January 27, 2010


Last week I did a post about my mom having breast cancer.  I did it "for me", thinking that I wouldn't get much response.

I was sooooo wrong, and it made me realize just how much I love you guys.  From the bottom of my heart - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you for letting me share; thank you for being supportive; more than anything - THANK YOU for every single comment, every single email, all the prayer and positive thoughts.  You are all amazing!  You shared your thoughts, your opinions, and your experiences.  YOU MADE ME CRY (in a good way)!!  I am so proud to know each of you.  If you lived closer, you'd get hugs and baked goods as tokens of my appreciation.  Let me know if you move closer - both the hugs and baked goods offer are open invitations.  :-)

And now, for a status report....

Mom has heard from her surgeon with some not so great news.  The margins still aren't clear.  Her breast surgeon is fantastic and very informative about the three available options.
  1. Proceed with chemo and radiation & see if that kills the still cancerous cells.
  2. Opt to have another margin revision.
  3. Move forward with a mastectomy.
After some careful thought, mom has decided for a mastectomy.  She is sure of herself and her decision...and we are sure of her.  Surgery is next Thursday.  It's still up in the air if reconstructive surgery will happen now or later.  Either way - she wants her boob job!  Come on.  If you're maintaining a positive attitude through all these procedures - you've earned a boob job!  :-)


  1. Hi Cole. I understand what you are going through right now. 28 years ago, my oldest sister (36 at the time) had a mastecomy. Soon after she was cancer free! Yay! For 28 years! Until this past September, when she arrived home from the mediterean, she was immediately hospitalized for a severe cough. Her breast cancer came back after 28 years and cancer cells managed to make their way into her chest cavity and lung lining.She has now been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She has just had her 3rd round of chemo (for quality of life). I guess what I am trying to say is LOVE, APPRECIATE and ENJOY your loved one's (especially your MOM! My heart goes out to your mom, yourself and all your loved ones. Because you are all in it TOGETHER! KIT please!!

    Hugs & smoochies xoxo

  2. Your mom is the epitome of strength in making that decision. I think I would've made the same exact one. I'll be praying that her surgery is a success and she'll be with you all for years and years to come.

  3. dear Cole, i'm so sorry i'm late to this news and i just went back to read your post.

    i will not even attempt to say i know what you're going through. at times like this, i will reiterate what Hailey said and take the time to love, appreciate and enjoy your mum. let her know how much you really love her and how lucky you are to have her in your life.

    i wish her all the best and will have her and you in our thoughts and prayers, esp the the upcoming surgery

    lots of love and chikisses
    coco & lilian

  4. Wow, what a tough decision. And I know this sounds stupid, but I can feel it's the right one I'm pretty sure I'm not telepathic. Or apparently empathetic (according to my workplace psych assessment). So who knows where the feeling came from. But I wish and hope for all the strength in the world to find its way into you and your mum right now. You'll be right, mate.

  5. Hi sweetie, I am so so sorry to hear that your mother is going through this. My heart truly goes out to you. From your perspective I know that it is extremely difficult too. My mother has multiple sclerosis and has been suffering for 10 years. I wish there was a cure out there...and I pray every day. Stay strong for your mom. There is nothing more that you could do than to stay positive. Enjoy every moment with her and stick by her side. My thoughts are with you and your family. xo

  6. So totally deserves a boob job after all this. I think that a mastectomy is the most conservative approach and I think it'll be best for all you you. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, had a mastectomy and 25 years later she has celebrated her 83rd b-d ! I will keep you both in my thoughts...

  8. While I can't relate like others here, I know this must be terribly frightening. It sounds like your mother has a very strong conviction about beating this. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Your mom is so brave, and dammit, I give her a ^5 for her decision! Now, with having the masectomy will that get rid of all those nasty cells too?

    Always with you Cole!

    Justine :o )

  10. I'm sending more positive thoughts your way, and your mom's way. I'm sure everything is going to turn out completely okay!

  11. your mom is awesome and she has definitely earned her boob job! What a great outlook on life she has

  12. Knowing the options I guess your mom took the best one!
    Paws crossed for her!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs


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