When Life Throws You A Curveball

Regular readers might be wondering why I’ve been missing in action on my blog and on Twitter over the last month.

Exactly a month ago my active and happy 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The dignosis was sudden and incredibly unexpected. One day Novalie was at school, the next in hospital getting ready to start chemo.

Novalie beads

We’ve now spent 4.5 weeks in hospital included a terrifying stint in ICU due to septic shock.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer but thankfully it has an excellent cure rate. However, the treatment is long — perhaps 2.5 to 3 years. We’ve been told it gets easier!

Prior to the diganosis, I had a few blog posts half written. So I hope to finish these and get re-involved in the edtech community when things get easier.

I’ve been writing a private blog for friends and family to document our journey. It’s proving cathartic and a good way to share information. This is the first time I’ve used a blog in a personal way but I’m enjoying it!

When life throws you a curveball, there’s no choice but to hit it out of the park!



27 Replies to “When Life Throws You A Curveball”

  1. Aaron Davis says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing Kathleen. Thoughts with you and your family during this time.

  2. So sorry to hear your news. Sending positive thoughts to you and your family.

  3. Chris Betcher says: Reply

    Hey Kath, so sorry to hear this news. I hope Novalie gets all the help she needs to get better soon.

  4. Sending hopes for a full recovery and remission

  5. Keith McCray says: Reply

    Thinking about you and your family Kathleen! Praying for a swift and full recovery!

  6. Stay strong and know that your daughter and entire family are in many people’s prayers!!

  7. Wow, I’m very sorry to hear this. I pray that God will give you and your family strength and that your daughter will make a full recovery.
    Many blessings from Panama

  8. Praying for you and and your family.

  9. Huge hugs Kathleen. Take time and just be with your little one.

  10. God sends us miracles everyday. Trust in him. My heart goes out to you and your daughter. Sending prayers and thoughts your way.

  11. Marg Grosfield says: Reply

    Hi Kathleen,
    Oh my! So sorry to hear – cancer sucks.
    You and your family have love, hugs and support from around the world. Stay strong. ❤️
    Marg Grosfield

  12. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Look after yourself

  13. Matt Weimann says: Reply

    I hope the best for you and your family! I’m glad it is at least treatable. You seem to have a decent attitude about it. 5years old is so young! My thoughts will be with you.

  14. Dear Kathleen,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Novaline’s diagnosis. But I’m glad to hear it has an excellent cure rate. Best wishes to Novaline from the United States for a quick recovery.

  15. Alexandra Duarte says: Reply

    So, so sorry to hear that, Kathleen.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you & Novalie and her full recovery.
    Stay strong and never lose hope.
    Hugs from Portugal,

  16. Love and light to your daughter, you and your family.

  17. Sorry, meant to write “Novalie”! Best wishes.

    1. Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      Don’t worry, May. And thank you so much for your kind wishes! 🙂

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Novalie, Kathleen.

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with Novalie and your family

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with Novalie and your family. Best wishes to Novalie. Stay strong!!!

  21. Dear Kathleen,
    I am praying for your daughter’s quick recovery. God be close to you and your family through this time.

  22. I do pray this cross is lifted and health returns your daughter and family.

  23. So sorry to hear that Kathleen. Wishing you strength and sending you wishes for good health

  24. Stephanie Krisulevicz says: Reply

    Sending all of you extra love, strength, and understanding.

    1. Kathleen Morris says: Reply

      I appreciate that, Stephanie! Hope you are well. 🙂

  25. Allyson Bartley says: Reply

    Sending lots of love and healing thoughts to your precious one. 💜💜💜

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