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Shelly’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about our loved one.

Shelly was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We created this site in order to keep everyone up to date on her recovery.

Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.

On February 23rd, 2009, Shelly was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was very unexpected as she had gone in the week before for what was considered to be a routine surgery when they found the cancer.

We have had some rough days since we found out, but now we are moving onto the next steps of battling this disease. The outlook sounds positive. Shelly will be having a mastectomy on Wednesday March 4, 2009. During the surgery she will have some test completed to determine if any of the cancer has traveled outside of her breast.

We would like to thank everyone for their calls, emails, visits, and prayers. The support that we have received from everyone is truly amazing. We need all the support that we can get right now. Please stay in touch!

I will try to update the site as we find out more information and after she has her surgery on Wednesday.

Latest Journal Update


I had my second phase of reconstruction today.  It was same day surgery, which made me a little anxious at first, but I really have had minimal pain. The recovery nurse said I was one tough lady.  We were at McKennan at 5:30am, so it was an early morning or middle of the night, because we left Tripp at 4:15am.  I was done and leaving McKennan by 11:45.  We grabbed lunch and came home for some much needed rest.
This completes all of the treatment I have planned.  I will have follow-ups with the plastic surgeon for awhile and appointments with my oncologist every three to four months, but no more active treatment plans for now, which means I don't have to get poked quite so often!  I really don't mind getting IV starts or lab draws, but if I'm picking, I'm skipping them.
My family and I attended the Avera Against Breast Cancer this last weekend.  It was a little chilly, but we had a good time.  I completed my first 5K; I was hoping for a better time, but my family reminded me that a year ago I was too tired to even get up for the race, so that made me feel a little better.  Once I am healed from this surgery I plan on starting to run again to get ready for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in September.
Thank you all for your support of the last year.  You will never know how much that has helped our family through all of this.