A Shower & An Update

  • Thankful for Friends & No Pain

I don’t think there is any coincidence that we had over 45 of our dearest friends gathering at our house this past Sunday. Once we found out that my surgery was going to be on Tuesday and that the tumor in my hand was more aggressive than we had originally thought, we thought about cancelling our last baby shower but that idea was short-lived. I’m so glad that we didn’t cancel because being surrounded by our sweet friends was exactly what we needed before entering into a week of unknowns! I’m so thankful for Jill and Steph! They threw me this shower and it was so perfect in every way.

This was our first large event at the new house and it worked well! We just need to figure out parking!! We absolutely loved being able to host so many people at one time! Baby girl Alsop was showered with some seriously cute outfits and we received so many sweet gifts but the best gift was being surrounded by people who love and support us. These friends gathered around me and prayed for my surgery, they prayed for no cancer, they prayed for peace and they prayed for protection for our baby girl.

We left for my surgery at 5:00am and I was honestly so much calmer than I anticipated.  I had been so worried about not being able to eat anything for 12 hours prior and feeling sick during the surgery but I miraculously felt fine.  I had had meltdowns and so many tears the week leading up to my surgery because I was worried about the outcome, what they were going to find, keeping our baby safe, not being able to take care of my baby once she’s here, the chance of future amputation…. oh the list of worries was long.  However, I went back with the nurse and hadn’t shed one tear all morning. I kept waiting for that overwhelming sense of “I hate this… I can’t do this…I’m scared” to set in but it never happened. I went through pre-op, anesthesia, and before I knew it I was being wheeled into an operating room that looked like something straight out of Grey’s Anatomy. The anesthesia nurse talked to me for almost two hours to distract me from the sounds of drilling and suction coming from the other side of the curtain.  Twenty minutes into the surgery, the doctor took a biopsy up to pathology to determine if it looked cancerous and praise the Lord it didn’t! Because I was awake, he came back into the operating room and explained to me that it looked benign and that he was going to start removing the tumor. That’s the closest I came to crying because I was just so relieved. What an answered prayer!!! My knuckle had lost a lot of bone but he was hopeful that with the bone graft, it should be able to grow back. Another answered prayer! He actually said that part of the tumor had died and I told him that was because there were hundreds… maybe even thousands of people praying for me. It’s not everyday that an aggressive tumor just dies and stops progressing and destroying more bone.

After surgery I was having only mild contractions but they were 3 mins apart and so it made us a little nervous. After some fluid, they died down and I finally got discharged with a numb arm and a prescription for a narcotic for the impending pain. Well, the feeling came back in my arm but I didn’t have pain. Day two came and went and I still didn’t have pain. I literally heard them drilling and scraping my bone in surgery…. I should have residual pain from that, right? It never came. I called the surgeon to make sure something wasn’t wrong with me and he laughed because I was the only person that ever called in about NO pain! He said it was fine… but it’s hard to imagine an incision and bone drilling and a tumor removal and no pain afterwards. The only explanation to this is yet another answered prayer.

This past month has been a tough one for us.  We had been looking forward to a season of rest and what we got was some scary medical news, a hectic move and an emergency surgery with a baby scare thrown into the mix (long story… she’s totally fine).  It’s been hard… but God is still good. In the mess of the last four weeks, Michael and I have learned what it’s like to be a team on a whole new level. We’ve grown closer in our marriage and I’ve learned so much about letting go of things that I’ve held so closely for so long. I still have a long ways to go recovery wise … I can’t even start therapy for 4-6 weeks because my remaining bone was so fragile… but I know we will make it through this season stronger and closer to one another and to the Lord. He doesn’t waste our pain and I’m so thankful for that.

So thank you for the prayers… the texts.. the emails…the comments… the calls…and whoever sent us GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES!!! AHHHH!!! Prayer is powerful and all of the encouragement that we received meant more than you know.  I’m thankful that we didn’t go through this week alone. :) Here are some images from my beautiful shower that Jilly and Steph threw for me!!!!

Sweet baby Knox with his Nana! 

Baby Micah with his grandaddy!

Bokeh thinking every stuffed animal was for him!

Thankful for these amazing women!!!! 

xoxo, Katelyn
22 Comments Personal
  1. Kandra reply

    Praise the Lord!!! Woohooo…. I was praying for you and the update was so sweet! Thank you so much! I am so glad to hear that all is well! Cant wait to “meet” the sweet little baby girl!

  2. Rachel York reply

    Glad your okay! You were so brave!

  3. Elizabeth Gelineau reply

    Katelyn, I am all teared up reading this post! So thankful your surgery went well! You are an inspiration to so many and proof of that is all the prayers that were sent your way. Wishing you a smooth recovery and continuing to pray for you, Michael and baby Alsop! <3

  4. Kelsey White reply

    I just wanna applaud your bravery to be so transparent and open during this season of your life. I genuinely am so appreciative of people who hold a platform and are willing to be transparent, let their life be a light to those who may not share their hope. I truly believe that your testimony will change lives and give hope to those who are in dark places, dealing with their own unknowns. Thank you! Thank you for sharing and continuing to pray grace and peace and hope over your family as you continue to journey this out! We don’t always get to know the “why”, but we rest in the knowledge that He.Is.Good. No matter what. ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Misty reply

    The power of prayer is SO real!!! So grateful that you’re on the mend Katelyn!!!!

  6. Tamara reply

    Thank you for the update! Praises be to God!! Continuing to pray for your recovery and your safe delivery.

  7. Laurie ellsworth reply

    Hallelujah!!! I am sure it was THOUSANDS of prayers! And each one heard and answered! Praise God! So so grateful that he has blessed you in so many ways. You are inspiring many with your faith and your story. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Kristina W. reply

    Ahhh did Jilly have her baby???? How exciting!!! Your shower looks wonderful and WOW what amazing, incredible, inspiring news about everything going well with your hand. Awesome!

  9. Peggy Horton reply

    Erin has been keeping me updated about your surgery. I have been praying for you and will continue. Can’t wait to hear that the blessed baby has arrived. Love to both of you!
    Peggy and Wayne Horton

  10. Jeana Rutledge reply

    What an amazing testimony you have! Our God is awesome and I’m so so thankful all went well. Continued prayers for you ,Michael and Baby girl!!

  11. Jennie reply

    The photo of your prayer. Oh honey the tears you brought to my eyes. I am so grateful to hear such incredible news. And can I just say, the underlined verses for your sweet little girl. Oh my heavens. So beautiful and sweet. I love this so much.

  12. Debby Evensen reply

    I am so glad that the surgery went well and that your little one is fine.

  13. Kimberley reply

    Thank you so much for the update and amazing God stories! He is so GOOD! You were on my mind and in my prayers for sure!

  14. Brittany Fry reply

    So glad to hear all went well. I have been praying for you and thinking of you and Michael. Isn’t it amazing what the power of prayer can do!?! Your shower looks like it was beautiful and I am cannot wait to see pictures of Baby Alsop once they have made their arrival!

  15. Jennifer reply

    I loved reading this post. I love how you wear your faith so gracefully and easily. Thank you for some uplifting reading when there is so much despair and unease everywhere else.

  16. Sarah Bradshaw reply

    I love that London is waving in that photo!!!!! Praising God for answered prayer!!

  17. ashley reply

    Praise the Lord! This is wonderful news!!! So happy and we will continue praying for y’all! I hope PT goes well for ya when the time comes! Do you have to have pins put in your finger? I met so many awesome people through PT and heard so many cool stories! It was a blessing in disguise! <3 Praying for y'all! :)

  18. Alexis reply

    Dear Katelyn,
    I am SO happy to hear that you are OKAY and that GOD answered prayers for you! :) Will keep praying for you and your husband as you anticipate the birth of your baby girl.
    Take care and God bless you! :)

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  20. Terri reply

    Do I see a preview to the baby’s name? :) Congrats you guys. Beautiful shower and wonderful health news :)

  21. Mark reply

    Absolutely adorable!!

  22. Martha Loving reply

    Praise the Lord for miraculous surgery results and beautiful baby. God Bless all of you and Praise be to God…Great Things He Hath Done!!

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