• Life Update & Prayer Request

There has been a lot going on in our life behind the scenes…beyond moving and pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Ever since I got pregnant in the early summer, I had noticed that my right index finger was a little swollen around the knuckle. It didn’t bother me at all really. I googled it… like every pregnant woman does and shouldn’t do… and I found that pregnancy induced carpal tunnel is very common in the joints, so I didn’t worry about it. It continued to get worse, and I did wonder why it was only happening in one joint when all of the cases I had read about online were in the wrists, ankles or entire hands and feet. 

It didn’t really affect wedding days because that finger is my trigger finger and doesn’t hold any of the weight of the camera. However, once I passed the 7 month mark, the swelling was noticeable and there was some pain. I typically have a high tolerance for pain and so I would wince when people shook my hand, but it wasn’t unbearable. I finished wedding season with no problem at all, and we looked forward to December because that was the start of our DOWN TIME!!! …. Or so we thought.

One night in early December, I was opening the fridge and holding a glass pyrex dish with my right hand. The door caught the dish and forced my index finger to pull away from the other fingers abruptly, and it was painful! I sat on the couch in tears for 10-15 minutes and then the pain subsided. Michael told me to get an X-ray at Patient First just to make sure it was ok and so I did that the next day, and the X-ray was abnormal. It didn’t necessarily tell us anything except that my entire knuckle was dark while the other bones in my hand were not. This was the one appointment that Michael couldn’t go to and so naturally, I walked out of the doctor’s office and googled “dark bones in X-ray” and bone cancer was the first thing that popped up. Cue the tears.

Obviously my googling had to stop. It wasn’t helping! So I scheduled an appointment to see an orthopedic hand specialist. He told me it was probably a cyst that was swollen and to just wait it out until after pregnancy. His bedside manner was less than desirable and it seemed he treated us like we were just a young couple overly worried because we were pregnant. He didn’t even look us in the eye when he was talking to us (if you can’t tell, I wasn’t impressed!). So we listened to him and left with no real diagnosis or treatment….. just wait and see.

Fast forward 4 days later and it’s 4:30 am on a Saturday, and I’m in excruciating pain. Michael finds me in tears and doubled over on the side of the bed. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It felt like a knife was being stuck into my knuckle and twisted around. Michael has known me my entire life and has never seen me in pain like this, so I jokingly said maybe this was God’s way of preparing me for labor! Well, the pain got worse and the joking stopped. We headed to the ER and they couldn’t do anything because of the pregnancy… eventually the pain was so bad that I didn’t want to eat and I couldn’t sleep. 12 hours of crying from excruciating pain can be super stressful on a baby and so even though I didn’t want to, I had to take Percocet just to experience some relief. We made it to the following Monday and the same orthopedic doctor told me I had an infection and gave me an antibiotic. We asked him for an MRI and he recommended an ultrasound of my hand instead. So we got that done…. only to find out that the radiologist thought my case was severe enough to order a rushed MRI. They did the MRI two days later… which is pretty fast for an MRI… and we had to get creative because you’re supposed to lie on your stomach and being 8 months pregnant, that wasn’t possible!

After 7 days of leaving multiple messages, with no response from the doctor (again . . . not impressed) we finally heard back that I needed to see a hand surgeon who is also an oncologist. Keep in mind, this was ALL happening the week of Christmas while we were MOVING, and my sister had a baby on Christmas Day and she lives 6 hours away. Little Micah entering the world was actually a perfect distraction from all of this craziness! It was a Christmas to remember for sure!!

So that leads us to this past Monday. There are only two hand surgeon oncologists in the state and because I’m almost 9 months pregnant, I got an appointment fast! We’re so thankful for that! We met with the surgeon and it was a different experience than what we had been through the last 3 weeks. He showed us the MRI, took a new X-Ray and then proceeded to thoroughly explain what he thinks is going on…

We’re HOPING that I have a giant-cell tumor in my index finger knuckle that is benign. If this is the case, I would be one in a million pregnant women who this happens to. What probably happened is this tumor has been growing the last 8 months because of the growth hormones from pregnancy, and it has slowly been weakening and eating away at my bone. This probably caused a fracture with the fridge incident, and the excruciating pain I experienced was the tumor pushing through the fractured area into the soft tissue. Yikes. So what does all of this mean???

First of all, my brides don’t need to worry… I’ve already taught myself how to shoot using other fingers and I’m a pro at it! No need to be alarmed. But in this current season of our life… all of this does mean that we’re left with a lot of unknowns. I’m having hand surgery under a nerve block on Tuesday and we’re praying for the best. The worst case scenarios are honestly very scary and hard to think about…none are life threatening…but they could be life altering. I’m about to become a first time mom in a matter of weeks with an aggressive tumor growing in the hand that my career is dependent on. We didn’t plan on this or expect this outcome. It’s not something we want to be going through and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t scared. I’ve had my fair share of meltdowns and because of normal baby appointments, gestational diabetes appointments and now hand appointments… we’ve had more than our fair share of doctor’s visits as well.

We’re asking for prayer for my surgery on Tuesday. We know that God has a plan and a purpose for all of this even though right now we just feel like we’re being given a continual wall of obstacles right before one of our biggest life transitions. We’re praying for peace, no cancer, a simple surgery and for the tumor to be smaller than the MRI shows! We’re also praying for a fast recovery so that I can hold our baby girl and take care of her the way any new mom would want to.

So if you’ve been wondering where the blog posts have been and where the educational emails have disappeared to and why we’re extra low-key… it isn’t just because I’m 9 months pregnant… or because we just moved…. it’s because all of this is going on. We believe in the power of prayer and so we’ve spent two full days texting friends and boldly asking for prayer. This isn’t something I love sharing with the internet, but we know that a lot of you will join us in prayer and we’re so very thankful for that. We serve a big God who isn’t shocked or surprised by anything that is going on with my hand. There is a purpose behind this season and we know that in time, we’ll see it and we’ll be thankful for it.

So while potentially being “one in a million” isn’t cool in this situation, we are hopeful and we’re thankful to be surrounded by friends and covered in prayer!

Ps. We’re also thankful for awesome doctors! We’ve experienced awesome doctors and not-so-awesome doctors throughout this experience, and we’re currently in the hands of a guy we really like and trust, and that’s a huge blessing!!

xoxo, Katelyn
218 Comments Personal
  1. Amanda reply

    You are most definitely in our prayers, sweet girl!

  2. Candi reply

    I’m praying for you! I can’t imagine what the last few weeks have been like for you! Thankful that this was in your slow season so you could take care of yourself and that sweet baby!

  3. Rachel reply

    Oh my goodness! You are so strong & you definitely have my prayers and positive thoughts & vibes coming your way! Hang in there!

  4. Monika reply

    Oooh Katelyn (and Michael)! I’m so sorry to hear all this! As if pregnancy alone isn’t exciting and scary enough on its own! I’ll be saying prayers for you!!!

    Ps: Looove the picture, what a cute baby bump!!!

  5. Brittney Marbley reply

    Praying for you & Michael! Wishing you & your Princess a quick & painless recovery.

  6. Nicole reply

    Praying for all the prayer requests you mentioned and for the anxiety you must be feeling. Asking God for peace, healing and protection for your family.

  7. Nicole reply


    I cannot imagine being in your situation. Know that we are praying for you! <3

  8. Holly reply

    You are loved and being prayed for right now!!

  9. Ashley Durham reply

    Sending you lots of love and positivity!!

  10. Wendy Adams reply

    You are an inspiration. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Marquette Mower reply

    Holy cow! I love your attitude that God has a plan for all of this, but I know that it still has to be crazy scary and overwhelming. Definitely sending love and prayers in your behalf for you, Michael, the baby, the doctors, and your family!

  12. Kate Robinson reply

    So sorry to hear this Katelyn! Praying for you xx

  13. Meredith reply

    Katelyn, My goodness, I have followed your work for a long time and you definitely have our family prayers. Also, I am writing to say that since my first pregnancy I have had a pain at my wrist joint that has steadily gotten worse to the point of painful lately. I am now making an appointment, as based on your story I need some real answers. May God bless your family in this time, it truly is the time that you can never duplicate. Blessings, Meredith:)

  14. Lindsey reply

    You are both so brave for sharing this! You will pull through. I have 4 children including a set of twins and I know that pregnant is hard enough and stressful enough without any added complications. I will pray hard and often for you both, your surgeon, and your baby. Good luck!!!! You’ve got this!!

  15. P reply

    Stay strong, I don’t pray very often but I will for you.So sorry this has happened to you.

  16. McCall & Brian Doyle reply

    Dearest Katelyn,
    I am so sorry you’re going through this. I’ve been dealing with a very rare illness for several years now and it causes a whole host of issues that have made life & my photography career difficult. But with my incredible hubby and wonderful family & friends, I get through it. You are blessed with Michael, and everyone else who loves you. Clearly God thinks red headed Virginia wedding photographers ARE one in a million and have these weird obstacles because He thinks we are awesome enough to handle them. It’s going to be AOK. You are firmly in our thoughts and prayers. Big hugs…you are going to be fine and then thrive. Can’t wait to meet Baby Alsop!!! ❤️

  17. Charlene Ballard reply

    I am praying for you and your family. I’ve enjoyed following your journey and wish y’all the very best. God Bless,
    Charlene Ballard

  18. Katie reply

    Praying so hard for you right now! The amount of strength you have shown through this hard season of life is just astounding. I don’t even know you but I wish I could give you the biggest hug right now. If there’s anything this beautiful community you’ve built can do for you, please let us know! Keep your strength and keep the faith <3

  19. Jana Portell reply

    You, Michael and baby Alsop will be in my ongoing prayers. Our God WILL see you through this.

  20. Valerie reply

    Praying for you and your sweet family. Praying for healing, the best possible outcome and peace that only God can bring.

  21. Morgan Livezey reply

    As photographers, an issue like this is always so scary to consider happening to us! But our God is mighty and already you have used this trial to glorify and point others to Him. Thank you for continuing to find confidence in Christ <3

  22. Sarah reply

    I don’t know you personally but I believe we are sisters through Christ. I want you to know I’m praying for you and your family. I am a mom of four and photographer. I know the stress you must be in right now and it hurts my heart. Trust God and keep praying– He is faithful.

  23. Rachel reply

    Katelyn! I’m over here in UT saying lots of prayers for you and your family!! I love your demeanor of hope and faith, and I know you will be able to wend your way through this trial and be an amazing mother because of it!!! Thank you for sharing your heart and hope you get to experience some peace!

  24. Molly reply

    praying big, bold prayers for you guys!! we love you!

  25. Sara Harper reply

    Praying for an easy surgery and no cancer and for a quick recovery so you can take care of your baby girl!

  26. Erin Schrad reply

    Katelyn, I am definitely praying for you and a positive outcome on Tuesday. I know you have a strong support system with your family and friends and a strong faith to help get you through this time. I truly believe all will be well soon enough! Hugs!

  27. Sarah Heacock reply

    Love you & the way you always use this space to serve the Lord. Will definitely be praying for y’all!

  28. Ashlea reply

    katelyn, wow! My husband and I will lift you up in your prayers. God is so good, and he’s so in control! Last year literally at this time I was being induced to have our first son, because two months prior they noticed a tumor and removed it and it ended up being cancer. Tears tears and so many tears. But so many prayers. The Lord worked in our hearts in so many ways we couldn’t imagine. Two weeks after having my son we went into surgery to remove and test lymphnodes with radiation to see if it has spread. Two days later the doctor called back and said I was declared CANCER FREE. nothing was there. They couldn’t find anything! God will work in you in micheals life in a mighty way and use this for His glory. Thank you for sharing this. We will be praying for you and a safe delivery too! You are so strong, and you’ve got this!!

  29. Erin reply

    We are believing, in the name of Jesus, that there is no cancer, no permanent damage, and absolutely no stress to the baby from this surgery on Tuesday. You are one in a million and I believe there will be result, but an increased faith in Him.

  30. Katie McGihon reply

    Katelyn! Sending so many prayers and much love your way. Jesus is the GREAT physician and He has placed the right people in your life to treat this. <3

  31. Sabrina Hoffmeyer reply

    Praying for you and your family. You are so dearly loved.

  32. Rachel Cutherell reply

    Sweet Katelyn, my heart aches for you and Michael in all you have been juggling recently. I am joining you before the throne asking boldly for healing of your hand, a beautifully safe (and on time) delivery of your little girl, and for you to feel a peace that passes all understanding through it ALL. If your medical needs ever have you in Roanoke, you have a former groom who is a surgeon now and we are here for you. Prayers from both of us for all three of you. Love you girl!

  33. Helen Don reply

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this!! What an awful thing to happen at what should be the most wonderful time of your lives! I hope your surgery is fast, easy and successful and that you’re back to yourself before baby comes. Best of luck!

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  35. Carrie reply

    Katelyn stay strong! You go this! xoxo

  36. STARR reply

    Please know you’re in my thoughts! Take care friend!

  37. Kelly reply

    Sending prayers for you and Michael. Stay strong, keep praying. We do serve a big God and he has a plan.

  38. Sara reply

    I have always loved and admired that you are so down to earth and real. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, and being so open about what a Big God we serve! I’m in tears over here reading your update (as I am a big follower and fan too!). We have two kids, and our youngest son came into our lives during a very busy season in our business when it seemed we were growing and it left me with a lot of unknowns.

    Please know, we are praying intensely and boldly for you and Michael and Baby Alsop. (And Bokeh too, of course!) We are asking ultimately, for a miraculous healing and protection over that little girl in your tummy. We are praying that you hear from the Lord clearly, and have clarity and focus when praying, or asking for direction. We are asking in the name of Jesus, to rebuke any pain, and fear, and further attacks from the enemy, and that this experience would grow you and Michael as a couple and bring your hearts even closer together.

    Thank you for always sharing your heart, and your story! <3

    – The Purdy Family

  39. Jill reply

    Praying for you 3 and sending lots of love!!! Gods got this!!!

  40. Kristi reply

    I will absolutely be praying for you and your family. May you soon have answers and a resolution that puts your minds at peace. Hugs!

  41. Ashton reply

    Oh Katelyn.. This is terrible news, that you are handling with such grace, but I must tell you.. I feel so grateful to have read your story this morning and to know that it’s okay that life is not always perfect, that our health has to be prioritized, and that we CAN ask for grace from clients and the industry. I am thinking of you, hoping for relief on your end, and wishing you well. Inspiring as ever!

  42. Kayla reply

    I’m praying for you Katelyn and for that sweet baby of yours. God has His healing hands and his armor protecting you through all of this. Lots of hugs.

  43. Carla reply

    My heart absolutely aches reading this. Your family is in my prayers!

  44. Kristina W. reply

    Oh goodness, how incredibly stressful!!! I’ll be thinking of you and hoping the surgery goes well!

  45. Marina reply

    So sorry to hear this Katelyn!! May God give you strength and healing! Praying for you!

  46. Laura Wolfgang reply

    Praying for healing and peace!

  47. Aubrey reply

    Hello! I don’t know you, but I’ve been a fan of your photography for a long time. I will be praying for you through all of the unknowns! So grateful for a loving God who will be with you and your growing family through all of this! Hugs to you.

  48. Joanna reply

    Oh Katelyn! I appreciate your boldness in sharing this more than you knows. We serve an awesome God who listens to the fervent prayer of righteous men and always takes care of His children. I will definitely be praying for you, Michael and your baby girl.

  49. Natalie Wendig reply

    Good luck with your surgery. My prayers will be with you and your doctors.

  50. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    Oh goodness, Katelyn! Definitely praying for you and Michael, for peace and for health and for a safe surgery and for your beautiful baby girl. Love you both!

  51. Mistt reply

    Oh, Katelyn!! How scary!! I can only imagine how stressful all of this has been for you, while pregnant no less! I had some complications with bleeding during my pregnancy and totally googled it and thought I was dying.. google is so bad. We’ll be praying for a speedy recovery, a quick delivery, and everything in between!!!

  52. Elizabeth Ladean reply

    Prayers going up sweet girl! God has this under control!

  53. LISA K reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. I got teary eyed. You are so amazing! We will be praying for you and your family!!

  54. Joyce reply

    Dear Lord, You are our provider, our protector, our mighty God! I lift Kaitlyn to you, & the baby, I ask you protect them from all harm. Give the medical taem skill & wisdom for surgery. Please calm the fears of Kaitlyn & Michael-give them the peace of your prescence. Lord, I ask surgery & recovery would be quick & no cancer! Lord you tell us that “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper & not harm”, Lord I claim that promise for Kaitlyn & her baby. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  55. colleen reply

    absolutely praying in Michigan. You have a lot going on and its so easy to let it overwhelm you, so first and foremost, I’m praying for peace and strength. Then, praying for only the best of news and treatments that will be fast and complete. Finally, praying you can enjoy some quiet time in your beautiful new home and getting ready for the sweetness of new life. Blessings to you and your family during this time of chaos and uncertainty. Love from Michigan

  56. Brenda Treadway reply

    I do not know you but I want to let you know that I will be praying for you.
    I truly believe that God hears our prayers and wants to answer and give us what we ask. I will pray in faith that He will deliver you from any disease/cancer that is trying to manifest in your body. Blessings to you and your husband as you begin the new adventure of parenthood.
    Jesus Loves You!

  57. Kim reply

    I am so sorry to hear about this scary situation, but you’re right, God isn’t surprised. He IS a big God who has a wonderful plan for your family. I know it’s hard to see when you’re in the thick of it, but I can see the huge impact you and Michael have had for the kingdom of God and He didn’t bring you all this way to drop you. He’s holding you, and your little girl, and He has a plan! Praying for your complete healing and peace.

  58. Macy reply

    SO MANY PRAYERS coming your way!! I will be thinking about you through all of this.

  59. Val reply

    I am praying for you! I’m from Brazil

  60. Jessica morrisy reply

    Sending prayers your way! Hoping for a speedy recovery! Before you know it you will be holding your beautiful baby which will make all of this worthwhile. Xoxo

  61. Stephanie Allen reply

    My prayers are with you my friend. I pray that it’s nothing more than a benign tumor and they are able to relieve your pain. I pray that God guides the surgeons hands carefully and that he is with you , comforts you and calms your fears during the surgery. I pray for healing for you before your baby girl arrives and that by then this will all be just a memory. Bless you all. ❤️

  62. Jackie reply

    I’m so sorry to hear this and I’ll praying for you. My hope is God would quickly heal you, and you would truly feel a peace that surpasses all understanding!!

  63. Carla reply

    Sending prayers to you. During my last pregnancy ( my fifth little one) I also received a life altering diagnosis . It is was terrifying and it changed what we assumed our life would be. I pray for strength for your family.

  64. Meredith jamison reply

    Oh Katelyn! I am so very sorry to hear of all the stress you have been under! I can’t even imagine going through this type of thing AND being pregnant! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Xxoo

  65. Cassie reply

    Hey! Just wanted you to know I will be praying! I know, you know, your God is a great and good father who has promised to never leave you. I’m so sorry you’re going through such a hard time especially right before your baby is born. I’ll especially be praying for you to be able to hold her right away. And as weird as it is, don’t feel bad or guilty if you get out of changing the first few diapers and baths. I know that weird mom guilt is possible and readily available and it’s not honest or true.

  66. Nicole Salter reply

    SO many love and prayers girl. Your heart is so big, I truly believe God has nothing bad in store for you. This is just a small bump in the road that will lead to this stunning, healthy baby girl <3 all my love.

  67. Jackelyn reply

    Oh my goodness! My heart goes out to you! Brining a baby into the world is stressful enough with your own health concerns added to that. I will be praying for you!

  68. Jennifer reply

    Dear Katelyn, I have read your blog for years and admire you and your business. I’ve also purchased a few of your wonderful products. I’m from the South and live out in LA now and reading your blogs reminds me of home. This is my first comment on your blog and I just felt it was extra important to write to you today. I’m praying for you. Best, Jenn :-)

  69. Rachel Strickland reply

    Katelyn, God is our all powerful Healer! I am praying right now for peace and wisdom in this situation. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this at such a time in your life, but I trust that God is in control. My family will be praying for you and everyone you come into contact with during this season! ❤

  70. Annetta reply

    Aww Katelyn This must be so hard. I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you. Hope all goes well.

  71. Amy Sullins reply

    Katelyn, I have admired you for many years. As a minister’s wife and wedding photographer, I love how you unashamedly proclaim your faith. In this moment, by sharing, you are honoring God through this tough time. I am praying for you and will continue to do so! God is the God of miracles. I’m believing for you!

    “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:1-5‬ ‭

    Much love and prayers to you!
    Amy Sullins

  72. Kelli Wellman reply

    Oh my goodness! I am praying for you all! I know this isn’t an easy post to share, but thank you for sharing so we can cover you all in prayer!

  73. Rebecca reply

    My family and I will definitely keep you in our prayers. I’m so sorry you have to go through this.

  74. Jamie reply

    Prayers on top of prayers. Remember God can bring good to every situation. He knows your heart, your fears, and he knows your desires. He is faithful. Keep your mind on him and his goodness. <3

  75. Irina reply

    Katelyn, I’m so sorry to hear of your trails especially with a new baby on the way. I believe in Gods sovereignty and timing, even though it’s hard for us to understand why. I know His love and mercies are great. You and your family are in my prayers. Be blessed and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  76. Kat reply

    love you. praying hard.

  77. Emily Cole Howard reply

    Oh my gosh Katelyn!!!! I’m so so sorry!!! :( Grant and I are thinking of you and hope for the best possible outcome! xoxo

  78. Kimberly Struchen reply

    First and foremost let me thank you for opening up your life and your amazing talent for capturing true beauty in photography. A friend of mone attended a workshop of yours and through her excitement I have been following you for years. Unknowingly planning my wedding through your inspirations, then KNOWINGLEY trying to plan my wedding through your inspirations you have become what feels like a friend. So naturally as I read your post this morning I took a break from my long nurse shift and charting to read, and I literally started crying at the nurses station. My mom got diagnosed stage 3 lung cancer 2 years ago and now that time has passed we found the positive in it and that was her gift to gab. She is since cancer free by the grace of our god, and she is a cancer camp counselor and shares her journey and awareness to others. I will be praying strongly for you and Michael and your growing family but I too think the world will benefit from your ability to blog and your strong faith. Bless you too on this difficult journey but god has plans for yall! ❤Kimberly

  79. Marie-Laure reply

    I’m a very anxious woman. A good friend of mine use to tell me a worry too much about things all thetime. He used to tell me “don’t worry you’ll be fine “. Unfortunately this great man doesn’t belongs to me life anymore. But I will and won’t never forget what it taught me when he was on my side. Sometimes life can be rude, but we have to face te reality and keep going. I’m sure e verything will be fine for you. Why ? because you’ve been strong enough to face the truth. To go and get to see a doctor e ven if it wasn’t easy. You’ve done most of the job. The surgery is just the final time of this very bad moment. It is just one more step to solve the problem. I send you my encouragement and love. It’s weird to say because I don’t know you personnaly. But, I’ve been following your business for well 7 years now. Good luck and remember everything will be fine

  80. MAGHON TAYLOR reply

    PRAYING so hard for you and Michael and Baby Aslop, Katelyn! I know this is SO hard with so many unknowns, but God DOES know, and he’s got you in the palm of HIS hands. I wish I could hug you! Sending you so much love.

  81. Melissa Durham reply

    Hey, Katelyn. I’m not even sure if you even know of me, but I’m a wedding photographer here in VA, too, and I’d like to share a little tidbit of my life with you. Back at the end of October, I had a hiking accident where I dislocated my right shoulder. It was a very long night in the ER, I ended up with stitches in my right eye, and I found out that if I hadn’t put my arm out to brace my fall, I would have died from severe head trauma. (It’s sobering, let me tell you.) Little did I know, I had much more going on in my shoulder. The rotator cuff had pulled off the greater tuberosity (the large knobby part of your upper humerus that helps keep your arm in the shoulder capsule). I had a major fracture, so I wound up in surgery a week later. They then found that I also had a nearly complete fracture across the top of my humerus, a torn biceps tendon, and a rotator cuff tear. BIG mess, girl. BIG mess. I’m full of a new hardware, though! LOL I had to hire four photographers to take over my final weddings for the year, and it was the most humbling experience. My right arm is my dominant arm, and as you said it, our careers are dependent on it! What I can tell you is this: this community of ours is amazing and they came to my rescue in a time that I needed it the most, but most of all, I feel like it was God’s way of telling me to slow it down. To let people help me, that I don’t always have to say “yes” to everything or be superwoman, and that sometimes you need to be forced to slow down and take in your life outside of work. There’s a silver lining to it, I promise. I was angry, in pain, anxious to be doing what I “should” be doing as a photographer, mom, and wife, and so very very worried about being unable to use my right arm again for the things I love the most: hugs, lifting my kiddos and tying shoes and braiding beautiful red hair (cue the tears), handwritten things, and of course, photography. Fast forward to today, I can get my camera to my face (yay!!), and I’m finally writing and hugging again. I still can’t get my arm over my head, but PT is AWESOME and I will get there! I have nothing but faith that you’ll get through this – we’ve never met, but I see the perseverence in you. You have a huge heart, you certainly come off as a determined, gracious woman with a strong faith. Surgery is scary, but it’s the beginning of recovery!! That’s the biggest hurdle right now. Get through that and have faith in the recovery process. <3 Sending you my prayers and love, Katelyn, and if you need anything, even just encouragement, you know where to find me! <3 Good luck, friend. <3

  82. Dorothy reply

    Sending so many prayers and positive thoughts your way! I am the most anxious person when it comes to medical ailments, and unfortunately it has only gotten worse since becoming a mama! Life is tough but my daughter and husband keep me strong and somewhat sane ;). The waiting game is the hardest part, but it sounds like you have found excellent medical care and I know you have an amazingly huge and caring support system. Try not to stress (I know, easier said than done), stay away from Dr. Google, and channel your energy and focus into all your amazing blessings. Wishing you all the best!

  83. Robyn reply

    Prayers of peace to cover you, Michael and your baby girl during this time. Prayers of wisdom for the doctors, nurses and all those that will have a hand in the surgery.

  84. Kait Masters reply

    Katelyn – Natalie from RTS shared your post with me today to join in rallying support and prayer. As a fellow rare condition patient (not quite 1 in a million, I’m one of about 60,000 in the US with a rare neuromuscular disease) my heart feels the weight of fear and uncertainty when our bodies fail us. You are in my prayers for a successful surgery with a hopeful outcome. Even people you’ve never met or spoken to before are touched by your willingness to share so we can support you through this. Lots of love + prayers.

  85. annie reply

    Sending prayers and a speedy recovery for you to hold and kiss on your little girl!

  86. Laura reply

    I can’t even imagine what you guys have been going through with all of this happening at once. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both. Stay strong and know that God has a plan, always. Trust in Him.

  87. Charlene Hollins reply

    Praying for you, Katelyn for comfort that only our great God can give you and for Michael as he patiently waits. Just know that you will be surrounded by God’s Healing Mercy on Tuesday and with you when you are blessed with Joy in the birth of that precious little girl !

  88. ren reply

    Katelyn, I am sending all positive thoughts your way. This blog post had tears running down my face. I am so sorry you are going through this and I am hoping for the best outcome possible for you. You have changed my life and my business from the moment I came across your blog. I know you are so strong and I just hope everything turns out OK for you. Just know you are loved by so many and we are all supporting you!!

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  90. Traci reply

    Covering y’all in prayer friend!!! He’s got this!

  91. Donna Weaver reply

    Sending you prayers.

  92. Sharon Webb reply

    Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing your experiences so openly. I’ll be praying for you, Michael, and baby.

  93. Andrea reply

    I am digging deep and saying extra prayers for you all! I know you’ll be okay and God will be watching over you and Michael and baby girl. XOXO – Andrea

  94. Elizabeth Gelineau reply

    Praying for you, Katelyn and Michael!!!

  95. Kendra reply

    Praying for you guys!!! Praying for your doctors & nurses!! Katelyn, especially praying for you and that little girl!! Praying for your momma heart!!

  96. Deena Lanier reply

    You just came to mind earlier this week. I was thinking about how close you must be to “birth day”. I’m so sorry to hear about this bump in the road. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  97. Tamara Hattersley reply

    Katelyn and Michael,
    Thank you for being honest and open in a time that is very personal. Thank you for being bold enough to ask for prayers. Your ability to witness to others in a time of your need is commendable. I read John 16:33 earlier this week and thought of you after reading your post and how appropriate (as God’s word always is) for you in this season. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” I will be lifting your name in prayer to the ultimate healer.

  98. Katelyn reply

    Sending prayers & love your way. Also sending some good luck, my good luck is special too! I had pancreatic cancer at age 23 (a very deadly type of cancer). I am now 3 years cancer free with a wonderful hubby, & 2 baby girls (under the age of 2)! <3

  99. Eleanor reply

    Praying for you! I so admire that while you’re an industry leader, you’re humbly and vulnerably asking for prayer and being bold about it with such a large audience. Regardless of if He gives or takes away, I’m thankful that we can still bless His name because He is good! Praying for health for your little baby.

  100. Nilo Burke reply

    Dearest Katelyn and Michael,
    You are in my prayers. Praying that God gives you peace and healing in this difficult time. You have got this!

  101. Nicole Conner reply

    Awe Katelyn! I am so optimistic for you and recovery after baby!!! I can relate! When I was 28 weeks pregnant w my second I developed calcific tendinitis in my shoulder (of course my shooting arm) the body goes through strange things while pregnant. Once I had that baby everything went back to normal. I am now due w my 3rd March 7 so I’m right beside you pregnancy wise!!! Your in my thoughts!!! Take care mama!!!

  102. Jesi Peterson reply

    WOW!! That is a lot to go through for anyone let alone while you’re pregnant!!

    God is great and he definitely knows what he is doing! He loves you and blesses you on a daily basis! You are very important to him and he will guide those doctors hands in your surgery!

    I’ll be praying for you and sending all my good surgery vibes your way this weekend!!!

  103. Amanda reply


    I have followed your work for a long time I’m a big fan! Im so sorry you’re having to go through all of this at such a transitional time in your lives. I am standing with you in continual prayer for your situation! We definitely do serve a big GOD!

    Much love,


  104. Lindsey reply

    I have been following you on social media for a year now, your beautiful images lead me to you but I have loved watching your dreams and your family grow. I am praying that God will bring you through this with grace and that your surgery is successful, reveals the best possible outcome, and that you heal quickly so that you can focus on how exhausted you are when your new baby arrives

  105. Betsy reply

    Surrounding you with all my love and prayers! He has a plan and together you will get through this. XO love, Betsy

  106. Cathy reply

    Thinking of both of you and your baby girl right now. You two are so strong and can make it through this. You have a HUGE system of people that love and support you and are praying for you. Remember that even if you feel alone, you never are. I’m saying prayers that the tumor is benign and that your healing from the surgery goes very quickly. Thank you for opening your heart and allowing all of us to pray for you. There’s power in numbers!

  107. Kathy Byars reply

    Katelyn & Michael,
    I am so so sorry to hear this news, zillions of prayers coming your way from CNU. Please keep us updated.

  108. Lauren Grove reply

    Praying praying praying for you Katelyn!! Sending you SO much love.

  109. Amy reply

    Prayers going up right now! Best of luck with the surgery, hope all goes smoothly, and congratulations ahead of time on your new baby girl!!!

  110. Katrina Mosman reply

    I had almost an exact experience 21 years ago with my first pregnancy. I was diagnosed with an angiolypoma in my right index finger. After delivery I had a biopsy that was benign. That procedure relieved so much pressure. I never had trouble again. At the time my husband was in the military & the radiologists were so excited because it was so rare. Supposedly they wrote a paper on the diagnosis & treatment & it is published in a medical journal (so they say). Best of luck to you!

  111. Rebecca Jo reply

    You are proof of the saying, When it rains, it pours. Goodness. My anxiety is up just reading this. Sending prayers up for you for all things mentioned & for peace & calmness for you & baby. I cant even imagine trying to handle all this while getting through the end of pregnancy. One tough lady!!!!

  112. Xiomara reply

    I am praying for you three! I love that you can have that secure perspective, knowing Our Heavenly Father was not surprised but rather is sovereign in this. He has a purpose, although uncomfortable and hard to see now but His kindness never fails and that is a blessing. Will remember to pray Tuesday that He goes before you and the medical team. And that you three can experience His peace.

  113. Alyssa reply

    Praying for you Katelyn! Reflecting the light you put out back to you!

  114. Amy Owen reply

    Praying for the tumor to come to nothing and for the peace of God to cover your thoughts. He’s got you!

  115. jamie reply

    Praying for healing and health for both you and your bundle of joy… praying for peace and contentment throughout this season… and praying for miracles… I love your faith and your talent, you’re wonderful :) God Bless!!!

  116. Deb reply

    Lord I just ask for you to cover this family with your peace, right now. Thank you Lord and I ask that on Tuesday you guide the surgeon’s hands as only You can do. I ask for a fast easy surgery, and a quick healing. Through all this Lord I know that You are in control and we all thank and praise You for that. In Jesus name , amen

  117. Joy reply

    Fellow photographer friend of mine just passed this blog post on to me and yes, I will definitely be praying for you! You and I share the same great God and he is able to carry you through this. I am based out of Mechanicsville Virginia so, I’m not far from you. I know you have a great support group but, if you need anything at all shoot me an email

  118. Charissa reply

    Thank you so much for being so brave to share all of this. I know it’s hard being so vulnerable and transparent on the internet full of strangers, but we have all grown to love you so much & now we will all be covering you in prayer and lifting you up in Jesus’ name. Nothing is too powerful for Him! You got a team of prayer warriors behind you on this one. Blessings!!

  119. Ashley Ziegler reply

    Oh Katelyn… my heart hurts for you!!!! Praying so hard over here in Utah!!!! Get rest and God will do the rest. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  120. Kalina Duck reply

    That is going to be my prayers for you and your family!!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxo Kalina

    You have soothed us, saying “do not worry about tomorrow”.
    Thank you that you pour out your spirit upon us a new each day.
    Thank you that your grace is sufficient for us within each moment that we live.

    So I pray for my loved one that they would know your peace in their hearts.
    A peace that surpasses all understanding.
    A peace that guards their hearts and minds.
    A peace that they receive from Christ himself.

    Lord, as they undergo this surgery, come and be present, watching, waiting, moving to help and guard every moment during this procedure. May they be held in your loving arms and protected from all harm.

    In Jesus name,


  121. Mariann Kovats reply

    Oh Dear Katelyn and Michael, I am so so sorry, that you have to face this health issue, instead of just waiting happily for the Princess arrival. Certainly my prayers will be with your family, especially with you and the baby. It is easier said then done, but try not to stress about your hand, so it will have as little as possible effect on the baby your upcoming surgery. I hope you or Michael will able to post an update, how the surgery went! I really hope, once you are not pregnant and the hormones get back to “normal”, then your hand will heal fast and you won’t need to make long term lifestyle changes. You are a very strong woman and a fighter and with your wonderful husband at your side and with an awesome family and friend support, I hope, everything will turn out fine at the end. We all love you!

  122. Amanda reply

    In tears for you Mamma! I am going to keep you in my prayers! I can’t even imagine what you are going through… I was a wreck with nerves when I was pregnant and I “normal” pregnancy… I wish I could wrap my arms around you and pray over you and tell you everything is in God’s hands!

  123. erika reply

    Katelyn, this is so sad to hear. Please know that we are praying, very hard! I am so sorry you are going through this!

  124. Claire reply

    Many prayers for you and Michael and your sweet baby!! Thank you for being willing to share your trials and ask for support and prayers. Please keep us updated!

  125. Rebecca reply

    Oh goodness a Katelyn – what a trying time for you and your family.
    I am sending you all the positive healing energy I can find for your hand surgery and delivery of your healthy baby.
    Be well!

  126. Renee White reply

    Wow! Huge prayers sent your way for your surgery to go as planned & the birth of your precious gift. I am a friend of Cindy’s. I also nanny if you ever need help with your baby. Thank you for sharing your story! Lots of prayers sent your way!

  127. Jessica reply

    Prayers, thoughts and love for you and your family! God does have a plan for you and you will have the power to let Him work through you! You connect with so many people in so many ways that you don’t even realize! God is great and gives us challenges that we don’t always understand but He has a purpose! Thank you for sharing!

  128. Mandy reply

    Praying for you!!

  129. Heather reply

    I’ll be thinking of you and sending prayers your way! Know that there are a ton of us out here pulling for you and sending you virtual hugs!!! Xoxo!!!!!

  130. Tracey Jazmin reply

    Sending you all the prayers, positivity and love in the world. Everything happens for a reason and you’re so right, one day you will look back on this and understand why it had to happen. Stay strong and keep that faith alive!

  131. Christy Long reply

    Katelyn, my family and I will be covering you in prayer here in South Africa on Tuesday. Know that God can use our hardships for His glory and ultimately that’s all we want. Know that you are so valued and loved and God Has got you exactly where He needs you, on your knees and in the palm of His hands. ♡

  132. Arleen Bathgate reply

    Hi Katelyn & Michael,

    I live in the UK and came across you guys about a year ago, I’ve been following ever since and really admire the career that you’ve obviously and deservingly earned. Thank you first of all for sharing so much with all of us budding photographers and giving us inspiration and confidence to keep working.

    This however, actually isn’t why I wanted to message you. I’ve just read the post about the tough time you are experiencing in the lead up to having your baby girl. This really resonated with me because I know what it’s like to receive potentially life changing news and right before your due date. My husband and I were expecting our son in October 2012 and had a routine scan 4 weeks before my due date, our world was unexpectedly turned upside down on that day and we had 3 weeks of appointments and not knowing what might happen. I did everything from pray for a miracle to fear the worst and my husband somehow held it together for my sake. As you say in your blog post, those moments where you completely lose it. I just kept praying and hoping for a miracle and I’m happy to tell you and I hope this brings you some comfort that our little boy arrived safe and sound, he is now 4 years old and I was also fine. It’s just that those weeks before of worrying are so difficult but keep your incredible faith and really try and hold close the excitement that you’re feeling for meeting your baby girl.

    I hope you don’t mind me messaging with my story, I just hope like I said that it boosts your optimism in some way and proves that good things and miracles do happen. I wish you the very best outcome in all of this.

    Prayers and love from the UK.
    Arleen x

  133. Natalie reply

    Praying! My daughter just had her first baby on January 2nd. He is a miracle baby. We prayed for years for them to become pregnant. After a trip to the Jones Institute and several appointments, they finally conceived. I’m reading this blog post while sitting in the ENT’s office with my husband and daughter. The baby has to have his tongue thingy clipped (also known as being tongue-tied) as it is making it difficult for him to eat. That procedure in and of itself sounds painful but hopefully it won’t be too bad. Life can be difficult at times (well, most of the time) but God sees us through. Praying for you and all that’s going on in your world right now. Soon you’ll have a beautiful little one that will change life as you know it. Hugs to you!

  134. Emily Betcher reply

    Dear, sweet Katelyn and Michael,
    Yes – we stand with you in prayer. We lift your condition (all of it! physical AND spiritual) up in prayer to our merciful Father and stand confident that at the sound of His voice you may be healed. In studying John this year, I have been continually amazed at what healing meant to Jesus (so do some deep John study if it sounds helpful!). There is much work to be done on our hearts and in the spirit, so much that it can take a physical manifestation to draw our attention to it, or to glorify God, or to surrender ourselves more to Him, or… you get the idea. Seeking the Healer over the healing is the blessing – we want you back, but we want you whole more. We love you THREE, you are precious! Take peace in remembering and constantly rejoicing in God’s constant love for you.

  135. Tatyana Lee reply

    Wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

  136. Anna reply

    Sending LOTS of love and best wishes your way. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with all of this right now – I guess it really is true that when it rains, it pours – but your positive attitude and outlook on it all just shows how strong and amazing you are. Stay strong!

  137. Michele Read reply

    Praying for you three. God does have it in His hands. He planned this before your baby girl was even growing. Will be thinking and praying for you on Tuesday.

  138. Trish reply

    This came thru a Facebook post from my daughter who is a photographer. I don’t know how Facebook works so I hope this is appropriate to answer. I don’t sell this but please check out Wholetones website. It is music that cured the musicians mother of cancer and has helped me through stress and sickness. I hope this helps and I am praying for you and your family.

  139. Stephanie Messick reply

    Oh my gosh, Katelyn!!! I’m so sorry it has come to this. My heart breaks and my stomach twists thinking about what you’re dealing with. I’m currently praying for you right now that God releases the pain and heals you ASAP! You’re a strong woman and I know that God will take care of you through this! Love ya, sweet friend! XOXO!!

  140. Laurie reply

    Oh. Wow! Sending prayers and love and more prayers your way. May the love and peace of God be with you during this time. May he bless you and Michael and your sweet baby girl with peace and strength and wellness. May he provide you with competent and caring health professionals, the kind that can and will both comfort you and perform medical procedures proficiently and effectively and help your healing to be optimal. Huge things happening and no doubt difficult to say the least, but you’ve got this and I have no doubt your tremendous faith and the love of a kind Father in Heaven is aiding you now and will continue to aide you throughout this trial. Love and peace be with you.

  141. Jana Long reply

    Oh Katelyn! Praying for you!!! God is watching over you and I pray you are filled with abundant peace!!! Xo

  142. Sarah Heinle reply

    I will be praying hard Katelyn. I also believe in the power of prayer.

  143. Cherish Groom reply

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this! Sending prayers!!!

  144. Joy reply

    My thoughts and prayers go with as you enter this joyful and scary part of your journey. I pray for your health and quick healing, as well as the safe arrival of your sweet little one into the world. May this joyful time be filled with many memories love and happiness always!

  145. Karen Pipkin reply

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.
    Love ❤️
    Karen (Natalie’s mom)

  146. Jamie Masters reply

    Thoughts and prayers with you especially for the day of your surgery.❤

  147. Jenna Russell reply

    Katelyn- I have followed you since you shot my friend’s wedding a couple years back. I’ve experienced difficult pregnancies, with the addition of unforeseen difficulties and their aftermath and I can say that because of your faith in God’s grace, I know you guys will get through this! I’m praying for the nurses and doctors for you and for a quick recovery, no matter the outcome. God Bless you two…three!

  148. Alexandra reply

    Oh Katelyn, I am praying for you, Michael, and that sweet baby girl of yours! You are such an amazing person and I’ve never even met you in real life! But I do know that as a photographer myself you have had a TREMENDOUS influence on me and my career-which is crazy because you don’t even know who I am. The point is that you bless people in your world that you’ve never met and we love you. You inspire us, and push us towards greatness just by being you. I am praying, with everyone else, for a safe a healthy outcome. In time you will know why this was part of God’s plan and all will be just perfect. Sending all the love your way. xoxo Alex

  149. Leandra reply

    Praying, praying, praying! Praying for peace, and healing. God is good and I know you’ll be alright!

  150. Shayla reply

    Praying for you and your family ! ❤

  151. Lindsay reply

    I am praying for you — for a smooth surgery, NO cancer, a fast recovery. a smooth labor/delivery and a healthy baby. I can’t imagine how terrifying this must be for you, and you are handling it with such grace. I wish you didn’t have to go through this. Praying hard that everything goes well for you. Please keep us posted as we will be thinking of you.

  152. Terri Baskin reply

    Prayers to you and your family Katelyn! Thank you for your transparency. God will get the glory and see you through all of this!

  153. Lydia Thrift reply

    I don’t comment very often, but this definitely warrants it. I believe in the power of prayer and I also believe that God has such a special place in his heart for children and for mothers. Isaiah 40:11 says, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” I’ll be praying for you for all of the things that you are praying for: for no cancer, for a quick recovery, for your career.

  154. Tracey reply

    Sending good thoughts your way for you and your growing family.

  155. Lisa reply

    Praying, praying, praying!! <3

  156. Carla reply

    Thank you for sharing, so that your sisters and brothers in Christ can support you through this difficult journey.
    ❤️ Carla in Waco, TX

  157. Angie Kauffman reply

    Katelyn, I hadn’t even read this whole post but when I saw something pop up on IG today about this, I started praying for you as I was house cleaning. I’m going to continue to lift you to the throne of the Father and declare healing over your hand and body. Hugs….

  158. Jenna Austin reply

    Katelyn, just reading this has made my heart hurt for you and Michael. I will definitely be praying for you both during this time. Continue to pray and think positive. God is in control. ♡

  159. Debra Van Eerde reply

    You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing so others are aware. All will be well Katelyn. You both are very special people!

  160. Cathy Cooper reply

    Sending sincere prayers for you, your family, and your precious baby!! I am 9 years cancer free and I understand all of your emotions right now. God has a bigger plan for you and will see you through this season. I know it’s scary but just embrace every emotion and remember He is not done with you yet. Your photography is amazing and your heart is even better. Keep the faith. Praying!

  161. Dennis Eggleston reply

    Mine and Blossom’s prayers are with you!

  162. Abigail reply

    Sending lots of prayers from a fellow mama tog!

  163. Debbie reply

    Prayers coming for all the if you

  164. Ashley devoe reply

    Covering you in major prayers.

  165. Martha loving reply

    Dear Katelyn, I am lifting you, your husband and sweet little baby up to our Heavenly Father with prayers! God made all of you and He is there for you…remember the story about the footprints in the sand…Our Living Father is carrying you and no matter what He will give you the strength and courage to get through whatever is ahead! I am praying for your complete healing, for a sweet healthy baby, and that your husband will have the wisdom to support you as you need. I pray for your doctor’s and health care workers to know exactly what is needed to take care of you! God bless you on this journey!

  166. Victoria reply

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have had such a terrible experience but so pleased you finally have some good news in that something can now be done to help you. Everything does happen for a reason and I pray for you that Tuesday brings good news, that you can see the positives this negative has bought in raising awareness of this condition in other Mums-to-be, and that you can then focus on the arrival of your baby girl and experience all the joy that this will bring.
    Sending you much strength and love.
    V x

  167. Andrea Cranford reply

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. You have a rough journey between marriage, new baby, pain, surgery, and aftermath. Continue being an inspiration to myself and others. We will try to be straight and inspiration to you.

  168. Betsy reply

    Praying for you in this. I can not even imagine the stress that you are feeling and going thru with everything else that is going on. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing. A promise that I have been claiming is from the great commission when Jesus says, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” I know it is taking the verse out of context but even so it is a promise from Jesus that He is with us. He is with you and loves you! And another verse to help with the crazy thoughts and stop you from googling is, “You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
    4Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Is. 26:3-4

    So thankful for y’all and all that you have done for me in teaching me about the business and photography!

  169. Carrie reply

    Oh Katelyn! You are so brave to share this! Your little girl is so lucky to have such a strong woman as a role model. Thank you for letting us know, and for showing us how to be hopeful in even the most worrisome of situation. Praying for positive, treatable news for you all.

  170. Kristin Smetona reply

    Praying for the Lord’s perfect plan for you! He is gracious and loving and no one can snatched you out of His hand.

  171. Vicki Beach reply

    Katelyn, first and foremost, I am praying for you! I am praying for a miracle and that you are healed in Jesus’ name! I typically do not respond like this but I felt like God wanted me to. It’s only been a hour ago that I was telling my husband how I walked into the family room 2 days ago and the 700 club was on and they were praying for healing. I typically would be at work but was home sick that day. They were praying for someone who was having excruciating hand pain in their fingers to be exact. They spoke of not being able to open jars and then they said YOU ARE HEALED! I suffer from arthritis and the pain has gotten worse so even opening my medications are difficult. So when they said for that person to receive the healing, I did and for 2 days I have been pain free. But I am asking God to give that healing to you instead of me! Believe it and it will happen!!! I will continue to pray for you and your new baby and peace and comfort for you all. God is good and we serve an AWESOME GOD! God Bless!!

  172. Ashleigh reply

    Standing in prayer and agreement with you! Healed and whole in Jesus name!

  173. Kirsten Marie reply

    I am so sorry that during what should be such a joyous time you are faced with such uncertainty. I pray that you will get answers soon and that you will not be in pain.

  174. DanaN reply

    Thinking of you, Michael, and the baby. Hugs to all of you!

  175. Sarah reply

    I’ve been following along for years and honestly don’t know if I’ve ever taken the time to comment on a post. I want you to know that I’m praying a prayer of peace over you right now (hopefully as you sleep since I’m on the other side of the world!).
    Please continue to share, so we can continue to pray!
    Much love to you and your sweet family,

  176. Chris Hoover reply

    Know that the Hoover/Hawkins clan will be praying for you.

  177. BarbaraBarbara Highlander reply

    I am praying for you. As a retired medical administrator, I encourage everyone to be proactive with their care.

  178. Siri reply

    Oh my gosh Katelyn…how scary! I’m glad that you shared your story and struggle with us so we can help lift you in prayer! It’s easy to post all the pretty, happy,sparkly stuff but this stuff, the real down-and-dirty of life, is the stuff that we all have in common. Far from making you look weak, reaching out to your tribe proves you are STRONG!

  179. Carole Nicholson reply

    Sending prayers your way! Nahum 1:7

  180. Mary Slater reply

    So sorry to hear of all of this, Katelyn! We are praying for your safety and speedy recovery!!

  181. Tyrenda Pentecost reply

    Praying for you that all goes well and the tumor is benign God will take care of you!

  182. Victoria reply

    Oh Katelyn! Thank you for sharing so openly so your community knows how to pray for you! I’ve said a prayer just now and will continue to do so when your gorgeous images pop up in my news feed. I also have been watching your pregnancy journey and want to confirm and celebrate your brave plans to slow down. It’s so hard when you’re an entrepreneur but I’m proud of you for doing that. Your family is the priority right now, and it’s encouraging to watch you make James Party of 3 a priority. As a mom of 2, an entrepreneur myself, and a birth doula let me encourage you that you have WONDERFUL resources around you in the RVA area. There’s a lot of support for expectant and new moms (I’m jealous!) and I pray you’ll keep pressing into that support and community God has placed around you. Cheering you all on :) And I’m proud of you for talking about what’s been going on. It’s hard to live in the public eye, but a weight is lifted off when we begin to speak of our experiences. <3

  183. Amy Lawson reply

    Thank you for being willing to share. Your life testimony is as much a blessing as your educational resources. <3 My husband and I will be praying for you! I know how it feels to have "the plan" appear to be thrown out the window in one dizzying moment. Praying! Our God is SO GOOD, all the time!

  184. Tammy Muczinski reply

    My heart wrenches for you. I can’t even imagine what you are going thru. As a Mom, nurse, someone who recently moved I can try to empathize. I want to apologize for the medical professionals. Who let you down by not calling back.

  185. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Praying for you, sweet Katelyn!!! Wishing you answers and a speedy recovery!!! Hugs!!!

  186. Amanda reply

    Lifting you up in prayer- because where two or three gather in His name, there is tremendous power! It looks as though you have far more than that here. Praying for an overwhelming sense of peace that comes form Him alone! Praying for clear answers, and steady hands of all the doctors and staff you come in contact with!

  187. Robyn reply

    I’m so sorry you are being challenged at a time you should be anticipating and being filled with joy. I can’t imagine your fear or emotions. I will be thinking of you on Tuesday, and praying everything is simple and easy, and you will be well on your way to recovery!!! Love your sweet, positive attitude!!! You’ve already won that battle!! Keep it up! All the best to you! xoxo

  188. Jennifer reply

    Oh, dear Katelyn, you are in my prayers. You are a light to the world and an inspiration. I wish I could do more to help, but I do know that prayer works, and God will bless you with what is best for you, Michael, and your little baby.

  189. Barbara reply

    Katelyn, I appreciate the opportunity to join you in prayer and will continue to hold you, Michael and your baby up to the Lord. I love your trusting spirit. So sorry you’re going through this. We all want you to be able to enjoy your baby!!?

  190. Kelly reply

    Katelyn, my heart and prayers go out to you and your growing family. I stand in agreement with you and everyone else praying for you. Our God is a mighty God and you are his daughter. May His hand be in everything you have to go through. Thank you for sharing so that we can all pray for you. God bless you.

  191. Jolei Higgins reply

    Katelyn, your post has brought me to tears, along with many others, I’m sure. Although I don’t know you personally, as one of your class members of your Consistency and Posing courses, I feel like I do. I am praying for you. You have taught me more than any other person. You have amazing gifts that you allow to flow through you every day. Thank you for sharing them with us. I know that God is in control of your situation and will be with you every step of the way. Praying for complete healing- no cancer & a happy, healthy baby that you can hold!

  192. Francoise Moquin reply

    Hi Katelyn,

    A friend forwarded me your blog knowing that I would totally understand what you are going through. I am a violinist and discovered my encondroma in my left pinky finger last December. The ER said best case scenario hand surgery (my worst case thought as a violinist) and worst case amputation. Okay, so surgery was sounding great! Thanks to my network of musicians, I found a great hand doctor quickly who was very calm in the process and totally nixed amputation. Fortunately, we did catch mine prior to it cracking the bone and getting out to the soft tissue. Prior to surgery we decided to take care of my carpal tunnel release and a bone spur at the same knuckle all at the same time. His physical therapists were awesome and worked closely with the doctor. I am playing professionally again and feel very blessed.

    Do what the therapists say, and work through the pain. Make your own ‘play’ areas at home so that you are working daily when not in therapy. Massage your soft tissue like crazy once you get the okay to do it and work on bending it the fingers. When I came out of the protective gauze and my fingers would not bend at all…even those that didn’t have direct surgery, I almost flipped out. I have learned since that part of that was the tumor surgery and part the carpal tunnel that I had thrown in as a bonus. But none the less, I almost cried through some of my at home work determined to get well properly and quickly. I also alternated morning and evening pure argon oil and new gel +E to help lubricate the scar tissue and heal it.

    The other bizarre but clever thing that I did was to take a picture of my hand each week after the wrapping came off. Then when I felt no progress was happening, I could look and see that it really was. This helped with the mental anguish.

    I wish you all the best and will pray for you during this surgery. I wish you a wonderful recovery and beautiful times with your baby, God’s miracle of birth. You will make it work, but if you need encouragement or want to ask me questions directly, feel free to do so. I don’t know where you live, but I am in Richmond, VA if that helps,


  193. Barbara Hill reply

    Praying for you and James and for a miracle of healing for your finger. Praying for the surgeon and for peace for both of you. Wishing you sweet blessings as you become parents to your precious daughter.
    Love in Christ, Barbara Hill

  194. Kelly reply

    I’m praying for you. I’ve followed you for a few years now and have prayed for your family and will continue to. xoxo

  195. sarah reply

    I dont know you, but i will pray for you.

  196. Olivia Whiteside reply

    You story hit home for me! I too was pregnant and began to lose sight in one of my eyes. My mother worked for an ophthalmologist and he quickly saw me and ordered some test. I had a tumor sitting on my optic nerve. Luckily it was benign however the longer it sat there and the bigger it grew the more likely I was to have permanent damage. I was closely followed during my pregnancy and miracle of miracles through prayer the tumor never caused damage and disappeared once my son was born. I went on to have another healthy pregnancy as well. You are in my prayers!

  197. Faith reply

    Praying for you, Katelyn!! xoxo

  198. Ryan Abbas reply

    Thoughts and prayers for you, Michael and your soon to be born little bub!

  199. Kim reply

    I believe something good will come of this! Sending you a virtual hug and an abundance of prayers! xoxox

  200. Shari Sabie reply

    Praying for you during your surgery and amongst everything else going on in next few weeks, along with your family.

  201. Linda Paisley reply

    You surely are in my prayers!!! God Bless You!!!

  202. Resi reply

    Thinking of you today as you enter the hospital for surgery! Lots of good vibes for you, your hand and your soon-to-be-family-of-4 (counting Bokeh of course, hehe) from Switzerland!

  203. Candice reply

    “the universe is unfolding as it should” a quote that my Mom always used to comfort me with. Your knowledge that this is God’s plan is a wonderful gift that is certain to carry you through. Prayers from Florida.

  204. Kathy Byars reply

    Good luck today Kaitlyn

  205. Ashley reply

    I’m a friend of Sarah’s & saw her prayer request on Facebook. I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with this while your pregnancy should be one the most joyful times of your life. I’m praying for you & that your surgery goes perfectly! I pray in Jesus Name that your recovery is speedy & has no lasting effects on how you do you job, your daily life, & in holding that sweet baby girl!

    Thank you for sharing your story so many can pray for you!

  206. Diane Taylor reply

    Hi Katelyn – long time reader of your blog but first time commenter. I will be praying for you!!! I went thru something similar this past summer with a fracture in my pinky finger – it was so scary and painful. I couldn’t believe a silly little PINKY could do this to a grown woman like me – ha ha ha!!! I ended up having two surgeries and it all worked out ok. But I had a lot of sleepless nights, worrying about the use of my right hand. I have to give a HUGE shout-out to the Curtis National Hand Center here in Baltimore MD (where I live). They were such a blessing to me, and handled both surgeries and my never-ending list of questions like the pros that they are. I will be praying for you this morning, for your surgeon’s hand to be steady, for the tumor to be small and GONE, and for your recovery to be a good one. It will get better, I promise you – sending good thoughts and healing hugs your way!

    xxxooo – Diane

  207. Rici reply

    Dearest Katelyn,
    Gah! I don´t know the time in the states right now, but I am praying. And I am sure that I read it today is no coincident. Sending many blessings & prayers your way. May you feel surrounded by our God. I am so glad you have Micheal & your family! :*
    Sending you love!!!!!!!

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  209. Gary reply

    wow!! love your work Katelyn you probably get told this all the time.. but one more time never hurts lol
    I hope one day I can be as good as you in wedding photography. your a true inspiration. hope this message gets to you.
    Gary Munt xx

  210. Karinda reply

    Praying for you and that sweet baby!

  211. Christine reply

    Praying that you will receive a great post op report, that the threat of cancer will end in the victory of God’s healing hand, and you will be restored physically to the body of Christ. May your spirit remain lifted and your faith stay strong to receive the outpouring of blessings God has for you and may you always rest in his peace. In Christ Jesus name, Amen!

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  213. Vanessa Daniels reply

    Praying for you!

  214. Arielei reply

    Praying for you Katelyn! I’m so so sorry for this trial. As a mom myself I know that pregnancy is enough of an ordeal on its own- plus moving! I can’t imagine how overwhelmed you feel but my thoughts and prayers will be with you!

  215. Tara Lubonovich reply

    Thank you for sharing your story – sending prayers and warm wishes for a speedy recovery your way. God bless you

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  217. Amy Collier reply

    Over the weekend, I realized I hadn’t been seeing any posts from you lately and thought of you again today and decided to go to your website to see if you had delivered your baby. I was shocked to read your blog post about your finger. I am so sorry to hear this. I know that you have no clue who I am and I have never met you, but you are such an inspiration to me. I follow everything you do and feel like you are a friend. I am so sorry you have had all of this stress on you when I know all you want to do is to be excited about preparing for and meeting your sweet baby girl. I am praying that all goes well today and that this is just a cyst that is growing quickly because of your being pregnant. I developed gallstones when I was pregnant and had to have it removed so I know those kinds of things happen when your body is carrying a baby. Thinking of you and praying for all good news and 100% healing. Sending hugs, Amy

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