Monday, January 9, 2012

Not Your Average Tuesday

First, the good news:
  • I have the most amazing support system of family and friends.
  • I am a strong and positive person.
  • I am loved.
  • I was able to spend this last weekend with my two favorite people at the happiest place on earth.
  • I finished my half marathon with my son and we raised over $7,200 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • I am blessed, and I am thankful for that.
  • We caught it very early.
Now, the not-so-good news:
  • I have breast cancer.
  • I am having a lumpectomy, lymph node biopsy and reconstructive surgery today.
  • I feel scared, but confident in my doctors.
  • My children will be with me every step of the way.
  • If I am lucky, I will have radiation followed by hormone therapy.
  • I am going to hold it at this.
What you can do:
  • If you are the type, please say a prayer for us...especially my children. It is so hard to be the caregiver...
  • If you aren't the type, please just send them a good thought today.
  • If you haven't done so, go get a mammogram. Mine may just have saved my life.
Thank you all, Lauren

45 comments:

Tug said...

I've been reading your for a very long time, but not sure I've ever commented.

You and your family are absolutely in my prayers. <3

jojo said...

got it Mama...now you do what you have to do...everything else is covered. Love you, take care, be strong, have faith...dear one.

LL Cool Joe said...

My prayers are with you all at this time.

Deltaville Jamie said...

Prayers and positive thoughts heading that way!

Daryl Edelstein said...

Strong hugs of support for those amazing caregivings and for you, a prayer ... yeah, I know .. xoxox

Nurse Nancy said...

You are all in my heart and in my prayers today.

TSannie said...

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo to all of you...I'm there, but you know that.

Maria_NJ said...

Lauren prayer just sent up...

your attitude says it all, wishing you and your children good thoughts...

hugz

Ellen said...

On the prayers. Good thoughts for you and your family.

Paxie said...

Keeping those wonderful caregivers in my prayers too, Mama!

You always are...

They'll rally to the occasion and you are in wonderful hands. Theirs and God's ♥

Magpie said...

Dammit.

Can I come hold your hand?

And how amazing are you to have run that race under these circumstances.

Love to you, L.

Hilary said...

Oh how I hated reading this. You can count on my very best, healing thoughts for you and your kids. Hugs to you, Lauren.

The Incredible Woody said...

You are loved, my friend.

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

Sometimes we have to separate things in our lives so that we can see how much more good there is than bad. You have so many blessings, but I say a prayer for you during this very difficult time and for your children. My mother passed away from breast cancer, I was 38, she was 57, but she had compromised health to start with from having Polio. She'd been a massive fighter. I've seen so many other friends get through their breast cancer battles and I want to jump up and down in a triumphant cheer for them. I know you will stay on top of your treatment and do all you can to beat this intruder. You are already a survivor and a winner!!!!! And your kids will be strong...life does that to us.

Lana

Nelson's Mama said...

Prayers and best wishes...

Joanie said...

Prayers, prayers, prayers...have faith and keep that positive attitude! Hugs...from Nebraska...

missing moments said...

Lots of good energy sent your way ... for you and your loved ones! xoxoxo
and huge congrats on your half marathon! What a wonderful achievement!

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Please know there are a lot of us out here in 'blog-land' that are concerned and will pray as the Lord leads.

Keep us posted.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I freaking hate cancer. My prayers for you and your family have already begun. Huge, massive hugs from over here.

Karen Deborah said...

I am definitely the type. I hope you are the type. This was a big surprise. Veggie juice fasting and lots of it. You will get well!!!
I love you wpman and I am so proud of you.

Tammy said...

Dammit! You are the third person I know that has found out they have breast cancer in the last month. I'm making a mammogram appointment tomorrow. Dammit!

Prayers, healing thoughts, well wishes, hugs and all good stuff coming your, and your kids way!

{{{{hugs}}}}

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I send good thoughts and prayers. Plus, I'm so jealous you won Hilary's calendar.

Anonymous said...

Lauren, thanks to maria in nj, I have followed CBW's blog for a long time. You have warm thoughts and prayers sent from CA, and I believe those prayers do boost your spirit, as does love.
It is a scary place to be in, but my mom beat the same diagnosis and she is 87 now--her 'little sister' was treated for the same at age 79 and she is doing great !!
( Not that you asked, but there is a study done at a university hospital in the UK with amazing results for br. cancer patients who ate watercress each day--it has a serious cancer-fighting compound. I try everything nutrition-wise with research backing it--it can't hurt, and could boost the immune system.)
hugs, LLC

Tabor said...

Came here via Hillary to wish you the very best of health. Wise words. Sending good high energies for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Came to you via CBW. Prayers being sent for you and your children.

Pearl said...

Love and positive thoughts sent in your direction.

Pearl

Sally said...

You and your children have my heartfelt prayers, Lauren. If anyone can beat this (and you will) it is YOU!!

Love to all.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I've got 3 friends now battling breast cancer--all different forms. Prayers have already gone up in your behalf. Praying for you, your family, and the the doctors. Thank you for raising money for leukemia. My brother lost his battle to CLL 3 years ago. Thank you from my heart.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lauren & family, CBW said to check your blog and I expected something about your race in Disney World...you could have knocked me over with a feather! Lots of prayers and good thoughts coming your way. I've also been a "sometime" reader of your blog. Your a beautiful woman and mother, keep the wonderful attitude.

SweetLiz

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

God bless you, dear Blister. I was just pulling out my mammogram Rx, which I have been postponing because who has time, to finally call and make the appointment, when I got an email from CBW, mobilizing the Blisterhood. I have not been keeping up with my blog buddies - though I did see your half-marathon pics on FB and YOU GO GIRL!

You are in my prayers now. I'm sending you positive thoughts and know that you are, as my mom likes to say, a Steel Magnolia.

(((hugs)))

Reb said...

Came via Hilary to congratulate you on winning her calendar. What a thing to go through, I know! I am going in today for my 5 years physical and to get the papers for my annual mammogram and blood work. If you care to stop by my blog, I have a few posts about what the experience was like for me. It is really not bad and I know you will do just fine. Sending warms thoughts and wishes.

Diane said...

Ahhhh Luuuuurve Youuuuu, buttercup.

Sending warm wishes to you and your lovely children. Missing you and thinking about how special you are.

Hugs from Seattle!

foolery said...

There is not one thing left to say that hasn't been said better, except that I too know how strong you are and that you have the grit to get through this, all of it. Love to you and laugh as much as you can -- it can help get you through the tough stuff.

Love from California

Laurie

deborah said...

keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Barb said...

Hello Lauren, Visiting you from Hillary and just wanted to send you some positive support. I have 2 close friends who had lumpectomies years ago - both are healthy and loving life.

Dghawk said...

Dear Lauren,

Even though I have not visited your blog before, I feel as if I do know you through your comments on CBW's blog. You definately have my thoughts and prayers and I also will be sending you my strength as well to see you and your family through this.

All will be well.

Fighting Mermaid said...

Thoughts and prayers and a cyber-hug!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Saw the news over at Woody's (Lori's) place.
Sending you big hugs and extra large prayers!!
You will get through this.
xo

Donna S. said...

Prayers said!! Take care of yourself & let your loved ones take care of you. I am so glad you caught it early. Good luck as you go through this.

Jayne said...

Lots of prayers your way, Lauren. Lots.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I am sending good thoughts and energy to you and your family.

lime said...

i'm here via hilary's. congrats on winning her giveaway. and big congrats on doing the marathon and raising the money for research.

i am glad your lump was found early and wish you a quick recovery from the surgery and that the follow-up treatments are not too hard on you. prayers for you and your children as requested and all my best wishes for the very best outcome.

Sassy said...

They say smiles and laughter are the best medicine...hugs my dear friend.....

Jill of All Trades said...

I'm sending all the good thoughts I can to you and your youngen's. We are here for you!!!!!

Patty said...

I'm so sorry, I haven't been reading the blogs I like to follow like I use to. Seems I don't have enough time in the day with chores, Facebook and (LOL) playing computer games. But I did see something on Facebook, in fact I sent you a message from Facebook.

Are you doing radiation to be on the safe side? I did both times. I must say, my breast probably could have stood some reconstruction, but it was never suggested to me and I didn't care that one is bigger then the other. LOL They even told me, I could go to therapy, and I said for what, they said to help get rid of the lump from the scar, apparently therapy would show me how to massage that area. I told them that wasn't necessary because no one touched those puppies, except myself and my doctor. But after the incision once healed I was able to do the radiation.

I'm sure by now you know all about what they are going to do. The first time, they had me wait 6 mos and have it rechecked, but when they found it in the other breast, I was sent in right away. First time they did the lumpectomy and then checked to see if it was cancer, and when they found it was, I had to go back about ten days later and have lymph nodes removed.

Second time, they did a needle biopsy and knew ahead, so did it all at one time,which is a lot better then having two surgeries with in a two week period. Again, good luck with yours. The first time I didn't have to take anything, this second time they put me on Femera, and my five years is up, I go this morning for a check up and hoping it will be my last and also can stop the pills. I'm so sorry I haven't been keeping up with your blog, I would have known this earlier. Have to get a bath and dressed, my appointment is at 9:30. Will let you know what my doctor says.