In 2002 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. The next year, she had breast cancer and underwent radiation. In 2005, she had chemotherapy because she had lymphoma in her head.
The doctors told her she had a five percent chance of living through the chemotherapy.
She lived through it only to have open heart surgery in 2006 and a stroke in 2008.
The doctors called her a miracle and a Kitty with nine lives.
“I think the Lord was with me and I had a lot of prayers,” Kitty said. “There’s power in prayer I believe.”
With all of the sickness and hospital stays, Kitty got pretty depressed.
“I had so much happen in a row that it was getting to me,” she said.
Gene helped as much as he could with Kitty, who is now recovered and doing well.
“I couldn’t have had anybody better,” she said. “He even learned to cook a little bit.”
His specialty was bacon and scrambled eggs.
Through the highs and lows of their marriage, Gene and Kitty say their relationship has stayed the same.
“I think after a certain time you can read each other’s mind,” Gene said. “You pretty well know each other.”