S: We love you, Katy!
1: Katy, This book started off as something we decided to put together, to put the smile back on your face. However, in the middle of putting this together, you had your first transplant appointment at Columbia. In an instant, it went from being a simple "cheer up!" gift, to taking on a whole new meaning. Suddenly it became a lot more important for you to remember how many people support you and are fighting with you. Anytime you need to smile or need an extra boost of confidence, pick up this book. It's full of pictures from your amazing life and letters from the people who love you most. Theres no doubt in any of our minds that this next chapter of your life is going to be amazing - and you're finally going to BREATHE EASY. We love you.
2: Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
3: When mom & dad don't understand, a SISTER always does.
4: Family is like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts.
5: our roots say we're family... | ....our hearts say we're friends.
6: Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, Keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend
7: A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
8: Each time the world needs an extra touch of love and gentle caring, God creates a Godmother.
9: Whoever said you can't buy happiness, never met CHLOE.
10: "A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope." ~Carrie Latet
11: Joey & Katy April 19th, 2008
12: a good friend is like a rainbow - they brighten your life after you've been through a storm.
13: A real friend is not one who only entertain you, but one who cares about you..one who will be there when you cry
14: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
15: I came to win, to fight to conquer, to thrive I came to win, to survive to prosper, to rise to fly
16: other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
17: Kooky, wacky & funny Smart & bewitching Angelic, but devlish at times Talented, but not a singer Tough as nails, but sweet as pie Anchor of our family Heartwarming, loyal, true Reckless at times Righteous & humble Caring and loving Yearning to prevail & never failing Kaleidoscope of emotions Never ending courage | You never cease to amaze!!! Love, Mom & Dad
18: To our precious Katy From day one, you had us wrapped around your little finger. You were so sweet and adorable and such a good baby. At thirteen months old you were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a day we will never forget. We were so scared. The doctors gave us much encouragement and assured us that with proper care you would thrive. Oh, so much to learn, again we were scared. You were hospitalized for three weeks and each day we learned more about caring for a child with CF. When we first took you home the fear really set in, there were no doctors and nurses for backup. But it didn’t take long for your treatments and medications to become part of our daily routine. As we saw you grow into a fun loving toddler our fears began to diminish. By age three, as we would do postural drainage on you – you would perform it on your doll – “Bumpity Bumps” is what you called therapy. When you did your nebulizer, your doll would wear a mask also. You flourished through nursery and grammar school. Although there were many times your fresh mouth got you into trouble at home, you were always well behaved in school. A hospitalization (10 days-2 weeks) never deterred you, always back in school the day after being releases from the hospital. You were amazing – you never skipped a beat. Your strength and never ending courage were an inspiration to our whole family. Your strength gave us strength to help you fight this terrible disease. Junior High and High School were more difficult, hospitalizations more frequent. Yet, you prevailed. When you add teenage antics to the mix, I am surprised at times that we all emerged unscathed. You were determined to go away to college. Again, our fears set in, worried if you would take good care of yourself while away from our always watching eyes. Again, in spite of all the “partying” you prevailed. We were so proud of the woman you had become. You decided at the end of Junior year that Nursing was really the career path for you. After attaining your Bachelor of Arts you came back home and attended Nursing School. Your health obstacles became steeper but your strength, courage and determination only grew stronger! And, of course you graduated with your RN in May 08 and rocked the Nursing boards in July 08. The last three years have been really tough. In and out of the hospital so many times, I have lost count. There are days when you think you can’t fight the fight anymore, we all rally to give your our strength and will to fight and before we know it – our Katy is back and ready to fight the fight and kick CF in the butt. I thank God every day for your perseverance.
19: Again, you continue to astound and amaze all who know and love you. Katy, please always remember that you are never alone in your fight, we are always by your side with love and support and sometimes a little “shake” to remind you what is important, if for a minute you forget. We only wish we could make this journey easier on you - if we could breathe for you – we would. God has blessed us with you and your beautiful sisters. Because of you, our family is a “Circle of Love and Strength.” Katy, you have made us all better, stronger people. We all know that the time is coming soon when you will be able to “BREATHE EASY” There are no words to express how proud we are of the amazing child you were and the extraordinary woman you have become. OUR LOVE AND SUPPORT ARE ENDLESS Love Mom and Dad
20: Dear Katy (my baby sister, my “adopted daughter”), The dictionary defines a sister as “a girl or woman who share the same parents.” Seems like a pretty simple definition for such a complex, wonderful relationship. I thank my lucky stars every day that God blessed me with you as a sister. It is not often that an older sibling can learn so much from her younger sister. You have taught me so many things through the years from the newest fashion trends to make-up application, how to loosen up and just have fun and of course how to play flip cup!! More importantly, watching you I have learned how to face any adversary with courage and dignity. You have an inner strength and grace about you that is truly amazing and to say that you are an inspiration to me just does not seem to do you justice. Over the last 27 years, I have watched my “baby sister” develop into a beautiful, caring, intelligent, compassionate and strong woman. You have accomplished things that would be a challenge to those in perfect health and you even managed to have a “little” fun along the way! All of your trials and tribulations while they don’t define you have helped to shape you into the person that you are today. Watching you struggle with your health over these last few years has been difficult for everyone who loves you. I miss the sound of your laugh and the mischievous glint in your eyes when you are up to something! I look forward to the day when you will truly be able to breathe easy and these hard times will be distant memories. Never forget how much you are loved, admired and cherished.
21: Pam Brown once said “when sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?” We are all standing with you, shoulder to shoulder fighting against CF. You are never alone. When you are tired, just lean on your sisters, family and friends and we will hold you up. I will never stop fighting for you and I am so proud to call you my sister. Love you always, Christine
22: To my baby sister Katy, INSPIRATION: a) a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. b) the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions of others. I have had the privilege of watching you grow over the years. You have come such a long way and have developed into an amazing, courageous and beautiful woman to say the least. What fascinates me the most is how you grew up with such a heavy burden and faced life equal to the next person. I have watched you accomplish goals just to go out and set more. This is why I wrote "inspiration" because YOU inspire me. You inspire me everyday of my life. You inspire me to live life happy. You inspire me to accept what I have and not to always want more. You inspire me to be healthy and take care of what I have. You inspire me to push the days I feel tired and lazy. You inspire me to push more the days I don’t feel tired and lazy. You inspire me to be a better husband and father. You may ask yourself how you do these things for me when you don’t have children and you’re not yet married but the answer is simple............YOU inspire me to be a better person. You have shown me to be grateful and cherish what has been given to me. Thank You. HERO: a) a figure endowed with great strength or ability. b) a warrior. c) a person admired for his/her achievements. d) one who shows great courage. I love you dearly and I always wanted to do what I could as an older brother to protect you. Meanwhile I hope you know that you are my hero. I might be older but I look at you and wish that I could have half the strength, guts and will that you have had over the years. You fight each day and I am so proud of you. How you fight this disease and remain the person you are is just amazing to me.
23: Katy I hope you know how much you are loved and that we are right here to help no matter what it is. I miss the girl who would come out to dinner and eat more then me. I miss the girl who had a smile that could light up an entire room. I miss the girl who loved to talk about her future, houses, cars and weddings. I know all of that seems so far away to you right now. But I promise with all of this family's strength and your will to fight those dreams will become a reality. Fight fight fight!! And when you are at your weakest and don’t feel like fighting I BEG OF YOU to fight some more. I love you Katy! I am always here for you and will always do anything to help you. I pray everyday that God gives you your wish and that you are once again "breathing easy". xoxoxo, Glen
24: Sister, You are the strongest, amazing most beautiful person I know –Inside and Out. I don’t know where you get the strength from. You give the saying “God will only throw at you what you can handle” truth. It’s not fair that God threw this at you; but you battle CF every day of your life, and you handle every obstacle with grace and strength – and somehow manage to look beautiful doing it! I truly admire this about you. I am so lucky and blessed to have you as my sister and best friend. We have so many fun family memories and I know we have many more to come. When we were younger you told me you had the guts to do anything; you were right and continue to prove that every day of your life. I love you so much and will always be by your side supporting you in any way that I can until you make CF stand for Cure Found. Not only are you in inspiration to our family and friends, there are so many people that you have given hope to. Your strength and determination to live life to its fullest has touched so many lives and given hope to others who battle cystic fibrosis. I love you more then life sissy. Love, Tricia
25: Dear K, I remember many years ago when I first met you at your house sitting on the couch watching Dawson’s creek, I have watched you grow through the years into this beautiful women you are today. I wish nothing but HEALTH and happiness for you always. I admire your strength and courage and that is something that will be with me forever. You are a wonderful sister in law, thank you for always being there for Trish and I. If there is anything you need, know you can always count on me- I love you very much Love Frank
26: Dear Katy, You have had a really difficult year. We have watched you struggle and fight for what most of us take for granted. It is very hard to watch someone you love feel so miserable and not be able to do anything about it. Unfortunately, there has been very little any of us have been able to do about that. So, if there is anything little thing we can do to brighten up your day or give you a little extra strength to fight a little harder, that is what we want to do. When I think of you Katy, I can’t help but think of the cute little three-year-old serving pretend “blue cake” to me out on the patio. I picture little baby Katy scooting around in the walker and I remember when you were small enough to put over my legs to give you a treatment. It seems like yesterday. You have grown into a beautiful, intelligent, strong, caring and sensitive woman. And you’re lots of fun too! There is no better person to break into a jewelry store with! Over the years you have gone through a lot. There have been many times I wished I could take your place, just so you wouldn’t have to be so sick. You have accomplished so much, despite all of the ups and downs. I don’t know how many people in your position would have the courage and commitment to go away to college, get a degree, continue nursing school and then devote them self to caring for others. You have met every obstacle in front of you with strength and grace. Everything you have overcome has made you the incredible person you are today. You certainly have done a lot better than I would if I were in your shoes! I admire you and look up to you baby sister! Stay strong! All my love, Jeanine
27: Dear little sister, You might not remember this, but one of the clearest memories I have of you is from one day shortly after Jeanine and I got married. We were all at your parents’ house and you came down the stairs wearing Jeanine’s wedding dress. Everyone was surprised at how well it fit you at age 14. What I think really struck me at the time was the thought of my wifes youngest sister, Little Katy, growing up and not always being Little Katy. And so, over the years, you have indeed grown up. Overcoming adversity, you persevered through school and embarked on a career in one of the most underappreciated fields in the medical industry. But, you are a natural for it. Who better to know what patients need and understand what they feel, than you? We often don’t sit and chat. So, you might not know I admire and respect you very much. You are a remarkable woman, with enviable determination. I cannot imagine what you face and what you endure, on a daily basis. Yet, you always have a smile on your face. You always find the energy to be Aunt Katy to the kids, and you’ve never let me drink alone! So now that you’ve grown up, you’re Aunt Katy and Nurse Katy. And, I’m sure marriage and motherhood are right around the corner. I have no doubt you will continue to excel at every turn in your journey through life. Please don’t ever stop smiling, and always know that I am honored to have such a great little sis. I love you, Little Katy. Kevin
28: My gorgeous little Barbie girl, What A tough time you have had. I have no idea where you find your strength,but you do. It is heartbreaking to watch how you struggle and incredibly inspiring to watch you pick yourself right back up after every knock down (and you have had more than your share). CF is not gonna beat you! I know you won't let it. Thank you for all that you are; strong, brave,brilliant,and beautiful inside and out. Thank you for teaching me how to smile, care, play the guitar, be cool, and produce videos. Thank you for loving me like only you can. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you for a sister. I love you sooooo much. Tea
29: To my sister in law and her Bon Jovi smile, Stay Strong! Love, Timmy
30: A Godmother is a gift sent from heaven above, bringing kisses and hugs and never ending love.
31: an aunt is a gift whose worth cannot be measured, except by the heart.!
32: a garden of love grows in my aunts heart.
33: an aunt adds beauty, joy and love to life.
34: Dear Katy, “Cousins share childhood memories and grown up dreams”. I think that pretty much sums us up. I would be hard pressed to try and come up with a significant childhood memory that you weren’t a part of. Thanks to you, my childhood was nothing short of a magical adventure. Our days were full of happy, care-free activities. There were Barbie marathons (and we’ll never admit how old we actually were, when we stopped playing!), choreographing dances to Sophie B. Hawkins, legos, ice skating lessons (which, you totally rocked), and endless Disney vacations. In the middle of being busy little girls, we dreamed about growing up. What would it be like to be grown ups? We talked about our lives; planned our weddings, named all of our future babies, spent countless hours discussing the imminent development of our “boobies”, and how we’d never live any further apart than down the block. Never in those conversations, did Cystic Fibrosis ever come into the picture. That’s how you’ve always been – Cystic Fibrosis has never defined who you are. You have never let it compromise your dreams or goals. When you set your mind to something, you accomplish it – with a smile, nonetheless. If you have to wake up 3 hours early to do all your treatments, then that’s what you doand you still manage to find the time to do your makeup and hair! For 25 years, you have been so much more to me than just a cousin. You’ve been my protective big sister, my “I’ll kick your ass if you try that again” big sister, my confidant and the very best friend anyone could possibly ask for. I have been your biggest fan. I’ve been able to watch you succeed, time and time again. You have an unstoppable force about you I’m not sure there is anything you CAN’T accomplish. Now, we’re grown ups – and you’re living out all the dreams we created for ourselves when we were little. And now, just as you were back then, you’re the person I look up to the most. I can’t wait until these past two years are a distant memory for you, and Cystic Fibrosis goes back to just being a daily nuisance.
35: . I can’t wait to be little old ladies, sitting in our rocking chairs, laughing about our first incident with Bacardi Limon. Please don’t ever forget how many people you have rallying behind you. You have the support of the whole world behind you – I have no doubt in my mind that you’ll pull through this rough period and succeed. Because that’s what you do best. I love you SO much, Erin
36: Dear Katy: I remember the first time we saw you with your cute little face and your long fingers. You were just adorable. You were such a good baby to watch, always happy. Who knew when we first held this bundle of joy that you would be the one in this family who gave us all our strength and determination to tackle anything that came our way. Katy you are the glue that makes this family stick together. Uncle Tommy and I have watched you grow into an amazing woman. You take every achievement head on and don’t stop until you reach your goal. You have never let CF stop you in any way. You wanted to go away to college and be on your own which made us all feel a little nervous but you proved to us you could take care of yourself and you have done an amazing job. When you decided to become a nurse we were so proud of you and happy to be part of your special day when you graduated. Having you grow up down the block has been a wonderful experience for us to watch you never give up your dreams. I am sure sometimes you were not happy having us right down the block because it was like you had two sets of parents constantly watching over you. It is tough enough with one set of parents and you had to deal with two constantly watching over you. Our vacations in Florida with you were always an experience we will never forget. We had such a great time, some wild times and a lot of laughs! Let’s not forget the famous tree trimming party in our house. I am looking forward to your first tree trimming party in your own home. Katy you are one of the strongest people we know, sometimes we don’t know how you get the strength to fight back but we are glad you do.
37: Your strength and your dreams are an inspiration to all. Uncle Tommy and I just want you to know that we are always here for you and will do what ever we can for you. Always remember that our home is your home also (not that I have to remind you of that you already know it is)! We are so proud to say that you are our niece and we are a part of your life. We love you like you were our own DAUGHTER. All our love Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
38: Dear Katy, Let me start by saying that I love you so much and that I am here for you no matter what. Let me also say that you are my role model and inspiration. Since we started dating you have been thrown many punches, and some of them have even knocked you down. A lot of people face adversity, but you face this struggle everyday of your life. I would say that 99.9% of people would give up and stop fighting. Not you. Not only do you fight day in and day out, you always come out on top. You are an inspiration to everyone who comes in contact with you. Your strength and courage throughout these past three years has put me in complete awe of you. To me, you are the absolute strongest person on this earth. It makes me wonder if you're bionic or maybe even an alien. Nothing gets in your way. You are a fighter in every sense of the word. Most people go about their days and complain about the little things in life, whereas you face huge obstacles and stay optimistic. Your positive outlook against all of your struggles is something that I admire most about you. People who know you, but don’t know you well, are always taken aback when they find out you have Cystic Fibrosis. And this doesn’t shock me one bit. Until we started dating, and you allowed me "in," I never could imagine what life is like for you on a daily basis. With all you are up against one would figure it to be enough. Not you. A college grad, a nursing grad, a full time registered nurse, a girlfriend, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a friend, an aunt, a niece, a Godmother, and a CFF team leader (to name a few). Your chock-full resume of life is pretty impressive. Your accomplishments are commendable, your accomplishments, knowing the daily struggle you face, are astonishing. You are a triple threat, brains, beauty, and personality.
39: I have won the girlfriend lottery. At first glance you're gorgeous, after first conversation you're smart, and after getting to know you, you are the most incredible person I have ever met in my entire life. To have worked with you was an honor and to become friends with you was even better, but falling completely head over heels in love with you takes the whole cake. After all said and done there really aren't words to describe the impact you have on my life, nor are there words to fully describe you. If I would say you are perfect, I would think you were underrated. I LOVE YOU with all my heart. Stay Strong, if not for you, then for me and your family. Keep inspiring, motivating, and loving. And don't ever forget how much you mean to me. Love always and forever,Joey
40: Dear Katy, When Erin and I met and she told me you had Cystic Fibrosis, I have to admit I had no idea how serious the disease is. In fact, I don’t know if I had even heard of it at all. The more I got to know you, the more I realized you struggle to do things that most people don’t even think twice about doing; including humans’ most basic functions: breathing. I think I realized the severity of it, when we were all in Disney; watching you do your treatments and take fistfuls of pills was a huge eye opener. Considering you fight for each breath you take, I’ve never seen it slow you down. You found the strength to go to nursing school then go on to become an amazing NICU nurse, and you always find the extra little burst of energy needed for some Rock Band action! Your spontaneous visits here to borrow some Pepsi are always entertaining – your energy is infectious, and you always leave everyone in a better mood than they were in before you came to visit. I’m so proud to call you my cousin, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you. Love, Sam
41: Dear Mommy I was SO happy the day you picked me out in the pet store! I needed to be loved and taken care of and now I cant imagine getting that love from any other human. My favorite time with you, is when we're snuggling in bed together. No matter how sick you feel, you always manage to give me the best belly rubs! I hope when we're together, I make you feel as warm and happy as you make me. Love you! Chloe
42: Dear Katy, I am writing to wish you a Happy Birthday! I find it hard to put into words how proud and honored I am to be a part of your family. We always kid around about being a Williams girl but I have to say you are truly one and blessed to be one! Just a little history; Williams women are very strong willed, independent but most of have an inner strength that gives them the ability to face life’s challenges. Both your grandma and all of her sisters had an innate ability to always deal with whatever came their way with grace and deep faith. I tell you this story because you are an amazing offspring of the Williams clan. As I said at your graduation party from nursing school you are my hero! I love you Katy and wish only blue skies and of course a beautiful sun filled day this Easter as you celebrate your birthday with all your family! Have a great day! Love-ya, Cousin Rita
43: Dear Katy, I wanted to take the time to write to you so that whenever you might feel down or blue you can read this and hopefully it will bring your spirits back up. In my class the other day we talk about bombarding someone we care about with all of the great qualities they have. Bombarding someone is listing all of the persons great qualities and why you think they have those qualities. Here is my bombardment to you: I think you are beautiful inside and out. This is because you are a very beautiful person. On the inside you are beautiful as well. On the inside you really love those people in your life. You have a big heart and it always shows.You are a fighter. For more then words can explain you are a fighter. You do not give up and you keep going. Not many people will fight the way you fight. Never give up and please keep fighting. You are strong. You are one of the strongest people I know. No matter how bad things get always know that you are a strong person that can get through it. You are a caring and loving person. People you care about and love always surround you. You care about the people in your life and show them everyday. You are warm-hearted and always show how you want the best for those around you. You are so loveable. You have so many people in your life that love you and care about you. You have an amazing family, friends and a boyfriend that would honestly give you everything. You are an amazing friend and a very fun person. Whenever we get together I know we are going to have a great time. Even the time we watched a crazy weird movie about a nutso dancer. Another great time that sticks out is the time we were snowed in and played games and drank all night, even though “Robert Mondavi is NOT that good”. I now cannot look at Robert Mondavi without thinking of you lol. I always look forward to the “stupid/ funny” times to come. LoL. I have such great memories with you over the past 10 years. Our nights working at Erin’s Isle and our Erin’s Isle adventures to bars and club were always fun. I look forward to the hundreds of memories to come. There is so much more that I can write but I wanted to keep this letter to you short and sweet (like you lol). You have so many amazing qualities these are just to name a few. You are a great person and I am so lucky to have a friend/sister like you in my life. I love you like a sister! Love always, Teresa
44: They say we meet people along our journey in life who leave footprints on our heart.. People who might not be there forever, but pass through your life & are there for you during hard times. Almost as if god put them in your life just to give you that extra strength or encouragement to get through whatever you were or are going through. Then there are people you meet who not only leave footprints on your heart, but take a part of your heart with them. They forever will be a part of you, someone you will never forget, someone you will have a bond with for the rest of your life. Although there might be gaps in between the times you see one another or speak, once you re connect with them it is as if no time ever passed by. I believe these people are your soul mates.. Some believe that there is only one soul mate for them out there, however i believe you can have more than one. They are the ones lucky enough to always carry a piece of you with them.. Katy i remember when we first started talking.. i felt an instant connection with you, one that i hadn't felt with any other person (let alone CFer) we had so much in common & it was so easy to talk to you. Little did i know you would become one of my best friends & one of the most extraordinary people i would ever meet in my life. I never thought i'd be able to meet you either & when we planned my trip to New York it was a dream of mine coming true. That vacation was one of the best experiences of my life!! Not only was i spending it with someone who had become a best friend to me, but i was spending it with someone who shared the same illness as me & could relate to me more than anyone. I had never had that type of bond with someone before. Walking around New York City with you, all the laughs we shared, the memories we made, i will never forget that time we spent together. I feel so incredibly blessed that you came into my life. It is also so amazing how you can feel such a bond with someone that you have only met once, yet have talked to for years & you feel as if you've known them your whole entire life. You are such an amazing inspiration to not only me, but so many others Katy. You helped to save my life on so many different occasions whether you realize it or not. When i was so sick the past two years.. the days i had that i just did not want to wake up or get out of bed because i knew it was just going to be a long tedious, same routine nothing new kinda day, you somehow always managed to lift my spirits up. Whenever i spoke to you, all of your positive words, inspiring attitude & telling me to never give up because you believed in me.. to hear it from someone who knows exactly how you feel, it gives you even that much more of a push, determination & strength. Because you know deep down they feel the same pain you do.. Katy You helped save me & for that i will forever hold a part of you with me. You're such a joy to be around, your bubbly personality, your amazing attitude towards life. Not to mention just your silly spirit.. No matter what is going on in life, or what obstacle you are faced with, you hit it head on with a smile & the fight that nothing is going to get in your way & nobody is going to stop you. It is amazing the kind of strength we find when we are faced with such hard times. People wonder how we keep fighting, but that's one of the best things about us cysters.. We KNOW how to fight & well we don't have any other choice, because damnit we won't ever let CF win!! I remember when i first saw you in New York & fell in love with your accent & the way you & joey talked.. HAHA!! I remember i kept asking you guys to say certain words & then would just laugh. That was one of my favorite moments I had with you guys while i was there. Just sitting around laughing & talking.. I can not wait to come to New York again (hopefully sooner then later) to make even more memories with you!! All the experiences i shared with you when i visited were amazing.
45: Katy there are not words to even come close to describing the amazing woman you are. No words to explain what a beautiful person, inside & out you are. You are just YOU. An extraordinary woman. Anyone who is in your life, THEY should feel like the lucky one. I feel so unbelievably blessed to have you in my life & feel honored to call you one of my best friends. You have the fight of a tiger in you Pixie, I know no matter what struggles life might throw at you.. You will face them head on & WIN!! All with the support of your loved ones behind you.. It is so hard for me to write just a short page to you on how i feel about our friendship, how you have impacted my life & to even describe what an amazing person you are, because i could honestly go on forever. There is a huge piece of my heart, that will forever be yours. I cant wait for the day you will get your set of new angel wings & we can go experience the world!! We have so many adventures to go on together & so many more memories to make.. Along with getting married & having babies together :) I love you to the moon & back pixie.. XOXOXOX Addie Marie | every day holds the possibility of a miracle...
46: Hi Katy, First off I just want to thank Erin for including me in this special book she has prepared for you. When I first saw the request I was a little nervous. I didn't know what to write. I thought of the couple of days you spent with us during the holiday blizzard of 2010. Game night was a blast. So much fun!!. Then I thought WOW I can write down my feelings for you. It's an extraordinary opportunity to express my feelings that one wouldn't normally verbalize during dinner conversation. It's probably something you should be aware of since you are the true love of my son's life. I want to tell you that I think you are an amazing, courageous woman. Since I got to know you, you've been knocked down far too many times to mention but you always get up again and fight hard each and every time. It takes amazing courage to do that. Your determination to lead a "normal" life blows me away. I am in awe of the fabulous, close knit, supportive, wonderful family you have. I suspect that has helped mold you into the special strong person that you are today. Now to Joey. Joey is blessed to have you in his life. I know he has loved you long before you two started dating, when I guess he thought you were out of his reach because of the few years between the two of you and also because of your external beauty. I think it is because of you and your influence that he went into nursing. I truly believe that it is a career suited for him because of his compassion, great work ethic and not to mention his love of money LOL!! (he can work 3 days and then some bartending on the side) So in closing I want to tell you how happy and proud I am to have you in our lives. Hang in there. Keep fighting!! I love you very much, Maureen
47: Katy I love you so much!! I can’t believe we’ve only known each other for a few years, but I am so happy that we met in nursing school. It was meant to be LOL! I recently found old pics from nursing school and we both look so happy and free. My biggest wish for you is that you’ll get to that happy place again (minus all the beer and wings!) As your friend, I want you know that I will always be here for you. I want you to call me, text me, show up at my apartment whenever you need someone. This just seems to be a very rough patch that will pass! You are a true inspiration to everyone and by far one of the strongest people I know. We have so much more growing to do! We’re going to have our weddings, and children and send them to nursing school too (or med school). LOLOL yess, I’ve thought a lot about this! Just remember that you are loved by so many people and we all want you to feel your bestest! Remember you’re Ms. Starck!! Now get better soon so we can go back to AC to win money and go tanning Love you tons and tons!! ~Cathy aka Ms. Weynberg~ | where there is love... ...there is life
48: Dear Katy, You were my very first friend. That is an incredible statement to be able to make to the person who is still my best friend.As kids, we learned together whether the lessons were good or bad. We always managed to stick together and had an incredibly good time. Looking back on my childhood, you were a huge part of it all. I was so lucky to have my other half to experience life with!As we got older, things got difficult. We struggled to find ourselves and to figure out where we fit. We always managed to find each other at the end of it all. We definitely got into our fair share of trouble, and it was all worth it! We experienced all the major life moments together and those memories are priceless. Thank you for always being my friend. Things have gotten pretty bad, but through it all we have managed to support and love one another to the best of our abilities. I can't wait to be able to teach my children about strength and friendship through your example. You are an amazing person and I am lucky to have you in my life. Love You Always,Sara
49: My Dearest Katy, A smile comes to my face whenever I think of you. Words can not express how much our friendship means to me and how much I think of you. I look back to college when our friendship began, and some of the best memories of my life come to mind. You have given me one of the greatest gifts, and that is our friendship. You and I just clicked from our first hello, and I knew you would be a friend forever. There are so many amazing times we have shared, but I think our crazy summer of 2004 takes the cake! We really had no limits, no boundaries, and just had a freakin blast!!!! I laugh at the thought of us driving in my Altima, lawns with sprinklers on, Saint Patty’s Day in the city and you losing your bag and our adventure back into the city the next day! Our trip with Sarah to White Plains! I wouldn’t take back any of the crazy things we did, they were some of the best times ever! I love you more than words can say and I hope all of the great times we have had together make you laugh just as much as they do for me. You are the strongest, most incredible person I know. You have fought some of the toughest battles and you have always been so brave through it all. Many people wouldn’t have the courage to fight the way you have Katy, and you have made us all so proud of you. You have touched so many peoples lives and hearts. I am honestly proud to have a friend like you. You are incredible in every way. Keep fighting my Katy! You have the strength, love, and support of so many people who love you! Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and pray for you. May God bless you and give you all of his strength. I love you forever and always. All My Love, Fancy Nancy xoxoxo
50: Hey BFF!! First of all..I LOVE YOU. I hope you know that you really are the most AMAZING person on the planet!! I admire you, from your strength to your beauty (lol). I’m so LUCKY to have you as my best friend. We have had our ups and downs, but we always come through, just like I know you will ALWAYS come through. I know it’s hard and I cannot imagine but I do KNOW that you are a FIGHTER, you’re a STRONG person, and if anyone can kick CF’s ass it’s you<3. KT I would do anything and everything for you. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years!! Whenever you’re sad and feel like you can’t take it or that you don’t have any fight left, you have to remember how far you have come, and how much you mean to all of us. There are so many things I know I wouldn’t have been able to get through without you by my side (enter douchey mike here lol). You brighten my day, even with a simple “I love you” text. I really mean it when I say you truly are my best friend<3. I love you so much!! And whenever you feel like you can’t take it, and that you have reached your breaking point, that’s when I come in, and I will be your strength, I will get you through it and make sure you keep your head up, and continue to be the wonderful person you are. THE MOST AMAZING PERSON I KNOW!! I love you so so much. Love always, your BFF, Dee<3
51: Hiii BFF! (a.k.a K~Starck) I know the past 2 years have been rough to say the very least but you have really shown just how strong you are...your strength and courage is soo amazing. I know you feel like you're fighting alone and it can get hard but just remind yourself of all that you have to fight for, all of the people who love you soo much. I know one day they'll find a cure and you'll be able to finally breathe easy! I love you soo much and I want you to know that you are one of the most amazing people i've ever met. I am soo truly blessed to have you in my life and I can only hope that I make you feel the same having me in yours. I'm always here for you bff! Just think in like 20 years from now, our kids will be bff's sneaking out to teen nights wearing those 'cool' club outfits from whatever trashy store is in then and rocking the fake nails lmaooo omg!! I can't even bear the thought, Let's pray for boys lol Stay positive bff, I know it's not always easy but think of things like this as a reminder of what you continue to fight for...so keep kicking some ASS!!!! My BFF is a rockstar in my eyes i love you! Love D~Mclough
52: Katy, I don’t even have to tell you that I love you SO much and that you have ALWAYS been like a little sister to me,Which i am so very grateful to have gained. What I do need to tell to you is that I admire you. You have more strength then anyone I ever seen. I have known you since you were a little over year old,you have always showed how strong you are and that has never changed. You have grown up to be such an amazing beautiful person that everyone including myself looks up to. Your one of my very Favorite people & hold such a special place in my heart. I wanted to share some quotes I love with you =) When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. ~Dan Rather How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!- Maya Angelou We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated-Maya Angelou I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel- Maya Angelou Love you, Toniann
53: Katy, Wishing you strength & courage each day you feel you don’t have enough. You are by far the strongest person I know. You will always be a big part of my life. I love you very much and cherish our friendship & memories so much. I’m here for you now and always will be. Love Always, Sarah XO
54: Hi Katy Girrrrrl :) I know we've never gotten the chance to meet in person, but you hold a very special place in my heart. Until the glory that was MySpace, I had never known a single other CFer and at times, it was a pretty lonely fight by myself. Then I met my first Cyster...A gorgeous, kind, hard-working and inspirational lady named Katy Starck...And even though you probably don't know it, you were a source of strength and sanity for me MANY times when I was feeling sad and scared and wishing things were different. I love you so much girl and I pray every day that you regain your strength so you can experience the beautiful life that you fought so hard to build for yourself. Don't ever forget how cherished and important you are to everyone who knows you. Your family, your friends, your Cysters and Fibros and your babiesssss need you around for a long, long time :) XOXOX Farrel
55: Oh my sweet Katy aka work lover! You truly are the epitome of a strong hearted, compassionate and giving person who never ceases to amaze anyone. I love how we could always talk about anything silly and switch to something serious and then straight to absurd topics, all in a span of a few hours. I really hope and pray that you continue to be the strong fighter that you are and live life to the fullest. It was a blessing in disguise that you and Mark were classmates and then he notified you about the position in the NICU. You're simply AMAZING! Love ya chicka! Screw CF!! -Christine V.
56: How am I supposed to inspire Katy when every single labored breath she takes inspires me? By far it is just not her battle with CF that inspires me but rather the beauty of her spirit that goes right through you the minute you meet her. Katy knows me - it takes a lot for me to truly like anybody!!!! But Katy I loved you the moment I met you - I knew immediately I was in the presence of a very special soul.....it radiates from you, beauty on the inside and outside- so rare. I have no doubt you will fullfill every dream you have. The road may be long and hard, but Katy I KNOW you will conquer....I am so blessed to call you my friend -Marianne Kenah
57: My beautiful Katy Bell.... She is my hero, she has raised the bar!! As a person who's been gifted an invisible, incurable illness, I look to her for Guidence and Inspiration. I say "What would Katy do"?! I was Blessed to have been her preceptor when she started in NICU. Her knowledge and compassion radiates from her. She loves her babies, and the parents and babies love her. Katy was born to be a NICU nurse. She is a treasured addition to the NICU family. I loved her form the moment I met her... She stole my heart, and became my "Baby Girl". I treasure my friendship with Katy,just seeing her brings a smile to my face. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATY.... LOVE YA -Debbie Hooton
58: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away | our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall. | I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again | Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well
59: Katy's Krusaders Making CF stand for Cure Found! | next up.... Katy's Dream to Breathe Foundation!! We LOVE you!!!