Gotta keep on keepin' on.......

Cancer again...that's 3 times in 2 years. This time it’s not breast cancer, but a new one called squamous cell carcinoma. New cancer, same old fighting spirit! My blog is still named for one of many songs that kept me going the first time around. Driving home from an upsetting appointment, I turned on the radio just as this line from Steve Miller Band's Jet Airliner was playing: "I've got to keep on keepin' on" I did just that. And I'll do it again.

Monday, September 07, 2009

This is John, Kate's husband. I am very sad to say that Kate passed away last Thursday afternoon (September 3rd, 2009) after her 11 month battle with lung (NOT breast!) cancer. I has been a very long and difficult three years since her initial diagnosis but her amazing spirit remained strong until the very end. Our strong faith has sustained us and we are so very grateful for the very special summer we had as a family. It is comforting to know that her suffering is over and that she is now among the angels.

There will be a memorial service for her this Saturday, September 12, at 12:30 pm at New Hanover Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, VA ( In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to a scholarship fund that we are creating in her memory. Donations can be directed to the church with a note that it is for the "Homan Scholarship Fund".

Rest in peace my sweet girl.


  • At 9/8/09, 12:07 PM, Blogger Leslie Trosset said…

    I'm so very sorry to hear that Katie passed away. She was so strong and vivacious. I could still see her strong spirit in the pink limo video. What a special moment that must have been - and God bless the man for donating the fun ride.

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Leslie (Horn) Trosset
    Delmar, NY

  • At 9/9/09, 12:05 AM, Blogger Scarlet O'Kara said…

    My prayers are with you and your family on the loss of Kate.

  • At 9/9/09, 2:10 AM, Blogger lahdeedah said…

    Thank you so much for posting this, John. I am one of Kate's blog friends, Jill.

    My heart aches for you and your family and your loss of sweet Katie. I was pulled into Katie's world by her sweet spirit. She was one of those women who always made the effort to make you feel absolutely fantastic about yourself in spite of her own very real suffering.

    It saddens my heart to think of your life without Katie, but I know you are a family of great faith. God has you in his perfect care.

    Much love.


  • At 9/9/09, 8:44 AM, Blogger Lorri said…

    Dear John, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your children in this most difficult time.

    Sincerely, Lorri Steer
    Mothers with Cancer

  • At 9/9/09, 9:23 AM, Blogger Imstell said…

    I am so sorry for your loss... our loss, really. Her will and spirit will live on in her beautiful, strong children.

    Peace be with you.

  • At 9/9/09, 10:12 AM, Anonymous Jo said…

    I have only recently started reading Kate's blog but already realized she was a very special person. I am saddened and sorry to hear that she has passed.

    My heart goes out to your family during this time and thank you for "sharing" her with us during her battle.

    Much love,

  • At 9/9/09, 10:46 AM, Blogger Spruce Hill said…

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • At 9/9/09, 1:30 PM, OpenID toddlerplanet said…

    Oh, KT.

    John, my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm so sorry to hear this news.

    Emma, Leah, Frances, and Jesse -- your Mommy was a gifted writer and a woman who was not afraid to face difficult treatment. She fought so hard to be with you -- and she had the courage to talk about it. I am so proud of your Mommy, and I wish you kids all the best.

    from Mothers With Cancer

  • At 9/9/09, 2:03 PM, Blogger Amelie said…

    Whymommy sends me here. I'm so very sorry for your loss, for your family's loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • At 9/9/09, 4:15 PM, Blogger The Christen's Comings and Goings said…

    As a Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor, I know a little bit of your struggles. However, I am glad that Kate is no longer in pain. your family is in our prayers.

  • At 9/9/09, 4:38 PM, OpenID clergygirl said…

    I'm so sad to hear of Katie's passing. I only recently came across Katie's blog site but have been inspired by her grace and determination. Many blessings as you remember her sweet spirit.

  • At 9/10/09, 11:27 AM, Blogger carosgram said…

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your many happy memories bring you some comfort. May God bring you strength and solice in the days ahead. Thinking of you and wishing you the best

  • At 9/12/09, 9:29 PM, Blogger kgirl said…

    I'm here via Whymommy, and I just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to you and your children. I'm so very, very sorry.

  • At 9/13/09, 12:23 PM, Blogger lahdeedah said…

    Hi John.

    Just wanted to let you know that Mothers With Cancer posted a tribute to Katie, as (being scattered across the country) we were not able to attend her memorial yesterday.

    I hope it was a wonderful tribute and that you and the kids are finding a little peace and grace during this difficult time.



  • At 9/15/09, 1:18 PM, Blogger Jayne said…

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  • At 9/29/09, 1:50 AM, Blogger Katie said…

    I am so very sorry. Your wife was such an amazing woman.

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • At 10/7/09, 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so terribly sorry to hear about Katie. We went to high school together and she was truly one of the nicest people I met. I am sorry that we drifted apart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the children.
    Colleen Cordi Savarese

  • At 10/30/09, 8:39 PM, Anonymous WhyMommy (Susan) said…

    Thinking of you all, again, still.



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