the c word

September 28th, 2011

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Well my friends, the time has come for the truth – that good news we were hoping and praying for did not come our way. Apparently not accepting anything less than that doesn’t change test results, as Will has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s such a loaded word that up until this point we’ve been calling it “the c word”, like cancer is Lord Voldemort and we dare not speak its name. The surgery was to remove a tumor, and now that it’s gone and he’s healing and looks and acts so healthy and normal, my brain is having a hard time comprehending his doctor telling us he needs chemo as soon as humanly possible. The good news is that the kind he has, testicular, is one of the most curable kinds of cancer. (Insert someone telling us about Lance Armstrong for the 9 millionth time here.) He’ll soon start nine weeks of chemo and then hopefully, with a little luck, he’ll be a-ok.

Our emotions are like yo-yos right now. They range from barely being able to function because the sadness and frustration is so heavy, to feeling like this is just a small speed bump in the path of our lives. Today we had an appointment with an amazing oncologist at Cedar Sinai who told us all the good, the bad, and the ugly, but was so kind and willing to figure out treatment with our financial situation that we didn’t leave the hospital in tears like the past few visits. We’ve been so hyper-focused on the financial aspect of how this will effect our lives (um, do you remember the premise of Breaking Bad?) that we hadn’t considered how awful chemotherapy might be for Will or what the future holds for him down the road. That’s pretty damn sad. The fact that people have to stress about how to pay for treatment when they’re stressing about just surviving? Disgusting. But luckily it’s looking good for him to get on Medi-Cal, and if that doesn’t work we’ll be referred to a different doctor at USC (which will make us very sad as we love this doctor, but that’s okay).

Being this honest here was a struggle for me, it’s funny how personal this blog has become in the last year. But you guys helped me out so much with my post about Will’s surgery that I know I owed you an update (and for my vague sad twitter updates, sorry) and that maybe we could use a few internet hugs. So many people that we’ve told so far have been so incredibly supportive and kind that we know we’re not alone with this. Stephanie sent me a great quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that I like to think of lately: “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.” I’ve applied the same sentiment to Will and my relationship lately, which only gets stronger the more we need each other lately.

Stay tuned for a little fundraiser that we’re putting together with some of our prints. I barely have a moment to spare with work right now, but thought I’d do something simple because so many people have asked how they can help and prints I can handle.

And as if this isn’t already obvious, I hope that if you’ve emailed me recently or email me in the coming weeks, you’ll forgive me if it takes me a while to write you back for obvious reasons. But know that I really appreciate so many of you checking in on us. And regular posting will continue through all of this as I don’t know what I’d do without the internet right now. You gotta keep your head up and just chug along, not letting it destroy you.

292 Responses to “the c word”

  1. Lexie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    wow, kate, i am so incredibly sorry. thinking and praying and wishing strength to you and will as he goes through this battle.

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  2. twiggs Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    oh my kate, i had no idea. i haven’t been following much lately and this came as a complete surprise and i don’t know what to say, rather than “i’m sorry!” and “i wish very strongly that you fight and beat this thing!” i have seen so many sad stories around about this C word, that I also want to hear a good story to believe that we are stronger than these “things” sometimes. you guys are so great together and have a life full of good moments ahead, i’m sure! so keep with your faith, money issue will be solved (it has to be, trust me!), good things will come in your way and this will be just a bump! hugs!!! twiggs

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  3. justagirlLaura Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    OH NO! I am so sorry to hear that you both have to deal with this. I can only imagine how scary and how much of a roller coaster this must be. My thoughts are with you both in the hope that this is a small blip and something that will only bring you closer. I send you internet love. And kittens. Lots and lots of kittens.

    Oh, and only to make this comment even longer than it already is, I am so appreciative of you posting this. I know how difficult and scary it can be to put something so personal out there for anyone (you don’t even know!) to judge and interpret, but I know that I am not alone when I say that I only feel warmth and kindness when I read things like this.

    A community is only as strong as what we put into it and you are doing more than your fair share; I thank you for that.

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  4. tuesday Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I’m keeping you guys in my thoughts and heart. I’d love to do anything that I can to help.

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  5. Lauren Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Kate, my heart and stomach sank when reading this post. Just by reading your blog for about a year, I feel as though I know you and Will personally – and you seem like fabulous, loving people. My Dad has had cancer on three separate occasions, and I am proud to say that he is alive and well, and all of his loved ones are stronger because of the struggle.
    I hope you and your lovely Will all of the best. Keep your heads up and your hearts light. Find a reason to smile everyday.

    Also, move to Canada.

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  6. Melissa Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about what you and Will have been going through. We are all hoping for the best for Will’s health and know that you two will overcome it. We’re here for both of you!

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  7. Darcy Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Even though its not a classic “four-letter word”, the c-word has all the rage and hate behind it as any curse word. Its definitely something that weighs on my thoughts more often than I would prefer, given my genetics. However, the outcome for you guys seems so much in your favor and my thoughts are with you both. And! positive thoughts totally help in recovery, even if it didn’t actually work its magic keeping away the bad guy.

    PS. I know its not new, but kittens always help, right? http://meowmania.jqln.org/

    xo

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  8. Kelly Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    wow. not at all what i was expecting through all of the vagueness, i’m not sure why. i guess it’s the last place your mind wants to venture. sending good thoughts and strength, i know you two are going to come out the other end of this thing all the stronger.

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  9. julia Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    oh man kate, this is awful news. but, you and will have each other (and your amazing community of friends and family and all of us extended friends too!) and i know you will make it through this as best you can. sending you lots of love and strength and laughter too. you’ll need that. xoxo

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  10. Meghan Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Sending so many positive thoughts and prayers for Will and you.

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  11. Centa Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’m really sorry to hear about this, my thoughts are with you both.

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  12. Caitlin Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Kate, I am so sorry to hear this news. I wish you and Will all the best and know you’ll find the strength and inspiration to get through this.

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  13. jenny Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    kate, i’m so sorry to read this news. please keep us all updated on will’s health and your needs- i know you have a team of people ready to rally and help. sending you guys love + positive thoughts. you are brave, thank you for sharing. GIANT hug from va.

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  14. Karmen Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Kate, I don’t know you personally but I’m a big fan of your blog and jewelry. Your news about Will shocked and saddened me. Will sounds like an awesome bf and I know he has a great support system around him. I hope he recovers very soon and in the meantime you are both in my thoughts. Take care, please!

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  15. Elissa Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, I saw the title and hoped this wasn’t the case :( I’m so sorry to hear this and hope the best for you and Will and his health.

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  16. faye Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wishing you both all the positive vibes in the world. Although everything probably feels like it’s crashing down around you right now, your love for each other will get you through it. I have every faith you will get the happy ending you both deserve.

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  17. Rachel (heart of light) Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I’m so sorry, Kate! That’s such scary news and a lot to deal with – know that you are both stronger than you might realize and you’ll get through this together!

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  18. janis Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I’m so sorry. My dad had terminal brain cancer and I can identify with those yo-yo roller coaster emotions. Praying for peace & for that chemo to kick butt!

    xo.

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  19. Erica Midkiff | Dearingford Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Thinking of you in such a sad, scary time, and sending positive thoughts and energy to both of you.

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  20. kristin Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I’m a big fan of your blog and jewelry but I don’t think I’ve ever commented before. I just wanted to say, be strong.

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  21. Katie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I’ll be thinking of both of you. [Insert internet hug here] :)

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  22. gia Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’m sorry Will and Kate. Cancer is so unfair. I will be hoping for a fast and safe recovery.

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  23. jamie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    oh kate. i am so sorry. f*cking cancer, and the f*cking us health care system suck. but you two are strong and awesome and you will get through this.

    of course if i can help with the fundraiser in any way let me know.

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  24. Sarah Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Sending you loads of happy thoughts and a huge dose of you can do this!!!! Sorry to hear that you have to deal with this but glad that it looks to have a positive outcome. I’m looking forward to the post months down the road that says you’ve done it… You’ve kicked butt and come put stronger on the other side. :)

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  25. kellyr Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Kate, Terrible!! I’m so sorry. Will will get through this! Hang tough.

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  26. Bri Kim Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Geez, I am so sorry you two have to deal with this. But hey, remember, Lord Voldemort was defeated :) Sending every good vibe one person could possibly muster up and stealing good vibes from other people and sending them your way!

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  27. Christine Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Oh dear, I am sorry to hear about this.

    My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year – like Will, he’s young (28 at the time). He had a rapid surgery and went directly into radiation treatment, a six month process. One year later, he is cancer free. He goes every six months for a scan, and probably will for the rest of his life, but they say it’s unlikely it will come back. We are thankful and of course every situation is different, but I wanted to share a positive story about, you know, a regular person beating this disease. (Lance Armstrong is sort of super human.) :)

    Thinking of you both and sending all my positive vibes!

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  28. anja Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Thinking of you guys so much.

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  29. Annie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I know this isn’t much at all and it’s mostly just silly, but it actually kind of helped me recently gather up all my stresses and anxiety and just send it out into the world: http://emotionalbagcheck.com/

    sending loving vibes and beautiful thoughts your way,
    –a long-time reader.

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  30. Ashley Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Kate – you guys are strong and you will get through this. I just know it.

    Let the internet know how we can help. There are so many people out here who want to support you both.

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  31. Katie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Kate, I’m so sorry to hear about Will’s diagnosis. Thinking of you both, and I’m sure all of us who read your blog will rush to help in any way you ask.

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  32. jenberry Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    People will give you lots of advice, say crazy “comforting” (or not so comforting) words, do amazing things for you, ignore you, help you, worry you, help you not worry, etc etc. You will full robbed of youth. You will feel angry, sacred, lonely, mad. But remember that you are there for each other. It will be closer than you thought possible and you will get through the treatment. It all feels impossible at first. So overwhelming. Do want you need to protect your husband and you. Put yourselves first. You will need the strength love and protection to get through it all. BUT you will get through it. Don’t get me wrong. It’s completely F*&d. I am truly sorry that is happening to you both (yes it’s happening to you too). My thoughts for strength are with you both.

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  33. Queta Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Medi-Cal is great, I had it when I was younger and received some fantastic medical care while on it.

    Thinking of you both.

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  34. Kim Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    This post is unreal. I really feel for you guys. I can’t imagine what I would do if something like this happened to my sig. And even if you are a crying mess in your offline life know that you are also so brave and courageous for sharing this much of yours and Will’s sadness with the rest of us.

    We are here for you! As others have mentioned, say the word, and we’ll be there to help you out in any way possible. Looking forward to the prints. Looking forward even more to a year from now when you announce Will’s good health. :)

    Big internet hugs and love to you both!

    (As a side note, I just started watching Breaking Bad the other week and am completely hooked. Now THERE’S an interesting premise for a TV show…)

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  35. Liz Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. I’ve never commented before but have been reading your blog for a very long time and I get every indication from what I’ve read here that you are a strong, supportive and good person and know that this is all unfair. Try to remember how much optimism and love can get people through. You and Will are in my thoughts and I look forward to your fundraiser, as I would love to help.

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  36. rachel Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    kate & will, I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. Sending many good thoughts your way…

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  37. Margot Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Okay. This doesn’t fit in a tweet, but I just have to say how much I despise our healthcare system for reasons exactly like this. I realize it’s a horribly complex issue, but the whole system is just drowning in bullshit. It shouldn’t be so hard or so expensive to get treatment. It’s just no way to live.

    I’m soooo heartbroken for you! Let us know what we can do to help, especially if it means that we also get to support your respective crafts.

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  38. victoria Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    xx I appreciate your blog so much, so it’s only natural that I hurt with you. Warm wishes and love from Seattle. xx

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  39. Lane Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Kate, I’ve been thinking of you and Will a lot lately and will continue to hope for the best for you guys no matter what comes your way. If you want to open up the fundraiser to other artists definitely let me know, as I would love to contribute. I’m rooting for you both!

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  40. Carolne Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    So sad! You and Will will be in my thoughts!

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  41. Jenny Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Kate, I wish I had the words that could make you feel better and make all of this go away. It’s so strange how the internet makes us feel so connected to people even if we’ve never spoken to them. I have been a huge fan of your blog for a long time now and this news made my stomach ache. I’d love to do whatever I can in terms of a fundraiser and I wish you two the very best! I’m sending all sorts of good vibes your way!

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  42. Catherine Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Kate,
    I have been following your blog for quite some time. Even though I live far away from you in Amsterdam (Aussie originally) I want you to know how much I look forward to your posts. This post was so sad to read but ironically one of the reasons I read your blog – for your heartfelt honesty. I just wanted to say thank you for being you. Wendy provides me much solace (missing my cantankerous but loved kitty) and your posts influence me to keep going in ways you cannot imagine ( in a non creepy way!). Sending love to you and Will who provide inspiration half way around the world. Catherine

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  43. Catherine Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    PS. If there were a donation button or private link I’d love to give back to help for all the inspiration you’ve given me :)

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  44. katie/thank you, ok Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    oh, kate. i’m so sorry to hear this – thinking of you both.

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  45. hila Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’m so, so sorry Kate. It seems so ineffectual to say that, but it’s the truth. There’s nothing any of us can say that will make this all better, but we’re all behind you both.

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  46. sylvie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    here’s to a path to wellness.
    we love you kate & will.

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  47. hannah Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Kate. And I’m so sorry that you have to be burdened with more than just the emotional roller coaster that comes along with all illness. Lots of internet hugs to you both!

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  48. Chris Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for having the courage and strength to share what is going on with you and Will. Em and I really loved seeing you both recently and we want you to know that you have all of our support, encouragement, and friendship. We are here for you, and although we may be in Brooklyn, we will help in every way we can. We want to help. Please let us know when the fundraiser goes live and if there is anything else we can do. If there is ANYTHING we can do, Please ask! We believe in you both and are sending our best thoughts and wishes your way.

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  49. Emily Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this- I’ll be thinking of you guys. Please ask your readers for help if you need it. A donation link would be completely appropriate- I’m sure lots of people want to help you raise money for his treatment.
    My dad had testicular cancer when I was a kid and he’s totally okay now, if hearing that helps at all. Bless you both.

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  50. elsie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    You + Will have an entire blogosphere of supporters out here Kate. We are pulling for you guys big time. Thank you for the honesty. This FMFY fan (me) in particular is sending vibes of rainbow unicorn magicalness and strength.

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  51. Whitney Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Jesus, Kate. I don’t know you or Will, but I’m sending major positive vibes your way. Healing ones, too.

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  52. sarah Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    damn. I’m sorry. Hang in there, you two – you can survive this. Thinking of you.

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  53. Leigh Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I am a regular reader but I’m commenting this first time to echo what everyone is saying – a lot of people are thinking of you and wishing for the best things.

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  54. Marta Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Kate, I’m so sorry to hear that. Stay strong and positive. That’s very important. Best wishes to you two.

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  55. Erica Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sending a big over-the-internet-hug to the two of you.
    That Stephanie knows just the right thing to send your way – I bet the two of you will be astonished by just how strong you are, each of you as individuals, and together. You`re in my thoughts.

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  56. Maggie Shirley Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Kate, your blog is one of my favorites and so inspirational, and even though I don’t actually know you, I love you. Yep, I do. I am so sorry, and am hoping and praying and wishing for the two of you right now.

    Thank you for sharing some insight into your life. I really love your personal posts the most (I look forward to Bits of My Weekend every Monday). As sad as it is, it is always comforting to know that others are going through tough times as well, and that we’re never really alone in any of it.

    The Internet is really full of love. And cats. But mostly love.

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  57. ellie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    kate, i’m so so sorry. my boyfriend battled cancer and it’s an awful all-consuming evil thing. this sh*t is so indiscriminate and unfair. sending you, will and wendy lots of love. xoxox

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  58. Jayme Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Long time reader of your blog and first time poster. I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Another good quote for you to reflect on: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Please let your readers know how we can help. Until then, keeping you both in my prayers.

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  59. Rebecca Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Holding out hope for you. This is not the way life was created to be. I am so sorry…and I grieve the loss of what could have been as I read your honest words. I pray now for you and Will that you will find healing.

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  60. Diana Gore Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that. Keep your head up and stay positive. Internet hug!!!!

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  61. jacquelyn | lark+linen Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    You are both in my thoughts. I have two uncles and a grandfather who have battled and overcome testicular cancer. I wholeheartedly believe you will both get though this!

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  62. Anna Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Dear Kate and Will,

    I have been an avid follower of this blog for over a year and I would like to thank you for sharing your lives with the world. From what I have gathered you guys are awesome, lovely, beautiful people and you have brought me so much joy through your honesty, good taste and humour!

    You have touched SO many lives in a positive way, I read this post in class and almost cried, I feel so much empathy and good will towards you I am tearing up again! THAT is amazing- just think about how many people are sending their love your way, all because you are such great humans.

    You will find an amazing well of strength to draw from to deal with this awful thing that is happening and you WILL come out stronger and with a richer appreciation for this world and all that surrounds you.
    Please, remember to rest and soak up the sunshine and all the positive vibes coming your way.

    I can’t wait to see your prints go up for sale!

    Love,

    Anna

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  63. amy w Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Horrible swooping in my stomach when I read this. Here’s hoping Will gets on Medi-Cal (i’m sure you will) so you can focus on the important things x

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  64. Dana Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Kate, I’ve read your blog regularly for a couple years and have never commented. I just wanted to say that I’ll be thinking good healing thoughts for you and Will. Your love for him has always shined through your blog posts. Internet hugs all around!

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  65. cde Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Kate, my heart reaches out for you and Will. I have never commented enough to let you know how much I appreciate and respect you, but I hope you’ll take in faith that I am wishing so much for you two. If there’s a way your readers can help, let us know. All the best to you both.

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  66. Cathryn Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Oh goodness, Kate! You don’t know me, but I’m sending you two (+Wendy) super happy thoughts and positive vibes. Thanks for sharing with us.

    P.S. F*ck the C word, and the lack of affordable healthcare in this country.

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  67. Arlie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Big, hugeee internet hug to you guys Kate! Ive been seeing your tweets and crossing my fingers for you. Youll get through this. Ill be snatching up a print! Xoxoxo.

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  68. Serena Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your willingness to share personally here. In addition to making me want to send out a giant internet hug, it also makes me want to rail once again about our health care system.

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  69. sally Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My thoughts are with you both. xo

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  70. Julienne Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Normally I’m a lurker even though I’ve been a faithful RSS follower for years, but I think now’s the time to come out of the woodwork long enough to say my heart goes out to you and Will, and when you put your posters on sale, my money is there.

    Quote from a mushy-but-classic movie–”Remember that it’s the character that’s the strongest that God gives the most challenges to.”

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  71. Anabela Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    A million hugs to you, lady. All day I’ve been thinking about that present Will gave you once that said “To the love of my life” on it — you guys will kick that cancer’s ass. xoxoxoxoxo

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  72. celia Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    oh, kate, i have no words. just love and hugs to send your way.

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  73. Melanie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, I’m just going to say it, that sucks. And you have every right to think that.

    Know that we’re all hoping the best for you two.

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  74. indreams Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    holy fucking fuck, dude. that is insane!! i just had a bit of a spazz-out reading that post (i read it twice, to be sure, because…cancer?!)…and i can only imagine how yucky life has become since hearing that diagnosis. all of my thoughts+well-wishes are with you both, and i’m rooting for team will on this one! team cancer will have its ass kicked.

    i have to high-five will for being so amazing to even think about getting tested for testicular cancer! that was brave, and has prolonged (even saved!) his life. good luck, will… <333

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  75. Allison Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Kate, thank you for sharing and being so freakin’ authentic on your blog. I can’t even comprehend how difficult it must have been to write this post and deal with everything coming down the way it has. Please know that although we’ve never met and probably never will, I think you both you and Will are incredible people that can take on the c-word and even make it your b*tch. Let us readers know how we can help in every way possible.

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  76. Catherine Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I’ll be honest. I read your blog because I love your taste. I don’t necessarily like what you have to say-all the time. I am weary of people who always seem to be upbeat. Maybe because I am not that way. Or maybe becuase society loves misery. That being said-I got a little teary eyed reading this post. I turned to my boyfriend and said, “I don’t even know this woman. I just read her blog on a weekly basis.”

    I worry for you. For your Will and for us all. Not having a publically funded health care system (like Canada) really fucks us all. If we did, we all would be helping you right now and so many others. You are so right. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you will pay for this care. You both should worry about surviving it. My thoughts are with you and yours, Kate. Kisses, Adarae

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  77. Miss Quick Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I’m so very sorry. You both will be in my thoughts! Here is a quote that gets me through hard times:

    “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, ‘Oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away; I rose right where I’d been knocked down.’ That’s how you get to know yourself.” -Maya AngelouC

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  78. Miss Quick Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I’m so very sorry. You both will be in my thoughts! Here is a quote that gets me through hard times:

    “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, ‘Oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away; I rose right where I’d been knocked down.’ That’s how you get to know yourself.” -Maya Angelou

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  79. t Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    oh my word. my heart goes out to you and will and ms. wendy. so scary. i shall think of this as a tiny speed bump in the vast target/whole foods/home dept parking lot of your long lives. anything you need – just say so.

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  80. Abby - Bright Yellow World Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Kate, my heart and soul are focused on you and Will right now. Best to you.

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  81. rosa Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    internet hug! i’m so sorry you guys are going through this – the support system you’ve built together will see you through.

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  82. brianne Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I have to tell you that as a young woman (28), i have seen several friends and friends children in the last 2 years diagnosed with various types of cancer which has been incredibly surprising and eye opening. They are all doing great, and I have to say, its truly been the power of community keeping them all going. Community spirit and a positive attitude is really the best medicine, so don’t hesitate to share, vent, and reach out for help. Its going to be ok – we’re all digitally here for you.

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  83. chelsea Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Kate, My heart sank as I read this. I am so sorry. I will be cheering you both on. Sending two big hugs your way. If there is ever anything at all I can do, I am here.

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  84. Margaret Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Kate + Will: the real “c” word is courage, and you two have it in spades. thank you for sharing this burden with all of us, and please know of our love and support! You brighten my day with your blog, and I hope you find strength and courage for the long road ahead.

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  85. EM. Halliburton Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Keep strong. We’re all thinking of you so much.

    EM/H

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  86. roberta jane Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I hardly know what to say except I am sorry to hear that news. I hope everything works out well for Will. I’ll be thinking positive thoughts for you both. Hang in there!

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  87. Sharla Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    You two have a lot of people in your corner and now’s the time to use us. Do not hesitate to tell us what you need. We’ll be sitting here waiting for instructions. We love you two.

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  88. Jennifer Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Kate,

    I’ve been an avid reader of your blog since 2009. Coming to your blog is always a highlight – you create such a wonderful place on the internet. I am incredibly sorry to read about Will’s diagnosis. I can’t imagine what you both are possibly going through. I sobbed incessantly the instant I read the post. My boyfriend had a scare last year, but it was benign, and I am thankful everyday I have him. I rarely comment on blogs, but I wanted to say something to you.
    Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful, well-designed perspective, and your life. You seem like such a strong, fiercely independent, creative young woman and you guys will get through this. Please keep us updated. You are both in my thoughts.

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  89. rhiannon Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    i hope your website doesn’t eat my comments like it normally does. oh my goodness, i am SO sorry that this is happening to you right now. know that i am thinking of you and hoping and praying that everything goes well and will comes out of this on the other side like a champ.

    will, can you hear me? LIKE A CHAMP, WILL. you’re going to kick this shit’s ass.

    so much love from my little corner of the internet!

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  90. treeathie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    De-lurking to say that I will be thinking about you both.

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  91. mette / ungt blod Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Oh sweet Kate, I’m so sorry you two have to go through all of this! I can not imagine how hard it is and I’m so sad to hear it made worse by financial worries!

    When you get hit by something like this you cannot help for a lot of things in you life to go on complete standby while everything is uncertain. At least thats how I have reacted, but then slowly life returns and you find yourself on the other side. bla bla bla -all I really want to do is give you a hug and tell you that we are all with you and that even though it makes us sad to hear we are happy that you shared this.

    Mette

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  92. siescierto Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Kate,
    I’ve been a longtime reader, first time commenter. I am genuinely sorry anyone has to go through all of this. I can understand the stress that goes along with this, economically, physically, emotionally… But I refuse to jump on the bandwagon of “this is so sad”. Because it is scary, but it’s not sad. Because Will’s going to get treatment, and you’re going to have each other along the way. This is a treatable cancer! I don’t want to sound like a super annoying positive energy all around you sort of person, but at this point, I really do believe it, and it helps to hear it!
    I think it’s brave that you’ve held off for so long from venting here, but you’ll receive nothing but full support if you do vent here.
    You will be scared, but you’ll be stronger than you’ve ever imagined. I don’t doubt this. Hold each other often, it sounds corny, but I mean it quite literally.
    My deepest sympathies go out to both of you and of course, I will keep you in my thoughts.

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  93. Sophie Says:

    September 28th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Kate and Will – I don’t know you, you don’t know me, but I am so sorry to hear about this. Not fair. Please, get those prints going if you can, I can’t wait to buy one. I know you’ll both be ok, but thinking of you until you get the all-clear. Lots of love

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  94. Catie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Kate (And Will) You’re one of the first blogs I ever started following and in some strange internet-blogosphere way this blog has become a little comfort of mine as my life has changed pretty drastically the last few years. Which is why I am so so so sorry to hear about Will. I wish him, and you both, all of the best during his treatment and a speedy recovery.

    I’m ready to purchase or help in any way I can!! Please keep us updated!

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  95. Sasha Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Cancer has been something that has affected my life so harshly in the past few years. My heart aches for you guys and please know that I am praying for you and Will. I can’t remember how I ever came to read your blog but it has been so nice seeing your life and business progress and I hope with so much heart that you guys make it through this okay. (you will)

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  96. stephanie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

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  97. BF Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Strength.

    You guys are in my thoughts, Kate.

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  98. Caroline Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Dear Kate and Will,

    I am a new reader to your blog but immediately fell in love with your humor, style and authenticity. I wish both of you quiet strength and courage for the time that lies ahead, and hope that you will find comfort in the fact that you are in the hearts and prayers of so many friends around the world. You guys are going to get through this, I just know it:)

    I’m sending you some sunshine from South Africa, where spring has just arrived.

    much love.

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  99. Vera Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this from you guys. Thinking about you! Lots and lots of get well wishes!

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  100. Federica Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a very long time, and never commented, but reading those words made me feel as if you were a close friend of mine. I don’t pray, so I can only send you my hugs and my thoughts. And try to help as much as I can, when I get the chance. It’s not much, but my personal experience tells me it can be enough.
    I hope everything will be ok.

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  101. máni Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:32 am

    kate, i wish you and will all the strength in the world! all the best!

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  102. Laura Noble Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    oh Kate & Will, I’m so sorry, that’s heartbreaking.

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  103. Jaz Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Sending so much love to you both right now!
    You love each other, and I can tell you: that is going to be your absolutely strongest asset. So be proud of each other, you’re already one step along the way.
    Love from Melbourne, Australia.

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  104. lee Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Thank you for being brave and sharing this difficult news. Sending you both happy and healing thought. Get the prints going, that’s a great idea – I think you’ll be amazed to see how many people will want to help, I know I do.

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  105. famapa Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:48 am

    sending you all my love and positive thoughts. xxx

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  106. Dilia Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Kate, my thoughts are with you and Will. Like many of the other commenters have said, I don’t know you but I feel like I do. Your blog is such a bright spot on the internet and I really look forward to reading it. I know I’d like to help by buying a print–your artistic style is beautiful so I know whatever you are selling will be as well.

    All the best to you and Will!

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  107. stephanie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:05 am

    love and hugs from all your readers :)

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  108. Allison Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Kate and Will. Stay strong. I will be thinking of you and hoping you both peace and calm over the coming weeks.

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  109. Kaitlyn Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Kate-

    A year after we started dating, I watched my boyfriend fall out of a tree and break his neck. He was instantly paralyzed from under his arms down. We spent the next few months at Harborview (I am from Seattle, too). I’m not telling you this to try to lessen your grief or tell you things will be hunky-dory. You and Will have each other. And you guys are going to become even closer than you are now. I’m seriously pulling for you two.

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  110. natalie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:08 am

    kate, my heart goes out to you & will. i will be praying for you through this incredibly challenging season. all of my love & strength goes to you both.

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  111. laura Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Thinking about you both… Much love and hugs.

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  112. Katie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:23 am

    This made me cry! I can’t imagine how scary this must be… we seem too young for this, no? You’ll be in my prayers.

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  113. steph Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:24 am

    my gosh kate, i’m so sorry. best of luck to will and yourself. x

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  114. mariele Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:27 am

    All the best to you both.

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  115. liz Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:44 am

    thoughts and love sent your way. keep breathing DEEP – we all have much more power to heal than we realize. all the best….

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  116. Aprile Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Kate,
    Thank you so much for sharing, I consider it really brave that you did. Life is so unfair sometimes and it’s hard to believe anyone will understand what you are going through. And it’s nice that everyone has shared their stories in the comments. Just to know you’re not alone is a comforting thought. Wishing you both all the best in the months to come.

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  117. Angela M. Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Bbbbbbbiiiiiiiggggggg internet hug! Stay strong and know that you guys will fight it, more importantly together.

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  118. laura Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oh Kate and Will, I’m so very very sorry. I know we’ve all been pulling for you guys and hoping for the best, and will continue to do so. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer NINE years ago (!), and has been in remission for several years now. He was also uninsured due to early retirement, and got all of his treatment at the VA. One of my ex’s was also diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 25, around the same time as my dad, and he is also in remission going on over 9 years (I’m from Houston- there is something really bad in the water there- no joke). But take heart, there is hope.

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  119. Carrie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for sharing something so personal. That mustn’t have been easy.

    Wishing you both a strong and healthy recovery.

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  120. Karina Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Kate,
    Just a very big, heartfelt hug.
    X

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  121. erica Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    heart-wrenching. i’m sending much internet (and real) love your guy’s way…

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  122. katy Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Kate & Will,
    No words. :(
    Hang in there!!

    sending yall love & positive vibrations via internet ((((((HUG))))))))

    xx

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  123. tricia p Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    It’s funny that I don’t know you at all, but through reading this bog nearly every day, I almost feel like a friend just told me this news. I want to call my husband right now just to tell him how concerned I am about you guys, though we’ve never met. You seem very strong, Kate, and I am so glad that you and Will have each other.

    I can’t wait to see the prints – big internet hug from me (and my husband!).

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  124. Isvett Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My goodness. I’m in tears as I type this. I’m so sorry to hear this is happening. Sending lots of good vibes your way and hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  125. Karen Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Kate, what a dignified post on something so personal that has no doubt turned your world upside down.Sending you both all the good wishes in the world.

    Karen

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  126. silvia Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Kate, your news saddens me. Im very sorry to hear this. Stay strong! You and Will will through this and come out stronger! :)

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  127. chambon Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Hello Kate, i’ve been reading your blog for so many years. Hang in there you two. Will can do it and beat this damn thing. Put some good music on, look at the sea. Cuddle your cat. And when Will gets better, take him on holiday to Paris (France) staying at my place where you will be more than welcomed. It’s a real offer by the way. HANG IN THERE ! bisous

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  128. courtney Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Oh Kate, I’m so sorry. But you guys will beat this thing, dammit! You and your family will stay in my thoughts. xoxoxo

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  129. Linn Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    so sorry :( hugs to you both, Kate and Will

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  130. alyson Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    if I’ve learned anything about you from reading your blog these past 3 or 4 years it’s that you are a strong gal. I can only imagine that Will is the same. you guys will kick cancer in the teeth! many many hugs to you my friend.

    I’d love to help with your fundraiser, so please let me know what I can do.

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  131. Lauren Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Sending you and Will all positive, healing energy. Take things day by day and know how supported you both are.

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  132. Merrill Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Sending you both peace, strength, and love, Kate. Keep me updated on prints for sale, as I can’t wait to give a little support.
    XO

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  133. Amanda Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this, and sending you both lots of kind thoughts and those internet hugs you asked for. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Medi-Cal to com through.

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  134. Mary Lou Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I’m sorry the c word has come into your world. Those 6 small letters have an amazing power. I am sending positive energy your way and will look out for the print fundraiser. I’m sure you are an extra strength tea bag.

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  135. Heather Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I am so sorry you two have to go through this – it is definitely something you can overcome though and I would love to help out by purchasing a print. Sending all sorts of positive thoughts your way.

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  136. Britt Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Kate

    I’m so sorry this is happening to Will and to you. I’ve loved your blog because it is personal. I’m sure it’s hard to be so personal sometimes but you really give strength to others. I hope all these comments will give some of that back to you. I live by another Eleanor Roosevelt quote (paraphrased): “You MUST do the thing you think you cannot do. You’ll become stronger because of it”.

    Best,
    Britt

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  137. Dorrie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Thinking of you both *hugs* x

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  138. Laura Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I am so sorry to hear this news, but judging from the strength, courage and grace in your post, you and Will will beat this in no time. I’ll be thinking positive thoughts for you!

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  139. Crystal Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Kate, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending you vibes of strength, courage, and love.

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  140. Dennise Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Will is very lucky to have you by his side. Stay strong. *hugs*
    As soon as you have any kind of fundraiser, you can count on me to participate and to spread the word. xo

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  141. kcgirl Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Kate, I’m so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Will and you to get through this and be stronger people because of it. Here’s an affirmation for Will: “My body restores itself to good health.”

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  142. Meg Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I know I don’t know you two personally, but your story touches me so deeply. I love reading your blog and was so upset upon reading this. I am putting all my positive energy and good vibes out into the universe for you and for Will. Please excuse me for getting a little “out there” for a moment, but if you are interested in trying some supportive, alternative ways of deal with the emotional healing during traumatic treatments like chemo, I have found this book REALLY interesting/helpful: “Feeding Your Demons.” Please stay positive, you both CAN do this.

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  143. alice Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I am so sorry to hear this- I will be thinking about you and will certainly buy a print! Love to you both, and I am so impressed by the grace and bravery with which you are handling this. Stay strong and positive! Though I don’t know either of you personally, its clear that you are both lucky to have each other and I am sure you will be a huge source of strength to Will!

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  144. lillie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    wishing you strength + smiles + sunshine in the coming weeks!

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  145. Tonia Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Kate — I’m another first time poster, long time reader and have often felt like you’re a good friend that I’ve just yet to meet face to face… And just like I would for any other friend who was facing tough news and pooling all of her/his strength to navigate the weeks and months ahead, I’m hoping for the best for you and Will and extending the most supportive internet hug to you both. Hoping that in the most uncertain moments that it will hopefully find its way to you on the opposite corner of the continent and provide you with some strength and comfort. xx

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  146. Kristen Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    ahhh, just catching up here — just wanted to add to the love and say that you are in my thoughts.

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  147. Wendy Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Really sorry to hear this but I know you guys will kick this thing’s ass.

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  148. Elise Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m so sorry that you and Will have to deal with this. I usually just come here to see pretty pictures of LA, but felt I had to say something today. Cancer is such an evil thing that really requires you to fight it proactively. My dad has been battling it for almost two years now and he is still with us because we are all committed to fighting it. And I have to tell you it does put everything else into sharp perspective, the little things just don’t matter much anymore. But my thoughts are with you guys.

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  149. Erin R Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I’m glad to hear you have some plans in the works to let us help you out. xo

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  150. mo Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hi Kate

    I wish you two a best of luck and great thing to come !!

    This is the very first time to post comment of on your blog, after subscribing few years. I was reading how your life goes curiously from NY, and to CA, which is exactly what I happened to flow, too. Thank you for the constant inspiration and this time what I can do is to pray for you as much as possible as return.

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  151. Jenny Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I wish you and Will the best. I have three male friends who have all SURVIVED testicular cancer, granted poorer, and missing body parts, but they SURVIVED. At any age cancer is a tough pill to swallow, but so young its even harder. Have faith in one another, appreciate the love you share and the talents you have. Rally your friends, and let people help you. Let them make you meals, hug you, and console you. It will be a tough battle but one I know you will survive and come out from stronger. My thoughts and love to you both.

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  152. Erin Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Kate and Will, lots of good vibes coming your way! keep trucking through the muck

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  153. Margaret Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve been reading forever, never commented before but now is the most appropriate time to speak up, so you could know there are probably hundreds more people like me rooting for you both. Wishing you all the best and sending good thoughts your way. :)

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  154. cat Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    kate, i’m not sure i’ve commented before, but i just wanted you to know that you are will are in my thoughts. sending good vibes your way <3 <3

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  155. christie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    thinking of you both. xoxoxo

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  156. Amanda Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Cancer sucks and so do the stress and fear and medical bills that come with it. But you’ll both be amazed at your own strength and you’ll come out on the other side stronger, wiser and happier. I’m so glad you shared this, one of the things that I love about your blog is that it is so personal, I feel like you’re great friends that I just haven’t met yet, and like I do for all great friends, I’ll be sending good thoughts your way in the coming months.

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  157. meredith Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    wishing both of you the best!

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  158. Trude Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Holy. Mother. At our age this is the last kind of news we’d expect, but it seems like you guys are handling with a lot of grace and determination, which can only mean good things. I’m sure just the plain ol’ shock of it all is still in full effect. By all means put some of your fabulous prints on sale, anything I can do to help! My mom has been dealing with complications from the recalled mesh they put in after her practically-botched hysterectomy, mostly without decent insurance, so I understand the panic of figuring out how to afford something like this, and not necessarily being able to go with the doctor you want. Luckily we live in a city with some of the best doctors in the world! Big hugs to you both.

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  159. Monica Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Kate, I’m so sorry. I’m sending you both a huge hug. Hopefully everything will go well.
    Kisses.

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  160. Tegan Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wishing you strength and positivity for the coming months! I’m sure many of your readers are looking forward to participating in the fundraiser – I know I am. Sending warm thoughts and internet hugs from Vancouver Island! Stay strong :)

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  161. Shayna Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    best of luck to you both. best wishes from oakland.

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  162. Melissa Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the bad news! My thoughts are with you and Will as you go through this tough time. Please keep us posted on the fundraiser. I would love to help in any way I can. Sending good vibes from Brooklyn!

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  163. Sarah Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Kate and Will, wishing you guys all the strength and support you will need to help you along in these coming months. And I’ll do anything I can to help support your fundraising efforts. We will be thinking about you here in Vancouver, Canada!

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  164. Sara Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    So sorry for these tough times–sending good thoughts and strength from the farmland of Illinois.

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  165. kate hart Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    kate, I’m sure I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said… but I’m so sorry to hear this news! I’m thinking about you & Will! Thanks for being so open and honest even though you’re going through such a difficult time.

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  166. ND Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t really know either of you, but through this blog and your pictures I feel like I do. I started reading right when the two of your were leaving NYC for LA. This post brought me to tears. I imagine that it doesn’t even begin to express all of the things that you and Will are feeling. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way and wishing you strength and support and hope during this time in your lives.

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  167. amy m. Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Will- Squeeze your lady tight, she is a force of nature. I’m happy you have her by your side through this- not too many girls are both strong and sincere and loving and tough all together.

    Kate- You have a legion of girls who love and support you. Happy to count myself as one.

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  168. stephanie claire birr Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    the midwest sends its love.

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  169. Kirstin Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Kate,
    Thank you for being so open and honest with your life, good or bad. I can’t imagine how hard that must be. I am so sorry to hear about this difficult time for you both but I am sure that opening up about the tough circumstances will mean even greater encouragement, support, and love from people who truly care about you, whether or not they have met you. And that support can be invaluable. I hope everything will turn out for the best. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

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  170. Diana Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Lots of positive energy from Spain!

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  171. Kelly Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Kate! Will! Thank you for sharing this intense news with your readers. As many have said before, you two will get through this together, beat that cancer and continue on your life path together. My heart is heavy with the news and I’m sending huge support and love from Portland. My Will-doppleganger husband (I guess Will is his doppleganger, too ha) sends big hugs. Stay strong and know you two have a lot of supporters and big believers.

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  172. Chelsea Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Kate, I am a very new reader, but my heart goes out to you and Will all the same. I can’t imagine how you are feeling right now, but I hope it helps to know that there are many, many people out there thinking of you and sending well wishes. It’s so frustrating and sad to hear how broken our health care system is and to think that you have this to worry about on top of everything. I’d jump onboard buying a print or anything else to help ease this time for you.

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  173. Grace Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    A few months ago, a doctor told us that my husband might have C*. We almost got crashed by just hearing that word. Then he went through all these tests and we are so fortunate that it is not C*. I cannot imagine how hard it could be for you now. Try to be strong and hope for the best since the doctor said it is the most curable kind. Also, from what my husband told me, I wanted to tell you that you being there with him means everything!

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  174. Ashlae Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t even know what to say; I am in complete shock. I am so sorry that this had to happen to Will – cancer f-cking sucks. Good vibes coming your way.

    PS – if you need any sweet treats to help make the coming weeks easier, I’d be more than happy to send out a big, ol’ box!

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  175. mosey Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Sending you both lots and lots of love, good thoughts and energy. You’re going to get through this and then it will become a thing of the past.

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  176. Alysha Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    You and Will are in my thoughts!!! I am so very sorry you both have to go through this.

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  177. Little Red Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Oh guys, I’m really sorry to hear this news. You two seem like a very positive couple which I think will help you both through this. I wish you both all the strength and support you will need to beat this C word. When I read that money is your overriding concern right now my heart sunk, I just can’t believe that in the US you have to pay for healthcare.. I’m in Australian and health care is free so I can’t understand it at all (come move down under :-). If you need any help with fundraising I’m here, I don’t know you personally but as I have followed your blog for so long, I feel as though I do. So I’m here to help! Maybe you should put a fundraising section on your blog so people can send you money…I mean even if it’s a small amount it will add up.. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, because there is a huge community on the internet that really care. Well I hope you are both coping ok, I’m sending lots of hugs your way!! x

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  178. amelia Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I would be happy to contribute anything to the fundraiser! cookies, brownies, ?? I know you said “Prints” but still… let me know if I can help in any way as I’m based in LA.

    Can’t imagine what this must be like for you guys.

    This is the most inspiring thing I’ve heard lately… check it out if you have time, you might find some comfort in this wise 81-year-old?? http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/wild-love-for-world/

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  179. andrea Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Absolutely, massive internet hugs your way. What a frightening thing to be faced with. Kudos for you to sharing this with many strangers, but sometimes the kind words of strangers is really rejuvinating. I wish you and Will both emotional and physical well-being, and continued loving support of each other.

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  180. andrea Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    AND, I will be beyond pleased to support ya’ll by buying prints, or anything Kate Miss can throw at me!

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  181. sandi Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I barely ever comment here but I’ve been reading for a while and I feel like you’re some kind of distant friend… when I read this I was so shocked and I just had to let you know how sorry I am. I wish the best for Will and you, and I will be sending good vibes your way. Obviously I look forward to your fundraiser and I’ll spread the word once your prints are for sale!

    <3

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  182. upsidedawn Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Oh Kate, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am brought to tears by this news. When I think of all the months I have followed your site, and how much comfort and joy it has given me through all my own trials and tribulations, I feel, as so many others do here, that I want to give you back at least some of what you have given me and hundreds of others. My thoughts are with you and your sweet guy.

    (Yes, the healthcare situation in this country sucks. I would love to help you, even if I can’t contribute as much as I would like.)

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  183. Dina Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Dear Kate,
    Wow, look how much love and well wishes are flowing your way. I, like everyone else who has posted, feel more like your faraway friend rather than just a blog follower (I mean, who else was as excited as I about my hairpin table than you and Will???) I’d like to reach out, so I’m looking forward to finding out more about your fundraiser. Take good care of yourself and each other.

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  184. Lara Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    hi kate,

    i’m a regular reader who doesn’t usually ever comment, but wanted to leave a short message sending positive vibes your way! i’ll totally buy a print!

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  185. Erin Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Longtime reader, rare commenter – I just really appreciate and admire you for writing about this and sharing with us. There are some folks up here in Seattle who quietly love your blog and are thinking of you guys. The fundraiser is a terrific idea, we’re looking forward to being able to help in that small way (and enjoy your beautiful work!). Wishing you some comfort and peace…

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  186. Renee Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Adding on to the condolences and best wishes. I don’t know what to say–I want to encourage you as much as possible, but I don’t want to dismiss or belittle the situation. I do think that ultimately, everything will turn out okay, and that your strength (and Will’s) will surprise you. Glad to hear about Medi-Cal & the fundraiser, too.

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  187. jean Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    just adding thoughts of love to the mix. I hope will gets better fast.

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  188. Carly Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Kate. Keep calm and carry on. While this is an over-used phrase these days, it really does make me feel better in hard times.

    xxx

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  189. Mel Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Just a regular reader here to show some love. Will be thinking of you and Will, sending nothing but good thoughts your way. Love love.

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  190. Maggie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about this. Your blog has become an inspiration to me over this past year, and my thoughts are with you as you go through this awful situation. This honestly makes my heart hurt- To people who don’t believe health care in this country is an issue, they should take a hard look at people like you and Will, who should be worrying about so many things rather than health care bills at a time like this.

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  191. Liz Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    i gasped when i read this, mostly in shock and disbelief. you and will seem to be such wonderful creative and caring people and it’s just so infuriating to hear when bad things happen to such good people. i’m glad you have each other for support and i know you guys will make it through together and will be that much stronger for it.

    know that everyone from friends to family and lots and lots of strangers are routing for you. lots of hugs!

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  192. Isahrai Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Echoing all the love and support that has already been shared here. All of the comments about community are so authentic and truly reflect what the internet has become. I’ve had several bouts with cancer over the past decade, all of them without health insurance. With a bit of creativity, a lot of hard work and major persistence (okay, sometimes major annoying nagging) it can be survived, paid for even with a little left over to pay for a cocktail or two. Cancer has been the hardest thing I’ve ever endured… and also the most inspiring. It was the catalyst for me to move to another country, to pursue my dream career and to paint my bedroom whatever color I want, whenever I want. It can all be done and it can all be done with grace and laughter. I wish you & Will wellness, peace and moments of pure silliness. We’re all here waiting to help whenever we can… just ask.

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  193. David Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease last year. Some days are so hard. But you just deal and get on with it the best you can. Dealing can mean crying and staying in bed all day. Dealing can mean reading an Eleanor Roosevelt quote and balling your fists and charging through the day. Dealing can mean just sitting in a park and looking at clouds. Dealing can mean working hard and being thankful money is still coming in. No right or wrong. No instruction booklet. It’s just life. But one piece of advice–do all you can to un-complicate your life and cut back as much as you can to save money (often hand-in hand). I send you prayers from Japan.

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  194. Bron Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Kate and Will,
    As many others have already mentioned, I have been following this blog for years now. I really love peaking into a life so different from my own.
    My heart sank when I read this. You have great courage to have written this post and I really admire you for that.
    My grandfather had cancer a number of years ago (we were quite close), and I know how difficult it was to watch him suffer. I got angry, sad, even despondent, but through this time, I grew closer to him than I had ever been before. Unfortunately he passed away (it was quite a virulent cancer, not testicular) but even now I still feel so close to him and the time I spent with him is one of my most precious memories.
    I’m not saying this to make you sad, but to point out (as has already been pointed out by others) – you have each other. Hold onto that. Particularly at this time, you are each other’s most precious possession.
    Bron

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  195. Jamie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    As a long time silent reader of your blog, I feel I must break my silent streak to wish you and Will the very, very, very best. Thinking of you, strangers.

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  196. Siri Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Oh Kate. I’m so sorry. A close fried of mine also had testicular cancer, and thankfully he made it through. One of the things that helped him and his family was to set up a Caring Bridge site. It’s difficult to be constantly giving updates and Caring Bridge makes it easier for your loved ones to get whatever information you want to provide. You will both be in my thoughts throughout these weeks and in the recovery time. If there is anything we blog readers can do, please let us know.

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  197. Marie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I’m so sorry… My partner and I are praying for you, Will and Kate <3

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  198. Abbey Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I’m sending you both light and love; please let us know how we can help!

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  199. Natalie Meteoroid Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    My heart dropped when I read this yesterday, and I couldn’t think of the words to say.
    And even though I don’t know you, you both have crept into my thoughts today.
    I’ll be sending all my healing thoughts you to and Will.
    <3!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. I think all of our collective positive thoughts will result in a speedy and permanent recovery. ^_^!

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  200. erin Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    oh kate, this breaks my heart. cancer is so unfair! i hope these next few months are fast and as painless as possible for you and will and that he recovers quickly. all of my thoughts are with you. please, please, please start having good things happen soon!

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  201. Vanessa joie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I am so sorry. I can’t imagine how scared/worried you both are. a good friend of mine was diagnosed with testicular cancer 10 years ago and came through it and is happy and healthy today. I’ll keep you both in my prayers and will be sending lots of love your way. xo

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  202. Vanessa Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    God bless. I’m so sorry, I’ll be praying for Will and you

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  203. Sadie Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Sending healing vibes from my way. These vibes are very powerful.

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  204. Alyssa Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Can I bring you a casserole? Or lots of casseroles? Sending hopes your way.

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  205. Poppy Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I wish you and Will all the most positive vibes and love during your struggle.
    I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 6 years ago and coming from a country where my government pays for our medical care I can not fathom how much harder it will be for you having to pay for it all yourselves. I’m sure anyone and everyone who reads your blog will jump at the opportunity to help.
    Love and well wishes to you both.

    Poppy

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  206. Bri Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    kate, i’m truly saddened to hear about this news. i’ll be praying for you and your husband. for healing, a speedy recovery, strength, clarity, and faith. myself and a few friends of mine i know would be more than happy to support your poster fund. keep going strong xo.

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  207. Martha Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    this brought tears to my eyes. You write co clearly and elegantly about the situation Kate. All good thoughts and positive energy I have are coming Wills way. I’ll be thinking about you both often in the next weeks.
    xoxo

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  208. Elisabeth Says:

    September 29th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I’m so terribly sorry for Will and for you. Shitty news like this, hearing of the boogeyman that is cancer, can stop me, a complete stranger, in my tracks. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was in his early 20s, 8 years ago. Even though it initially crushed us (I still have vivid memories of my father tearfully breaking the news to my sister and me while out to lunch), we were overjoyed to learn that it is indeed one of the most treatable cancers. With surprising speed, everything was treated and his cancer was gone. And it’s stayed gone. Fancypants technology and good old loving support will help Will kick this cancer’s ass so you two can chug along together for years and years to come. xo

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  209. Ana Maria Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    kate and will, i’m a pretty sporadic visitor so i’m just reading of this now. i’m so sorry. you will both get through this with the love and support you have for one another. sending nothing but good energy your way.

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  210. Natalie of Fashion Intel Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Nothing but love being sent your way!

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  211. Ruth Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Hello Kate,
    I send you all my best wishes for you both and a hughe amount of positive energy from Barcelona.

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  212. Jane Flanagan Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I’m only just catching up on all this now and have nothing meaningful to say – what could I possibly add? Except to add my voice to the chorus of love and support. I will be thinking of you both very often and hoping only the best outcome for you. And, should the opportunity arise, I’d love to help in any practical way too. It all seems like a fierce injustice, but look at the fine mettle you’re made of!

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  213. Jo in NZ Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I have never commented on your blog before, Kate, but am a long time reader who wanted to add her voice to the chorus of love and support. Much, much love from New Zealand — please do let us know how we can send $. It would be an honour for all the inspiration you give xxxx

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  214. Elle Vee Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I read this the other day and have been thinking of you both. Felt like I should stop and say so. I know that the well-meaning thoughts of others can’t help with the cancer, but hopefully it helps with feelings of having to go through something alone. I’ve been reading your blog for ages, and through the cracks you’ve let us get to know Will a bit. I’m so sorry that such a big challenge (the real “big C”) has landed on your plates, but you are in good hands and you have each other. Sending some healing thoughts your way. Hugs from Toronto…

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  215. Elle Vee Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Also, as Jo mentioned just above here, I’m sure some people would like to make financial contributions. Setting up a donation link on your page for Will’s treatment wouldn’t be too forward. Many of your readers may want to help if they can. (Stupid US healthcare.)

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  216. Adria Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 5:30 am

    You are both in my thoughts and in my heart. xo

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  217. Johanna Inman Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. Sending good thoughts to you and Will.

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  218. Ann Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Thinking of you (who of course I have never met) and sending you all great wishes and healing and all good things. That you have each other is amazing. Do take care of yourselves. This blog is just a wonderful place to visit, and, personally, I think that it’s brave and good that you both have decided to share this. Good luck.

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  219. stephanie Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    my heart goes out to the two of you. i remember last year when my brother was diagnosed i wished he had a partner to go through it with. your love is magical and strong. it will give you strength in this time of need. i look forward to supporting you guys in any way possible.

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  220. Trina Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I have been a reader of your blog for years but this is the first time I’ve commented. I just wanted you to know that I will be sending positive vibes your way from Toronto. This is a situation that unfortunately too many people can relate with so please consider this message a long distance hug from me.

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  221. jennifer Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    So sorry to hear this Kate. Best wishes to you guys for a speedy recovery.

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  222. Tiffany B. Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hi Kate, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You are stronger than you think to be able to share this with world. Please keep us posted. I hope for very speedy recovery :)

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  223. natalie Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    i will send my support and share the request/news if you fundraise (without the added incentive of a print) because i’ve been a longtime reader and i wish the big-best results for you both!

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  224. Maike Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Hello from another unvisible reader until now. I feel like I should really leave a comment now as I am thinking about you two people the whole day. The thought of someone you love being sick of of being so cruely sick yourself is such a big fear to everyone. I can’t even imagine how this feels like eventhough I have made my own experiences with friends and family being that sick. Thanks for the honesty and for sharing these sad news. I think about you and send you positifity and support. I would love to help out in some way as probably most reader would, so please let us know if we can support somehow through internet or with some kind of donation. Big internet hugs by Maike

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  225. kate o Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being so vulnerable. You are not alone. Cancer has affected so many of us.

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  226. Jenny Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Oh Kate, I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you and you’er lovely family….I hate that stupid C word

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  227. jessica o'brien | jessohbee Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    i live in los angeles (i’m the one who spotted you at the salvation army in santa monica then bumped into you at container store in century city!) and i want to say, in total seriousness, i am here as a resource.

    if you need someone to go to the grocery store…
    to water your plants…
    to clean your apartment…
    to drop off paperwork or give you a ride or whatever other element i can provide to alleviate the stress of treatment while also trying to keep up with life. i know they are little things, but if they ever feel big or insurmountable, let anyone who can, help you.

    my email is jessicaobrien99@gmail.com and you can use it at any time for anything.

    obviously will and his speedy recovery are in all of our thoughts.
    xo

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  228. sheena Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    so sorry to hear this… good thoughts to you and will!

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  229. Amanda Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’m so, so sorry, Kate Miss.
    I’m sending all of my very best thoughts to you and your Will.

    All of my very best ones.

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  230. Amanda Blair Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    sending love and healing prayer your way my dear. I can’t do a internet hug but I do have an internet high-five…http://www.ihighfive.com/…and it’s for when your man kicks the stupid C-words ass! WOo!

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  231. Leslie Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I’ve been thinking about you so much since I first read this post yesterday. Just know that SO many people are sending love your way. Also know that you.will.get.through.this.

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  232. Alison Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I have never commented here before but I’m a consistent visitor to your corner of the internet. I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you both…because at the end of the day, I know that’s the only thing that will make a difference. Thank you for your honesty and courage here…and for continuing to bring color to our world through this site, even in the midst of this storm.

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  233. Sarah Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Kate

    I wish I had a tenth of your graceful writing style to be able to find some some words of comfort. Instead I am sending Will and you hugs from the south coast of Britain.

    I know you said about prints but maybe some sort of ‘crowd funding’ might provide better resources. We donate now to a project that you and Will can do when all of his treatment is over-a video, prints, or whatever you fancy.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding

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  234. riye Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I’m really sorry about the diagnosis and just wanted to send good wishes your way! I spent the few years taking care of my mum (kidney cancer) and I won’t lie–it really sucked sometimes and sometimes we felt like what we did was never enough. But you know what? You can only do what you can do. And as scary as cancer is, people do survive and get better–and you guys will too.

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  235. Bridget Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Oh Kate, how difficult. You are both in my thoughts.

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  236. Jessica Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    You’re awesome.

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  237. Erin Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Kate, I am so so sorry to hear your news. I’ll be thinking of you both and I will be sure to keep my eyes open for your fundraiser.

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  238. Sarah Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Sending good hardcore serious crazy positive feelings and love to you and Will and both your families and friends. You will all kick the shit out of the cancer together-stay tough! Big big love.

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  239. natalie Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Adding my voice to the many… you’re both in my thoughts. Backing you up as you kick cancer’s ass!!

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  240. Emily Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear this news… my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and it was so scary… now it’s September and she is already finished with treatment and cancer-free. I also struggled with how to deal with the blog and what to share while going through such a stressful time. I ended up only vaguely referring to a loved-one’s diagnosis… your honesty is appreciated and allows others to give you strength and make you feel less alone. I know the c-word is so scary, but it’s amazing how far treatment has come… Stay strong.

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  241. Renee @ eatliveshop.com Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Wow I’m so sorry and sad to hear this Kate. Both of you need to stay strong and healthy through this (rest, nutritious food, cut out sugar – I’ve been told this helps etc). I would love to help in any way I can with raising money for the treatment. Keep us all posted. Sending love and hugs from Toronto..xoxo

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  242. MEL Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    As one of your faithful internet readers, I’m so sad to hear this news. I will be thinking of you both and sending healing light your way. xo

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  243. bigBANG studio Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Aw, honey, as soon as I saw the title of that post my heart sank, but DAMN are you two a pair of brave, amazing souls. I’m so sad to learn the terrible news, and can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through, but I’m so glad you know you’ve got this cadre of love and support behind you on this magical little blog. We’re here for you and Will and we love you and we’re cheering for you all the way.

    xoxo

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  244. KPH Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I have been a faithful reader, or should I say, you have faithfully poured your soul in photographs on this site, and I have enjoyed the ride. A dear, dear friend of mine got cancer last year, and there is nothing comforting to say except that the Lord is the only comfort in times of need. Keep posting, and I’ll keep loving your site.

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  245. julie @ duet letterpress Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    i’m so sorry. cancer has crept into my life as well. it sucks. my aunt and father-in-law have both battled it. it’s so hard to see such suffering. hang in there! sending good healing vibes, good thoughts + prayers your way!

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  246. Aja Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Like many others have expressed, I’m sorry to read this post. I know that you’ll remain a strong and solid rock for Will to lean upon. Here’s to a speedy recovery and successful chemo. I will keep you both in my thoughts.

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  247. Becka Says:

    September 30th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    You and Will have been in my thoughts all day and I wish I knew what more to say other than I’m so, so sorry. Richard and I are sending you massive amounts of love and support from over here in New Zealand, and are so excited for the day that this is all behind you both and you continue on into an amazing future together. xoxo

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  248. Elaina Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 1:50 am

    So sorry to hear this. Sending lots of love and healing thoughts your way! The posters sound like a great idea, much better than starting a meth lab. ;)

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  249. amber Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Being Australian, I don’t quote understand the health insurance or cost-of-treatment situation, but I know that it can be difficult enough keeping up with medical expenses even in this lucky country, and even with my good insurance.

    Know that we Internet People will be happy to support you in any way we can. A few dollars from strange corners of the world can definitely add up to help.

    Cuddles from the Antipodes…

    Amber x

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  250. Roxanne Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Ugh. As scary and awful as it all seems you can get through it. I know exactly how scary this is, and overwhelming. I have had surgery to remove precancerous cervical lesions twice now. It is really scary – for you and Will. I felt so guilty to think about what I might be putting my husband through, even though I know it is no fault of my own and I think he felt very helpless and frustrated because there was nothing he could really do to make it all better. Being from Canada and now living in the states I also understand the frustration with the health care system here. It is confusing and complicated, back in Canada I never EVER saw a bill. I wish I wish we had that here. Maybe one day.

    I will send all positive vibes I can your way.

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  251. Kate Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Dear Kate,

    I am sorry for the delayed comment about this, I just checked your page today. I am so sorry for all that you and Will are going through. I know that this must be a very tough time. I agree with the quote your friend sent you and you are most definitely a strong woman! I wish you the best of luck with Will’s recovery and if you need anything (of course I will be contributing to your fundraiser!) please let me know! Even though I’m here in Philadelphia, I’m still here for you :)
    Much love girl.

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  252. Sarah Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am

    So sorry to hear the sad news, but like all the rest of your daily readers and supporters, I’m definitely rooting for you guys and sending good thoughts your way.

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  253. Mary Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    As well as everyone else that has commented, I feel I have to tell you that I have been reading your blog for years now and feel like I know you and Will personally. It breaks my heart to read this post and I only wish the two of you the best of luck in these upcoming times. You are in my thoughts.

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  254. michelle Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    sorry to hear he has to go through all this. I just finished 4 treatments of infusion and the cost itself almost sent me back to the er haha. I had to drop out of grad school since everything got so expensive. It definitely sucks, but you guys will pull through. best of luck to both of you!

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  255. kelly Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    consider me your 255th supporter. i don’t think i’ve ever commented on one of your posts before, but i read your blog every weekend. i’m so, so sorry to hear about will. i’m also dealing with some health issues that are much less serious, and yet they are still stressing me out, so i can and can’t imagine how you guys must be feeling. i wish you all the best, and i’m definitely going to stay posted on your fundraiser! you both will be in my thoughts.

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  256. Maggie Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Kate, I am so, so sorry to hear this. I teared up reading your post, and of course I don’t even really know you or Will. The internet is a pretty magical place like that–know that you have (yet another) blog reader who is wishing you both good, healing wishes through this.

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  257. Nadia Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Ditto what all these wonderful people are saying. My heart goes out to you and Will. Stay strong. You both already are. xo.

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  258. Britt Says:

    October 1st, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Sending so many positive vibes to you and Will. Stay strong, you will beat this!

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  259. Daniela Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Hello Kate, I´ve been reading (and loving) your blog for a long time but felt a little shy to comment this post, because it is so personal.
    I know everything will be ok for you and will in the future but for now I can only wish you a bundle of positive thoughts.
    I´m sending you this Viniciousv song by Antonio Zambujo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GQ5Aljl5GY – because I think it´s so sweet and delicate and soothing like a lullaby (when I´m sad that´s what I like to do, hear music, or see cat videos on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XID_W4neJo)

    força! (that´s courage in portuguese)

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  260. Tara Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 8:39 am

    You and Will are in my prayers. I am so sorry you have to deal with this situation. Let your readers know what we can do to assist you.

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  261. Claire Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Kate, I just read this and wanted to add my support. My oldest friend has just had a mastectomy and I can’t imagine having to stress about the cost of medical care on top of dealing with the C word. Sending all positive thoughts to you and Will, you will get through it. xx

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  262. {gemmifer} Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Kate, you already know you have the support of all of us out here in the blogosphere. Cancer is never *not* scary, but thankfully Will has already begun his journey on the path to recovery.

    My very close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer in his mid-30s. After surgery and the very un-fun regimen of chemo, he has been cancer-free for several years now. Annual scans and tests are always needed, but he has thankfully come through each one in good health. I wish the same outcome for Will, and strength to him, you, and all those who love you both. My prayers and good wishes will be with you.

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  263. Belle Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so sorry that you guys are going through such a difficult and stressful time. I’m sending good thoughts and best wishes for a fast and full recovery.

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  264. christie Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    wow. i’m so sorry about this terrible news.

    my thoughts are with you both as you trek through this together. <3

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  265. mel Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Kate & Will, so sorry you have to go through this. Glad to hear that it’s Lance Armstrong-esque though at least. You’re both in my thoughts and I wish you luck with all the awful $$ details.

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  266. maryam Says:

    October 2nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Wishing you both the best possible in the coming days. It feels strange commenting because I don’t actually know you but the internet has a funny way of shrinking the world and your blog post really hit close to home for me, having had loved ones battle this evil crappy disease.

    Keep doing what you do and thank you for that awesome quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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  267. Sherisa D Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I am so so sorry to hear this, but there is strength all around you both. Hold on to that strength and keep as many positive thoughts about you as often as possible. I’ll be praying for you guys.

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  268. m Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    i suck at reading blogs on any type of schedule but yours has always been one i check in on. i commend you on your honesty in revealing such a private struggle and i wish you both the very best and will a speedy recovery. <3

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  269. kickpleat Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:12 am

    You are both in my thoughts and I’m really saddened to hear this news. Strength and courage will get you through this and I love that you’ve been so open about all of this. We’re all here cheering for you both!

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  270. afton Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    kate, wow. what can i say that has not already been said. wishing you guys the best and sending good vibes your way. stay strong, much love. xx

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  271. Kayla @ Exquisite Banana Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    You two will get through this, Kate. Sending hugs and well-wishes. Much love & light to you both.

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  272. belinda Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    i dont know you but i love your blog and your eye for capturing the beauty and simplicity of life.
    it is courageous to be so open and i hope it is healing to share your experience online.
    Medicine and cancer treatment is so good these days, I can’t see him not getting through it with bells on.

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  273. Vanessa Says:

    October 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    There’s nothing more I can add that others haven’t said much more beautifully, but I just wanted to add my voice to the mass wishing you and Will the best. I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for a while now, and I love seeing all your work and all the ways you’ve helped bring beauty to this world. Best of luck. ::internet hugs::

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  274. Sarah Says:

    October 4th, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I don’t usually comment, but always admire your photography and way with words from a far. Now I am admiring the strength with which the both of you are handling this situation. I’d love to purchase a print once they are ready. x

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  275. Diana Says:

    October 4th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    oh god, i’m so so sorry kate. fucking cancer. been through this with my mom. know that i’m thinking of you guys all the way down here in africa. xx

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  276. nicole b. Says:

    October 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Wow, you two are so brave. Thinking of you. Thanks for your honesty; it allows us to join you guys in the fight. We’re in your corner. xo.

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  277. Cara Says:

    October 4th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Kate I’ve read your blog for a long time and never commented. I should have long before now, because it always inspires me. But for now, I just want to send lots of aroha (love) your and Will’s way. Take care of each other xxCara

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  278. Elise / Pennyweight Says:

    October 4th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wow Kate, I am truly sorry to hear this. Saddened by the news but hopeful for the results. Thinking of you both — please let us know if there is anything we ‘online’ friends can do to help! xo

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  279. jennifer young Says:

    October 5th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    i cried when i read this…kate, my thoughts are with you and will. looking forward to buying one of your prints and i will definitely spread the word. you are strong!
    j.

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  280. Jen Says:

    October 6th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I recently stumbled upon your blog. So sorry to hear about this. As the wife of a cancer survivor myself, I know what you’re going through!! Will be praying for you.

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  282. erin Says:

    October 7th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Kate, I’m so sorry to read this news. I’ll be thinking of you and sending all the best positive vibes and thoughts your way for Will to make a swift and strong recovery.

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  283. Sam Says:

    October 7th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I had not known the reason for your sad tweets. And now I found this surprise via Brian’s lovely ‘The Blue Hour’ blog, in that intersecting webby world kind of way. And I wonder how you have been able to tweet at all. Sadly I know, like so many others, the crashing disruptive path cancer can take through a life. I wish for you: good news, kind & loving friends, hope, and humour. It sounds like you already have love, in spades.

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  284. Kelly Says:

    October 9th, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I’m so sorry to read about this… Wishing Will a swift and strong recovery…

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  288. Miel Says:

    October 10th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Will & Kate,

    My heart goes out to you. I’m impressed by the amount of internet love you’ve generated. It just goes to show the love that is in the world, and the miracles that can come from reaching out.

    I totally get both the appreciation of so many well wishes, and also how overwhelming it can be. My father died in May and then I was diagnosed with melanoma in June and dealt with a series of surgeries. I was thankful every day for insurance and can only imagine how it might have been to deal with it without. It is already stressful enough.

    Hang in there and keep reaching out to the world.

    Miel

    (sister of a friend of Sarah’s in Portland)

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  289. Orchid Grey Says:

    October 10th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Kate and Will, I am so sorry for hear of this. As someone who has had to deal with a serious injury without medical insurance in the past, I feel for you- the extra toll that worrying about financial issues takes is not small. You are both in my thoughts.

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  290. Kelsey Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Kate,

    A co-worker of mine just completed his blog http://bloodsweatchemo.tumblr.com/
    It’s about the same sort of cancer – how he fought and beat it. It’s amazing. Start at the beginning and hopefully find inspiration from it. His blog became so popular that he has been asked to speak at events about his experiences.

    Good luck. Sending good vibes,

    Kelsey

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  291. leah Says:

    October 31st, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Love and blessings to you and Will. May his healing and recovery be speedy xxx

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