Pray for Katie

Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Prayers Coming From All Over United States


Katie Warnecke, 12, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, displays a U.S. map showing where people have prayed for her.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Nation to Katie: You're in Our Prayers

Nation to Katie: You're in our prayers
January 23, 2005

Katie Warnecke is only in the seventh grade, but already she's been able to reach nearly all 50 of the states on her U.S. map. The 12-year-old uses her finger to trace the lines of New Mexico, New York and Florida. She's never been to those places, but people are praying for her there.

In early January, Katie, who attends Banquete Junior High, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. When her pastor from Agua Dulce Baptist Church came to visit her at Driscoll Children's Hospital, he brought with him a small, ordinary pager with an extraordinary purpose - to go off every time a prayer was said in her name.

The church congregation busied themselves with e-mailing Katie's story and her pager number to everyone they knew - all over the country. The instructions were to say a prayer, dial her pager number and instead of a phone number leave their ZIP code so Katie would know where they lived.

It's only been a week since the e-mailing, but her list of ZIP codes has spread like wildfire. "I didn't expect this many calls," Katie said, flipping through purple-inked pages of places all over the country. "I had to put it on vibrate instead of letting it beep."

No sooner had Katie made light of how much the constant beeping was wearing on her, the pager was going off again and again. First 78536, El Centro. Then 75063 and 32536, Irving and Crestview, Fla. She added them to the list to look up on the Internet.

Katie said she's still missing Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Katie said she's hopeful that, by the end of the week, all the states on her map will be blue.

To reach Katie:
1. When you’ve said your prayer, dial (361) 333-KATY (5289). 2. You’ll hear a message confirming that you’ve reached the pager 3. At the beep, dial in your ZIP code and the # key. (example: 78401#)

"She's got one from the Virgin Islands and an e-mail message from a solider in Iraq," said dad Edward Warnecke. "If she can make it around the country in less than two weeks, maybe she can make it around the world."

Katie is a quiet girl with strawberry blond hair skimming her slight shoulders and freckles dotting her fair cheeks. She makes straight A's, loves math and, up until she was hospitalized a few weeks ago, she hadn't missed a day of school. On Friday, Katie said she was feeling OK, despite the long hours spent in town for blood tests and chemotherapy treatments. Even with all the medicine and doctors visits, she said she feels no different from the kid she was a few weeks ago. "I feel pretty much the same," she said.

Edward said his daughter has told him she doesn't want to know all the details or what doctors have to say. "She just wants to take it one day at a time."

Even though Katie jokes she's had to change the battery in her pager three times so far and the constant ringing drives her a little crazy, she appreciates every time it goes off. "It's been great support," she said. "It's what's helped me.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Lost My Hair

I had my first Chemo in the hospital on Jan 15, 16, 17, and 18th and then went back to the clinic for my final injections on the 21st. I receive six chemo drugs. They are Doxorubicin, Bleomycin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone, and Cyclophosphamide. Five of them are given with an IV solution put into my Chemo port. I am on chemo for 8 days out of a 21 day cycle. The chemo causes lots of problems including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, aches and pains inside the bones and joints, constipation, decrease in the number of red and white blood cells and platelets made in the bone marrow, with reduced immunity to disease and infection, and hair loss.

My hair started to fall out on the 22nd. First a few strands in my brush and on my sweater, then by handfuls. I couldn't stand it any longer so I took a scissor and cut the rest of it off. Then I took a hair clipper and cut it at the scalp. In a few more days the remaining hair on my head fell out and I was slick as a cue ball. I saw kids on the hospital cancer floor without hair but I really didn't think I would lose my hair that fast!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Power of Prayer

The surgery went ok with out any problems. I was in lots of pain afterwards but they gave me some painkillers. The results of the biopsy confirm it is Hodgkin's disease. Good news a study of the lung fluid reveals no cancer in the lungs. I have another Cat Scan and a scan called a Gallium Scan. In this scan they inject radioactive gallium into your viens and it shows where the cancer is located. The cancer is still a very large mass under my breast bone. The good news is that it seems to all be located above the diaphram and the doctor changes the call from stage 4, the worse, to a stage 2b. That is the Power of Prayer!!!!. Thanks to all the hundreds of people praying for me. Dr. Alter explained to me and my Dad his treatment protocol. Dr Alter said I would get 2 chemo treatments plus radiation or I could get 4 chemo treatments only. If response to chemo was good after 2 treatments it would be followed by radiation if not we would get 2 more chemo treatments.The last four days I received by first chemo treatment. I was in the hospital for 11 days now and I get to go home today. Thank God!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Surgery

The swelling on my chest has went down some. Now they want to do surgery to biopsy the cancerous mass and take bone marrow samples out of my hips to see if the cancer has spread to my bones. While they are doing the surgery they will also place a chemo port under my skin above my left breast that has a tube that goes to a major artery in my heart. The Chemo Port is a round heavy piece of titanium metal. They would cut a slit in my throat to do the biopsy and drill holes in my hip bones to get the bone marrow samples. My dad said later that it was very risky because I could stop breathing or bleed uncontrollable if anything went wrong. My family and friends were there for me the whole time praying.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Healing Room People

Today is Saturday and my Dad called the Healing Room people to come and pray for me. They meet Thursdays and Saturdays at the Railway Inn on Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi to just pray for people that need healing. My dad says there have been several miracles of complete healing. This time they came to my hospital room to pray for me. They prayed for the cancer to be gone and that I would experience no harmful effects from the chemo treatments to come. Thank you for praying for me. Thanks to all my visitors and people who brought gifts.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

The Bad News - Cancer

I was put in a hospital room and had IV tubes in my arms. They were giving me medications for the microplasma pnuemonia and to reduce the swelling in my chest. They also cut a hole in my side to place a tube in my lung to drain the fluid and to make it easier for me to breathe.
My doctor is named Dr. Alter and he asked my dad to come look at the results of the Cat Scan with him. It was then Dr. Alter told and showed my dad that I had a large mass under my breast bone chocking off the windpipe and the bronchial tubes to each lung were reduced to pencil size. The cancerous mass was also wrapped aroung the aorta and veins and my heart was being pushed way off to the left side. The doctor told him the Cat Scan looked like it my have spread to the lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen too. It was Hodgkin's Disease - stage IV - which is the worse as it gets. It was very serious and I would have died had dad not brought me in to the hospital when he did. I wasn't told that at the time. I was told that I had Hodgkin's Disease a type of lymphatic cancer and that the doctor could make me better.

Friday, January 07, 2005

How it Began

This is when it all began. I had a bad cough for about 2 weeks before this. That morning my Mom noticed that my upper chest below my neck was raised and swollen. My Dad took me to the emergency room at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. They took some blood tests and some chest xrays. It took hours, and then they wanted a Cat Scan too and I had to drink some nasty shake liquids.

My blood tests showed I had a microplasma pneumonia. They said the xray showed I had lots of fluid on one of my lungs. They also noticed a large mass in my chest. They said the Cat Scan would tell us more. They said I would have to stay in the hospital a while.

Up till this time I've never really been sick at all and never missed a day of school. My only symptoms when school let out for Christmas was ocassional night sweets and my skin was very itchy and I scratched my legs a lot. I learned later that these were symptoms of Hodgkin's disease, but we had no way of knowing that at the time. Parents would be wise to have their kids checked for cancer. The chance of getting cancer today is 1 in 3. Guess I was that one. There are so many kids, some as young as 2 and 5 years old with cancer on this floor. It is sad. All I can do is ask why? It shouldn't be that way. Someone needs to research why kids like us are getting cancer. I lead a healthy life in the country. Is it due to childhood vaccinations?

Katie

Thursday, January 06, 2005


Katie W. Well this is me before I got cancer.