About

Hey! I’m Kim. Just your typical American mom and wife. I just happen to have been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. I made this blog for several reasons: 1. To make sense of all this cancer business 2. To give help and hope to other people facing trials 3. To keep my loved ones updated during the process of surgery, chemo, treatments, etc 4. To bring awareness to melanoma and put an end to the myth that it’s “just” skin cancer. 5. Most importantly, to glorify God! He is an amazing presence and an amazing comfort in our times of need and this is something that deserves to be shouted from the rooftops! Or blogged about….

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  1. Hi, my name is Leona Smucker, I just got done reading your blog from the first page to now n I say WOW…ur soooo gonna make it, cuz ur attitude is AMAZING!!! I tell everyone that my journey with colorectal cancer, no.1, had everything to do with God was rite with me every step every day(even on days wen I cried out God where r u) but, no.2 every dr. n every nurse wud tell me beating this is all in ur attitude, so U GO GIRL!!! u CAN do this!! Ephesians 4:13, amen n amen..ur attitude is inspiring, n please don’t stop sharing ur honest feelings, its hard its very hard but mommies r made to bear hard things, God will keep u in the palm of his hand, yes, even when u don’t feel it, BE BLESSED WITH KNOWING HES ALREADY IN YOUR TOMORROW..I wanta give u a big bear hug, u will be fine n your family will be fine, my teenager says( now a yr later) mom look at all we learned in the last yr. wow yes it duz amazing things to a family if we allow it.. I will def. pray for u n your family, (btw)am so glad u know Beth, I met her thru my journey, shes a very inspiring friend,

  2. Hi Kim,
    I am a fellow Stage 3b Nodular Melanoma warrior and administrator of http://www.facebook.com/TheCancerSPOT and youtube videos “My journey with defeating Stage 3b Nodular Malignant Melanoma” First I made videos on youtube to raise awareness, tell my story, and give glory to God as well. However, after sometime I felt I wasn’t making a difference so I started my page then October 2012. I started my page to raise melanoma awareness, inspire, and add humor to all that follow my page. I am so sorry that you have become a member of the melanoma community. I found your blog after reading Rev. Carol Taylor post on http://www.facebook.com/MelanomaPrayerCenter of a blog, page, and video list. I have a strong faith in God and know that He alone holds my future as well as yours. I have experienced so many blessings and victories because of God’s amazing grace! Even though, this journey has been so trying at times I would never want to change anything because God has showed his incredible power and glory through my journey! Keep your focus on Him because He will never let you down. I started my melanoma journey on 11/21/11 with a mole on my upper left leg and went through wide excision, inguinal lymph node dissection, 10 months of Interferon treatment, numerous hospital stays, 2 month nursing home stay, and currently undergoing physical therapy to strengthen my body slowly so that I don’t fatigue again and end up in a rehabilitation center again like I did this past October 2012. December 20, 2013 I celebrated my 2 year of NED!!!! It was the best christmas present that I could have ever asked for!!!! I would love to chat with you sometime if you would be interested just instant message me on my Facebook page The Cancer SPOT.
    Blessings to you!
    Donna Piunt

  3. Dear Kim — thank you for coming in to see us today. Your story and your courage had a profound impact on our team today.

    Thank you for being such a hero, and please know your Hillsong family will be praying with you through this.

    Would love to stay in touch if you’re keen.

    Much love and know you are supported and well loved!!!!

    God bless,

    Auts xx

    1. Hey Autumn! It was beyond cool to worship with you guys last night and, of course, to meet you! It’s always humbling to meet people with such impactful ministries. You guys blessed us so much last night and we just want to thank you again!! You had asked about my email, it’s andrewfamily08@gmail.com would love to stay in touch!

      We will pray for you guys and your ministry, especially through this tour.

      Thanks again!!
      ❀ Kim

  4. Praying for you! The other day I told my husband about your blog and he said he’d already read it. You see, Ryan has Stage IV Stomach Cancer. We are praying for you and hope you can pray for us as well. We’re both believers and know that God is bigger than Cancer! I write a blog too – but I must say I love your posts. Blessings to you! -Anna

  5. If believing in your god helps you through this then I am fully behind you 100%.
    I truly wish you everything of the best, Kim and a long long life.
    As the English say – chin-up. I’d say my prayers are with you, but then I don’t pray and you wouldn’t believe me either, right?
    Peace. πŸ™‚

  6. God is who He says He is. You are protected in His love. May the God of all comfort bring you a peace beyond anything you could ever dream or imagine. He IS with you. You are a warrior for the most High! Lots of love to you; Here to pray anytime you need it-

    M

  7. Hi Kim, My name is Nikki and I would love to send you one of our battle cards- please send me your address. We design battle cards as a family and write encouraging scriptures on them for women, men and children braving their battle.
    You are a warrior and an overcomer- blessed to have found you. I would love for you to guest post on my web page also.
    I look forward to hearing from you

  8. Hello Kim,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I’m always encouraged by what you have to say. Wound you be interested in writing a guest post for my blog?

      1. On Thursdays I post a brave guest post called Thursday Stories. The purpose us to encourage others to be brave for Christ through sharing real life experiences. It can be a big brave like a mission trip or a little brave like talking to the lady at the check out counter. It could be a chosen brave like homeschooling or a thrust-into brave like cancer. Only two requirements:
        1. Must be a true story
        2. Should showcase God’s faithfulness and goodness in calling you to be brave

  9. Hi. I just came upon your blog and hope you are still doing well. If you still are praying for other cancer patients, please pleAse pray for my husband, Peter. He has metastatic head and neck cancer and keytruda is our last option. He is 50. We are also followers of Jesus and are praying for a miracle recovery.

  10. Kim,
    Thank you. I came by your blog by accident, even though I know it was no accident. I was in need of your words reflecting and reminding me of God’s grace and love. While I know it is not your intent to be inspirational, you are. Your walk with Jesus is. I thank you for your obedience and sharing of God’s word, because it matters and so do you.

    Nadra Dunbar
    Nmilandunbar@yahoo.com

  11. Hello Kim,
    I came across your blog via Robin Luftig and I have to say I love your writing, attitude, trust in God… pretty much anything you πŸ˜‰ Do you have an email or twitter or other account to get in touch?
    I don’t want to overwhelm you but I just feel that you are part of something bigger.
    Thank your for inspiring everyone reading your blog and letting us in to your thoughts and life!
    Sabine

  12. From one Stage IV Melanoma fighter to another, congratulations on your latest news. I think what you said about getting too comfortable in the non-cancer zone is absolutely spot on. I have been NED now for quite some time and I feel great most days, but I never want to forget the darkest times as that is when I felt Gods arms wrapped around me like no other time in my life. Prayers for you and all of the others fighting this horrific beast!

  13. Kim,
    So amazed the similar story we have I couldn’t finish reading before replaying.
    I am going back home from work.
    (4,65 months median OS after brain metastasis NCI reports)
    I’ll take the time to read the whole story and like to keep in touch.
    Have a wonderful day on and on and on.
    Willie, from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  14. Hello. My name is Liz R. I live in Newark DE, mother of 4, 39 years old. My husband was dx with stage 4 SCCHN August 2014. After two rounds of radiation chemo and proton and chemo he is now on keytruda clinical trial at Penn. I hoped I could find a way to connect with you to discuss our circumstances and for support. Thank you for blogging your journey. Wishing you all the best.

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