Friday, May 16, 2014

14!


Happy Birthday!



Oh, boy do we love this boy!
He keeps us on our toes.  It is never a dull
moment with him.  
We are so very blessed that he is a part of our family.
The time has sure flown by!

1. Alec loves to be with friends
2. He loves to be goofy and silly when it is picture time
3. Loves pasta
4. Can usually be found reading a book when he should be sleeping
5. Loves to play Lacrosse
6. Has a quick and witty sense of humor
7. Great student
8. Has always had a passion for music
9. Loves when his big sisters come to the house
10. Loves sour candy
11. Strong convictions
12. Great friend
13. Loves to snuggle on the couch
14. Incredible young man

Alec,
Dad and I are so very proud of you.
You are growing up to be an amazing
young man with endless potential.
We are so blessed to be your parents.
Keep working hard and staying strong!
We love you buddy!
xoxoxoxoxo
Mom and Dad

Saturday, April 12, 2014

~nineteen~


Happy 19th Birthday Jensen!

Jensen,
Dad and I are so very proud of you!
You are rocking it in BYU "Marriott School of Business."
You have brought so much laughter, happiness
and joy to our family.
We are blessed to be your parents!
We love you!
Mom and Dad 

Tid Bits about Jensen;

1. Loves to give hugs and cuddle
2. Always been very determined and dedicated
3. Huge Testimony
4. Loves her brother and sister
5. Very inquisitive
6. Loyal
7. Has a strong moral conviction
8. Fabulous sense of humor
9. Fashionista from a very young age
10. Accident prone
11. Oh, so very smart
12. Loves to bake and cook
13. Dance has played a huge part of her life
14. Loves to go on a "food crawl"
15. Miss Independent
16. Loves to read
17. Can quote any movie
18. Life of the party
19. Not afraid to take a risk

Happy, Happy Birthday!
XOXOXOXOXO 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Twenty-one

Look Who is "21!"

A very Happy Birthday to our oldest who is turning 21 today!

Mackenzie,
Dad and I love you beyond words.
You are an amazing, talented, smart, witty and beautiful woman.
We are so very proud of you and blessed to be your parents.
We love you!
Happy Birthday!
Mom and Dad

A little bit about Kenzie...

1. She is called the "Child Whisperer" (kids of all ages love her)
2. Very well respected and highly regarded as a teacher
3. Huge Testimony of the Savior and the gospel
4. Loves to tease her little brother
5. Has accomplished so much in her life
6. Very loyal
7. Dedicated to whatever she sets her mind to do
8. Loves to play the piano
9. Love her dry and sarcastic humor
10. Her 6th graders love her 
11. Very shy in new situations
12. Learning to try new things
13. Very competitive
14. Has a very tender heart
15. Loves a Route 44 Diet Coke with Vanilla
16. Not afraid of hard work
17. Beautiful
18. Loves her sister (may not always show it)
19. Has strong convictions
20. Great example
21. Smart, smart, smart

Happy, Happy Birthday Kenzie!

Friday, November 1, 2013

This is it!





Today is the day!  I am having my final surgery!
I enter this with mixed emotions.
Excited to be at this point, can't believe it is finally here,
scared to be having surgery again, hopeful that the
outcome will be what I want, blessed to have an
incredible and amazing plastic surgeon...Dr. Mark Jensen
and the most fabulous husband who has been there
every step of the way.

Through this journey I have had to remind myself
that "Things will work out".
I believe in my doctor, I have faith that my
Heavenly Father is watching over me and
has a plan for me and I have tried to be happy.
I have been strengthened and comforted by
the countless prayers on my behalf. 

Dr. Mark Jensen is such a caring doctor.
This week at his office he held a lunch in honor
of those patients who are fighting, surviving or
are a previvor of breast cancer.
It was a great experience to be around all those
incredible women.  

Today is the final step in the reconstruction process.
Nine weeks ago I had my first surgery.
Due to an amazing recovery I am
able to have this next surgery so soon.
This is called the expander exchange.
The expanders will be replaced with implants 
(no more foobies!),
Dr. Jensen will do some lipo so that the fat may be
used to help contour and fill where I no longer have tissue.
I will also be receiving a mastopexy (lift).
It is a total makeover.  I am anxious to
see the final results. Dr. Jensen is excited
for this surgery and the outcome.
Recovery should be much easier and shorter.
I have been reassured that the worst is over.
There is always a worry about infection, rejection
or some other complication, but Dr. Jensen feels
that all should go smoothly.

What a roller coaster ride of six months! 
Can't wait to see my final results.

Thank you everyone for all the love, support,
prayers, cards, flowers, and food.
I have such fabulous friends, family, neighbors
and ward members.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brave


The Future Belongs to the Brave

brave

  [breyv]  Show IPA adjective, brav·er, brav·est, noun, verb, braved, brav·ing.
adjective
1.
possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
2.
making a fine appearance.
3.
Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.

This is a word I have heard a lot over the last 6 weeks.
There are so many that are brave in their battles.
Whether it be fighting cancer, preventing cancer or
watching/helping a loved one fight.
I want to help spread the word to
fight, prevent and be proactive.

Barb was 28 years old when she found a lump in her breast.
She was diagnosed in October 2011.
Barb and her husband Brig made this video in December,
 shortly after Barb began her first chemo treatment. 

I got very emotional watching this video.
What an amazing, brave woman!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One Month



It has been one month since my prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (PBM).
What a mouth full!  At times I still can't believe I had surgery.
My recovery seems to be going really well.
The doctors are very pleased with how well my body has recovered.
At times I feel like it has been forever since surgery and at 
other times it feels as if time has flown by.

Here is where I stand to date...
~I have good days and not so good days. Each day
I am feeling stronger.  Some days I have more pain
and discomfort than others.  I think that will
be the story as long as I have the expanders...
darn Foobies!

~I have pretty good arm mobility.  I am still
limited in my arms reaching straight up.
So, I can't wear anything that goes
over my head. Only zip up or button up.

~I take daily walks.  My speed and endurance
are increasing, which is fabulous!

~I can not clean the house for another
two weeks. Poor Scott and Alec
who have to do it.

~I no longer have to have the expanders filled.
That is a very good thing.  It is painful
to have them filled with saline.
They are hard as rocks.

~I am now healing and waiting for the next surgery.
November 1st I will have my exchange surgery.
Woo Hoo! I can't wait for these expanders
to be gone! 

~I can drive.  Although I have only driven
very short distances.

~Scars look amazing! Very minimal.

~Sneezing still hurts.

~I still sleep propped up in bed.
Can't lay flat or on my side...Ouch!

I really can't complain about my recovery.
My surgeons are pleased and surprised with my progress.
Now it is a trial of my patience.  Even though I feel
great I have to take it easy and lay low.
The body is not ready to be back at 100%.

I am so grateful for all the prayers and service
 on my behalf. I feel so blessed and
 extremely fortunate.
Thank you everyone!

As always, KNOW your family history 
(ovarian and breast cancer),
EDUCATE yourself and be tested for BRCA.