My step sister, Julie (Kitchings) Shaw, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver. It has been startling and shocking. Only three weeks ago, she was living a normal life of a 39 year old mom- going to baseball games for her son, watching her daughter compete in gymnastics, working successfully at her job, and enjoying her friends and family. After a rough weekend of stomach pains, she went to the doctor and immediately was hospitalized. She spent 8 days in the hospital where she had surgery to remove part of her colon.
There were additionally spots on her liver- big spots and little ones- all over. It is inoperable. They will begin chemo right away to fight those spots and try to shrink them.
Julie is a fighter- she can wear you out in the exercise room and all the while smile and encourage you. She is ready to face this huge battle and is kicking off the chemo with a pep rally tonight in Atlanta. I wish I could be there. Instead, I am going to post this and pray for her. I am asking you to do the same. That she may be sustained, encouraged, and able to fight this fight and that her family will be supported and loved while they walk along side of her. GO JULIE!!!