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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Michele's Surprise Party

It's hard to believe we are approaching the end of October. Where has the month gone? I've been so immersed in Pasta Month and the World Pasta Day Party that I've have neglected any mention of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You may recall a post I did back in May titled It's Only A Boob. In that post, my daughter Michele encouraged all you ladies to "play with your boobies."

I woke this morning and went about my normal routine; got the kids off to school, checked Facebook on my phone, played a few games, then checked twitter. I don't "tweet" very much, but I do like to keep up with what's happening in the world of the people I "follow." This morning, of all mornings, I am extremely happy I did. I came across this amazing article that was posted. I am attaching it here and encouraging EVERY single one of my FB friends to read it and pass it on. But first, my story! On March 29th, I was diagnosed with Grade 1, Stage 2 ER+/PR+, Hers2-, Breast Cancer in my right breast. On April 11th, I had a right breast mastectomy to remove the cancer. At the same time a temporary implant was put in to do breast reconstruction. I have had the most amazing support, love, and help. I am so immensely grateful to my little circle of friends that knew. But now, I think everyone should know, not to feel bad for me, or to express sorrow (I am going to be just fine... I KNOW this!) but because I want EVERYONE to be informed. During this entire process my biggest concern has been awareness. Why didn't I know that there was a test to see if I carry the gene mutation which ups your risk for getting breast and ovarian cancer? Why aren't mammograms done sooner? Why didn't I know that if breast cancer runs in your family that you should be getting mammograms 10 years earlier than your family members' diagnosis? I wasn't informed, but I wasn't proactive either. So here it is, the article is written by Angelina Jolie and I think she is truly amazing. I am following her lead and being an example... LADIES, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLAY WITH YOUR BOOBIES!! (PS I found the lump myself.)

Well, five long months later, including 8 weeks of chemotherapy, and I am here to tell you Michele is doing awesome! She is now cancer free and on the road to recovery. She has been blessed with an incredible support system. Jason, my son-in-law has been simply terrific! I don't know how he has managed to keep doing his job while catering to Michele's every need. He arranged it so he was able to be home for Michele's treatments so he could help her through the side effects. As for her friends, well, they have been at her side every single step of the way. That's Michele with the red hat on:)

Just yesterday, they all dressed up in pink and threw Michele a surprise party to celebrate. (That young lady dressed in green is an exchange student from I believe the Philippines.) I'll be meeting her for the first time in May.

There was lots of homemade food...

And handcrafted presents...

Michele had planned on doing a guest post on this blog today to share with you what her life has been like for the past months. When I spoke with her this morning, she asked me if I could speak for her and let you all know how much she has appreciated your thoughts and prayers. She still needs to have reconstructive surgery in November and will be on medication for the next ten years but, the road is looking bright and she is thrilled! As are my grandchildren:)

Thank you all for your generous kind words and prayers. I can't tell you how much they have meant to me and my family. Louise:)

26 comments:

  1. Dear Louise, What an incredible story! Your daughter Michele is a Warrior! May God Bless her and her family! What a wonderful day for her with all of her friends and family surrounding her with support, love, and prayers! My mom had breast cancer twice in the same breast. I also took the Braca test, and that goodness I do not have the gene. That is all I would have needed, with my Lupus, and MS. It is so important that you shared this story for others that need to hear this. Thanks for sharing with all of us your personal story. We all need to be Warriors! God Bless you and your family, Dottie :) <3

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  2. I'm just so happy to hear that your daughter is doing well!

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  3. Such good news! Michele is one courageous lady!

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  4. Hi Louise, So glad that your daughter, Michelle is doing well. Indeed, she is a GREAT WINNER in this fight! May God bless you and your family and may His love and tender care be upon you always :)

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  5. Hi Louise , thanks so much for sharing Michele's story , I do so hope the ladies get a breast exam and of course play with their boobies . I hope they take a page from Michele's book and see if breast cancer is caught in time it can be cured . Continued success to you and your family , Michele is still on our prayer list ... Many KUDOS to Michele , thanks for sharing Michele heartwarming story . :)

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  6. Sending love and prayers for Michele's continued good progress!

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  7. Michele is a brave girl! Salute to you, Michele!!! :)

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  8. Great news about Michele! Wonderful - and inspiring - post. Thanks so much.

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  9. I'm so glad to hear that all is going well, and I wish Michele continued success with recovery... Courage!

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  10. cute kids! thank you for putting up this extremely personal and very powerful post!

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  11. Good for Michelle! I"m so happy she's doing so well and has such a great support system.
    Mary x

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  12. I am so happy for you and for Michelle. I know this must have been very difficult for all of you. Happy Birthday to Michelle and many, many more.
    Blessings, Ginger

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  13. Awesome news, Louise....♥

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  14. Louise, Glad to see Michelle is doing so well! Sending good thoughts and prayers her way for her continued success! Your grandchildren are adorable!

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  15. Hi Louise,
    So glad to hear about Michelle's recovery! She is one tough lady and I admire her courage!
    A wonderful and happy post, Louise!

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  16. I am so glad Michele is cancer free. What a wonderful party her friends gave her.

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  17. It's great that Michele is on the road to recovery! I'm sure she will feel better psychologically after her reconstructive surgery.

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  18. What a great celebration! The ribbon sandwich is too cute! I am so happy to hear that Michelle is doing so well. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. What an excellent message for everyone!!! I'm so, so glad Michele is on her way to a clean bill of health. Thanks for spreading the word, Louise.

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  20. What a heart-warming post! Congrats to Michele and everyone who is supporting her in her fight.

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  21. It makes my heart happy to know that your daughter is doing so well.

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  22. Louise I am so happy for you and your daughter! She will win this because she has people who lover her around her. My father had intestinal cancer and we can say after 12 years that he is cured. The same I wish for your daughter!

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  23. glad to hear this piece of good news! i guess that's the power of love, care and also the power of positive thinking!

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  24. Thank you all for your sweet words of encouragement. Michele had her reconstruction surgery yesterday and is doing GREAT! She is well on her way to recovery. Your words and prayers are deeply appreciated. Michele thanks you and I thank you all very much. Louise

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  25. Wishing Michele and your entire family the very best. The journey must have been pretty terrifying but you have reached the end of the tunnel! Thanks for spreading the message!

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  26. Sending love to you and your dear, sweet Michele!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise