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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Monday, July 21, 2014

Refreshing Summer Trifle

Today you will find me guest posting over at Sprinkles and Sundresses! I wrote about my favorite summer dessert - trifle!

Surprise, surprise I made it at my cousin's baby shower on Saturday. I learned a new trick, too - combine pudding mix with heavy whipping cream instead of milk and you get the most delicious filling flavoring.


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Five Little Grins Link Up [Week 38]

5 Little Grins


We'll go ahead and say it: Most people think Mondays suck / are the worst / should die a fire-y death. I'm sure you get the picture.

We've all had our fair share of bad Mondays and bad Tuesdays and just plain ol' bad days. Instead of focusing on the bad, what if we focused on the good things?

What if we focused on the little things that made us smile today, yesterday, last week? Could our whole attitude change? In time, would we find that we're having more good days than bad?

Cassandra, Paulina and I would love for you to join us on our weekly link up counting at least 5 things that made you smile in the last week. We could start our Mondays on this positive note!

Of course, this is all about encouragement, so hop on over to some other blogs and leave a positive note and make a new friend!
The Rules! (These are really just kind suggestions)

1. Follow your hosts: Cassandra, Raewyn, and Paulina!

2. Link up your post that includes 5-ish things that made you smile in the past week

3. Comment after you link up

4. Go visit some other blogs and make some friends!

5. Have fun, and don't forget to smile!!
As I mentioned yesterday, today is my last Five Little Grins post. 

Cassi and I decided we'd like to open up our Mondays for other posts. We had a wonderful run with Five Little Grins but it never had quite the turn out we hoped for. The days always helped us, and we will still be listing our 5 Little Grins personally. So let's make this a great one!
1. My mom's cancer is only stage 1. I haven't mentioned this at all, but it is part of the reason I disappeared for the last week. I will be sharing more later this week.

2. I am forever grateful for Iman. He helps me so much with everything and is so very supportive.

3. Great friends have been very, very helpful in this past week.

4. My cousin's baby shower was amazing!! I cannot wait to share it with you.

Look at that baby belly!! 

5. I'm going to go get anti-anxiety medicine next week. I will also be posting more about this, this week! 

What has got you grinning? 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Warrior Queen Links #2

Oh hi blog, thank you for patiently waiting for me to come back to you. I've been missing you greatly - but my mind has been other places. I'll explain everything later this week. Let's just sum it up with #AnxietyProblems.

Of course I am too excited to share these links this week, so I was able to calm my anxiety long enough to jump up. Tomorrow will be our last 5 Little Grins and I will probably be starting up Weekly Goals with Melyssa at the Nectar Collective. I have a feeling that will help with my anxiety, too!

Anyway, read these amazing articles and blogs!

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