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Posted 2015-06-03T01:34:50Z


Hi Team KLB,

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the day my whole world changed. I've been reliving the emotions that I felt leading up to my biopsy and diagnosis. Lately, I've also been thinking about those first few days and weeks post diagnosis and remembering just how hard it was. As of now, I feel slightly numb to how hard it was to process things in the beginning. Sometimes I talk about having Cancer like it was a cold. While I know it was nothing like that, I'm so used to it now, that's it's just my new normal.


I kept thinking about this is when "my life got flipped-turned upside down" which is also a small part of the lyrics to the theme song for the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". So, to mark this Cancerversary, I rewrote the lyrics to fresh prince to reflect how cancer "flipped-turned upside down" my life (with the help of my favorite musician :).


Here are my new song lyrics:

Queen of Team KLB


Now this is a story all about how

My life got flipped-turned up side down

And I’d like to take a minute

Just listen and see

I’ll tell you how I became Queen of Team KLB


In Silicon Valley, born and raised

In the classroom was where I spent most of my days,

Schoolin’ out, gradin’, teaching all cool,

Playin’ bralyball outside of school.


When a couple of lumps that were up to good,

started making trouble in my neighborhood.

I had one little test and my family got scared,

Dr. said, “You’ve got cancer, but let’s kick it out of here!”


Went through Chemo, lost all of my hair

Felt really weak, didn’t like lookin’ in the mirror

Doctors said, “tumor’s shrinkin’, yo' almost there!”

And in end, I would say I was a survivor!


I pulled through surgery and by December 8,

I was remission, I told the cancer “see ya later!”

I looked at my life, CANCER FREE,

I put on my cape as Queen of Team KLB.


I hope you were able to sing along in your head and that you enjoyed it!


Also, around this time last year, this TED talk replayed in my mind over and over. I had seen it several months prior, and all I could think of was how this woman discusses "coming out" and how it felt very much like coming out when I announced that I had cancer. I refer to it as my "cancer coming out". It's a great video, I hope you take the time to watch it.

TED Talk

My hair is growing back and while I'm glad I have it and I'll take this over no hair ANYDAY, I really hate it. Everyone says, "you're hair looks great" or "I really love it" and one friend even said that I looked more beautiful with short hair because hair would just take away from the beauty of my face. (While that was a wonderful compliment, I used to have hair for the previous 30 years of my life and I never felt that way.) It's not that I don't appreciate the compliments, I truly do appreciate them, but I hate my hair the way it is and I am anxiously waiting for it to return to a more normal length and style. My hair is still my scarlet letter (as far as I'm concerned). It tells me and the world (but mostly me) every morning when I wake up "She had cancer".

I'm still about three-four months out from my swap surgery. I'll post more info about it after I talk with the plastic surgeon in July. I'll be very happy to have real implants. I've heard that they are much more comfortable than my current expanders (because these are not comfortable - especially sleeping!).


Thanks for your continued love and support!

<3 Queen of Team KLB

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Comments (7)

  • Mona Lee DeVlaminck
    Mona Lee DeVlaminck

    Katie, You are the dearest to share these intimate thoughts. Perhaps the glow we see is your body telling us all what a great champion you are. I love reading your blog posts and I love Ted Talks. Will listen in. Keep smiling and know that I am in awe of you and your strength. Love my cancer free Katie. Mona

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Regina

    You ate a strong beautiful women! We love you so much! ❤️❤️❤️

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Katie Gimenez
    Katie Gimenez

    The Fresh Prince re-write was amazing! Nice work! Miss you and proud to call you my friend... Braly por vida. -KG

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jared Miller
    Jared Miller

    Digging the song. :) Maybe even better than the original. ;-) Good TED talk. I'm still expecting the sample chapter of your book any day now. :)

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Wendy SergeantClarke
    Wendy SergeantClarke

    Such a brilliant idea! I loved Fresh Prince and was singing along. Should you add song writing to your many talents? Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Denise Hooshiar
    Denise Hooshiar

    When I read your blog, I give myself some time to reflect on it because of what it gives me. I also reflect on the many comments, as we have shared in your journey in some small part. You remind us of just how much you and others have gone through, of what's to come and of what likely remains. You have such courage and I love you for it! Such a creative blog, thanks, Katie!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Mona Lee DeVlaminck
    Mona Lee DeVlaminck

    Katie, It looks like you are having a great time on your trip. I am walking the Campbell Relay this weekend in your honor. Love you kiddo, Mona

    5 years ago · Reply