cropped-butterfly-2.pngI’m sorry you found my blog.

HA!  What a funny thing to say on a blog!!  But seriously, if you landed here, you either know me, or know someone that has cancer.  That’s why I’m sorry!


I hate that word.

I remember sitting in the oncologist’s office in my early 20’s listening to the Dr. tell me that while it was not likely I would get Ocular Melanoma like my Mom, 3 out of 4 people would be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their life.  Since all of my Grandparents and my Mom have died of some type of cancer, I knew my day would come.  I just never thought my diagnosis would be the day after my 41st birthday and as a mother of a 10, 7 and 6 year old.

This blog is my journey as I fight to leave cancer behind and move on in my life.

I should probably back up and introduce myself . . . my name is Jennifer.  I’m a Christ follower, married to an amazing man (who happens to be a chef), have 3 beautiful daughters and I’ve been diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer which has spread to my sternum.

I know it can be confusing when you stumble upon a new blog, so let me help you get started.

  • I have a blog to keep track of my thoughts and to let friends and family know what’s going on.
  • You can get to know our family or read my personal testimony here.
  • As I’ve been going through different procedures, I’ve written down what it was like.  You can find a list of those over in the side bar (or down at the bottom if you are on a mobile device).
  • Click here to receive a daily, weekly or monthly email when I publish new posts.
  • And finally, if you noticed above that I’m married to a chef and think that must be the MOST AMAZING THING EVER, click here and browse through my blog about what it’s really like to be married to a chef.  (I love blogging.  Can you tell?)


Here’s what’s going on with me right now . . .

Surgery on Monday

Happy Saturday.  We had a lovely, relaxing Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for!

Friday morning, I took all the girls Black Friday shopping for the first time.  We had so much fun!!  I’m sure that will be a tradition from now on.  We also decorated for Christmas that day, so by the evening, we were exhausted!

Looking forward, I have scar reduction surgery on Monday, scheduled for 11 am at St. Claire’s hospital in Tacoma.  After surgery we will grab something to eat and then I have a 3:45 radiation appointment.

Tuesday morning, I have a post-op appointment in the morning and then will also have radiation that day.  read more…

IV in the Arm

It’s strange being at the infusion center without my port. It’s nice to not have to worry about it being clogged and having to stay longer!

A few weeks ago, I had a tough time having blood drawn for some routine blood tests, so I was not looking forward to that this morning at the infusion center.  The nurse warmed up my arm, used a small needle, and found a good vein right away.  Unfortunatly, the easiest veins to acces are on my left arm, which we are not allowed to use because I had lymph nodes removed.

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Back to Pill #1

It’s been a painful past 10 days.  The intense throbbing throughout my whole body started up again.  I gave it a week and then stopped the pill and contacted the Dr.  We decided to give the first pill (Arimidex) I tried another chance, since the main side effect with that one was depression (and I’m on an anti-depressant).  So starting next week, I’m back to pill #1.

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Portless (Is that a word?)

My port is gone.  The procedure was done in about 20 minutes.  The numbing process wasn’t comfortable, but once that was over, I didn’t feel anything.

It feels very strange to put my hand where the port used to be and have it be flat.  It’s like something is missing.

I asked the surgeon if I could take a picture of it.  I knew you would all want to see it too!  You’re welcome!  🙂 read more…

Saying goodbye to my port

Tomorrow morning (Monday at 9:15), I head up to the breast surgeon’s office to have my port removed!  Woohoo!  Supposedly it’s a very easy procedure done in her office.  🙂  We have a busy afternoon, so please pray the removal is truely as easy as it’s supposed to be. Thanks friends!

PET Scan Results

I have great news to start off the weekend!!  My PET Scan was clear and there is no sign of cancer!  Praise God!

Before we left for the appointment, Tom and I prayed for the Lord’s will and that we would be able to accept whatever the outcome was from the test.  We are thankful for the positive results and give Him all the glory! read more…

Is it OK to hate my port?

What a question to ask, right?  Can I hate my port?  Because if that’s ok, I really do.  Especially after today.

For my PET scan, they have to inject me with a radioactive glucose.  Unfortunatly, my port was clogged (UGH!!!!!), so she had to give it to me in my arm.  Not a big deal, except that after the scan, I had to go up to the infusion center and have it declogged.  If I get good news from the Dr. on Friday, I’m ready to be done with this port.   read more…

tom-and-jennifer-ovalMeet Jennifer

Breast Cancer Patient, Chef Wife and Mom

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