Katie's "Overcomer" Fund

For: Katie Miller
Virginia Beach, VA
Organizer: Jeff Settle
Katie's "Overcomer" Fund (Katie Miller)
$51,765
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 301 donors
100% Complete

The Story

On April 19, 2017 Katie gave birth to her second child. Shortly thereafter, her doctors found a large mass in her abdomen caused by a rare form of cancer.

In the coming days, Katie will travel to see specialists and begin aggressive chemotherapy. Katie and Stephen will not be working for an extended period of time while they focus on her care. Financial support will help with baby care items, household expenses, travel-related costs, and medical expenses.

Please be sure to post positive messages, prayers, support, and anything that you think will help Katie during this incredibly difficult time. After you leave something for Katie, please be sure to Like, Share, Post, Tweet, and Retweet.

We all know Katie is a caring Mother, a devoted wife, a great friend, a loving daughter and sister, and so much more to so many people. Let's all show Katie the love that she's shown each of us and help her beat cancer!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 7, 2017

Posted on December 7, 2017

Hi everyone!  Jeff here...Katie's brother-in-law/site administrator.  Christmas is right around the corner and between office parties, traveling, and last minute shopping, life can get pretty stressful.  Relief is here!  Katie has asked for a special metaphorical stocking stuffer this year.  The best part is, you get to relax while doing it!  

Many of you know that Katie has been receiving blood transfusions to help her body keep up with her chemotherapy treatment.  So far, the count is:
1st Surgery - 1 unit of blood
Round 3/2nd Surgery - 4 units of blood and 3 bags of platelets.
Round 4 - 2 units of blood
Round 5 - 2 units of blood
Round 6 - 2 units of blood
Round 7 - 2 units of blood, 1 bag of platelets 

If you're able, please consider donating blood and/or platelets.  Blood supplies are really low right now and we need to make sure that when Katie needs it, blood will be there for her.  To find a blood drive or a donation center in your area, please go to http://www.redcross.org/give-blood.

Again, thank you all for your prayers, love, support, time, efforts, cards, meals, and the many other things you do to help Katie.  Let's make this a Christmas Katie will never forget for all the right reasons!  

Posted on November 22, 2017

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Posted on November 22, 2017

Today, I had another bloodwork appointment.  I always go to VOA Monday, Wednesday and Friday following a week of chemo to test my blood levels and then normally twice during my good week.  It is a lot of needle sticks, we are constantly jumping from vein to vein, hoping to give each one a break.  We were looking for a good vein to hit and the phlebotomist said, "you pick it, I stick it."  Of course I couldn't let that one go and we ended up with a good 'that's what he said' joke!  My bloodwork Monday showed my white blood cells at 10.1 (high normal range), my hemoglobin at 9.4 (low but not too low) and my platelets at 55 (which is a little lower than they normally are on a Monday).  Today, my white blood cell count was basically nonexistent at 0.6 (hello neutropenia!), my hemoglobin had dropped to 8.8 but still above transfusion level, and my platelets were down to 33.  My pulse has been racing again since Monday so I basically have myself on bedrest to keep from overworking my heart.  My team has me taking my pulse every 2-3 hours and keeping track, so far the rest is keeping it in the 90s and 100s.  This morning at VOA it was 140 after walking back to take my vitals, all the more reason to stick to resting up!  We are super thankful we won't be spending Thanksgiving getting blood transfusions!  We will check everything again on Friday and hope that numbers are starting to recover or at least haven't declined any further.

Today, while I was waiting for my bloodwork results my NP came by and said she had something for me.  She came back with the sign in the picture.  I met her mom months ago while we were both waiting for results and we talked briefly and encouraged each other.  As I was leaving, I turned around and told her, "you got this" and today she gave me the same words back.  It wasn't a lengthy conversation and we haven't seen each other since but I was really touched that she took the time to send me the sign.  In the past month, I have watched two spouses/caregivers come in to say thank you to their care team after their loved one passed away.  On Monday, I watched a spouse come in and give the nurses a huge thank you basket and leave in tears.  These are people I have sat next to during treatment, we've shared stories and laughs and provided each other with support... We shared life.  My NP's mom couldn't have known this when she made that sign and sent it to me, but the timing was perfect.  I've been carrying around a heavy heart for the one's that didn't make it and it was an uplifting message that came exactly when I needed it.  I'm honestly not sure how these wonderful men and women work in the oncology field, but I am so thankful that they do and are so compassionate.  No one on my care team has a hardened heart, even though they experience so much loss, personally and professionally.  A lot of times I watch them and think they are the best at living life to the fullest and I'm sure that comes from really understanding how fragile and short life can be.

I've met so many wonderful people during this journey and while I am in no way thankful for cancer, I am thankful for the people that are now in my life.  Everyone is always talking about how much hate there is in the world but walk in to a treatment room and you will see blind love.  Cancer doesn't care about your age, gender, religion or race and neither do these fighters.  It's amazing how easy it is to connect with each other and I'm sure it's because we all share one awful thing, but look for common ground with anyone you meet, say hi, start a conversation.  You never know whose life you might impact and how much they might need the words you share.

I am a day early, but Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  There are SO many things to be thankful for today and everyday!


Posted on November 17, 2017

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Posted on November 17, 2017

Round 7 is done! Just waiting for my port to be de-accessed and then we are headed to VOA to get my neulasta injector.  After that it's home to the boys we go!!!! Prayers for no fevers, no complications, and hopefully no blood transfusions this time would be extremely appreciated ☺

I plan to post a more detailed update soon, but for the next week I'll be busy killing cancer!! 💪

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