“Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful. That there is a sliver of lightness on even the darkest of nights, A shadow of hope in every heartbreak and that rejoicing is no less rich when it contains a splinter of sadness.” – Shauna Niequist
Hi! I’m Kate. My family and I reside south of Pittsburgh. The love of my life is a law enforcement officer and I am a proud police wife. We have a daughter Shannon that waits for us in Heaven, twin girls, Grace and Lily, and a son, S.J.- all four of our kiddos spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth. We even co-founded the coolest nonprofit, Project Sweet Peas, to help other NICU & bereaved parents. We have two spoiled dogs, one cat, ten chickens and one rabbit. We like to pretend we live on a farm. I am real, raw and imperfect. I share openly about my struggles with life & motherhood from loosing my first daughter days after she was born, to facing a terminal diagnosis of Stage IV Breast Cancer and all the fun mommy moments in between.
I was 28 when I was diagnosed with HER2+ Metastatic Breast Cancer that spread to my liver, both breasts, shoulder, rub, thoracic and lumbar spine and completely covering my pelvis. I started treatment immediately and went for weekly infusions for an entire year. When I was diagnosed, I was given 18-24 months to live. I found out I had a genetic mutation of my p53 gene, known as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, which predisposes me to numerous other cancers. I’ve started collecting cancers now and I’ve had secondary primary cancers in my fallopian tubes and colon. Seven years later, I take the good days and bad days from my Lord and Savior as new opportunities to grow, trust and lean on him more. I love hard, try my best and occasionally cry over a sappy television show. I have had over 120 maintenance treatments now, a double mastectomy, oophorectomy, gall bladder surgery, lumbar puncture, radiation, broken bones from treatment and cancer, fluid build up in my brain, blood clots in my lungs, hip surgery and heart failure. I’ve been through a lot just to live but my children have all taught me how to fight to live when they were born and that’s just what I do! Even though I have lived far beyond my prognosis, I still have a very low chance of surviving many more years but I never let it stop me. I started a “Mommy Bucket List” where me, my kids and my husband can work on checking things off the list and look forward to the future!
When I am not living the cool cancer life and being the most amazing mom and wife on this beautiful planet, you can find me doing freelance work as an artist, digital creator, social media manager, marketing strategist and professional fundraiser consultant. I enjoy combining my love for nonprofit work with my creative twist to media marketing to help small businesses, nonprofits and content creators grow! If you would like to learn more about my freelance work use the CONTACT ME page.