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Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Tribute to KTG

Sorry I have been missing in action for most of this week.  My Internet was "down" which is a normal happenstance when the Mister is away on business.  I had called Comcast and as always, the nice lady responded that a strong signal was being sent to the house.

I called the Mister and spilled my woes and pleaded with him to fix it so I could get back to my life calling, blogging.  The Mister promptly reacted with his usual modus operandi.  He told me to unplug and plug practically every electrical outlet in the house.  He cross examined me with the usual routine questions concerning  blinking green lights and yellow power chords.  We did our usual dance that he choreographs to perfection, but alas, no Internet.

  He got home early Thursday evening and I met him with wanton eyes.  
Not for him.
  For the Internet.


This morning, I did my usual thing.  I poured a heaping cup of my favorite chicory coffee and clicked onto Facebook to do my customary  research on friends and family who had more fun than me last night.

The first post that I laid eyes on concerned my nearest and dearest, KTG.  I've written about KTG in the past.  I showed you gorgeous photos of her beautiful second home in Sante Fe here, and I also cued you into a few of her favorite things here.

To refresh your memory,  KTG is one of my oldest friends from college.  I nicknamed her Kate the Great for many reasons that will soon become obvious in this post.  I think I also let you in on the fact that she is by far the funniest friend I have, and I have my share of very funny buddies.  KTG is one of those people that all I have to do is look at her and see the mischievous twinkle in her eye, and before I know it, I am bursting my Mom jeans with giggles.

The thing I didn't tell you about my beloved friend, KTG, is the fact that she is fighting a disease called ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  I never mentioned it in past posts because frankly, ALS does not define the fearless woman that I am fortunate enough to call my dear friend.

I will never forget the phone call I received from KTG about eight years ago.  It was a few days before Christmas and she was letting me know that she arrived home from The Mayo Clinic.  She had been undergoing tests for the past year and waited months on Mayo's waiting list.  KTG was at last diagnosed.  Next came the much feared letters that carried so much weight:  A-L-S.  I did my best to be brave on the phone, but as always, she had me beat in that category.  The sadness hit me like a ton of bricks.  How could this happen to such a sweet, thoughtful person with a heart of gold?

So here I am eight years later, perusing Facebook and I see that KTG's niece posted a picture of none other than KTG receiving The Chicago Area ALS Courage Award.  Now, I talk to KTG at least once a week and do you think KTG would have divulged the fact that she was receiving such a prestigious award?  In typical KTG fashion, she humbly forgot to mention it.

So, dear KTG, congratulations on this incredible honor.   I must say, however,  that I feel that the word "courage" is an understatement when it comes to your bravery, determination, and infinite Irish wit.

I am proud to call you my friend.


Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. What a lovely post in honor of her. Congratulations to her on receiving such a prestigious award. My oldest daughter cheered with a girl whose father was diagnosed when the girls were in high school.

  2. Congratulations to her and cheers to you for sharing such a wonderful post about your friend.

  3. What a courageous woman. You are very lucky to have her as a friend and she you. Thank you for sharing; you are both in my prayers. xoxo Dawn

  4. KTG sounds pretty special! Congratulations on what sounds like a well-deserved award. There is definitely a shortage of KTG's in this world. How lovely that you recognize and appreciate what a fabulous person she is.

  5. wow that is amazing. I have a KTG. She lives states away. But I love her. Met her in first grade and that was it. I felt your pain when reading your post. What an admirable and brave friend you have.

  6. How blessed you both are to have each other as friends. And....as I've said on several occasions in the past - a woman's strength is not measured by the muscles in her arms or her legs; a woman's strength is measured by the most important muscle in her body - the heart. Your friend KTG is obviously one heck of a strong woman...as are you. God bless you both!

  7. Gosh you two are gorgeous. Sweet friend you have, prayers for both of you. Hope you get to see her soon.

  8. And do tell, is there a story behind your special poses? Cute.

  9. What a lovely heartfelt tribute to someone who sounds amazing! Tears in my eyes for her!

  10. Congratulations to Kate The Great! Thanks for sharing more of her story with us. I'm sure she is being well served by her great sense of humor as she tackles the challenges of life. God bless her!

  11. What an inspiration KTG is! Lovely tribute!

  12. An amazing honor for KTG. You are so blessed to have her in your life and I know she feels the same. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. R

  13. Thank you for sharing. I know several people who have battled ALS.

  14. What a sincere and heartfelt post honoring your friend. I too have a KTG (Kris) that has PLS and I find her amazingly tenacious in the fact she won't let her situation stop her from doing what she wants to do. You're both blessed to have each other.

  15. What a wonderful post to remind us all that what we see on the outside is sometimes not what is really going on, in a person's life. Sometimes, I forgive bad behavior, in women especially, because I think that, perhaps, there is more to the story, so to speak. We need to be gentle with each other......you never know who is just trying to stay afloat.

    Warmly, Kathleen

  16. What a wonderful post! KTG is a beautiful inspiration!!!

  17. Katie what a fantastic honor for an incredible woman. Love this....what a dear friend.
    xx, H


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