Today I am a 13 month breast cancer survivor.  I have gone from the shock of diagnosis…through the pain of surgery…and the burning of radiation.  I am now living with very unpleasant side effects from the oral chemo I will take for 4 more years.  My recovery has been hindered by blood clots which are still occurring.  But, Praise God, I am doing this!  He has allowed me to have a most favorable outlook and I am beyond grateful!

Prior to my discovery, I had gone for 4 years without a mammogram.  The only word for that is STUPIDITY!  I used to have them every year, but had sort of slacked off.  I let it slide, thinking that Breast Cancer would not happen to me!  Well, when my GP found out, he set one up for me immediately.  And, that is when I got the bad news.  The tumor was still very small and well contained.  Pure luck?  No, God’s providence! What if I had not heeded my doctor’s advice?  What if I had put it off again?  Let’s face it…it’s not the most pleasant procedure to have.  But, I have had three mammograms and three ultrasounds since diagnosis.  I will never skip it again!

I urge you to make your appointment TODAY!  Do not wait.  Don’t think it can’t happen to you…IT CAN!  This sheds a whole new light on possibilities for my sister and my nieces and my granddaughter (coming soon).  They have to be more aware now.  Think of the other women you are blood relatives with.  Would you do anything you could to keep them safe?  Of course you would!

It’s not really that uncomfortable a procedure.  To be honest, it has been never bothered me before my diagnosis, but it is a little painful now.  Small price to pay for me to be around to see my boys and their families., continue to enjoy their lives, to love on my grandchildren and to spend time with Don…our 50th anniversary is next year!

Please consider this an honest and heartfelt plea to get your mammogram!  May God bless you greatly!







  1. My older and younger sister have both had breast cancer in the last 8 years. Both a very rare kind (if there is such a thing these days) and both are survivors! We are all very diligent about mammograms!! I’m so thankful for you and am so happy you are on that survivor list!! 💞

  2. Dear Faraway Friend,

    I think of you so often, and now I know why you’ve been so often in my mind and prayers. You’ve always been there, right on the periphery of my vision, just to whisk around the corner when I gaze fully in that direction, but you’re ever in my heart.

    And you’re the second of my long-ago friends to send this identical message TODAY—hers by e-mail, and just as unexpected. You’re so right about vigilance and tending-to-things, and your message has reached far. I so send you hugs and prayers and soft comforts and love—we met in such coincidence of “GATHERINGS” and never have had one of our own. I’d love to think that we might meet someday soon—perhaps in Spring? Until it’s so—love from the Heartland, from a fourteen-year friend—jan (rachel at LAWN TEA) FB is Leah Haley and e-mail:

    • Dear Rachel, I though that was your name!!! I have thought of you so often and am so happy to hear from you! I am doing well from the cancer…had radiation and surgery and on chemo for 5 years! But, it looks very good for me.Thanks be to God! I hope you and your family are well…anxious to hear all about your goings on. I sent you a friend request on the FB…I am Tonja Townsend Owens on FB. Bet you have some beautiful fall leaves up there! Ours are still green! We’ll talk soon! God hold you near! Tonja

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