Logan couple keeps blog about cancer diagnosis, life

Logan couple keeps blog about cancer diagnosis, life

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LOGAN — While facing significant challenges due to an advanced cancer diagnosis, a Logan couple has taken to the Internet to write about their life.

At seven months pregnant in February of 2014, Karen Hoth was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

The mother of two had been experiencing health issues and weighed less than 120 pounds standing at 5 feet 10 inches tall in her third trimester.

A visit to a maternal-fetal medicine doctor turned into a three-week stay at the hospital, and doctors were soon discussing whether or not to deliver the baby via an immediate cesarean section.

Karen Hoth was induced Feb. 20, about a week after learning of her diagnosis, and gave birth to her daughter, Becca, who weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces. Becca did really well, her mom said, and was released from the NICU two months later, two days before her initial due date.

On Feb. 24, Hoth began chemotherapy, which she has been doing ever since.

Trying to channel his feelings, Karen Hoth's husband, Braden, started a blog to do so and to update family members and friends on their situation.

As Karen Hoth began feeling a bit better, she too contributed to the blog, a place where the couple writes about her cancer and their children. She expressed that her blog is a place to get out some of her thoughts and feelings, and the comments have given her added support.

Karen at dinner on New Year's Eve. This picture is so her. Even going through chemo and hard times she can still smile. Love you!

Posted by Braden Hoth on Friday, January 1, 2016

While awake at 3 a.m. one morning, Karen Hoth sat up trying to decide if she could deal with everything. She told herself, "I can beat this, because I've got plans for tomorrow," a statement that has since become her mantra and is the name of the Hoth family blog. Karen Hoth said her family has been her biggest help throughout her diagnosis, and friends have also reached out to help, whether to raise funds, babysit her kids or do her grocery shopping.

Someone recently started a GoFundMe account* to raise money for medical bills. Anyone wishing to donate can do so online.

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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