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Friday, April 4, 2014

Anything Goes Linky #148, Features, And Breast Cancer!

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Oh friends, how I had anticipated great news, I truly was feeling better after surgery last week.  Sadly on Tuesday my doctors appointment did not go according to plan.  The four lumps removed on my left breast were determined to be benign. The right biopsies however  had to be sent to the Stanford Pathology Department gurus for further testing. I was told it would most likely take three more weeks to receive the outside biopsy consultation. Then Thursday, late afternoon, I received a call from my doctors office. Results came back quicker then expected from Stanford.  I have a non invasive small ductal carcinoma in my right breast!  It's hard for me to even bring myself to say that I have breast cancer. It's scary, but the good news is it's small, and non invasive, meaning that it appears contained and to have not spread to any other part of my body. I am looking at radiation treatment, and pills, no chemo. I will learn more when I meet with her on Monday. She is an excellent doctor, a breast specialist, and the one who performed my surgery. The only downfall is she is out of state, but only about 1 1/2 hours away.  She said we will also discuss further testing, to determine if I carry the breast cancer gene. I personally want to petition for Insurance companies to make screening standard. If they are all for early detection, and preventative medicine, it only makes sense. If a simple blood test can determine if you need to start mammograms earlier then 40, why aren't they recommending them.  I am 36 years old, I don't have a family history of breast cancer, which makes this all more surprising. Both of my biological grandmothers are still alive, and have their breasts. I don't smoke, I try to eat healthy, and I exercise everyday. One of the reasons I am sharing so much of myself on the blog, is that I hope I may encourage women everywhere to be proactive about their health. Second, I don't think it's healthy to keep secrets from friends, and you all are a part of my life. 

   In the mean time, know that your words of encouragement are all read, and much appreciated. You all have helped me make it this far, and I am truly grateful and blessed for each and everyone of you.  I might not get back to each of you, that is only because I am throwing myself into designing, to keep my brain from going to the dark side.  My blog and shop have really been a blessing, keeping me busy. Sitting idle is the worst thing for me to do right now. The good news is, April is a busy month for me. This weekend we are celebrating our youngest son's 5th birthday! On the 11th my husband and I are sponsoring a junior high fundraiser dance, for our oldest son's G.A.T.E program. I will be in charge of a Spring photo booth, and my husband, who moonlights as a photographer and DJ, will be bringing the lights and music. I am also still waiting for an interview date for that new food show on TNT, I told you all about, earlier this year. They still don't know if I will be interviewing in San Fran or LA. So I might even be flying here and there this month. Then of course there's Easter, one of my favorite times of year. Speaking of Easter, how about a few Spring features from last weeks party:

These Lavender Macarons, shared by Just Not The Cakes, are almost too pretty to eat.  I said "almost", I am sure I could manage to eat 1 or 3 ;)

I love these No Sew Easter Carrot Flatware Decorations shared by Suburban Wife City Life. 

This Spring wreath shared by Lou Lou Girls puts a smile on my face. Sounds very inexpensive to make too!

Three things I can't seem to buy enough of, paper, tape, and twine. These Washi tape treat boxes are a great use for all three. Thanks for sharing Sum Of Their Stories. 

This bedroom reveal sure is chipper with its mellow yellow hues. Thanks for sharing Little Bitty Damn Houze. 

This Easter Egg Craft shared by Little Miss Celebration sure makes me want to celebrate Spring. 

I am terribly coveting this Handmade Rosette Lampshade. Thank you for sharing Undeniably Domestic. 

Now let's party! 




42 comments:

  1. Mindie - Much love and prayers and blessings of good health to you as you embark on this scary but wonderful journey. May you learn to love and live like you never have before. I dropped you a line to your email but I'm here for you and also posted some C-love with my links this week. Love and hugs from your Warrior Sister, Holly

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  2. Your're in prayers Mindie!! And you keep fighting with your strong spirit.
    Sending you a BIG hugggggggggggggggggggggggggg
    ❤ ❤

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  3. Oh Mindie, I'm so very sorry. Please know that I think of you and have you in my prayers daily. Hang in there, sweetheart, you're going to beat this.

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  4. You are in my prayers. Sending you lots of blessings. Thanks for hosting.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

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  5. I have entered you in my prayer book which gets prayed over twice a day. Peace.

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  6. I can't believe your blogging.....take care of yourself! OH MY STARS! That's my lampshade! Woohoo! I am Snoopy Dancing between key strokes I am so thrilled! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for featuring my lampshade. I have two more in the works...it might be catching on...heehee. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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    1. Everyone copes differently, I have always been one to keep busy. Since I quit working outside of the home before this last Christmas, I have time home alone, and it's that time I throw myself into the blog and crafting. It keeps me sane, especially when I am stressed. When my family is home, it's all about them. If I didn't want to blog, I certainly wouldn't, believe me when I say, it's therapeutic, and much cheaper then a therapist. Your lampshades rock. Hugs.

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  7. I'm so sorry for that unexpected diagnosis, Mindy. [hugs]
    Praying for you now....

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this! I know it is earth shattering to hear the c-word. I went through it with my Dad (who had a very fast spreading form of Leukemia) and it has been 4 years and he is doing very well. Cancer free, and you will be too very soon. *hugs*

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  9. Hi Mindie, Sending you lots of blessings. Thank you so much for the invite, I just linked and I'm now following your journey.
    ;)
    Cristina

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  10. Hi Mindie, sending prayers and blessings of good health to you. Thanks for hosting :) Have a great weekend!

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  11. I am truly sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You have a very upbeat attitude about full recovery and that's half the battle. I'm sure all of us who have come to know and enjoy you here in blogland wish you a complete and speedy recovery. ..

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  12. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I will be praying for you . . . for your emotional and physical strength and healing.
    Sending positive thoughts and hugs,
    Suzanne

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  13. Hi Mindie, I have you in my prayers! I too was diagnosed at a young age (34) and here I am 20 years later. If you ever need a shoulder or someone to listen or just ask questions, I'm your girl!
    Hugs-Kari/SourdoughNative

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    1. Thanks Kari! I really don't have anyone in town I know who has went through this. Hugs.

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  14. My thoughts are with you, Mindie! I know this is scary news, but you sound like you've got good medical support and a great attitude. Take good care of yourself!

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  15. Thanks for inviting me, Mindie! Wishing you all the best....

    ciao!

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  16. So sorry to hear this. Looking forward to the update when you get to tell us that you have beat it and are all done! Thank you for continuing this party for us even through all of this.
    -Emily

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  17. I'm so sorry for that unexpected diagnosis, Mindie. Praying for you now....Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment. Wishing you all the best.
    BESA GM http://besimemuja.wordpress.com

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  18. Hi Mindie, good luck with all your treatments... I appreciate you sharing this... You are so sweet to share with us that just because we have no history and live a healthy life doesn't mean we can skip our testing... Good luck to you! You are in my prayers!!
    :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  19. I love your cheerful and can-do attitude! That will so help you in your treatment and healing. I'm sorry that you are going through this; I will pray for you. and thank you for hosting, even with all you have going on. Happy birthday to your son!

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  20. Your attitude to all this is amazing, a real inspiration. It's funny how instantly connected we feel, as we share stuff online. I know I don't know you in person and most likely never will but you are in my thoughts. I understand what you mean about keeping busy but please do remember to take the time for yourself that you need to as well x

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  21. Thank you Mindie for the feature! Totally Awesome for me!! I will add you to my prayers for good health and immediate healing! Your friendly, positive attitude will play a major role in beating this! Hugs!

    Little Bitty Damn Houze

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  22. Oh my! You are strong and will be an excellent fighter! I am sorry you got such unexpected news! So many well wishes from our family to yours!

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  23. Hi Mindie! Thanks for hosting...I'm a little late coming back to thank you.

    In regards to your BC, sorry to hear the news. Never want to hear those words from anyone. That being said....it's nice to see that you're not letting it control your life. Good signs of a fighter. Good luck to you! Holler if you need! Don't forget to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!

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  24. Mindie...you will beat this and come out even stronger on the other side! I agree with Bobbie Jones, fight like a girl and win! You and your family will be in my prayers and if you need anything at all, just ask! Thank you so much for featuring my sequined eggs. Be strong and keep that positive spirit! Hugs!!

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  25. Mindie, you are such a strong and determined person I know you will beat this. Just know that you have bloggy friends from all over the world supporting you and praying for you.

    Not sure if you know the lovely blogger Jaime but she is going through this right now and she is just as vivacious as you! She is posting about her journey and if you haven't 'met' her yet you really must! http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com.au/

    Take care and stay strong!

    Best wishes and hugs from Down Under,
    Natasha in Oz

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  26. So sorry to hear about your Breast Cancer. I am thankful that you can attack it with just Radiation. My MIL had that and it was fairly easy for her to go through. My sister is an RN and recently told me that more women get breast cancer when it is NOT in the family. I was surprised to hear this. You will be in my prayers.

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  27. My heart dropped when I heard the news last night, but I am going to send you nothing but happy vibes! You're an amazing woman and a tough cookie! Thank you for the party!

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  28. Will be praying for you, Mindie.

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  29. I am praying for only good news from here and full healing.

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  30. Hi mindie, I heard about your news on a facebook group we are both apart of. My thoughts are with you. I think it's terrible that women aren't being screen younger. Here in the UK they don't start screening until 50 and in some places 55!!! And there are a lot of young women in their 20's and 30's that are getting it.
    One of my friends go cervical cancer at 24, They don't start screening for that until 25. She is now cancer free 3 years later, but unfortunalty she will never be able to have children

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  31. Hi Mindie, you are very brave sharing this!!!! You have the positive spirit that helps you to win that battle! You will be in my prayers!
    I also want to thank you the lovely words on my blog and thanks for hosting ( I didn't thank sooner because I had a problem with internet).
    Courage and blessings from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm so sorry. Thank you for writing this. Prayers xoxo

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  33. Thanks for letting me know about your party! I've already pinned a ton of things!

    Sorry to hear your news and wishing you the best.

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  34. Sending good wishes and prayers your way! Stay strong... and you will tide over it!

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  35. That's tough news to receive, but you definitely have the right attitude, you can beat it! I'm so glad they found it when they did and that it's non-invasive. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. Praying for peaceful thoughts for you as you go through it! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

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  36. Oh my goodness. It is a scary diagnosis, but yours seems very manageable! I'm excited you don't have to do chemo. It is a beast. Keep being brave and awesome and sharing your story. It helps so many and provides you with a community that will bless you so much!! Thanks for your comment on my post, I'm rooting for you!! Go pink ladies!

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I would love to send you something from my shop still, if you see something you like. I know I am very lucky. Know that you are in my thoughts. Feel free to drop me a message on Etsy with your address and item(s) you love. Hugs Mindie May :)

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  37. Thank you for the invitation. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers out to you. Thank you for your openness and honesty about your diagnosis.

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  38. Mindie, thanks for dropping by my blog and the kind invitation. Sorry that I could not find you sooner. Looks like a great party. Love your scripture verse...so very true! Best wishes with your treatment. I look forward to knowing you better!

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Mathew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.