PREVIVOR: A person who is not diagnosed with cancer, but has survived the predisposition, or higher risk, of cancer due to a genetic mutation and/or strong family history. After being armed with this information, a previvor can make informed choices prior to a cancer diagnosis.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

So many things have happened since my last blog and so many things continue happening that it makes me tired just thinking about it! So this is really just a summary of things that have been going on...I'll post another blog in a few days!

The Good- My work threw me a surprise party! It was absolutely the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me! I was so stunned! They had a pizza and a cake (which said Ta Ta To The Girls. Hehe I didnt know if anyone caught my blog name or not ), and a goody bag full of fun stuff to use after surgery! They also had pins made with my name on it and we released balloons. It was so wonderful to know I have the support of those around me! My sisters and cousin also made my plaster cast! I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I'll post pictures of the whole process and after I paint it I'll be sure to post pictures too We also went out one night. I'm not a big "party person" but it was really fun to have a night out. I also have signed up to be a Mary Kay consultant. It'll be a slow strt, since I'll be laid up from surgery, but I'm really excited about it! My photo session is tomorrow,so I'm really looking forward to it....even though I feel goofy in the lingerie I'm wearing :)

The Bad- the worst thing thats happened since my last blog is that my grandmother finally lost her battle to inflammatory breast cancer. I'm glad her suffering is over,but I'm definitely going to miss her. Its starting to sink in that shes not here,and life has to go on. Going to see her was such a big part of my life, that I feel lost now! I did get to speak at her funeral...which although it was something that I didnt really want to do I know it was important to her so I was glad I could do it (which contradicts what I said about not wanting to do it, but you get what I mean)

The Ugly- I have one week and one day...EIGHT DAYS until my surgery. EIGHT! That's... 2 more PREP classes, 2 more Masses, 2 more Zumba classes, 5 more days of work, and 2 finals. that's not a whole lot of time! When I started my countdown clock, it was at 100 days. Where did the time go? I used to love I almost dread going to bed because that means another day is GONE! I only have 8 more days.....geez....


  1. Thanks for the update, and I'm sorry to hear about your gran. (I found your blog via one of the FORCE posts, I believe. I am from Memphis, originally!)

  2. Jessica (Doss) IvyApril 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Hi Michelle,
    I think you're awesome! It sounds like you're making purposeful, courageous decisions! You should be very proud of yourself and the priorities you've set! I'm looking forward to hearing good news after your surgery, and I'm glad you've decided to face this on your own terms.