The Tough Times

I know, two posts in one day.. can you stand it? Well, this is something I have been wanting to blog about for a while. Two months ago to the day my best friend Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Oddly enough it was a year ago that Andrea was diagnosed. Here’s the amazing connection. I had been listening to Andrea and Mark’s podcast, Just One More Book, for quite a while & then followed her journey on their blog. She had just posted the “Good, the Bad & the Ugly” of her decisions made during her treatment 11 days after Emily found out. Once we sunk into this new thing, this odd reality of a best friend with cancer, that post started rattling around in my brain. I finally shared it with Emily & what a blessing. It’s not that they will make the same decisions, it’s that there is a real person out there who has walked the same path & felt the same feelings. The information Andrea and Mark have put on their website is extremely valuable. I’m so thankful!!

Thus far in Emily’s walk she’s had a lumpectomy & first round of chemo. Last friday we had a head-shaving party… I spent most of friday afternoon crying, partially because she would be loosing her hair soon & partially because she had an infection & that scared the hell out of me. Thankfully it is shingles, which is by no means fun.. but is not as threatening as it could be. I needn’t have worried though, the hair party went super well & the drs are on top of everything.

Her sweet baby girls were the delight of all at the party & took everything in stride,

Reese even helped by holding momma’s ponytails while I snipped them. I don’t remember how many ponytails we cut, but they will all be donated to locks of love.

Emily has walked with me for over fourteen years now. We’ve been through so much ~ men, dating, weddings, babies, losses, deaths…..and now cancer. Well, as we are fond of saying ~ “The name of Cancer is inferior to the name of JESUS” and we are going to walk step by step with Christ & each other for this journey.

And can I just say, girl is rocking the bald look!! ❤



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8 responses to “The Tough Times

  1. Thank goodness Emily has good friends like you to help her and love her and hold her hand through this crappy diagnosis of breast cancer. My best wishes for you to be strong for her, and for her return to strong health.

  2. hjdong

    Best of luck to your friend.

    My neighbor’s mom was diagnosed last summer (which sounds like a tenuous connection, but we’re friends, hang out at each other’s house neighbors) and she’s finishing up chemo now. It’s been a long road for her/them, but the end is in sight.

  3. me

    That made me smile..:)
    Last night we were talking about angels. (they learned the story of Daniel and the Lions den, so she’s into angles now) I said you couldn’t see them, Chris said sometime they are people around us, but you just don’t know they are angels, but they ALL do good things for God, like protecting us and helping people out in tough times, when they need it…. Later that night in bed, Reese brought it up again,and said..”I think Nin-Nin is an angel.. she helps us so much.. God would be proud of His angel”..It took all I had to swallow back the tears.. and I agreed .:) ❤

  4. I’m glad our shared story has helped.

    Wishing Emily well. She’s lucky to have a great friend like you.

    Be well,

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