“Life sucks sometimes, and that’s the honest truth. But, it’s the crappy parts - that type of devastation and that type of pain - that allows you to experience the purest form of joy in your entire life.”
- Kim White
Imagine you were just given a few months left to live….
What would change? How would you look at life differently? Would your values and priorities stay the same? How would you want to spend your time?
This is exactly what Kim and Treagan White experienced.
Kim was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, turning their lives completely upside-down. They were told it would be a miracle if she made it a few months, let alone an entire year.
Treatment after treatment, surgery after surgery, and miracle after miracle, almost five years have passed since then, and she’s still alive.
Kim truly is a walking miracle.
In this episode of the podcast, we sat down with Kim and Treagan to talk about how living with cancer has transformed their marriage. They shared with us the ups and the downs, the beauty and the tragedy, the heartache and the joy. It’s been a complete rollercoaster of a ride for them.
They shared with us the difficult lessons they’ve learned and the new outlook they have on life.
Since the diagnosis, their focus shifted to creating lasting, loving and adventurous memories as a family.
At one point, Treagan mentioned that everyone should have that type of epiphany. Logically, you know that it’s the way you could be living your lives, but until you’re faced with the reality that you or your spouse is dying, it’s a difficult concept to fully grasp.
The truth is, we’re all dying.
Everyday we live, we are one step closer to death. The only difference is that not everyone has such a clear deadline. Will it be tomorrow? Next year? 5o years from now?
Does the way you live your life today reflect the legacy you want to leave behind?
D&C 58:3-4 says:
Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
For after much tribulation come the blessings.
Life is messy.
Marriage is hard.
The mortal experience if full of pain, sorrow, heartache, and tragedy.
There isn’t always a clear cut answer for the reasons you are faced with the specific trials and struggles you have.
If you visit Kim’s instagram page, entitled “Kim Can Kick It” her most prominent message amidst it all is that God is in the details.
With every tragedy, there came a miracle. With every struggle, a lesson to learn. When confusion and chaos were rampant, there came clarity and understanding.
In her own words, “Life sucks sometimes, and that’s the honest truth. But, it’s the crappy parts - that type of devastation and that type of pain - that allows you to experience the purest form of joy in your entire life.”
About Our Guests
Kim & Treagan White
Treagan and Kim White have been married for 10 years. They have one very strong-willed six year old girl who keeps them going. They enjoy outdoor adventures and discovering new places to explore. Their world was rocked when Kim was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (adrenocortical carcinoma) in 2014. They lost their second child at 18 weeks of pregnancy, during Kim’s initial treatment. She was told she only had a few months to live, but those who know Kim know she’s not the type to accept someone telling her what she can and can’t do. So, fighting cancer is this couple’s new norm. They have learned so much about what really matters in this life. They’ve been knocked down so many times that getting back up is just a habit. Together, they have come to know about change, starting over, forgiveness, unconditional love, and daily progress. Cancer has not only blessed their life but it saved their marriage.