As some of you know by now, I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am doing well. I'm processing this as best as I can and looking forward to moving through treatment and finding the next right steps. Sometimes waiting is harder than fighting. Many of you on here are my clients and friends and I'm so grateful to work in a profession where the line between the two is thin. I've come to know you all over the years and you have also come to know me. You know that I am strong and passionate about what I do and the life I have created. That is one of the truths that I will carry with me as I walk into this next adventure of my life.
I am so blessed and honored to have such an army of strong and brave people at my back. All of you as well as the incredible team of doctors and nurses that I now have supporting me. I'd like to use this page to keep you all updated on my progress, my treatment, and my healing. I'd like to use it as a way to communicate with you and I'd like to ask that you use this same platform to communicate with me. This may be one of the more challenging shifts for me as I have become so accustomed to speaking with you all vulnerably during our scheduled times together. However, cancer is a part of my life now, but I can't allow it to become my whole life.
I need my time in the salon and my cell phone to be filled with the same life I have spent so long nourishing and building. I need your time in the chair to be about you and also about me creating the way I've always loved to create. I also know that I share the space with other women and their clients. I would like the preserve the light, fun, and beautiful atmosphere that we have worked to give life to for me, for you, and for them.
I want to update you and I want to keep the lines of communication open. Let's just keep them open on here. Where I can respond to you as I can and write what’s happening at one time and in one cohesive place while still maintaining the bright and precious normality of life outside of these pages.
For those of you who are wondering what you can do, prayers and thoughts and a few sweet words on here are genuinely invaluable. My heart is more open than it ever has been. Big life changes have a way of affecting you that way.
Ray is handling this as well as anyone could expect him to. He’s taking exceptional care of me, is by my side through each step, and I can genuinely say that we are both “in” for whatever is ahead. We have updated the two youngest boys on the simplest version of this reality and will fill them in on more details as life asks us too. Justin has been amazingly supportive. I love my people.
We have plenty of assistance with the boys and needs at home are being taken care of for now. My colleagues at the salon will be on full support duty to assist with clients when I can’t. I expect things to change and I know we will meet each challenge as they come.
Thank you for caring and for being a part of my life. I am truly grateful.