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1/12/2017 Latest post:
2017 has sent me down a surreal and scary path. On January 4, I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. My specific diagnosis is one big reason why I chose the cover photo I did. My apologies to my amazing husband Mark, who is not pictured but has been superhuman in his love and support. But this is the same picture I used for the website I created when I participated in the Avon Walk seven years ago. The picture came to my mind this week as I remembered that I, indeed, am not alone. That I am traveling a road with so many amazing women presently and many who have gone before and will go after. Aimee and Sara are the latest in a long line of phenomenal women in my family. I did the walk seven years ago for them. And I'm going to fight this like hell so that I can see what phenomenal women their daughters turn out to be.
I'll be posting updates on doctor's appointments, requests for rides, food, etc. I'll be sure to label WARNING: TECHNICAL JARGON for the more specific stuff intended for those in the medical know. My sister Jamie, a health care professional, said she was impressed with my ability to summarize complicated information from multiple providers. (Always nice for a writer to have her writing complemented). I have been so overwhelmed with the faith and love of friends and family since I got the news. So this site is my way of reaching out to all of you, of keeping that lifeline active. You are so very important to me. You will be especially important to me and my family in the coming months.
Much love, and my mantra for Cassandra (the name I've given the tumor) WARNING: SALTY LANGUAGE AHEAD...