To know her is to love her. Chances are if you are reading this, Susan has touched your life in some form or another. The story started out the same as most with an irregular mammogram around Thanksgiving. Susan was not worried as there was no real history of Ovarian or Breast Cancer in her family. Or so she was told. But the week after Thanksgiving results of a biopsy came back stage 2, Interlobular Carcinoma, which is an aggressive and invasive form of cancer, and this whole mess kicked off. After an unsuccessful partial mastectomy December 29th, Susan pushed hard and genetic testing was finally approved. Her hunch that female family health history contained "alternative facts" was right. Susan tested positive for the BRCA2 gene (think Angelina Jolie) which means her chances of a recurring cancer are very high, and a brand new cancer incident starting elsewhere are even higher. The bad news is Susan's first blood line relatives are 50% likely to also carry this genetic mutation which puts them at an increased risk for certain cancers. The good news is now they know so preventative precautions can be taken. Susan's next step is a double mastectomy February 24th. Follow up treatments (radiation and hormone therapy) will be decided after that. At the end of the summer, another surgery will be needed to remove her ovaries. They are old anyway... The upcoming surgery is a tough one, 10 hour operation, 3-4 day CCU hospital stay and a three-six month recovery period. Susan is in great health and she and Rick are up for the challenge of the DIEP. This method is very intricate and uses natural body tissue, but the preparations are minimal compared to implants, much fewer follow up procedures are needed and no replacement boobs are required in 10-15 years. If you would like to help, sending notes and cards via snail mail is great. There is also a link for Meal Train on the first journal entry as some home help would be much appreciated the first 6-8 weeks-Walking Shiva is a priority, stopping at the store for essentials, giving Rick breaks or Susansitting when he returns to work, and of course, meals. As if this isn't enough, Ben tore his ACL (not playing LAX) but he is out for his first UGA season. His surgery is March 6, so extra food would be great that week. Oh and Rick is having pre-planned jaw reconstructive surgery sometime in April. William is not allowed to leave his apartment until further notice! So the Hasty Darby's are making Lemon Martini's out of lemonade. And though some rough waters are ahead, laughter and love will prevail at the "Hasty House" as it always does with just a little help from our extended family and friends.