On March 19, 2017 Kathy lost her long standing battle with breast cancer and passed peacefully with her family by her side. In lieu of flowers, the Pickering family is asking you to support The Avon Foundation, who provides education, research, and day to day financial support for those going through treatment.
The journey for a person with cancer can take many turns, and Kathy’s had quite a few. On December 13, 2014, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent bilateral mastectomy, 16 weeks of Chemo, and then 8 weeks of radiation. Kathy faced her treatment head on and kept a great sense of humor throughout. On July 10, 2016 Kathy hit another bump in the road. A CT scan detected a metastasis in her brain. Kathy was scared, but she still kept everyone laughing and finally had an explanation for the crazy things she did. She completed a successful round of gamma radiation, and continued to live life full of love and hope for the future. On February 17, 2017, Kathy had another detour with the finding of cancer cells on the lining of her brain. Kathy completed 10 rounds of whole brain radiation on March 14, 2017. Though she knew this would mean changes in her life, she never stopped focusing on recovery and what she was going to do after. Unfortunately, on Friday, March 17, Kathy became ill. She was taken into surgery where they discovered an infection due to the medications she needed during radiation. Kathy’s journey was long and difficult, but she fought hard to the very end. Kathy spent the last three years of treatment not as a victim, but as a role model for all of us. Despite the difficult situation, she continued to stay strong, live a life full of laughter, and inspired others to do so too.
There is no way to fully express the gratitude we feel for the support we have received from family, friends, and coworkers. Your support and prayers through the last three years has meant more than words can express. Although we will miss her every day, we celebrate her strength, courage and honest struggle. As a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother to be and encouragement to those facing all sorts of struggles, she will forever be in our hearts. Kathy’s courageous fight is over and we take comfort in knowing she is resting in the presence of our Lord fully healed.
**Due to website construction, Ericka had to register for the Avon39 Walk for a Cure as a memorial donation site. She will not be participating this year, but you can bet your butt she’ll be there another year!