The news no one ever wants to hear

About two weeks ago, I received a phone call from my Mom.

She said “Kate, I have some bad news. . .  Dad has leukemia.”

I think my world stopped.

My first response was “Dad? My Dad?”

And then tears.


My Dad has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer, so fast-moving that the doctors said if he had gone in 2 weeks ago it might not have shown up. He will require chemo, which has already begun, and a hospital stay of at least 4 weeks to minimize the risk of infection. He will also need a bone marrow transplant.


We are encouraged that he is young (only 58) and in good shape (remember that he is my running buddy!) and relatively healthy, according to the doctors, and thus a step ahead in terms of fighting this disease.

So, needless to say life has been a whirlwind lately.

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This blog has always been about sharing my life. And this is a huge part of my life right now.


But, I won’t be sharing routine updates here. Our family has started a Caring Bridge site for Dad (Team Tom!), so if you are family or a close friend and want to read daily updates, that will be the place to go for information.


Thank you in advance for your prayers, positive thoughts and support.


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44 Responses to The news no one ever wants to hear

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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  2. Continuing to keep you and your family in my prayers, Katie. I’ll be following his journey and hope only the best for you all!
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  3. Chris

    Sending you hugs my friend and your Dad prayers!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear this, Katie 🙁 Sending prayers your way!
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  5. Becky

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Katie!

  6. Thinking of you and your family Katie!
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  7. Oh Katie, I’m so sorry to hear of this news. Sending thoughts of healing and comfort to you and your family.

  8. xoxo – I know we’ve already chatted but seriously, call me anytime you need. Pretty soon I’ll be up 24 hours per day so no need to worry about waking me. And if you ever need a virtual/Skype running buddy, I’m your girl! Hugs!
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  9. Megan Little

    I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. I hope that more than ever you feel love and security. Praying for you and your dad. Try not to over think it. Sometimes being a doctor and having a sick family member is the worst.

  10. So sorry to hear this!! Prayers for your family!
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  11. I’m so sorry to hear this! I’m praying for remission for your dad.
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  12. Amy

    Thinking of you and your family with this news………stay positive, easier said than done…….take care!

  13. Brenda

    So sorry to hear about your father. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!

  14. Oh my gosh, Katie, I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine what you and your family are going through right now. Just know you have so many people keeping you in their thoughts, including me.
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  15. Nicole

    Sending thoughts of strength to your Dad, to you, and your family as you get through this tough time. Don’t forget to be gentle with yourself.
    As hard as it may seem some days – keep that positive attitude/find the silver linings and find reasons to smile and laugh with each other. It will help. <<>>

  16. Hi Katie- so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your entire family are in my prayers!
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  17. Edye

    Dear Katie,

    I am so so sorry to hear about your father. I will keep him, you and the rest of your family in my prayers. He’s lucky to have a lovely daughter like you.

  18. Joe

    Thoughts and prayers, Katie.

  19. Aw Katie, I am SO sorry to hear about your dad- that is so terrible. At least he is active and healthy- that has got to help! Thinking and praying for you and your family!
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  20. Oh Katie, I’m so sorry to hear this! You all are in my prayers <3 <3
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  21. Oh Katie, I’m so very sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Sending big hugs your way!
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  22. Oh Katie, that is the news no daughter ever wants to hear. Keep positive and focus on one day at a time. Don’t worry about tomorrow just live for today.
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  23. Clara

    I am so sorry to hear this! You are all in my thoughts!!!!!

  24. Katie I am so sorry to hear you are all going through this…sending nothing but positive thoughts and prayers to your dad and your entire family.
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  25. So very sorry to hear this! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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  26. Dave Hildebrandt

    You and your family are in our prayers Katie.

    Team FitELITE

  27. krista T

    Sorry to hear the news about your dad….. Shakes your world. I work at the University of MN Medical Center-Fairview. There is a great team and unit dedicated to BMTs. If your Dad ends up there and you need anything I’m more than willing to help. I love your blog-so honest & real!!!

  28. Sending prayers and thoughts your way. Dads are so special! HUGS! recently posted..~~ Rewarding ~~My Profile

  29. So sorry about your dad, Katie. I’ll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending virtual hugs!

  30. So sorry to hear this news. Keeping your family in my thoughts!
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  31. Sending many many prayers and positive thoughts your way!
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  32. I’m so sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
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  33. I am so sorry! Love and prayers to you guys!
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  34. Oh Katie, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ll absolutely keep your dad, your family, and all of the medical staff helping him in my prayers.
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