Dear Family and Friends,
Kim passed away last night at 7:48 pm. She slipped into a coma while napping at eight o'clock that morning. It was caused by hemorrhaging in her brain brought on by the infection in her blood, and her weak physical state.
Kim was laughing and happy all of Wednesday, herself all through the night and that morning. She never felt pain, or any struggle. She was surrounded by loved ones all that day, and Dad, Mom, Mike and I were with her the whole time.
The funeral will probably be Monday, at our Family's Stake center. Nelson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. I will have more details later today.
This has been just as spiritual as it has been sad for our family. We can still feel Kim's love, and we can't begrudge Heavenly Father one of his very best angels.
For now, we just need your prayers. If any of you would like to help dad and mom out with the funeral costs, I know that would be greatly appreciated... we hadn't made any arrangements that way.
Thank you all so much, for all you have done for us. I'm so sorry, that it will be a while before you get to see Kim again, but just remember- she's still with us, and always will be. She'll always be there, encouraging all of us to be our best, and Keep Running, just as she always has.
I will write again tonight with more details.
Kim was diagnosed with AML Leukemia on July 22, 2009, just after she finished high school. She'd been feeling well, just showing a few bruises when she went to Primary Childrens Medical Center for a heart surgery to fix a relatively minor condition she's had since she was born. A blood test before the surgery showed that her blood had been completely taken over by the cancer. They admitted her that day and began treatment right away. She went through five long rounds of chemotherapy, doing relatively well, with the exception of one infection that led to a very scary stay in the Pediatric ICU. She spent almost all of that time in the hospital, with just a few breaks to go home. By the end of March 2010 she was allowed to go home for good- officially in remission! She was so excited to finally go to USU Fall semester, and got strait A's in all of her classes! Psychology, Humanities, Family Finance and ANATOMY. Not a week after finals, at a regular check up at PCMC, her blood tests showed that her cancer was back. And thus began round two- Kim's goal was to make it to a bone marrow transplant. We had found a donor, so all that was left was to get her in remission once more. After three rounds of chemotherapy, her body was no longer strong enough to keep fighting, no matter that her spirit was. She will always be with us. 7:48 pm, March 31, 2011