Shutting Down Dave

Well, hello. For anyone who does not know me my name is Katie Hennemuth. This is my blog ( so lovingly set up for me by my friend Julie) about my journey in dealing with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma and my tumor that I have named Dave. Giving my primary tumor a name has given me “someone” to be mad at and channel my energy toward.  I KNOW I am going to beat Dave and every single hideous cancer cell that he has spread throughout my body. I have never been so sure about anything in my life. I feel that have been chosen for this journey and ya betta watch out Dave because me and my support system #teamkate are COMING FOR YA!

By way of introduction, I am 29, engaged to my AMAZING fiancé and I am a Neuro- Surgical ICU Nurse (NOT a writer so bear with me). The purpose of the blog is to share my experiences, the good the bad and the ugly, update friends and family, and hopefully help another cancer buddy along the way. In my short time as a cancer patient, I have learned the importance of talking to others dealing with this disease, in any way shape or form, and how incredibly helpful it can be. The outpouring of support, love, prayers and thoughts that I have received thus far is literally mind blowing. I feel LUCKY and that I must pay this experience forward in any way that I can. So if  my stupid/silly/sad/mad/happy/insulting  thoughts on my road to CURE can aid anyone, then my goal is reached.  So here we go!!

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25 thoughts on “Shutting Down Dave

  1. Hi Katie,

    I’ve never met you, but I’m Julie’s brother-in-law. I have heard about Dave and I have told Julie that you are going to beat him from the get go. You have a great support system and a strong will to win, which is huge! I am on your team and I have been/will be sending positive thoughts your way from MA!!

    Chris Hogan

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    • Hi Katie, this is Ann D’Arienzo you may remember me as your 4th grade teacher. I have heard of your recent diagnosis and I am praying for you. I’m certain that you are a strong, young woman and that you will shut Dave down!! I’m in your corner. God Bless!

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  2. hi Katie!!! i dont know you but i have prayed for you at St. Anns novena and will continue till you stut Dave down…stay positive and may your faith be bigger than your fears!!!

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  3. I am sure you know you have the ever powerful,many in numbers, very outspoken Dempsey Family sitting on the bench cheering you on.
    No question you are winning this huge battle and will continue to help others along the way and then some. Love Ya.

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  4. Hi future Mrs. Reap!!! “Dave” needs to take a permanent hike so you and Dee can plan the wedding of the century!! You’re the first person I think of every morning – praying for your continued, amazing strength and positive attitude – knowing it’s another day behind you and getting you closer to your full recovery!!! You’ve got this beautiful girl!! 👊🙏😘😘

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  5. Hi Katie, Just want you to know we are praying for u and your family and we know without a doubt, Dave’s going down! Judy Grambo

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  6. Hello Katie, (Tara Burkes mom & family) just sending our thoughts & prayers your way!!! God bless you, you definitely got this!!! XO

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  7. Hi Katie.. Spoke with your future mother-in-law today who told me about this blog.. So glad you have find a resource where you can express your feelings about that bad guy DAVE.. Just to reassure you and Kyle.. The entire Snyder family and all of your hometown community are praying and wishing the best for you!! Your attitude is amazing and will surely be the key to the wonderful events ahead for you and Kyle!

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  8. Hello Katie,
    We are strangers …I have read your story and will cheer you on every day. My father had a similar tumor as well as a niece. You can do this, kick Dave’s butt!

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  9. Hi Katie I have heard about “Dave” and your wonderful attitude and I will include you in my prayers daily until “Dave” has disappeared. You can do it ! Faith is so important. You have a great family behind you, so STAY STRONG And POSITIVE!

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  10. Katie, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am from your hometown and remember you as a student at OLP. You are surrounded by a loving and supportive community of friends/family. Dave is not welcome and he must step out of your “space”. God bless you and my prayers are constant. XO

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  11. It is inspirational and rewarding to be able to be part of your journey knowing you from your first days–yes there was I interlude but that does not erase the initial memories of ‘I want a juicy box’ or ‘icky..move it now’…..your faith alone is a testament of the permanent demise of ‘Dave’….I’m initial for the long haul…..Leslee

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  12. I don’t know you, Katie, but a friend of Kate Legg’s is a friend of mine. I send you strength, courage, and healing. Dave must go.

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  13. Katie, we remember you as a child and watched you grow up into a beautiful young woman. We will be praying for you to have the strength to deal with this. So kick “Dave” out so you can get on with your life!

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  14. Katie,
    I am going to echo the woman who said, “My your faith be stronger than your fears!’ because faith is the source of the courage and strength you are showing. And if there are days when you are just too tried to push,
    remember, that are all here to do the pushing on those days!
    Love,
    Aunt Judy

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  15. Katie, you and your team of supporters are so inspirational. We don’t know each other well, but I can’t help but notice the amazing support team and attitude you have. I am thinking nothing but positive thoughts for you! Kick Dave’s ass.

    Sincerely,
    Lauren

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  16. Katie,
    I am your 2nd cousin, once removed, on your Dad’s side, having the same maiden name as your grandmother Jean Kane (spelled Jeanne Kane by your grandmother). I too am a nurse and a cancer survivor (breast). I totally applaud your positive, can do attitude. It is the best way to beat and shut down the enemy, AKA Dave!!
    I looked at my treatment as life giving and tried my best to gratefully accept it into my life during that time.
    I just wanted you to know that I and my husband Peter are sending positive thoughts and energy and love your way. You are young and strong and beautiful…. and you WILL prevail. Believe in yourself Katie, you can do this!!

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  17. Hi Katie,
    Just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have no doubt that you WILL shut Dave down! Stay strong and keep that wonderful attitude! 🙏
    ~Colleen (Curley) Jumper
    (Your 3rd grade teacher😊)

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  18. Thinking of you every day Katie! Your attitude is incredible, and you are an inspiration!! You’ve got more people in your corner than Dave ever could!!

    xoxo,
    Betsy

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  19. Hi Katie,
    I am a friend of your Aunt Judy’s and I have been following your progress. My daily prayers are for your complete recovery and saying good-bye to “Dave”.
    Sending lots of love, Frankie Igoe

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