Katie – Portland, MI
Katie finds joy and light even in the darkest moments. As she faces metastatic breast cancer – she is an example to us all of how to live in joy.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.
I am obsessed with Broadway shows. We have season tickets to a local theater and that is date night with my hubby.
What brought you hope as you faced cancer?
My faith brought me hope. Hope anchors the soul, Hebrew 6:19. All my friends and family with gifts, food, and well wishes. It has been so humbling to see the outreach.
How do you live life over cancer?
I try to live as normal as I can. I say yes more to what matters and when I say no I let the guilt go. I have tried to remain active and live in the moments. My motto is faith, not fear and to choose joy.
How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?
I found Hope scarves on Facebook through one of the stage 4 groups. I requested a scarf and then I fell in love with the project. The message that came with my scarf was uplifting and was a very similar story to mine. The scarf was this gorgeous redish orange color that matches my style and personality perfectly. I was lucky enough to also receive a signature scarf that I could get or give away. I gave it to a good friend that was diagnosed with cancer. I also requested her a hope scarf so that she could get an inspiring story too. Of course, I fell in love with the signature scarf so I ordered one for myself. I am still using my scarves but plan on sending them back when I am done so they can travel on.
What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
That the stories and scarves are shared with love and care with the intention of giving another woman hope. They work so hard to match the story and scarf. Also, that Hope Scarves donates money to a worthy research cause of metastatic breast cancer.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to someone facing cancer?
Please send your friend a scarf. This small gesture can have a huge impact by putting a smile on someone’s face. To know they are thought of and loved.
What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?
My dream is to see my children graduate from high school. My goal is to face this beast with courage and grace. To not let it consume me. To live my best life.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
To pick just one? Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.
You are strong and beautiful. You are a woman trained by the King to be a warrior, to face the very battle in front of you. You will not fail for He is with you.
If your friends or family describe you in a couple of words, what would they say?
Fun, spontaneous, caring, smart, sunshine, joyful and the newest a warrior.
Please share something you learned facing cancer.
I have learned that I am stronger than I ever imagined. That you can still choose to find joy and light even in the darkest. That having cancer has made me love harder and put myself out there; in hopes of inspiring and helping others.