Cancer Journey/ HEALTH

A Cancer Diagnosis

As some of you might have noticed, I have not posted in awhile. 

I’ve been a bit busy— getting diagnosed with breast cancer.
How’s that for getting to the point?  

I want you to all know that I am ready to fight this thing.  I have so many who love me, and I have so much to fight for.  The last few days have been surreal and quite honestly, some of the hardest of my life.  I’ve already learned so much about myself, life, and love.  I know this cancer thing is going to be a great teacher in my life.  I’ve decided to allow it to do just that, but at the same time, will be doing everything in my power to kick it the heck outta here.

The tumor is quite large, 4 centimeters. {*update…MRI showed it to be 6 centimeters}  There may be lymph nodes involved, we are still in the initial testing phase.  I had a CT scan and a bone scan today, the CT scan did not show any other areas.  Praise God!  I will get bone scan reports on Tuesday.  Next week will be a busy week of MRI, PET scan and meeting with my Surgeon, then Oncologist.  We will know the exact stage the cancer is in and the plan of action by next Thursday.  I’ve been told by my doctor to be ready for aggressive treatment, which she guesses will include chemotherapy first, to shrink the tumor, then surgery.

I’ve had many different moments the last few days.  I have felt intense fear and anxiety to the point of physical sickness, but also moments of sweet peace and thankfulness.  It’s quite a roller coaster, a scary one that quite frankly I would really like to get off of.

We told my three girls tonight (ages 11, 9 & 7).  They were so very sweet. We cried together, they came to us for hugs, then they held each other. They asked lots of questions.  We were very honest with them and will continue to be.  They took it in a much more calm manner than what I expected, which was nice.  They are processing and will continue to do so.  We spent the last 10 minutes of our family meeting dreaming up a Halloween costume for their bald mama!:)  The best we came of with was  twins…my husband is bald.  πŸ™‚

This blog has always just been about my life.  If we make a craft, I share it.  A new recipe, I write about it.  Thoughts in my head…out they come down onto a post.  I really don’t know any other way to blog other than just share my life, so this blog is about to have a new subject added to it.  Cancer is life right now, it is pretty much an all consuming fight, so I ask you to bear with me as I write and fight.  I won’t be able to post as often, and the subject matter will be pretty real as I really don’t know how else to be.  Thank you so much for being such great readers and such an encouraging community.  I will let you as much as possible how I am doing.

Before I sign off, I’d like to tell you that the ONLY way I am getting through any of this is by the help of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is my everything. He is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  I will praise His name no matter what happens. He has so clearly told me that He is with me, and will never leave me or forsake me.

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  • lori
    October 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Amy, I can’t begin to tell you how much this means that you shared this and the other links at the Cafe. You are being prayed for by those you have never met…peace and strength that surpass all understanding…may they be yours…

  • Katie
    September 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I’m praying for you and your family.

  • Barb
    September 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    You are in my prayers!

  • Missy955
    September 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I am so sorry to read this. I am praying for you. Fight back, dont let this get you. Keep blogging when you can. We are here for you! Hugs Missy from NJ

  • bethyoung
    September 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve never read any of your blog until today, but I’m following you now and praying for you and with you and everyone else each day!!! You are not alone and this could be any of us and I praise God that you find your faith in Jesus!!! Praying for healing, for trust and for mercy.

  • angelchi
    September 9, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I just said a prayer for you and your family Amy. My Mother had breast cancer 3 years ago and she’s doing great now. She just turned 83. I will continue to keep you in my prayers my blog sister!

  • MamaOnABudget
    September 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I have to be honest – I’ve never heard of your blog or read a single post before this. But I was reading another blog today that mentioned your diagnosis, and I wanted to come over and offer my own prayer for your healing and your strength through what you will be facing in the coming months. God be with you!

  • Anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Just linked to your blog today, I will keep you in prayer and become a reader to encourage your process and progress! God bless you and your family.

  • Page
    September 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Oh Amy…I am so sorry…tears filled my eyes the moment I read those words. I am in shock. I can promise you this – you have a prayer warrior in me, my family, and those I do life with. We will consistently and fervently be lifting you and your family up, asking God to carry and heal you. I know from your blog you have a powerful faith, and I pray that God would give you indescribable strength in the coming moments when you need it most. If you need anything at all, please let your blogging friends know!!! You are a beautiful, inspirational, and lovely woman…a true blessing to many!

  • Apron Senorita
    September 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I am with you in prayer. I’m helping my Aunt Connie get through her Gastric Cancer right now. Like you, she is being brave through her treatment. May you find something special to smile about every day and may God be your soothing touch.

    Yoli πŸ™‚

  • Lana
    September 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I just found you this morning from another blogger friend’s blog list. I am very much a believer in the power of prayer and positive thoughts, so you can add mine to your growing tally of prayers! Always remember that you can lean on your friends. They will be feeling kind of helpless, and leaning on them will help you both! If you would like to take a trip to the farm, stop by for a visit at

  • Tere
    September 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

    You are in our prayers! You sound like a fighter and that’s all you can do! Stay strong!

  • Abby
    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    You and your family are in our prayers. My mother had Hodgkin’s Disease twice when I was young. It was hard on all of us, but she lived through it and has done amazing things with her life since. I know the only thing that got her through was her family and God. He will do what is best, no matter how difficult or confusing it all is. Peace be with you and yours.

  • Laurie
    September 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Amy, God bless you. We are praying for you in South Carolina. I’m more than sorry you have to deal with this, but you are right in that God will teach you and others so much through the experience. Thanks for your willingness to share with us and to let God work through you. Hugs being sent your way! Laurie from Scene of the Grime

  • idesign
    September 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

    you’re in my prayers. I know you will be just fine though. my mom has had breast cancer twice and she beat it both times πŸ™‚ pretty soon you’re going to celebrate your remission i just know it

  • Dr. Laura Aridgides
    September 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Praying for you! Standing in faith and believing with you for complete healing.
    Dr. Laura

  • puremotherhood
    September 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Just prayed for you. May God take all fear away from you and your family. ~Christy

  • Anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    It´s the first time Iread your blog, so I don´t knoww a lot about you but I wish you the best. I´m from Argentina, my english isn´t as good as I would like to express my feelings, but I have kids and I would like to encourage you to fight, with the help of your faith. I´ll remember you in my prayers!!!

  • Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch
    September 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    dear Amy,

    I don’t know you and yet you have touched my life in so many ways. I am in awe of your strength of character and your ability to call it like you see it and then give praise to our Maker. I will pray my guts out that He will cradle you (and your family) in His hands through this tough time.

    “May the Lord bless you and keep you…”

  • Life in Rehab
    September 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I beat this 5 years ago, and you will too. Hang in there, you have all of our support and prayers.

  • Denise
    September 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Get the book – CRAZY SEXY CANCER by Kris Carr. She has a couple of new ones out that I have not read, which may be helpful, too. I especially loved her tips on what you can be doing to help your body win.
    Love and prayers!

  • RedTedArt
    September 7, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Hi Amy!

    I am so sorry to hear about the breast cancer. I cannot imagine what you are and your family are going through right now. I hope the treatment goes as well as it can and that things do not get too horrific.

    Best of luck. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Red Ted Art

  • Staci J
    September 7, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Amy, thank you for your courage, and sharing your feelings with your readers:) Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Bonnie @ House of Grace
    September 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

    My prayers are with you and your family!

  • Lindy
    September 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Just want to share a positive cancer story, if there is such a thing. My sister has lung cancer and was told stage 3.5 and that rather than working for a cure the doctor was “giving her more time”. His goal was to reduce the size of the tumor by 20% after treatment was complete but said even with that, surgery was not going to be an option. She is now only half way through with the treatment and just tested – 80% reduction in size. Miracles happen all day, every day. You and your family will be in my prayers…

  • Rebecca@This Present Life
    September 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Amy, I just read your post and I am so saddened for you and your family. You are such a brave woman to be ready to face this battle head-on. Thank goodness for your faith and the love and support of your family. Those 2 things will carry you through. I will be sending lots of positive energy to you and your family.

  • Amanda
    September 7, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Oh Amy, I feel awful that it’s been 3 days since you posted this and I am just now reading it! I’m sorry about this, but I can tell from the sound of your words that you are strong, your family is strong and you WILL beat this!!! I will be praying for you and your family!

  • Lindsay L.
    September 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    all the best amy – you can do it!
    god bless.

  • Dan
    September 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Amy –
    I found your blog several months ago and kept coming back for your great housekeeping advice, fun projects and tips. I’m so sorry to hear this news but I’m also so encouraged to hear that you are choosing to trust and glorify Jesus Christ regardless of what the future holds. I pray that God will continue to grant you and your family grace and strength during this time and I trust He will use the trial and your blog to encourage others. Thank you for your example to me of what it looks like to glorify His Name even in the most difficult of times.
    – Danica (sorry it says this message is from Dan… I guess I logged in as my husband!)

  • Michelle
    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

    My mom had cancer, it was diagnosed when i was in HS. She went through chemo & several surgeries, they didn’t catch it till stage 3. It was a long fight, but she has been cancer free for 6 years going on 7now! I know it seems like you’re at the bottom of a giant mountain looking up, but sometimes all you can do is keep moving & have faith πŸ™‚ Oh & the bald twins thing sounds hysterical πŸ™‚ And since i haven’t got to say it before, thank you. Thank you for all the wonderfulness & heart you poor into this blog. I hope you know it has made a difference in mine & my husbands life πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    September 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Oh my word. I am so, so sorry that you have to deal with this. As a mom myself now I can’t imagine the fear you must be feeling. Thank you for sharing with us so we can pray for you! Your blog is one of my favorites.

  • Abby & Her Boys
    September 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    There are no words except my prayers are with you, and I am so, so, sorry. I don’t read SortaCrunchy every day, but I believe I went there today so that you could be on my heart. All the best, abby

  • erin
    September 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    You are so strong and our God is even stronger!! We will be praying for you and your family.

  • The Mitchells Five
    September 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Amy, I just came to your blog and I cried as I read your post. Honestly, I’m scared for you and your family, and I’ll be praying like crazy for His grace to carry you through. I will tell my family and they will all pray for you too! Our God is greater and higher than any other (that song is running through my head) and I’m so grateful that we share the same God -when I cry out to Him on your behalf He already knows and is working for you!
    With love,

  • diana
    September 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I was just got the same news 2 weeks ago. Mine is 10 centimeters but looks to all be only in the breast. This is not the first time I have had to deal with cancer. I had bone cancer when I was 12, almost 30 years ago. I am being told that the radiation I had might be the culprit this time. Like you I am staying srong!! I beat it once I can do it again. We have not told the kids yet and are a little afraid too. Once we have a plan I think it might make it easier for them? You will stay in my thoughts and prayers as the weeks unfold on our journy to recovery!!!

  • superpaige
    September 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I wish I could say something comforting to you, but you’ve already said it all. You will get through this with help from our Savior. Even though I do not know you, my heart goes out to you and I wish you health and courage through this difficult trial.

  • Issa
    September 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I’m praying for you Amy. Thank you for continuing to inspire so many of us. πŸ™‚

  • Jodz
    September 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My heart goes out to you. I pray that God holds you tightly in his arms as you embark on this life changing journey.

  • htr
    September 6, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I will be praying for you. I will pray that your doctors have the perfect treatment for you, that your nurses are kind, that everyone that is involved in your treatment is well rested and focused on YOU, that your medicine kills every cancer cell and that your body comes back stronger than ever, and that your witness as you fight this touches many.

    You are so kind and take time for others… please let your friends and family care for you. We will all be keeping up with your progress and proclaiming the miracle of the healing that is coming your way.

  • Megan (FriedOkra)
    September 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Wow. That was poorly written and a bit over the top now that I read it back, and I promise, and Megan will vouch for me, too, I think, that I am not a total kook. πŸ˜‰ Just long on passion and short on time at the moment.

  • Megan (FriedOkra)
    September 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Amy – You don’t know me but I’m a longtime blogging friend of Megan @ SortaCrunchy and she sent me over here to give you words of encouragement and so here I am. I wanted to share with you that my sweet friend and neighbor Meagan (so that’s me, Megan, sortacruncy’s Megan who is my blogging friend, and then my friend in real life, Meagan… stick with me, I promise to confuse you further!) who was diagnosed this month last year with Stage 3 breast cancer. She fought the good fight. It was a TOUGH fight, but God has been faithful to her and those of us who love her, and has blessed us Meagan and the rest of us throughout her struggle with strength, with amazing amounts of love, of laughter and a closeness we cherish. She did 3 rounds of chemo and then radiation and on April 1 of this year, her oncologist pronounced her CANCER FREE. And she is doing so well now! SO WELL. She was healthy enough in August to walk the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure with us – which is 60 miles. She is, and YOU WILL BE, a fighter, and a survivor, and her story, her triumph, her radiance and grace throughout her treatment and now as she rejoins her life (bigger and better) already in progress, an absolute inspiration to everyone she meets. And you will be as well. Fight, fight, fight! Take care of yourself and BELIEVE in God’s mercy and love and strength. And let the people around you be a blessing and a help to you. You can’t imagine how important that is to you and them.

    Many, many prayers and much sisterly love from a devoted and determined “Pink Warrior!”

  • Ashley
    September 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    So sorry this happened to you. I will certainly lift you and your family up in my prayers.

  • Our Lives
    September 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    My heart went out to you when I read your post. Please know that I am among all of the readers above who is praying for you and your dear family.

    In any situations when I encounter fear, I would sing a song. When I thought of your situation, this song came to me and I would like to share it with you…

    You are my hiding place
    You always heal my heart with songs of deliverance
    Whenever I am afraid
    I will trust in you
    Let the weak say I am strong in the strength of the Lord

  • Lindsey
    September 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    praying for you! you’ve been an inspiration to me and I thank you. Lord, please be with Amy as she faces the unthinkable. Please grant her peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, please be with all the doctors that will be involved in her care. Give them wisdom so that they may work efficiently for Amy. Be with her family, please give them strength. Surround them all with your love. Saturate them in your peace. Lord, thank you for being a good, beautiful God, in Jesus name, Amen

  • AliLilly
    September 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Amy for sharing this with us. You are in our hearts and I will be praying for you and your family.


  • Leigh
    September 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Amy, I came here via SortaCrunchy. I’m a social worker and I have worked with oncology patients through various stages the last 5 years. Faith makes all the difference in the world! Words seem futile in the face of any diagnosis but I can encourage you to keep going back to God throughout this process and lean on the tangible support of the community around you. You’re in my prayers.

  • Becky
    September 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Amy, my name is Becky, and I just came here via SortaCrunchy…this is my first time reading your blog, but I just wanted to leave something encouraging for you to read. You seem like a very genuine person, strong in faith, and I have no doubt that you will win this battle. 1 John 5:4 says “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” I will be believing along with you and the others for your victory over cancer!

  • Clean Mama
    September 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    No words, just prayers and so thankful that you trust in Jesus to bring you to the other side of this – He will hem you in.

  • Megret
    September 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Praying for you….

  • Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Amy,
    My name is Sophie, I am a French mum of two, am 41 and we live in the north part of France, near the channel tunnel, to locate us !
    I have been a fervent reader of your blog for a while now, and that last message went straight to my heart.
    I am only adding my wishes to all these lovely messages. I want you to know that you are surrounded by your family, friends and the internet friendly people, who I am part of ! Even on the other side of the planet, you are known, and appreciated.
    Please fight that disease strongly, and get back to your life.
    We are there to talk, share, laugh or cry.
    Lots of love.

  • Denise
    September 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    i am praying for you too.

  • Candy
    September 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Amy, I’m so sorry that I had to find your blog in this manner (through Megan at SortaCrunchy), but I am truly excited to find it nonetheless.

    My prayers will be with you and your family through the days to come….

  • Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I have learned so much from your blog and have been very inspired by you. My family and I am praying for your health, peace and comfort…and your family’s as well.
    Bless you!

  • The Pennington Point
    September 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Oh Amy! You are such a blessing to those around you. Our family will be praying for you and your family. I don’t know what else to say through the years. Prayers…that’s what I have to offer. And my love. Lisa~

  • Liz
    September 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    May God have mercy on you. I pray for healing.

  • Sherrie
    September 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Amy I am so sorry to hear this news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you embark on this difficult journey. Just know there are many praying for your healing and restoration.

  • Aimee
    September 5, 2010 at 2:22 am

    We’ve never met in person, but I still feel like I know you. My eyes welled with tears when I read how you told your children. Please know you’ll be in my prayers. Jesus is there, with you right now. (((Hugs)))

  • Cheryl
    September 5, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I’m so sorry for your diagnosis. God is good and THE great physician. I just said a prayer for your healing and for your family. Blessings to you as you fight on!

  • O Mom
    September 5, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Don’t even know you but am crying with you and your family today. But more importantly praying with you also. I also have 3 daughters (16, 10, 6) and can’t imagine a more painful conversation with them, you are brave.

  • Marla Taviano
    September 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I’m so sorry, Amy. I have 3 daughters too (9, 8, 4). Praying for all 5 of you!!

  • Coach J
    September 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Best of luck with this trial. Stay strong.

  • Rachel
    September 5, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I am praying for you Amy!

  • Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
    September 5, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Blame Megan at SortaCrunchy for an influx of prayers for you. I don’t know you, but I will absolutely add you to our family’s prayer list. May your strength in Christ be strength in body as well!
    In Him, Katie

  • CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley)
    September 5, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Hi there, I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past March, while I was still breast feeding. So far this summer I’ve been through the mastectomy and I’m half way through chemo. It’s not as bad as I imagined it would be.

    One resource that has been immensely helpful to me is the Young Survival Coalition which is a non-profit that focuses on helping women who are diagnosed with breast cancer early in life.

    best wishes

  • Melissa
    September 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear. I had a friend who battled with Breast cancer. She told me that one thing she did was write a list when she first was diagnosed of the things that she needed to live for. When she was struggling she would look at that list and remember what she was fighting for. I just want to let you know that you are in my prayers.

  • Berlinswhimsy
    September 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I am new to your blog but wanted to share my best wishes and prayers to you and your family.

  • Bethany
    September 5, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Lots and lots of prayers are being & will continue to be lifted up for you and your family!!! Thanks for being honest with us & just know that you have a huge group of people who are cheering you on!

    Praying that God’s peace that passes understanding will stay with you & yours, Bethany

  • MarytheKay
    September 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Oh. I am so very sorry. I just stumbled over here, and wanted you to know I am praying for you and your family. I know you have a lot of scary stuff ahead of you…but I am happy you know a wonderful Savior to hold your hand through it all.

  • DaShannon
    September 5, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for months now and although we have not physically ‘met’ meeting you from time to time I feel I ‘know’ you. You exude strength and faith. I’ll send prayers your way (and your family’s) each time I think of you. Please continue to share your journey and get ahold of the book Crazy, Sexy Cancer if you can. A little irreverent at times but she has some good tips and shares her journey. Lots of love~

  • Jakes Mama
    September 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Amy, I’m pretty new to your blog so hi there πŸ™‚ I’m hugging you cyberly and through Christ and you’re in my thoughts and prayers! God is holding you and your family very tight right now and whispering His peace, strength and love into you xxx

  • Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I am praying right now for you.

  • Cindy
    September 5, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I have not been following long, but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • sreil1
    September 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago. I was drawn to it because you are a fellow Nebraskan. You seem very real and very strong and I admire you for that. Although I don’t really know you, I feel that you are a new friend. So friend, I will keep you in my prayers!

  • Michelle
    September 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I only started reading a few months ago but you and your family will be in my prayers, Amy.

    Keep clinging to our Savior, and thank you for being such a great example of faith!

  • Jennifer Jo
    September 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Amy, the sister of my sister-in-law just got diagnosed. Her third baby was only a few weeks old at the time (a couple months ago). This is the link for her blog:

    I’m sure she’d be glad to share her caringbridge website if you’re interested. (She’s a wonderful person.)

    Best wishes and hugs,

  • Anonymous
    September 4, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Praying for you and yours.

  • Rebecca
    September 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    wow, i really have no idea what to say right now. but, i wanted you to know that in so many ways i have looked up to you (you are the reason i wanted to be a hairdresser) you are a wonderful wife and mom. and i so have enjoyed sharing a passion for a more natural/simple lifestyle. i feel like even though we are from such a big family i do feel like we have a connection. because of that i feel like the Lord will constantly remind me bring your family to Him in prayer. i am here for you for whatever you need. even though i am in omaha i will clean your house, take care of your girls, grocery shop, however i can help. i love you so much and i know you are a strong and brave woman of God and He is by your side every step of the way. -becca

  • Farmgirl Cyn
    September 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Amy…Heard about you from another blog and wanted to pop on over and let you know I, too, will be prayin’. My own mama was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 37. Back then (1971) all they did was radical mastectomies. She survived, and lived to be 65. No cancer recurrence.

    Blessings and HIS peace to you and yours,

  • Imani
    September 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Thanks for being open with in sharing this difficult journey. If there is any way we can help you fight, let us know.

  • Maureen
    September 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve never posted here before and don’t know you, but I shed a few tears while reading your post. I’ve prayed for you and your family and will continue do to do so.

  • Megan@SortaCrunchy
    September 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, Amy. This is absolutely devastating news. Even so . . . I know He will meet you in this. I am praying and will continue to lift you up in prayer. I’ll be praying over your family as well. Please keep us updated as much as you feel comfortable with through this process.

    I wish I could just wrap you up in a giant hug right now. May our Father pour out blessing on you as you hold tightly to his hand.

  • fibro2010
    September 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    You will definently by in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.

  • Sarah
    September 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Oh my, Amy, I am so sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers and if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know! I’m only a few miles away! I would love to bring your family out dinner or pick up groceries or anything if you need it in the next few months. You have my e-mail (and I will be sending one to you soon!) – please take me up on my offer!!

    Praying for you and sending your needs out on to my prayer list . . .


  • GunnyMom
    September 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Amy- God s always with you-so fear not. Praying for you and your family.

  • Carrie
    September 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Prayers for you and your family as you fight this horrible disease. Thank you for opening your life and sharing with us and we’re here for when the going gets tough!

  • Missie
    September 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for awhile now. I found that your blog would often appear when I would click on an idea that sounded interesting to me in the “Works for Me Wednesday” links at We Are That Family. So I decided this is one that should be in my reader. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you face this battle.

  • Amy Kinser
    September 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I am sorry that you are having to fight this, but I am so thankful that you have the Great Physician as your doctor. God bless you all.

  • KaylaDanielle
    September 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I will be praying and praying and praying!
    Keep up that positive attitude πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    September 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’m praying for you, Amy!

  • Marianne
    September 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    It is like finding out that one of my best friends got sick. You are in my prayers and I hope we will be as uplifting to you as you have been to me over the summer. You have made me cry of happiness more than once during my childrens sickness this summer. We will be here for you all the way. Hugs to you from me.

  • Domestic Accident
    September 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Saying many prayers for a quick and thorough recovery.

  • simone17
    September 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

    oh Amy..I am shocked & saddened but uplifted by your positive attitude. I am sending very very best wishes and I will be thinking of you from Sydney xxx Simone

  • A Mom After God's Own Heart
    September 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I am praying for you Amy! I am a five year cancer survivor and know that through faith in God all things are possible! Keep clinging to your hope in Him through this trial! God bless!

  • Peggy
    September 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Amy, I just wanted to let you know that you, your three daughters, and husband will be in my prayers daily! I have no words of wisdom aside from continuing to allow the Lord to work through you. He is our Comfort and Refuge in times of trouble! Isn’t it wonderful that we serve a Mighty God and are able to turn to Him in both the good times and the troubled times!?! You have been a blessing in my life to this point and will continue to be!! Thank you for allowing the Lord to shine through you!!!

  • shoutingforha
    September 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I will be praying for you…

  • Susan
    September 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Your sweet spirit and love for Jesus Christ and your family comes through your words every time I read your blog posts. I will be praying for you too – for strength, wisdom, and the all-encompassing peace that only He can bring.

  • Why Not Sew?
    September 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I read your post very late last night. I’ve been saying prayers for you and your family. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Stephanie
    September 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I found your blog a few months ago during a google search for homemade hamburger buns and since then have become a regular reader. So sorry to hear your news. You are in my prayers for sure.

  • Lisa Russell
    September 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Yes, let’s kick this bad boy outta here and cling close to Jesus while we do it! God bless you on this journey, and you will definitely be in our prayers!! We are all here for you!

  • Casey
    September 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Read this post last night and was completely shocked. You and your family were on my mind again this morning– while I am relatively new to reading your blog, I so admire you and your zest for life. Especially your love for the Lord and your positive attitude. You will beat this! Prayers sent your way as you begin this battle.

  • Anonymous
    September 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I have been reading your blog for a few weeks and am certain that if we lived in the same town we would be friends. I walked in your husband’s shoes almost twenty years ago, and you can be sure that I will be praying for all of you! Holding onto Jesus is the ONLY way you will make it thru the next few months! Your strength and sense of humor will be another great asset. It is okay to have a down moment or day, know that. Remember always that you are greatly loved by the Lord and He will be with you EVERY step.

  • Kristi
    September 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I’ll be here with you all the way! Even if there aren’t any crafty posts. πŸ™‚

    I’ll be praying for you and your family. I pray that you make a speedy recovery and that you’ll kick this thing’s booty!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  • For the Love of Naps - Sarah
    September 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Oh Amy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is times like this, when you have been reading someone’s blog but have not met them in real life, it becomes obvious how much you care about someone. Your family and friends will be wonderful support but remember that you have this family to support you too. You are strong! Good luck!

  • Mary
    September 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I only found your blog 10 days ago, and even in that short time noticed you weren’t posting.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • shorty
    September 4, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Your honesty is awesome! I will be praying for you and your family!

  • Where is my lipgloss?
    September 4, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I will be praying for you. My 27 year old cousin was diagnosed last week with an aggressive tumor in her breast. She is having surgery in a few weeks, then starts chemo. So sorry to hear another diagosis of cancer.

  • Courtney McAulay
    September 4, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I’m not even sure what to say, but if I was with you right now I would do this… ((hugs))

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I will be sending positive thoughts your way every morning when I click on your blog…so, so sorry to hear this news, but I know your faith and family will get you through. Big hugs to you, your girls, and your husband.

  • fabulousorganization
    September 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I, like a few others, am a relatively new reader but have adored your blog from the moment I found it. Sending you love and light! Kick it’s a$$ and take it’s name!!!

  • Cortney
    September 4, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I have only been reading your blog for a few weeks, and have loved really seeing your heart for the Lord as you have shared in your posts. My heart aches for you and your family, and I want you to know that I am lifting you up to the Father.
    My father is a cancer survivor and he and my mom were always up front and honest with me about everything. It was hard, but I’m glad they were open about it, I think not knowing and wondering is often worse than just knowing and understanding the truth. I think it is great that y’all are being open with your girls.

    Praying you continue to lean on Him and bask in the peace that can only be found in His arms.

  • Motherβ˜…Lode
    September 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

    your blog post appeared right next to this one in my reader – perhaps it was meant to be shared with you, for some extra positive girl power –
    you will be in my prayers –

  • *Nikki*
    September 4, 2010 at 3:45 am

    i just want you to re-read all the scriptures you just posted about NO FEAR! God has all this in his hands and HE will succeed! The enemy has been defeated and death couldn’t hold him lift your voice in victory and make your praises loud!! Praise him for what HE is GOING to do in your life!!

    You are such an inspiration to me..YOU..not your blog..YOU.
    I read about the way you handle your household..your family..your faith..and yourself..and YOU inspire me to be a better momma, wife, Christian and person!!
    I want you to know that if you ever need to vent or write about anything..if you need scripture or prayer…anything…
    please NOT hesitate to email me..

    Deuteronomy 3:22 You must not fear them [spiritual or natural enemies], for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.

  • Lexie
    September 4, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Oh Amy,
    I’m so filled with heartache for you as I read this… I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months (newer to the blog world), but it quickly became my favorite. You are a gem, Amy – and though you don’t know me, I feel I know you because of how well you share your life with us readers. Thank you for illuminating the light of Christ to us. I am praying, truly. He is faithful, and He is triumphant. The same power that raised Christ is working through you, beautiful mama!

  • Lacey
    September 4, 2010 at 3:14 am

    It would be so wrong for me to keep scrolling through my feed without making my very first comment on your blog — shame on me for waiting until news like this kicked my butt into gear.

    I’m sad to hear your news. Privileged to be a (very small) part of sharing your burden. I consider it an honour that you would share any of the details of this intimate struggle with us at all.

    And by the way — I’m a worry wart as well, and your post on fear a while back is helping me to fix my eyes on the Lord’s truth as well. I’m sure that post feels even more pertinent to you these days.

  • Barb
    September 4, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Hi Amy, I found you by way of Stairstep Boys, and read your blog often. I will keep you in prayer and believe for your complete healing!!


  • Sarah
    September 4, 2010 at 3:08 am

    You will be in my prayers. God has a plan and a purpose for all of this.

  • collettakay
    September 4, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I’ve dedicated a song to you on my blog for Then Sings My Soul Saturdays. God bless!

  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    September 4, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I will add you to my prayer list.

    You are very courageous and I love that you are being straight with your kids…they are smarter than people know.

    I can tell that your faith is strong and I greatly admire you for that.

    As far as blogging goes…a blog is a reflection of who we are as a whole, and that includes the good, the bad and the bald.

  • Anna Marie
    September 4, 2010 at 2:46 am

    You’ve been such an inspiration to me as I’ve read your blogs… it’s SO evident that your top priorities are God, your husband & your girls. You are an amazing mom & wife… & now you are an inspiration to me in this difficult situation you are starting to walk through. Thanks for being vulnerable & real. I’m praying for you!
    -Anna Marie (your cousin)

  • collettakay
    September 4, 2010 at 2:44 am

    You have a great attitude and that is key! It is bound to be a roller coaster ride of emotions and I will be praying for you and your family.

    God’s strength to your and yours!

  • Jessica
    September 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

    It’s wonderful to hear you say the Lord is where your peace comes from. He’s in control and will provide for your family in the best ways! Thank you for sharing. What a great testimony for Christ you have as you go through this trial responding the way you are! He will make you more like Him!

    “When peace like a river attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.”

    Love and prayers to you and your family.

  • jennifer
    September 4, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Im new to your blog, but have been amazed at your talent and life. You are a a great example for others. I will pray for you and your sweet family, that you guys will be strong and have peace, and others may see Christ through this season in your lives.

  • Kelly Morris
    September 4, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Amy, I am so proud of you! I am praying and I am here if you need me.

  • Rach
    September 4, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I did a double take, my eyes welled up with tears, and as I read the last paragraph aloud to my husband, I cried. And although I have no great and amazing words of encouragement- God sees, God knows, and He hears every prayer. And prayers will be coming from my home every day- for you and your family.

  • jskell911
    September 4, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Amy- I will keep you in my thoughts.

  • jeana
    September 4, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Tons of prayers coming your way friend. Every single day.

  • Davene
    September 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I just clicked over from Feathers in Our Nest, but I couldn’t leave without letting you know that my heart goes out to you…and as I get off the computer and head upstairs to clean up my kitchen, I’ll be praying for you.

    May you continue to feel the arms of Jesus so tenderly around you in the days ahead!

  • Tamra
    September 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Wow, Amy, I checked in on Facebook and saw your status update. It was like I was punched in the chest. It was so unexpected and heart wrenching. Just want to let you know that I’ll be praying for you and your husband and your beautiful little girls.

  • Sarah
    September 4, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I just started reading your blog and I don’t “know” you, but I wanted to wish you well. I hope that you beat this quickly and easily.

  • Linda
    September 4, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Amy, thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry to hear of the diagnosis. You can know that Uncle John and I will be praying for you, for Todd, and for your girls. I check your blog daily, so we’ll be checking to see how best to pray. We love you, we are proud of you, and we know that your life will continue to be a testimony to Jesus through the coming days. Linda

  • Megan {Honey We're Home}
    September 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I see you healthy and whole and cancer-free! Praise God! I am praying for you and your family as you fight this battle.

  • Stephanie
    September 4, 2010 at 4:00 am


    I am a fairly new reader, but I wanted you to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • aslansavz
    September 4, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Amy – I’m so so sorry to hear about the diagnosis. But know that there are those of us, praying right there with you, that God will do great and mighty things through and for you as you fight this cancer. I know you don’t know me from Adam (or Eve?), but I hope you’ll accept this big hug from Texas..with my grief, worry and fear for you, as well as the Hope that there is one Greater who has you firmly in His hand. Praying mightily for you!

  • Gayle
    September 4, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Prayers are sent from me to you. May you have His peace…

  • Megan
    September 4, 2010 at 3:41 am

    my heart sank when I read the beginning of this post. but it went right back to where it belongs as I read your brave words about fighting this demon.

    We will be here to support you as you fight this fight. Please come vent to us. Share news- good and bad- with us. Cry to us. Yell to us. Laugh. get angry. What ever you need. Thats why we are here with you.

    also- a woman I know from the Cricut message boards was also recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has started a Caring Bridge site and posts every day- even if its just a few words. I will share the link to her site with you. Please read some when you have a moment, she is AMAZINGLY positive through all of this. She has had her down days. And she has had her pity parties. But she gets right back up! I think is a wonderful roll model for anyone- but especially for someone in the same place she is.

  • Samantha
    September 4, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and have found you truly inspiring and wonderful. Remember that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. It is obvious that you have a tremendous support system in your family and faith. Be strong, have faith and KICK THAT CANCER’S BUTT!


  • Angie
    September 4, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Amy, I’m at a loss for words. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now. Hearing it yourself must have been horrible but having to tell your children had to be the hardest part. My family will be praying for you as well as your family. One last thing, I don’t know if you remember my comment on your teeth whitening blog or not? It was something along the lines of “Only YOU could still look gorgeous while bleaching your teeth” Well the same goes for bald- You’ll be the hottest bald lady ever!

  • julier2120
    September 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

    The past couple of days I have “held it together”, however reading your blog.. I lost it. πŸ™‚

    My love for you is indescribable. I look up to you my little sis.. Your strength in the midst of this storm, your smile while drinking that nasty berry contrast, and your sensitivity to other’s feelings in spite of a sleepless night are just a few things I love about you.

    Thank you for allowing me on this journey with you…. I’ve got my seatbelt on, stereo CRANKED, and CASES of that fancy water in the trunk ..Let’s get this ride on!


    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:1!

  • Lacey
    September 4, 2010 at 3:01 am

    O mama, I’m so sorry. I’ve come to love this blog over that last few months since I’ve found you. I’m praying for you and yours as you battle this *hugs*

  • Missy
    September 4, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I’ll be praying for you and your family. Organic grape juice has been proven to have cancer fighting abilities, so be sure to stock up on it and drink a lot!

  • kdiddy
    September 4, 2010 at 2:51 am

    That is quite a shock. We’re ready for you to fight it, too. You are in my thoughts.

  • Dawn
    September 4, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Thoughts and prayers for you and yours. Stay positive. My mother was a cancer survivor and a brave and wonderful role model. God bless.

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  • Jennifer @ Studio JRU
    September 4, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Praying for you. Praying for your husband. Praying for your children. I love your last paragraph… you definitely have the right mind set!

  • elizabeth @ twelvecrafts
    September 4, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Amy- My heart aches for you and your family. You, your three girls and your husband will be in my daily prayers.

  • Christine
    September 4, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I am sending good thoughts your way…

  • prechewedworms
    September 4, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Amy, my husband and I will be lifting you up to our Heavenly Father in prayer and petition. I pray that daily, moment by moment, you will be filled with His perfect peace, free from anxiety. I pray for healing and strength. I pray for wisdom, both for the doctors treating you and your family.

    You have been such a blessing to me!

    Lifting you up!

  • Katie
    September 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I have been following your blog for a little while and will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Erica
    September 4, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I am not sure I’ve ever commented, but I love this blog. I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Cancer just seems to be everywhere I turn lately. I will pray for you.

  • Decorchick!
    September 4, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Oh Amy. Definitely not the post I was expecting. I love how you write because you are so honest. Your fight through this diagnosis will just make your blog even more better and will be an inspiration to many. I am praying for you and your family, and you will come out stronger than ever before! Blessings to you. xo, Emily

  • Jennifer M.
    September 4, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Hi, Amy. I’m a relatively new reader, but I adore this blog and your honesty.

    My mother is an eight year survivor (woooho!) and we went through her ordeal while I was still at home. From a daughter’s perspective, it is difficult to watch a mother suffer, but wonderfully empowering to watch her thrive and survive. There are few situations, before motherhood, that taught me as much about Christ’s love for mankind as that time.

    In short, may the Lord have mercy upon all of you, and grant you strength and peace. A mighty, and powerful God you serve.

    “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” Zephaniah 3:17

  • Ange
    September 4, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I have just written out a sentence about 10 times and then erased it because I wasn’t sure how to word it. I just want you to know that there will be many prayers & thoughts going up for you. When you have a moment of fear – just remind yourself that YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK.
    Thank you for sharing your life through this great blog and I hope you can continue to find joy & support through this time. xoxo

  • notimecrafting
    September 4, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I will keep you in my prayers for strength as you work your way though all the trials that this will present you!

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