09.29.2011 | filed under: Uncategorized

I’ve gone back & forth about whether or not to post this, and after a lot of soul-searching, it just seems right to share. I built this business on honesty & integrity, and this is something I can’t hide from or pretend never happened. Two weeks ago I was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. After 4 hours in the emergency room, the doctors discovered I had a perforated bowel & had gone septic. I had to have emergency surgery to save my life. I’ll never forget the look of fear on my children’s faces as I let go of their hands to be wheeled into the operating room. There was a moment while I was on the operating table that I truly thought I would never see my family again. My life has been forever changed & my faith is stronger than ever. God gave me a second chance. A chance to live the life I’ve always wanted. I’m fighting my way back & grateful for every step. I’m lucky to have the 3 most amazing boys in the world by my side. Life can turn on a dime, my friends. Live every day as if its your last.

So grateful to be here to see the sweet smiling faces of my boys. They are holding on tight, and healing me with their love. Please keep us in your prayers..

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  1. Oh Kellie, you and your family are in our prayers. We hope you have a quick recovery and we are thankful for the successful surgery. I especially appreciate your honesty and transparency on your blog. Please keep us updated and feel better!

  2. Still praying for you, my friend. I’m so glad you’re on the mend and holding on tight to those 3 men in your life. :)

  3. Kellie, I read this with my hand to my mouth with an audible gasp. I literally can’t imagine all that ran through your mind as a wife, mother, daughter and friend to so many. First, I am thankful that you are now in recovery and that your heart is set on God and choosing to dwell in the gratitude of a longer life. Praying for continued strength and health and a renewed mind as to what is most important in life. Many blessings! ~The Portnoys

  4. Kellie, I am so thankful that you are ok and I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. While I may only know you through blogs and online correspondence, from what I do know, you are an amazing woman. Stay strong, get well, and give your boys lots of hugs and kisses. :-) Love, Kaity

  5. Sweet Kellie, Praise God you are okay!! Thank you for sharing, so that we know how we can pray….prayer is so powerful!! I will keep you and your family in my prayers for a speedy recovery! xoxo!!

  6. Wow Kellie! I can’t believe you went through this! Thank you for sharing and I will definitely pray for your healing! Praising God for carrying you!

  7. Kellie, I am so glad you are safe and getting better. Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith. Y’all will be in our prayers for sure!

  8. Kellie,
    I am glad that you are ok and I will continue to lift you up on my prayers. I hope that it is a fast recovery and admire your strong and humble heart.


  9. Kellie! I am so sorry to read this, but so, so, SO happy that you’re on the mend. Give those sweet boys some extra hugs, and know that you are in all of our hearts and prayers. XOXO, Meagan

  10. Sending you and yours prayers and sweetness. <3

  11. Get well soon, Kellie!

  12. Praying for you Kellie. May your recovery be smooth and quick and may you cherish every moment with your boys.

  13. You KNOW I’ve been sending prayers and thoughts your way.

  14. Been thinking of you every day Kellie. Love you and still sending prayers and healing wishes your way. XOXO

  15. oh sweet Kellie, I am so sorry to hear about this. You are in my thoughts and prayers and hope for a quick and healthy recovery for you. I’m so happy you are surrounded by so much love. :)

  16. Much love from both of us. You’re one of our absolute favorite people Kellie and we both love you dearly and consider you family. Reading this broke our hearts to think of you having to go through this. Our prayers and love will be with you as you recover and if there is anything you need at all in any way that we can help do not hesitate to ask. We are always and will always be here for you.

  17. Oh Kellie!! My sweet friend, Michael and I are praying for you ALL! if there is anything I can do, please let me know! I will come to NC and help, anytime. Love you girl!! Prayers for a speedy recovery!

  18. Wow kellie! Sending prayers for your recovery! Take care of yourself!

  19. Kellie, I’m so glad that you are on the mend. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sure it was hard for you to post this, but everyone who’s ever met you feels an immediate connection to you and I know we all appreciate the update! Feel better!

  20. Been thinking about and praying for you since I heard from your brother a few weeks ago. Hope you are healing and recovering! Can’t wait to see you when you are back to feeling 100%!!

  21. Kellie, I am so very proud of you. You are an incredible strong loving woman, wife and mother. The Universe is bringing you much loving , healing energy. I can’t wait to see you., All my love Dori

  22. Ahh! Scary!!! I know I’ve never met you, but I’m so glad you are doing ok. I hope you heal quickly!

  23. Thinking of you and your sweet family and so thankful that you are ok!! Please continue to rest and take care of yourself as I know that’s often the hardest thing to do.

  24. Love you and praying daily. oxo

  25. I’ve been thinking about you… so, thanks for sharing this publicly. Many prayers to you for continued healing and time with your beautiful family. Love to you all.

  26. Kellie, We are so thankful you are alright now. Yes, GOD was looking after you and truly not ready for you!! You have to much to do here with all of us. I can only imagine how afraid you were, but with 3 men looking after you, how you help but not be ok. Take care and we will be praying for a full recovery.

  27. Kellie, We’ve had you and your family in our hearts and prayers since Sarah told us what was going on.
    She loves you like another sister and the boys are her nephews. She wants to help minister to you anyway possible(except I wouldn’t let her do photography!!!!) God is good and He will get you through this. Remember you can’t do it alone. Love to Chip and Wilma. They have been on our hearts and prayers also. If there is anything we can do let us know. Love, Butch and Carol

  28. I am glad you decided to share your story. Continuing to pray for you and the Kano fam. Love you!

  29. Oh my goodness Kellie!?!?! I am so thankful you are okay. I hope the healing process is quick and leaves you 110% good as new. I cannot even imagine what that must have been like for you and your family. I know the world is a better place because you’re in it. Sending you lots and lots of love and prayers for a quick recovery. Love you girl!

  30. You’re a rock-star Kellie. I praise God for you! I know its been a rough week but you’ve got so many people there for you on each step of this new journey! You’re an inspiration and will be back to feeling like yourself before you know it and getting to eat sushi! I love you!

  31. Many prayers your way for a full and safe recovery! I hope you are feeling better soon.

  32. We want to make you inner…dinner or I can come give u a treatment ..plz let me know what we can do to help! Love u

  33. Kellie – We can’t even imagine what you’re going through. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  34. Oh My Gosh Kellie!! Words cannot describe how sad and sorry I am that this happened to you!!! I will be keeping you in my prayers and just hope that you start feeling back to yourself really soon. You are such an incredibly strong lady and I admire you so much!! I love you and please let me know if there is ever anything I can do. I wish I had known sooner… I would have come to see you, XOXO

  35. You are in my thoughts, Kellie. I hope you get better soon and keep inspiring me with your amazing photos for a long, long time! Big hug from Spain! xx

  36. Kellie just wanted you to know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  37. Kellie, I am so proud of the way you are handling everything. I speak from experience when I say hearing from the dr that you have to have emergency surgery to save yur life truly does change your life forever. I too have faith that GOD is watching over you and has brought you thru this for a reason, probably at least a couple of reasons, such as your wonderful sons. Enjoy life, family, and friends, and keep the faith. I love you so much, hope to see you soon. Aunt Debbie

  38. Kellie, my thoughts and prayers are with you. From following your amazing work & blog, I have learned that you are not only a phenomenal photographer but also an awesome person with tons of courage & strength. I wish you a speedy recovery. Take good care of yourself. Can’t wait to see you back in action!

  39. Good Morning, Kellie. Do you recall Amanda’s Aunty from Colorado? She’s lifted you in prayer when Amanda let me know you were hospitalized. So pleased you’re doing better. God’s hand on you will be so healing…filling you with an undecribable peace & joy. Thinking of you from “out West”…~Aunty Sue

  40. God Bless You Kellie!! get better and better soon!! hug your family tight!

  41. My gosh Kellie. I can not imagine what you and your sweet family has gone through. Thank you for the reminder that life is precious and to not wait until tomorrow to do or say what you mean to do today. Praying for a quick recovery for you!!! xoxo

  42. Wow! I’m so glad you are still with us. I was wondering where you had been. Thank you for sharing and very glad to know everything is allright. Praying!

  43. Praise God you are ok! Even more reason to take photos of your beautiful family. :)

  44. Hi Kellie, I’m so sorry to hear this…I hope you are recovering and I’m happy you have your loved ones close to you! :-) You are in my thoughts!

  45. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts, Kellie!

  46. My heart is with you and your family. You are truly amazing and I heart you! Planning on hugging you soon! V.

  47. wishing you fast and healthy recovery.

  48. Oh Kellie, my heart breaks that you even had to walk through that scary event in your life. But I am so thankful that the Lord sustained you and gave you another chance at life. You are a beautiful example of a mother, wife, photographer, and businesswoman. I look up to you and I know so many others do as well. Get lots of rest, friend, and enjoy life at a little slower pace for now. I’m thankful for you! And thankful for your doctors!

  49. hold on. the universe, not to mention your beautiful family, needs you. you’re in my prayers.

  50. I’m super late leaving a comment – but wanted to know I am thinking about you and praying for you! Glad to hear your are on the mend – and will pray for swift recovery!

  51. Kellie, I am so sorry to hear you’ve been going through this. You will be in my prayers. I hope you will be fully recovered soon. Your boys are so handsome!

  52. I was just looking in for some inspiration from your newest work and read your post. How scary that must have been for all of you! As always you sound like you’ve already found the good in what was obviously a bad situation and are looking to the future. Rob and I will have you all in our prayers.

  53. Oh my goodness Kellie that is so scary. I am thankful to hear that you are in recovery and that God is using this event in your life for good. You are a precious person with a precious family. Michael and I are will be keeping you all in our prayers.
    ashley and michael harper

  54. Kellie, good to see your smiling face yesterday. Remember, I am just across the tracks from you if you need anything. Mike

  55. Just saw this. My goodness you and your family have been through a lot. Will definitely keep you in my prayers. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  56. Hi Kellie, just came across your post which is now a few months old. We are so thankful that all has gone well with a recovery and send prayers your way for continued good health for you and the family. Have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season, one, that without doubt will, be one of the best you’ve had. Take care

  57. Kellie! I was shocked when I heard…thinking about you and praying for a speedy recovery, so glad everything is going to be ok. Hope you are able to enjoy a happy and quiet holiday with your family and wishing you the best in 2012.

  58. Kellie it was so nice to finally meet you at Weezie’s wedding! I’m excited to see the final product! I just read your story of how you were in the hospital, know I’m thinking about you and your family! You are an amazing and inspiring woman! Take care and hope to see you again soon!!

  59. Kellie–I just came to your blog to look at the blog post of my wedding photos from almost four years ago (because I still love them that much)!! I saw your post and had to comment. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! I am glad to hear the surgery was a success and hope for a speedy recovery for you!

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