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She is creative, an outstanding (understatement) cook, a meticulous seamstress, an avid gardner, she can play the piano by ear (which has always totally blown me away)…  When I try to describe my mom, only good words come to mind… She is generous and giving, gracious, kind, thoughtful, strong, hard-working, dedicated to her family, compassionate, nurturing, enthusiastic and encouraging… She is the first to offer a helping hand in any given situation, pitching right in without even being asked… She is always patient and understanding… She never says an unkind word about anyone–always thinks the best of everyone… Is she perfect? Nope. But, in all honesty, I have to say that my mom is truly the single best person I have ever known.  Ever.  When I grow up, I hope I am half the amazing individual she is.

Mom has always been incredibly healthy and active, walking 1-2 miles daily, adhering to a healthy diet, and there is no history of breast cancer in her family. When we first got the diagnosis, I cannot begin to describe how it shook our family to the core…

There is no quick and easy fix to cancer; the road is long and there are ups and downs… The first step was surgery (mastectomy), which she is recovering well from, and thankfully, with lab results showing that the cancer has not spread into the lymph nodes, she will continue to recover and move towards the next phase of treatment, surrounded and supported by our family.

I want to express deep gratitude on behalf of myself, my mom and our whole family, for the outpouring of good wishes and thoughts, prayers, the experiences you have shared and the beautifully touching cards that you have sent to me and my parents.

Thank you, so very, very much.

To all of you who are fighting the same battle, may you have strength and courage, may you have support from the people who love and care about you, may there be helping hands to assist you, and I extend to you all the very best wishes, positive thoughts and hope towards overcoming it and being cancer-free.



  1. We had celebrated Christmas, packed the car, and literally were in the car leaving town for our annual winter trip to Florida, when my cell phone rang. It was my family Dr. She said something showed up on my mammogram and she wanted it redone with an ultra sound when we got to Florida. We stopped by her office to pick up the needed papers and then headed to Florida. One month later, I got the call that the biopsy showed a malignancy. We packed up the car and headed back north. What a difficult journey we faced. It was early, no lymph node involvement, stage 1, no chemo but radiation therapy. That was 11 months ago. I am now cancer free. We will be praying for you and your family as they travel this difficult journey.

  2. Julie- my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know first hand the challenges your family faces, and am here if you need anything. Thank GOODNESS it’s not in her nodes- that’s GREAT news.
    big healing hugs to your momma. <3

  3. Thank goodness for such a positive update about your mom. And I’m glad your cheery cards are back. I’ve missed them and your bubbly narrative of creation.

  4. Here’s hoping your Mom continues to get stronger and that the rest of you maintain your energy levels.
    And one thing you forgot to mention about her… when it comes to raising her daughter, she done real good ;)

  5. Oh Julie, I just read your message I have been praying the doctor would give you good news. I know the relief when they tell you the lymph nodes are clear. My mother had a mastectomy many years ago at the age of 47 and lived to 84.i was only 17 at the time and I remember the shock you go through.
    Your mother sounds like a beautiful person I love the picture you sent of her in her flower garden.
    You take care of yourself. Your mother is so fortunate to have such a caring daughter.

  6. Glad to hear that things are going in the right direction. Still praying for your mother and your family. big hugs!

  7. Thinking of you and your family Julie. Big hugs.
    Love this pic of your Mom…she is adorable.

  8. Oh, Julie…it’s so great to hear from you! I know you must be exhausted after all you’ve been going through, but I’m sending you LOTS of hugs and best wishes that you will continue to be strong for your mom and your family!

    My mother is a ’2-time’ Breast Cancer Survivor and at 81, she’s doing great! The best news for you is that your mom’s lymph nodes are negative…Thank God! I promise to keep her in my prayers…that she will continue to recover nicely! She sounds like the most wonderful person in the world…God Bless Her!

    Thanks so much for keeping in touch…and for today’s video :-) You’re the BEST!!!

  9. What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Julie. So very glad the lymph nodes were clear! I’ll continue to pray for her complete recovery and for peace and comfort for all of you. HUGS!!

  10. I love this post. You have an amazing mom! I wish her well and give my best to you and your family! :)

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