Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sending my love and prayers to Kathie

Kathie is a dear friend of mine. She was diagnosed with breast cancer less than 2 weeks before I was. Kathie's diagnosis is the reason I did a self exam and followed my instincts to go get checked more thoroughly. I credit Kathie and her diagnosis with saving my life by allowing me to find my cancer when I did, and not a moment later. Kathie has a new blog too so please be sure to check in on her and tell her you're rooting for her and praying for her. Kathie had her bilateral (double) mastectomy today. She is in the hospital recovering now. I love Kathie and I am praying for her speedy recovery and for her strength to fight this beast with me. Together, Kathie and I have always been a great team at work. Now, we are "the sisterhood of the traveling boobs". She's "righty" and I'm "lefty". She's "lumpy", and I'm "bumpy". Whatever silly names we come up with for each other, we are going through this together, from opposite ends of the country (she in FL, me in CA). Together, and with the love and support of our family, friends, colleagues and loving strangers, we are going to kick cancer's ass. I love you, Kathie! Congratulations on getting this first part of the battle behind you. You know I mean it when I say I know what you're going through. These next few days will be hard, but not unbearable. Stay ahead of the pain. Stay on top of the nurses and don't let them get you behind the pain. Speak up, scream if you have to. You have a right to have the pain under control but sometimes you may need to make strong demands to ensure that's so. You're a bad ass, just like me. But you have feelings too, just like me - fear, grief, anger. Allow yourself to feel these things and get them out. It's important to do that so you can get it out and then move back into ass kicking mode quickly and with vigor. Hugs to you and your Robert (yeah, we're both married to men named Robert LOL). We can do this! Love, Julie

3 comments:

  1. My vote is for Survivor by Destiny's Child.

    Survivor lyrics:
    Now that you're out of my life
    I'm so much better
    You thought that I'd be weak without you
    But I'm stronger
    You thought that I'd be broke without you
    But I'm richer
    You thought that I'd be sad without you
    I laugh harder
    You thought I wouldn't grow without you
    Now I'm wiser
    Though that I'd be helpless without you
    But I'm smarter
    You thought that I'd be stressed without you
    But I'm chillin'
    You thought I wouldn't sell without you
    Sold 9 million

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    Thought I couldn't breathe without
    I'm inhaling
    You thought I couldn't see without you
    Perfect vision
    You thought I couldn't last without you
    But I'm lastin'
    You thought that I would die without you
    But I'm livin'
    Thought that I would fail without you
    But I'm on top
    Thought it would be over by now
    But it won't stop
    Thought that I would self destruct
    But I'm still here
    Even in my years to come
    I'm still gon be here

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    I'm wishin' you the best
    Pray that you are blessed
    Bring much success, no stress, and lots of happiness
    (I'm better than that)
    I'm not gon blast you on the radio
    (I'm better than that)
    I'm not gon lie on you and your family
    (I'm better than that)
    I'm not gon hate on you in the magazines
    ('m better than that)
    I'm not gon compromise my Christianity
    (I'm better than that)
    You know I'm not gon diss you on the internet
    Cause my mama taught me better than that

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    (Beyonce)
    Oh (oh) oh (oh)...

    After of all of the darkness and sadness
    Soon comes happiness
    If I surround my self with positive things
    I'll gain prosperity

    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm not gon give up (What?)
    I'm not gon stop (What?)
    I'm gon work harder (What?)
    I'm a survivor (What?)
    I'm gonna make it (What?)
    I will survive (What?)
    Keep on survivin' (What?)

    Gillian

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  2. Girl your doing awesome just keep going strong - the cancer is out of you and will not spread because you are kicking butt!!! keep at it, you're almost there!!

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  3. Greg & Denise BrownJune 18, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    We will add Kathie to our prayers as well as you! We have faith that you will both get through this, and the fact you are doing it together will help. We are actively envisioning the Holy Spirit permeating your bodies, eliminating any bad cells. Amen!!!!

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