About Life With Three Kids

What do you do for a living?

I’m a father of three, husband of one.

My name is Kevin, you can call me Kevin.

My blog started as a journal of my wife’s battle with leukemia. I’ve always loved writing and used it as a way to get my feelings and/or frustrations out of my heart and head and onto something else. I started the journal, “Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia” two days after my wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

A few weeks later I started a blog after reading about these so-called weblogs in an article in my local newspaper. That’s right, a newspaper, those black and white (and sometimes colored) pieces of paper that get your hands (and then your pants, white work shirt) all black.

I figured an online journal or blog would keep my family and friends informed of Lis’ battle and then recovery, and would allow me to stop answering the individual, “How’s she doing?” emails that had littered my inbox.

Since I started in April 2005 Lis has gone from a 3-6 month life sentence to kicking cancer’s butt big time! We (doctors included) thought she would need to have a bone marrow transplant. Nope, turns out she destroyed any sign of the bad cells. She went into remission in November 2005.

We (doctors included) said it was likely we weren’t going to be able to have any more kids (we were blessed with Lukas, who was only five months old when his Mama was diagnosed). Nope, we had our daughter, Lia, in September 2008 and just to totally prove the cancer wrong, our third child, Levi, was born in March 2011.

In November 2010 we celebrated her fifth anniversary of remission with a huge surprise party that caused Lis to tear up. That’s when you know something is special.

In 2015 we’ll celebrate her 10th year of remission.

Presently life is back to “normal”.

If you’re interested in reading our battle/journey/nonsense then you can start at the beginning here. If you’re looking for something in particular, here are the categories I write about and what they are about:

American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life

Since ’05 we’ve participated in this amazing fundraising event that has become a big part of who I am now.

Goals

Every year I set five goals for myself. Every year I look back at those five goals, and usually how I’ve failed.

Married Life

It ain’t easy, but here you’ll find the ‘mushy’ stuff about my wife and I.

Lists

I love lists. From vacations we want to take, 58 things I learned while I was home alone for 58 days, Christmas movies, memorable days, and tips on traveling with kids. It’s all here.

Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia

This is where you’ll find the good stuff. The drama. The stuff I wrote about late at night, usually after a day spent at the hospital, and often with my 5-month old sitting by my side. The original name for my blog, and how this site started. You can read about what turned into a successful battle against cancer, and the after effects of it here.

Star Wars, Boyz II Men, and Other Things I Like

All that pop culture nonsense can be found here! I like it, so there!

Sports

And I also love sports and writing about it, so there!

The Johnson Five

Everything related to my kids, Lis, me, the five of us, it’s all here! Well most of it is.

Year in Review

Plain and simple, my year in review for each year since 2005 (minus ’09, not sure why).

Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “About Life With Three Kids

  1. Hi Kevin,
    You probably don’t remember me. A few years back I came across your blog on MSN, I believe you had been given some sort of blog prize or something, and it was featured along with other blogs, so that’s how I found it. I started reading it and I was so touched and moved by your story that I reached out to you and we chatted on messenger a few times. I know it’s been a long time, but the other night I was watching TV and they were talking about Leukemia, and I remembered you and your wife. I looked up your blog, and I found it here. I am so incredibly glad that Lisy is still doing well, and that you guys are actually expecting another baby! Last time I checked your blog Lia was just a few months old I think.
    It’s just really nice to see that everything has worked out, that Lisy continues cancer-free, and that your family continues to grow. Anyways, I hope this note isn’t too weird, but I just wanted to say hello.
    God bless.

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  2. Hello,
    I just stumbled upon your blog in a search for info on leukemia. I am very interested in your wife’s story because it is so similar to my own. (Only I am in the beginning of my journey with AML). I am a 35 year old mom of three who was diagnosed with leukemia when my youngest was 10 weeks old- he is now 6 months old. I am currently about to start my 3rd round of chemo. I would love to email back and forth with your wife, as I am need of encouragement and I find her story very inspiring.
    Thanks so much,
    Jennifer

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  3. Hi Kevin, I was just checking a few of your posts and had a quick question about your blog. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance -emilywalsh688 (at) gmail.com- Thanks : )

    Emmy

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  4. I can identify with this. My husband was just declared “in remission” after 8 long years of operations, treatments and clinical studies at Johns Hopkins. That daily, heart-grasping fear that takes over your life has been abated for now. It’s nice to read about the “mushy stuff”, too. Here’s to another bright day!

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