Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tough Talks: Dealing with Breast Cancer

This is a really difficult blog post for me to write, so please forgive me if it seems all over the place. In simpler words, we are lucky, lucky that my mom only has stage one cancer, but it is still cancer, nonetheless.

At the beginning of the month, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. We do not have it in our family history, so for us it came out of left field. We waited ever so patiently (anxiously) until her appointment last week when they told her it was stage 1.



Their next plan of action was simply to figure out if they were going to do surgery and when. We found out on Friday there may be a chance that she would be having surgery today. Yesterday they said yes, today and then no, Thursday and then maybe it will be another day because the hospital might change.

This part is tough, but anyone who knows anyone who's ever had a life-threatening disease, disorder or illness knows that the doctors will change anything on you at anytime. I know that the doctors will do what is best for my mom but it is still a very scary thing.




The good news is that it is one of the most treatable types of breast cancer - and breast cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. In addition to this, she finally has her answers as to why she has felt crappy for quite some time. With all of the positive thoughts in the world, she goes into remission soon, and stays that way.

I am very blessed for the support system that I do have. At first, I was unsure if I could tell anyone. Of course, Iman knew right away. He is as much one of my mom's children as my brother and I. She just loves us three kids so much, and we love her! I'm seriously so grateful to Jess and my other best friends that have been there for me, checking up on us all. It makes me feel so much better.



My mom is such a strong woman. She taught me how to be a warrior queen and I know she will get through this!

And for you, my readers, thank you so much for everything and all of the support!!

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83 comments:

  1. Love your optimism in a tough time- sorry you're going through this :(

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  2. Sending love & light your way. xoxo.

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  3. Prayers for your mom and for the doctors to find the right cure!!!! She's gonna kick cancer's butt, I know it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Leah from www.thatmamajama.comJuly 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what you must be going through. Stay strong, both of you!

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  5. I am sending lots of positive vibes your way!!

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  6. YAY Glad things are going really. Well sending you a text now.

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  7. Your mom is a warrior queen and I hope you remind her of that regularly!

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  8. Eat Clean CollegeJuly 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    this is so beautiful! I know your mom will get through this!

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  9. I'll be thinking of you and your family! I'm glad they caught it early and I will think good thoughts for them scheduling and performing surgery soon! No matter the stage or the severity, it's still scary and you have every right to be scared. I'm glad you have a good support system!!

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  10. BIG HUGS! It is hard to receive such devastating news but it sounds like she got an early detection and will be well in no time. You are in my thoughts.

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  11. Thank you so much! It will be okay!

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  12. thank you Tahnie! that means a lot!

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  13. thank you!! I think she will, too!

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  14. Thank you Alyssa!! I do tell her that!!

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  15. Thank you so much Libby!! This means a lot to us :)

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  16. :) Thank you!! I know she will, too!!! She has to :)

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  17. Thank you so much Norah! I agree with you! Your support means a lot <3

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  18. Praying! This is a tough time, but y'all will make it through!

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  19. Yvonne RhinehartJuly 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    If I can lend an ear or anything please let me know. My mom had a double mastectomy a couple of years ago, and it was indeed a very tough time. They're tough ladies though.

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  20. songbirdsandbuttonsJuly 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    That is so scary - I can't imagine what you're feeling. Cancer is just a terrible thing - praying for you and your family!

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  21. Your momma has this! Love you my WQ!

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  22. You are so brave for for sharing your story like this. I can't imagine what it must be like to go through something like this. It's good that your mom has three children to help her stand tall and get through the situation. You know the entire blog world has you and your mom in their prayers right now. Sending you virtual hugs!

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  23. Woah! Your mom is so brave, so happy that they caught it early, your mother are in my prayers. Hope everything goes fine and a lot of support to your mother, family and you.

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  24. So glad they caught it early. Keeping you all in my thoughts!! Thank you for sharing something so personal xx

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  25. So glad they caught it early, but its still scary. Thoughts are with you and your mom!

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  26. This is so tough! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    The Spontaneous Idealist

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  27. I will be putting your family in my thoughts. I am so sorry to see this post, you have to be strong for your momma!

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  28. Thank God it was caught early. All my love to you and your mom in her fight and recovery!

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  29. My grandma had breast cancer and is doing great now! It can be beat! I will be praying for your mom and you all as you go through this time. God bless

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  30. Love to you and your mama, thats great that they caught it so early

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  31. Your mother is beautiful, and with a daughter like you..she'll be able to fight this with no problem. Two absolutely beautiful women with strong hearts. #fightlikeagirl

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  32. Even through the bad news, there's still good to be thankful for! I wish your mother and your family all the best!

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  33. You and your beautiful mama are in my thoughts. Wishing her a speedy recovery to good health :)

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  34. Praying for your mama, but I love that you're focusing on the positive that you have an answer for why she felt bad and that they found it early!

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  35. I wish the best for your mom. I know going through medical crisis can be tough. I didn't have cancer but I did experience my own health crisis. If you need any support feel free to contact me . http://afreshstartonabudget.com/

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  36. There's always strength in numbers and it sounds like you have loads of wonderful support around you. Thinking about you and your mom!

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  37. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! We just found out that my husband's aunt has breast cancer and has surgery in a couple of hours. So I definitely understand what you are going through! *hugs*

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  38. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers!

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  39. In my prayers and hoping all goes well for your mum

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  40. I hope she gets better soon! It must be really scary but it's great that you can be positive about it. She will need you there to support her!

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  41. Keeping your family in my thoughts!!

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  42. Thank you so much Nina! I know we will :)

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  43. Thank you so much Heather that means so much to me!!! I am so happy your mom survived and I know my mom will too! They've had her waiting all day for her surgery though!

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  44. Thank you so much!! I think now that she is in surgery and has a plan I feel much better

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  45. She does! I love you too Aunty!!!

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  46. Thank you so much Tiffany! You all are so supportive and I am so appreciative!! Thank you for the virtual hug!!!

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  47. Thank you Rebekah!! Of course I believe there needs to be a space to talk about tough things, and I would love for people to know that they can talk to me!

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  48. Thank you so much Jenn! I am so happy, too!

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  49. Thank you so much Lauren!! I am definitely being strong for her and she keeps apologizing to me that I have to be strong! What a silly lady!

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  50. Thank you so much Chelsea! I am very, very grateful they caught it early.

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  51. That is so wonderful to know!! Thank you so much Laura!

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  52. Thank you so much Sarah! We are so happy it was caught early.

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  53. Aww, thank you so much Ellie!!! I know she's got this. Also, I love the hashtag and that campaign!

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  54. Thank you so much Nicole!! I truly believe there is always something to be thankful for!

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  55. Thank you so much Starr! That means so much to us

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  56. Thank you so much Laura! We believe focusing on the positive in life brings more positivity!

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  57. Thank you so much Karissa, this means so much to me! I hope you've recovered from your own health crisis!

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  58. Thank you so much Karissa, that really means a lot to me. I hope you've recovered from your health crisis!

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  59. Ah! I know the support from everyone is truly blowing me away!! Thank you so much Jessica <3

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  60. Thank you so much Carly! I hope her surgery goes well :) It's a good day for breast cancer surgery - I can feel it!!!!

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  61. Thank you Joanna!! She has taught me to always look for the positive, and she is probably the most calm and positive person out of our whole bunch!

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  62. praying for you and your family! cancer is such a scary thing, and the waiting is the hardest part. my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last may....just like you guys, it came out of left field for us. we don't have a family history of cancer and he has never touched a cigarette in his life....fortunately, he's doing well, and being treated by some of the best doctors in the country, but it's an adjustment...staying positive is key! my dad's attitude never ceases to amaze me!

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  63. Prayers and love and all good thoughts headed your way. For you and your family.

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  64. Caitlin CavallaroJuly 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Just stumbled across your blog - sorry to hear about your mom's diagnosis! I will definitely be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers! My mom passed away in November so I know first hand how scary it is to see something happen to your mom!

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  65. Yvonne RhinehartJuly 26, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    The back up they end up in at hospitals these days is the suck especially when you haven't eaten since midnight the night before. Hopefully everything went well though, and she's on the road to recovery.

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  66. I am so happy that your dad has such a positive attitude. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish him the speediest recovery into remission!! Thank you so much for your kind words and support, I know my mom will survive this (especially with her attitude), but it definitely is scary to deal with at first. Best wishes to your father and family!

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  67. Thank you so much Caitlin and I am so sorry for your loss!!!

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  68. She definitely is! Since I'm in Vegas this weekend she's been texting me constantly so that I don't worry about her and she is doing great!

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