughts and prayers for Karen and your family.

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300 Paula September 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

So sorry to hear this. I am a 24 yr survivor of breast cancer. I know she is a strong and beautiful person and I wish her the very best. Prayer and thoughts going out to her now.

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301 Nikki V September 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family!

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302 Irene September 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

My thoughts and prayers are with Karen. I hope her surgery goes well and recovers quickly. ?

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303 Elizabeth September 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Sending you light, strength, and love from all the way over here in Hong Kong, Karen! Thinking of you and your beautiful family.

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304 Tonia September 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

My positive thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Take care

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305 cyndy September 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

Prayers for Karen and the family

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306 Kathryn @ Mamacado September 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

Saying prayers for Karen and all of you!

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307 Adriene September 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

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308 Hannah September 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Praying for Karen and your family as well. From the pics, she has such a joyful spirit and smile. Have dealt with a number of close family members and friends with cancer.

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309 Katherine September 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I’m so sorry. My thoughts & prayer are with beautiful Karen & with you, Matt & Mazon. It’s wonderful you have each other to support & help one another during difficult (and good!) times. Please let us know if there’s a way any of us could help. I’d be happy to contribute a fundraiser to help with medical costs. Thanks, Kath, for sharing this. And please give all my best to Karen. She is a beautiful, positive, & strong woman.

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310 Louise September 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family!

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311 Charmaine September 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Sending positive thoughts, vibes, prayers, energy — anything positive the universe has conceived, I send it your way!!

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312 Kelly Kurcina September 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Please no chemo!! It will do more damage. Please check out Dr. Robert Morse. He has a clinic in Florida and healed my Dad’s cancer>which was VERY aggressive!!

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313 Judi September 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Such sad news, thank her for allowing you to share it. Please know that your whole family is in my prayers and sending positive thoughts to you all.

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314 Jeanie September 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Prayers and best wishes for Karen.

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315 Karli September 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

good thoughts and prayers to karen and the whole fam. so sorry to hear her cancer has returned :( as you say, she’s a strong woman and, even though i don’t know her, i’m confident she can beat it again!!! hang in there karen – people all over the world are wishing you strength, health, and a speedy recovery!

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316 Amy W September 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

So very sad to read this news. How incrediably awful for all of you. I will be praying for all you guys and sending strong vibes for strength, healing and peace. Sending lots of hugs as well :)

Hang in there!!!

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317 Silvia September 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for sharing this news. I am sad to hear the cancer has returned. Karen has been an inspiration as a survivor myself. Please tell her I am praying for her when I do the rosary on my way to work. I hope she finds and chooses the best option at this time. Pls keep us posted!

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318 Heather September 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Kath + Family, So sorry to hear this very sad news. I hope the surgery went well and her recovery is speedy. xoxo

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319 Kelsey September 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Sending lots of love to Karen and you guys!!

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320 kristen September 21, 2013 at 2:02 am

i’m really sorry to hear that. glad she’s getting good care & hoping for the best for all of you.

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321 i heart salt September 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

My Dad did some of his radiology & surgery for cancer at UVa, so I know she’s in good hands!!
Sending lots of light & love to you Karen!

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322 sunah September 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

I know she can get through surgery and treatment! hope she got better soon

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323 Susan September 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

So sad to hear this – have enjoyed seeing her in your blogs. We are all praying and sending positive thoughts her way! Very heartbreaking for all of you and please keep us posted! Lots of love to all of you!

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324 AlSCA September 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

Sending prayers to Karen and all of the family.

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325 Erica September 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

Oh Kath, I just saw this this morning. Cancer recurrence is a fear I live with every day, and I’m so sorry it has become reality for Karen (and all of you). I’m sending lots of love and big prayers for Karen’s surgery and healing for her, as well as prayers for you all as well. She beat is once, she can beat it again! Hang in there! XOXOXO

Mark 5:36
Jeremiah 29:11

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326 Cyndi September 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Lovely scriptures. Prayers, yes.

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327 Sara September 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

So sorry to here that. Thoughts are with you all.

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328 Alma September 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Wishing Karen a very quick recovery….thinking of you!

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329 Kristin September 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Good vibes being sent for Karen’s healing.

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330 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I am so sorry. I will think of her tomorrow as I am running in a 5 km run on our local airport runway to raise money for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre…a free support centre. My neighbour and friend died in May of breast cancer…our neighbourhood is getting together with her family to help raise money for the centre. :)

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331 Erin Hack September 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thinking of you all and sending good thoughts your way!

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332 Denise September 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Sending love and prayers and healing energy to Karen and your family. She always looks so sunny and full of life and is such a beautiful part of your family. She has so much to live for and is so well loved. Surely that will be a big boost to her recovery. (I’ve read some alternative medical newsletter articles recently that allude to a no sugar/carb diet helping to shut down cancer….a ketogenic diet…I think Dr. Mercola’s website had one of the articles….check it out). Xo

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333 Jessca September 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I will certainly pray for her. Dr. Scribner with Carilion, in Roanoke, is top notch. My understanding is that he is nationally known for his work in GYN oncology.

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334 Cyndi September 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I haven’t checked in for a while … but when I did, I saw Karen’s news and remembered how inspired I was when she was going through her treatments. I’m both saddened by the news, but also full of hope that she will beat this! You are so fortunate and BLESSED to have her in your life.

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335 Emily J September 22, 2013 at 6:46 am

When I saw that first photo in the original post, I actually thought back to when Karen was first fighting cancer and how radiant she has always been, Thoughts and prayers with her and your family.

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336 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I’m catching up on blog reading this morning and so sad to hear that Karen’s cancer has returned. I’m sending so much love and positive thoughts her way for a quick and healthy recovery.

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337 Janet September 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Lifting Karen up with positive thoughts. Positive healing her way.

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338 Amber Edwards September 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

So sorry to hear this! Sending all the healing juju I’ve got!

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339 Stephanie @cookinfanatic September 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

sending good vibes to your family xoxo

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340 Nancy September 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Sending healing vibes to Karen and support to you all!

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341 Sandra September 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm

All the best Karen for a speedy recover.

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342 Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga September 23, 2013 at 1:42 am

Praying and sending love from Sydney! xxxooo

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343 tanya September 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hi Kath,

I have been a long time reader of yours since the very beginning and I just love your blog.
I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with Karen and your family!

I truly hope all goes well and my heart goes out to you and your family!

xo
Tanya

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344 Dove13 September 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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345 Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I don’t know if you remember me, but I emailed you two years ago after my Mom was diagnosed with uterine/endometrial cancer. Your post about bleeding post-menopause was the reason why hers was caught so fast. She too had a complete hysterectomy. You put me into contact with Karen and I emailed a lot with her during this difficult time, and she was SUCH a comfort to me and my Mom. I am devastated to hear this. Karen is such a great lady. Sending lots of love and prayers her way <3

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346 Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

If possible, would you mind emailing me her symptoms? I’m worried now, and just want to be able to watch out for stuff… My Mom has been having some abdominal pain/issues the past few months.

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347 Karen September 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Lauren, I was having pressure and thought I had a bladder infection. Doc did exam and thought he felt something different. Your Mom definitely needs a rectal and vaginal exam. If Doc feels something, he’s likely to order MRI. Don’t waste any time. Karen

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348 Kelli September 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

So sorry to hear this news. I will keep Karen and the rest of your family in my prayers. Thinking of you all.

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349 Jodi September 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I am praying for your Karen and I know that she will pull through. She is a remarkable woman who is supportive and sweet. She is going to beat cancer!

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350 Jenny Holden September 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Long time follower of KERF, first time commenter. Karen has meant a lot to me, I am so sorry she is fighting this battle yet again. Sending many prayers, love, and positive thoughts out to you all.

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351 Elizabeth September 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Keeping Karen in my thoughts.

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352 Shannon September 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. Wishing you, your family and extended family the best during this difficult time. Karen seems like such a strong and amazing woman – and I know she’ll keep fighting this!

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353 Katie @ A Full Plate September 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

Oh my goodness…positive vibes being sent. Karen’s strength and positivity comes across very strongly through your photos and posts so I have high hopes she will conquer this!

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354 Carrie September 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Sending good energy from Melbourne, Australia (extra strong, as its picking up strength as it travels!)

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355 Amanda - Small Home Big Start September 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm

My heart goes out to you and your family. We’re all sending you positive vibes. Lots of love from Canada.

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356 char eats greens September 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Positive vibes are totally being sent your way. Thinking about her and hoping everything goes well!! :(

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357 Sonya September 30, 2013 at 2:32 am

She looks like an amazing Gramma, sending positivity her way :)

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358 JCHokie October 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I am so sorry to hear the cancer has returned. Karen along with your family will be in my prayers.

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359 Cait's Plate October 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Sending good thoughts and prayers her way!

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360 kristen @ verbs and vignettes October 16, 2013 at 6:53 am

i’m so sorry to hear. i remember the last time.

she seems like such a fighter! you’ve got the positive vibes.

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361 Juniper October 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

Sending light and Love her way and also for the whole family!! <3

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362 Charlotte November 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I’ve been behind on your blog posts and was just catching up! Was so sorry to hear this news. Everytime I see Karen on your blog I can tell she brings so much light into a room with her. I’ve enjoyed seeing you share her fun, funky personality/style with the blog world. She seems like a pretty kick ass mother in law, and all around woman. Karen, you can do this again- fight this battle. I’ll be sending good vibes you and your families way.

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