Monday, July 16, 2012

Schedule Changes


Blog followers,
This is certainly not the post I’d hoped to be publishing, but for many of you who have been visiting my blog since the very beginning, it’s important for me to share.

Last week, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the age of 36, this was a big shock. Having undergone a whirlwind week of tests, fits of crying, next to no sleep, and zero appetite, I’m relieved to report that the prognosis is encouraging. All the test results indicate that my Stage 2 cancer is curable. I hope to have a treatment plan determined by the week’s end.

It is my intention to still work with my oldest son when I can. He’s going to need some sense of normalcy and I’m going to need a distraction and to continue doing the things I love. The pace of our activities will no doubt slow, and some weeks cease altogether. I will post when I can, but it will be irregular, sporadic, and unpredictable.

I have LOVED being part of the blogging community and consider many of you to be friends. During this time, I hope you’ll be patient. 

34 comments:

  1. Oh goodness! I'll be praying for you, that is scary.

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  2. I've been following your site for several months and always find it inspirational for my children and for me as a parent. I hope you will find inspiration and courage from all the virtual friends you've made by sharing your passion. We're all pulling for you.

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  3. I've been following and enjoying your posts for quite a while now. I will keep you in my prayers! I hope that you find that you are stronger than you ever imagined, and that this is something you will look back on much later in life with memories of that strength!

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  4. Oh wow... I'll be praying for you. As a 35 year old, that hits close to home. It is a great thing that you found it so early. Would you mind sharing how? I always worry that I would miss the early warning signs. Thanks

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    1. I felt the mass and immediately called to get in for a mammogram. From there, an ultrasound was conducted, and then a biopsy. There are LOTS of young women battling breast cancer and since many doctors don't order an mammogram for you until age 40, self breast exams are the best way to catch it. Bottom line, if you feel something, don't dismiss it. You know your body.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear about your medical situation. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

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  6. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers throughout your complete recovery. You've been a blessing to our family and I'm saddened to hear this. Please post and let us know how you're doing and how we can help. ((Hugs)).

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  7. You are in my prayers. My mother just celebrated being 15 years breast cancer free after being diagnosed in her 40's with no family history. Ladies - find a doctor you are comfortable with! I love mine -- I had a first mammo at 35 (am 36 now) and they do not hesitate to go to an ultrasound for more details if needed. Prayers and Hugs to you --

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  8. I am so sorry to hear this news!!! I just had a very good friend go through cancer treatment (not breast cancer) and I know how it can zap your strength. Take care of yourself, and know that you WILL beat this. Don't worry about the blog, I know you will post if you can, just keep us up to date on your health, that is the most important thing. Normalcy is good for your family especially the kids, so thinking first of yourself and them is most important right now. Looking forward to when your life is yours again. Know you are in our thoughts, and get well very, very soon!

    By the way...my friend is doing very well with a good prognosis. I know you will too!

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  9. You are in my prayers. We'll be here throughout your treatment and complete recovery.

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  10. I am so saddened to hear this news. :( I know nothing I could say would make you feel better but please know regardless of your lack of posts, I will be here for you always. I have always kind of felt like we started our blogging journey together, you were one of my first followers, and I always know I can stop here leaving fully inspired. You have such talent as an educator and mother! You and your family will be in my prayers as you go through this difficult time in your life. Please keep us updated when you are able. Sending love thoughts your way.

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  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you. This has to be very difficult news to hear. I love reading your blog posts and everything you've shared.

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  12. My prayers are with you! My adopted grandmother was a 21 year survivor! Keep yourself positive!

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  13. So sorry for the shock, but so happy for the good prognosis. Many are with you at this time sending hugs, prayers and positive thoughts. I'll add mine to that. I know they work as I've just gone through my own surprise melanoma this April and a young parent in my program has just complete her treatment for breast cancer. We are both doing GREAT! You will too!

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  14. So sorry! It is never easy to go through these kinds of health issues. I wish you the very best through your treatments and stress. I, too will have you in my thoughts and prayers. You are amazing!!!

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  15. Just found your blog recently and have been enjoying it. My daughter is about the same age as your son. Sorry to hear the news...very scary. Best wishes to you.

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  16. Oh no! So very sorry. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  17. Hugs. We are all behind you.

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  18. I just found your blog and was perusing the archives when I thought I'd check the more recent posts. I am sorry to hear your news, but will pray for you and your family. I will enjoy reading what's here, and look forward to the day when you can post regularly again.

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  19. i am so sorry to hear this, my prayers are with you. I am currently going trough a cancer scare myself, got to have an xray tomorrow and waiting for my blood test results to come back. It's just so scary thinking about it, my thoughts are with you xxxx

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  20. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  21. I really hate that you have to be part of the "cancer club" too. :(

    My prayers are with you and your family!!

    Oh My Little Classity Class

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  22. I'll be praying for you and your family!!!! You're such a an inspiration for me. I think you are a genius. You always have come out with great things out of the blue. I wish you the best. I'm from Argentina.

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  23. I am so sorry to hear this. I am sending thoughts of peace and healing your way.

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  24. I am sorry that you have to go through such a scary time. Please keep us posted, and I hope that you will come back stronger than ever and with new appreciation of all the mundane things life brings to you.

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  25. Best of luck. I enjoy your blog- it's amazing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Tara

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  26. I am so very sorry! I will pray for you. I know your hear and mind are on overload. How wonderful that the Great Physician is always the number one physician on our case. Please take care. Thank you for your amazing creative blog. God bless you.

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  27. Praying for your complete and speedy recovery. I'm the same age and can only imagine my own response to this news. Thank you for sharing!
    God bless your family

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear this. Lots of hugs and prayers will be sent this way.

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  29. I'm so sorry you and your family have to go through this but happy to hear you have a good prognosis. My thoughts are with you.

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  30. We have much in common you and I. I was also just diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I am 35 and have a 7 year old son. I have been following your blog for almost a year now. I love your ideas and printables. I am so sad to hear your news. I just had 5 rounds of chemotherapy and am about to schedule my surgery. I don't know what your treatment is going to be, but know that your family will be a huge strength to you. Feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding chemo. You can do this!!!
    Kristen
    marioandretti@hotmail.com

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  31. I sure enjoy this blog. I have used many of your suggestions over the last year. I look forward to reading many more! Hang in there! We'll be praying for you.

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  32. Just found your blog tonight... Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am 2 months out of treatment for Stage 3C breast cancer... 8 rounds of chemo and 33 rounds of radiation with surgery prior to that. My grandkids were my reason... Find your reason to survive everything. Prayers coming your way.

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