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May 3, 2010

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2008: taken in china at the village where her parents were from.

last week we got news that my mom has cancer. the news was deeply devastating. the cancer is in her uterus. she had surgery on saturday, we were at the hospital with her from 4am till 6pm. she had full hysterectomy where they removed her uterus. we prayed and prayed for a safe surgery, which i was most anxious about. the surgery went well and our prayers were answered. unfortunately after the surgery, the doctor said the cancer looked deeper than what they thought, but we must wait for the tests this coming friday to reveal what stage of cancer it is. we don't want it deeper in the lymph nodes. of course we hoped they could remove all the cancer, and she wouldn't have to go through chemo. but it looks like she will have to. and so we enter into a new journey of life together.

3 random facts about my mom: she has great faith, she always looks for the closest parking spot, and she loves the color yellow. she will always wear something yellow and her friends call her anna banana. she is doing well, i guess as well as she can be doing. but she is so so sweet and fragile to us. it's hard to watch her get poked with needles, and see her in pain. she has said at times she's at peace, and other times she cries. she is so strong, and i think she is trying to be strong for us but i just want to be strong for her. she is a real example of living faith. she had many friends visit her in the hospital, some even wore yellow for her ;)

i know God brings us through trials to draw us closer to Him. the Word has never been so real to me before. friends and relatives sent encouraging verses, and the tears just kept coming as i was reading about comfort in the psalms. His love reaches to the heavens, and his faithfulness to the skies. my faith is so weak. how can i not trust that He will take care of my mom?

to be honest, i'm scared. i can't even begin to think about the thought of loosing my mom. our faith is truly being tested and i am challenged to surrender everything and place my hope in Him. i read some articles online about uterus cancer (which the doctors say not to do, read things online) and it says it is a quite common cancer and chances of survival are good. while i want to remain hopeful, i also do not want to be underestimating of this. i had a very dear friend/roommate pass away a few years ago from liver cancer. i had no idea how bad it was, and assumed she'd start chemo right away and get better. i was naive. she passed a week later and i still think of her to this day. you can't forget something so tragic.

blogging has become such a big part of my life and i am beyond blessed with supportive readers and friends, so i wanted to let you know what was going on. last week was very fortunate because i already had the letterpress posts prescheduled... when you're hit with such a big life reality, nothing else seems to matter. i also had some guest posts scheduled for this week because i was going to be selling in irvine, and it really has worked out now that i will be spending time with my mom this week, leading up to mother's day. so guest posts will be prescheduled and go up in the next couple days.

i am not sure when i will be back blogging but if anyone is interested in submitting a guest post or two, i would deeply and greatly appreciate it. anything would be lovely: a tutorial/diy, inspiration, tours of your house/work space - whatever you think would be appropriate while keeping in style of this blog. the images on this blog are posted at 500 pixels wide, if you'd like to submit a feature please email me with text and images. images pre-linked on your flickr/photobucket would be even more helpful. i dont know that i'll be able to answer any questions but if i am able to post the feature, i will do so in the coming days when i have time.

anyway, with all that said, does anyone know someone who has had this type of cancer? any stories you can share or things that can be expected in the weeks and months to come? i have no experience with cancer, other than the story i shared above. i want to be a support to my mom in any way i can.

thanks for your support friends. this was a long post, but if you got through everything - thank you for taking the time to read. if you think of it, please lift up a prayer for my sweet mom for the results this friday: i would be forever grateful.

ps: i updated this post a bit this morning and already want to thank you for all the comments and emails. your support is overwhelming. your words and stories of loss and survival are all so encouraging. we will definitely stay positive through this, i do believe she can survive. thank you friends.

261 hello's:

  1. hugs. you and your mom are in my prayers.

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  2. i'm so sorry to hear this news. the blogosphere is officially giving you a HUGE hug. xo nina

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  3. I'm glad that your family has faith in Christ - that will definitely be the support you need! I'll keep your family and your mother in my prayers. Moms are the best. If you ever need a guest post - email me. lahmodeblog@gmail.com

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  4. Danni, I'm so sorry about your mother.
    Cancer is a very difficult thing to go through and the beautiful part is that it is all for our good (James 1). I pray that would comfort you and your family, and that this season would draw you ever closer to Him.

    Love,

    Elena

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  5. oh dear dear danni,
    after the first few sentences i already started praying.
    there are no right words, so i cannot say anything besides: you, your mum and the rest of your family are in my heart and in my prayers.

    (also, please don't think about the blog now, as you said, nothing else matters now.)

    i am there for you and if there's anything i can do for you, please let me know.

    mila.

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  6. your honesty and vulnerability was an encouragement to me this morning. i'm praying for your mom and you and your family, that the "peace of God which transcends all understanding would guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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  7. my prayers and thoughts to you, your mom, and the family.

    unfortunately, I don't have any relatives with this cancer though I do have a couple of aunts who are surviving breast cancer after surgery.

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  8. Just wanting you to know I am praying for your mom and your family. Spending time with your Mom is the best thing you can do. ~Lanie

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  9. i am so sorry, danni.
    i will definitely keep your mom in my prayers.

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  10. Your mom, your family, and you will be in my prayers! Positive thoughts for Friday.
    Hugs to you,
    Yvonne

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  11. I am so sorry to hear this news which of course is devastating to you. I do hope you will receive better news very soon and that your mother will be back to full health soon!!

    If you'd like, I could absolutely be a guest blogger for you and try to keep a positive vibe in my post.

    ( info @ afiori.com )

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  12. Hi Danni, I am a 5 time cancer survivor (3 major ones (Hodgkins x2, Breast, triple negative and 2 minor ones basal & squamous cell, if there is such a thing). I just wanted to wish you and your mother my best wishes and prayers. There are so many excellent treatments now for uterine cancer and my suggestion would be to make sure that she is treated (or at least staged) at a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute (you can google to get centers all across the country).
    Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or just want to talk to someone who has been there. Love & Hugs, Beth
    bbrrtt1(at)cox.net

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  13. ironic that I did a post today about my Mom - asking for prayers for her cancer. We go tomorrow to get her results of a pet scan. My mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer two years ago. She has had radiation, chemo and internal radiation. It went away for a few months and the cancer came back right before Christmas. Again she had chemo - so tomorrow will be the first doctor visit since her treatments are done! Cancer sucks! Plain and simple. My mother did very well with all of her treatments. Was never sick or did she lose her hair. She was tired and did loose a good amt. of weight. Keeping your Mom in my prayers.

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  14. i'm sorry to hear this..
    I have a close friend, very close friend and she passed away last saturday (may 1st) because of brain whatever sickness i don't understand, and i couldn't believe it. I've tried to strengthen my self, hold on to reality that she's gone.
    But i realize although now she's up there, i know i can always send my pray whenever,wherever i do remember about her (i just did).
    As long as you have faith to your God, you'll be strong. I know you are. :)

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  15. You and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry.

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  16. danni, i am keeping your mom and your family in my prayers. i truly hope she gets well soon. i think the best thing you can do is spend as much time with her as possible and keep her spirits lifted.

    i would love to do a guest post for you and i will see if i can get something together for you. my parents are coming into town this week for mother's day so i will be spending lots of time with them as well as i don't see them often.

    xo,
    sandy

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  17. Hi Danni,

    I've started reading your blog and you are an amazing, talented girl. I'm sorry to hear about your mother but I hope you all make it through without any further complications.

    Best wishes from Down Under!

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  18. Oh Danni! I am so sorry to hear this news. Stay positive! Technology today is absolutely amazing and uterine cancer is one of the easiest to treat from what I've heard. I'm sending up BIG prayers for you, your mother and your family!

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  19. Your mom sounds like a woman infused with faith and that is good because it offers perspective and a hope. My grandmother had lung cancer and has made a "recovery" but I don't know anyone with that type. I pray that you and your family feel the love and mercy of God during this time. I often turn to Romans in time of storm.

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  20. So sorry to hear about your mom. Prayers and hugs to you today, and in the coming days.

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  21. Danni, I'm so sorry to hear this! I'm with you on the hopeful attitude, and am definitely sending prayers y'all's way!

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  22. Danni, my thoughts are with you, your mom and your family.

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  23. So sorry Danni. The only cancer I have had to deal with is when my grandmother had breast cancer just a few years ago. She did chemo and everything which paid off because she is cancer free today :) Keep hope and faith in God, she WILL be just fine. I'll certainly pray for her and your family. Big hugs!

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  24. warm, kind thoughts headed your way.

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  25. Danni - I am a relatively new reader, but your warmth and optimism have been such a joy to read. I am sorry that you are going through this.

    My thoughts are with your family.

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  26. danni-

    nearly 14 years ago my mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (after beating breast cancer 7 years prior) and told that she had 2 months to live. although she ended up dying from the disease, her strength and attitude kept her alive for nearly two years. three weeks ago my family learned that my brother has grade 4 melanoma. i have personally seen what a difference love a positive attitude can make, and that is what we are all trying to have for my brother as he fights and hopefully beats this disease.

    the possibility of losing someone you love is terrifying, and it is so much more than difficult to watch them fight through the treatments and surgeries. whatever happens, these experiences change you; eventually, i believe for the better. i hope that you have many, many more years with your mother. hang in there. stay positive.

    you are in my thoughts.

    colleen

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  27. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Best wishes for her speedy recovery.

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  28. praying for comfort and love for you and your family danni! your mom sounds absolutely amazing :)

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  29. So sorry to hear about your Mom - sending positive thoughts her way.. take care xx

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  30. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My mother-in-law, who I am very close to, is battling leukemia right now, and it has been such a difficult road. Cancer is such an unfair and awful thing.

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  31. I am really sorry to hear your mother is going through this. Many prayers for you and your mom and family.

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  32. danni: i'll be praying for you and your family. thanks for sharing with us.

    even though you may not 'feel' this, i think you know this...that God is still good even in the hardest circumstances in life.

    praying for you, sister.

    ilene

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  33. Just letting you know i am praying for you and your family. May God's strength guide you with whatever is to come.
    When i was little my friend had leukemia when i met her (about age 6) - i didn't fully understand it and she had it when i got to know her so not much changed. She relapsed when we were both 11, it hit me hard that time, yet i still never treated her any different however i used to wonder every day how it was all going to work out. She's currently in remission but if she relapses a third time chances of survival get smaller. So from that, i would say to you, keep strong for your mum but at the same time don't be afraid of breaking down - God WILL be there to guide you. Be there for her, have special times and make new memories.

    Don't look to the end, don't question what will happen, just go with whatever does happen and learn new things along the way. God already has it all planned out and you can't change that.
    "Put your faith in His identity, not His activity".
    Also if you're needing help faith-wise check out cross-point church's website for videod sermons. I've recently been following one called 'Shattered Dreams' - all about how to cope when life hasn't turned out the way you'd planned.
    [http://www.crosspoint.tv/nashville/media/]

    Sorry if that was a bit preachy and long.
    - Abbi

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  34. I'm so sorry to hear this... It is indeed very difficult for everyone.

    There is a lot of information and misinformation out there, but here are some trusted websites that can help you understand what is happening.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/uterinecancer.html
    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/endometrial
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometrial-cancer/ds00306

    Here are some support groups

    http://www.eyesontheprize.org/
    http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Uterine-Cancer/support-group

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  35. I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will hold your mother, you, and your family in my heart through prayer. ♥

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  36. Danni, I'm sorry to hear about what you are going through. I recently found out my mom has lung cancer and never been a smoker, she got it from work most likely. She is doing well with her treatment and a very solid diet especially green juice. It was hard waiting for answers. My sisters and I could not stop researching her condition and when time came to talk and hear any news, we were well informed and could make better decisions. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this tough time.
    Best,
    Maritza

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  37. My mother had cervical cancer in 1961. She had internal radation and to be truthful it was very hard on her.
    But all praise an honor to God because she has been cancer free untill last fall. They found a small place on the outside but did surgery and she is once again cancer free!
    You are so right it is hard to watch loved ones, but when it is your mom it is harder for a daughter.
    My Mom is now 83 years old and does anything she wants to. (Just alittle slower.)But by the grace of God all things are possible.
    Please don't give up being possitive. That doesn't mean nieve just knowing God knows what is best.
    I pray strenth for each of you and comfort for your mom!
    God bless, Carol

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  38. DANNI! I am so sorry to hear this news. Your mom and family are in my prayers.

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  39. It's good, SO incredibly good, that you know exactly where to run right away, and that is to our Father's word and to His perfect arms. His heart breaks for you and it's so so very good you know that! I'm praying for you today, dear sister. He has a Master plan, and His plan is best!

    xoxox

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  40. Dear friend,

    My heart is going out to you and your family right now. I can relate to your story all to well. It was only a few years ago that my mother fell very ill and ended up in surgery to rid of tumors in her brain. After spending weeks in the hospital she was finally diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. I don’t want to give you my entire story unless you’d like to hear it. All I can say is embrace every single moment you have with your mother. Put her first. I don’t regret a moment I had spent with her the following two years but I certainly regret those I wasn’t with her. Make sure that you take the opportunity to talk to her. Get to know her! My mom passed away last June and I am constantly wishing I knew more. When my mom was diagnosed I went out and bought this book called “listogrophy” for her. It was a great start for getting those questions answered and finding out more about who she was. My prayers go out to you and your family! The Lord IS with you. Don’t let that relationship fall when you need it the most.

    Please feel free to contact me if you ever would like to chat about experiences.

    tiffnene@hotmail.com

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  41. really really sorry to hear about your mom. be strong, your mom needs you
    Take care and take your time

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  42. omg.. i'm so sorry to hear that.. i have lost so many relatives (grandmothers/fathers, great aunts/uncles and etc.) because of several types of cancer but i honestly don't know anything baout the uterus cancer.. damn i can't help you :(((

    hope she will be really ok asap.. i'll pray for her..

    love and blessings..

    xoxo

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  43. Danni, this is such a terrible news, I'm extremely sorry for your mother! Life is mean sometimes and I can only imagine what you're going through now! All my thoughts are with you and your lovely mother, I'll be praying for her! P.S. My grand mother died 11 years ago affected by breast cancer, so I sort of understand your feelings! Stay strong and don't lose your hope! xo, Ludmila

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  44. an after thought….

    Everything on the internet told me that my mom would die in a matter of months if not weeks. She was with us for another TWO years. Every single case of cancer is different. Don’t underestimate the strength of your mother’s fight.

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  45. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom! When life throws things like this at us, all we can do is have hope and faith. I will definitely keep you in my thoughts, dear Danni :)

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  46. Danni, I'm so sorry to hear this. I cannot offer any advice but just know that your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  47. Danni, I know how scary it is to see your mom suffer through cancer, as my own mom was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago (and ultimately underwent a double mastectomy). It is so lovely that you are able to be with her during this time. She sounds like an amazing woman. Your are both in my thoughts and prayers.

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  48. oh danni, i am so sorry to hear that the cancer has spread deeper than expected. i'm thankful though that the surgery went smoothly -- that's already one answered prayer! steven & i will continue to pray for your family this week -- for strength & faith & utter confidence in our unfailing, unchanging, absolutely loving God. even in times when your faith is weak & you want to crumble, it is God Himself who grants you grace to trust & believe, and i'm sure you'll experience the far reaches of His grace so much more intimately during this challenging time. so thankful for your heart & your openness on your blog -- you did the right thing :] love you & walking alongside you, dear sister!
    -cathie

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  49. you and your mother are in our thoughts at our home. We wish you all the best.

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  50. I have no experience with uterian cancer, but I know exactly how you are feeling. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 colo-rectal cancer in July of 2006 and it was truly a testing time. I remember feeling scared and sad, as well as very, very angry. I will keep your mother, you and your family in my thoughts. I know it is a hard time, but I am sure it will also bring your family closer! My mother will be 3 years cancer free this summer - I look forward to you telling us the same thing in the future!

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  51. Danni, I've only been reading your blog for a short time, but have come to really appreciate it. I don't have experience with cancer that might help you, but my father suffered a stroke in December. While he is home, his ability to speak and communicate has been greatly compromised. After some medical setbacks, he is as "healthy" as can be expected (he's 86 years old), but beginning to struggle with depression. I know that, in the early days, when things seemed touch and go, I would find myself thinking and praying, "Lord, I don't know how I can face this! It's too much and too hard." And then, the next day, I would find that God had met me in my circumstance and given me the strength to face the next step... I continue to cling to his faithfulness. It's not wrong that your faith is challenged by your circumstance. But I believe that you will experience God's faithfulness to you and to your mother in the coming days and weeks and months. I'll be praying for your family, friend.

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  52. Hi! Wow, your post this morning really rang true to me.

    My mother was diagnosed with endometrial (uterine) cancer 3 years ago. She too had a hysterectomy, and they found that the cancer went a little deeper into her uterus than they originally thought. All of her lymph nodes, however, were negative for disease and there was no sign of any spread. She received a round of radiation therapy just to prevent any spread.

    So, we thought she was cured. Most women are after a total hysterectomy, and the 5 year survive rate for endometrial cancer is very good. I pray that your mom will be cured at this point as most women are.

    Unfortunately that was not the case for my mom. Now, 3 years later, we've discovered that the cancer is back, and has metastasized to her lungs. I was scared to death when I learned of this because I, as a doctor myself, know that distant metastases (i.e., the cancer spread to an area far away from the original site), is alway bad.

    But, we've received only good news since her re-diagnosis! She is seeing a gynecologic oncologist at MD Anderson hospital in Houston. She is very optimistic, and says she has successfully treated many women with metastatic endometrial cancer! Whew! My mom starts her treatment (a combination of 2 different drugs) tomorrow, and we are anxious to see the results!

    As a person of faith, I am very hopeful for both my mother and yours. Despite how scary "cancer" sounds, this is a treatable disease, and I very much believe that my mom will be cured. I prayer for my mom every day, and I will pray for yours as well.

    One word of advice: make sure your mom receives good follow-up. My mom followed up with her gynecologist every 3-6 months for an exam, but he did not do any scans to check for spread of the disease because that is not standard practice. It was my mom's primary care doctor who ordered the CT scan that found the nodules in her lungs. Please demand that in a year or so a scan be done to rule out metastatic disease. We would not have known that my mom had disease in her lungs without the CT, since she had no symptoms. I imagine it would have been a lot worse if we had wait until she had symptoms. As it is now, the nodules are small, and can be treated.

    Best of luck to your mom. Please feel free to email me if you want to talk!

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  53. I stop by quite often but I rarely leave a comment.
    This time I can't help myself, I'm definitely keeping your mom and your family in my thoughts.

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  54. I'm sorry for your mom.i know she will be ok :)

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  55. Your mother is beautiful. Lovely photo you've posted of her. Positive thinking and prayer go a long way! Don't delude yourself, but don't forget there is always HOPE.

    I don't know anyone with uterine cancer. My mother-in-law has ovarian cancer. First, surgery. Then, chemo and radiation. Then, some cancer was found in the lymph nodes. She was cancer free for a year and a half, then they found more in her bladder. Then, her bones, and now it's in her lungs. But- ovarian cancer is a difficult one to beat. The 5-year survivorship is low. And, she was stage 3 when they found it. And she's survived for more than the year or two they thought.

    She and my father-in-law have not been completely honest with us, though. They haven't been willing to talk about the cancer (only a month ago has the word been spoken).

    Radiation and Chemo can be really rough. Just be there for your mom. Don't force her to eat if she can't. Be positive, but honest - with yourself, and with your mother. Enjoy small moments. Document the beauty around you. And bring your mother joy as often as you can. Be gentle.

    And it's ok - everyone reads the stuff online. I did (still am). Just try not to become overwhelmed with data!

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  56. My prayers are with you and your family, Danni - do everything you need to do to take care of yourself and your mom. We'll all be here whenever you decide to start blogging again.

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  57. Oh Danni, I'm so, so sorry to hear about this! Continue to trust in our sovereign, gentle Lord for His strength and purposes for her and you and your whole family. I'm encouraged at your comfort in His word! I wish I could give you both a hug right now, and will be thinking of your mom and praying every time I see something that reminds me of Oh hello friend.
    We'll miss you but truly, don't think about the blog now! Nothing is as important as the time with your mom and life.

    much love;
    Cait

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  58. i'm so sorry to hear this danni!i will keep your mom and you in my prayers. May she have a speedy recovery!

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  59. Danni-

    I don't really have much experience with cancer, but I want you to know that I'm praying for your mom and your entire family!

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  60. Wow, my thoughts are with your family, so sorry to hear this. I've only been a reader for a short time, but I wish you all the best.

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  61. So very sorry to hear about your mom... I wish her health and a speedy recovery.

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  62. Positive thoughts for your mom and your family!

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  63. Danni,

    I check your blog EVERYDAY-rarely leaving comments but always leaving your blog so inspired by your creativity, personality and spirituality. I am dying inside to hear this news of your mother. I lost my mother to Leukemia on March 26 of this year; almost 3 months to the day of her diagnosis. I miss her every day.

    Cancer is the scariest word a family can hear. I am sorry to say that I don’t know much about the type of cancer that you mother has but I can offer some advice from where to go from here.

    You have to start a “new normal”, as my mother put it. Chemo is a scary thing for people to go through-so you have to be strong, for yourself and your mother and your family. Surround yourself with positive people. Keep an upbeat outlook on all of this-trust me it helps. Know that not only does this affect your mother but it affects you too. Take care of yourself, so that you can take care of her.

    Encourage your mother to keep a journal or blog though all of this. One day she will want to look back at everything she has overcome. We started a blog for my mother (www.pennymcallisterupdate.blogspot.com) the day she was diagnosed to keep friends and family updated. It was a huge help and something that my mom looked forward to adding to everyday and something that we are now so blessed to have.

    I will pray every day for your mother and your family. Please know that there are so many people in this world that are doing the same-whether you know them or not. If there is anything that I can do to help you get through this-please contact me. I can’t take this away but I can offer an ear and a shoulder-if need be.

    Stay strong Danni! You are loved!
    Katie Mac
    www.katiecompanyinc.blogspot.com

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  64. Praying for you and your family. Strange..this morning we are awaiting test results for my mom, whom the doctors believe may have cancer. As we pray for our family member we will pray for you and yours, as well. Take care.

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  65. i have no experience with cancer but i do have experience with the power of prayer. i know it works and i do believe that by you writing about your mom, there will be even more prayers then what you could ever imagine. i will keep your mom and your family in our prayers. for now, focus on your mom and your family. you have such a wonderful following and we all understand that blogging comes second to family. take care!

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  66. Sorry to hear this. I will keep "anna banana", you, and your family in my prayers.

    This is my favorite verse in times of fear and anxiety: "…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6–7

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  67. Just wanted to let you know, i think of you.Hope everything will turn out allright. xx and hugs for your mother.

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  68. You have another sister in Christ praying alongside of you!

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  69. OH! I look to Psalm 91:4, where God's Feathers will cover her, and under His wings she will find refuge.

    She and you will be in my prayers. Be her beacon of LIGHT! This is why you are so filled with light, so you can shine when others are having trouble getting through the dark times.

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  70. this news just breaks my heart. cancer brings so much fear & chaos, but jesus is just the opposite. he brings peace. healing. rest. joy. love. hang onto him. praying that God would bring your family comfort, peace, & strength in these unknown days. xo.


    p.s. my mom goes by janna banana, so it'll remind me to pray for your mom :)
    p.p.s. psalm 121 & isaiah 43:2 :)

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  71. I am praying for you and your mom and your family.
    Stay strong.
    Stay positive.
    Do what you need to do.

    "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."

    Find the 'something good.'
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  72. I will definitely say a prayer for you mom, Danni. Thanks for sharing this with us and being so real. You only need faith the size of a mustard seed and I know you have that!

    Lots of love to your mom and your family.

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  73. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Do remember that God would not give you these trials if you were not strong enough to face it. I do not know you in person, but I believe that you and your mother are strong people.

    Hugs.

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  74. I will be saying a prayer for your mom- be strong and positive!

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  75. [proverbs 3:5-6] "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all ways acknowledge Him."

    This is the verse that carried me through when my mom had breast cancer and was going through treatment. We have no choice but to trust in Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He will provide and He has a plan. It wasn't Him that wanted to cause hurt and suffering in the life of your family but He wants to be there to carry you through it.

    Praying for you and her and everyone in her life!!!!!!!1

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  76. Your mom and your family will be in my prayers. She sounds like an amazing woman! :) Keep your head up. Prayer works wonders. Trust in Him always!

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  77. Know she is covered in prayer!

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  78. Hello friend. This post brought tears to my eyes and prayers to my heart. I encourage you to keep writing about your journey with this. I just went through a miscarriage myself and found that writing abut it was very healing. The prayers and comments from readers helped tremendously.
    I will pray for your Mom as well as your whole family.
    WIth love from Greta

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  79. my thoughts go out to you and your family. I'm sure that He is with her and your family throughout this time.

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  80. Sorry to hear about the sad news. I think that positivity does always help. A friend of mine was diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently and then she found out it was also in the brain. I find it hard to react to something like that when I haven't really experienced it before. But I guess the only thing to do is to be there for them when they need you. Wish you and your mom the best!

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  81. I wish your mom the best Danni. and I also hope that you and your family are doing well. My mom also had cancer so I know what you must be going through. Hang in there friend and let your mom know that she has a lot of love and support :) Miss you.
    xoxo

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  82. Danni, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I just want to assure you that you can trust God through it all. He is right there even when you can't feel Him. You don't have to be strong, he will hold you up. I also wanted to share that my aunt at age 20 had cervical cancer and won her battle.

    Praying for you and your mother, and all the people that are affected by this tragedy.

    XOXO

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  83. So sorry to hear about your mom, and best of luck for a speedy recovery.

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  84. Hang in there, it may be a long trial through the surgery and oft times resulting treatments, but with all the new advances in knowledge of specific cancers, its worth it.

    My ex-husbands secretary (whom I remain friends with, had stage 4 (had spread to the lymph system) ovarian cancer. She had surgery and chemo at 56. She will be 67 this year.

    It sometimes feels like a longer road than it should, when you feel pain for a loved one, knowing the suffering they must endure, especially in the case of mothers. They tend to do it silently, not wanting to bother anyone. Its just how mothers are.

    In prayer for you and your family.

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  85. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  86. be strong, I will be thinking of you and your mother. hugs and hope for a full recovery.

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  87. Dear girl. Praying for you and your family. God's plan is always revealed.

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  88. I am so sorry to hear about your mother, I can't imagine that unknown (and I have no idea how that feels honestly). She looks & sounds like such a great person. I hope you and your family can find the strength to get through this. Have a good week!

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  89. dear danni,
    my heart aches for you. i'll be praying. i've never had to deal with something so deep as this, but whenever i'm in trouble, i always have to come back to this verse, and remind myself that He is the God of all comfort: 'cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.' (1 peter 5.7)

    it's so good to remember that we can bring our every request straight to His loving arms, and know that He is in control and He is good. i'm so glad we have a Savior to run to!

    your sister in Christ, summer

    ps. and He is mighty to save! He is still our strength and our song and our salvation!

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  90. Danni,
    I was very moved by your post today.I love that you were able to put yourself out there- it is good to be vulnerable and to ask for prayer. I truly believe in the power of prayer and asking anyone and everyone to add your mom to their prayers, I know I will. Stay strong!

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  91. Dear Danni, I really hope that everything will get better for you and your family, pray and have faith, be strong, your mom needs you to be, you´re such a nice girl and it seems that you have a pure heart, Im sure that god will listen to you, I send my best to you, xoxo. Gina F.

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  92. Danni,

    Your mom is absolutely stunning!

    I will pray for her, and for you and your family. May God's will be done, and may we trust that He always knows what's best - even if we don't understand.

    Blessings, Susan

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  93. Love and prayers to you and your family. God be with you all, most especially with your mom. Hugs...

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  94. Hi Danni - I was diagnosed with breast cancer last August and have been through chemo, surgery and radiotherepy - all I can say is you'll get through this with the help of your family and friends and expect alot of hospital visits! Wishing your Mum all the best, G

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  95. I'm so sorry to hear the news about your mom. Life is so unpredictable, so fragile. I have been through cancer with close family before, though not the same kind your mother has. My father has a different kind of cancer that is a continued presence in his life. It's okay to be afraid. It's only evidence of how deeply you love your mom. Prayer and faith are tremendous sources of strength. Friends and family are too. Don't be afraid to ask for what you need, or to tell someone that you don't know what you need. Let them help you. My father was in the hospital for weeks, and I visited every day. Though I resisted, some friends insisted on taking me out a couple times a week after my hospital visits. It was a relief I didn't even know I needed, as tired as I was. You're right not to keep it a secret. Tell your friends how you feel. Let the love you receive from those around you make you stronger in loving and supporting your mom. I'll be keeping you and your mom in my thoughts for an optimistic prognosis.

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  96. Please know that we are all thinking of you and your family.

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  97. Danni, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your dear mother! I know that God will give you all the strength and courage to weather this time.

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  98. You and your family are in my prayers xx

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  99. Jas 5:14~15
    Php 4:6~7
    Ps 147:3

    God Bless!
    CPKarr

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  100. Prayers for your family. My mom survived stage 4 cervix cancer.

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  101. Hi Danni,

    So sorry to hear your news and thank you for sharing yourself with all of us. Your mom, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers - just remember, there is power in prayer - God listens...with Him, anything is possible. We will also pray for wisdom and knowledge for the doctors treating your mother as well...hugs to you!

    catherine s.

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  102. Keeping you and your loved ones in my thoughts xo

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  103. I'm so sorry about your mom. Cancer is such a scary thing. I myself am a brand spanking new cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in September with Hodgkin's lymphoma and finshed six months of chemo on April 1st. My hair is starting to grow back in, I'm able to go on walks now, food is starting to taste good again... Going through chemo was by far the hardest physical thing that I have ever gone through, but it can be done. Your mom is going to need a lot of good support. Something you could give her that would be really useful would be some good water bottles. Drinking tons of water and staying really hydrated helped me manage the nausea, and that was the only thing that really helped me. Also, my best friend from college made me a quilt that I took to chemo with me. I was so touched by that and it helped me feel loved and supported in some of my worst moments. You guys will make it through this! I will pray for you all to feel peace and comfort while you go through this journey.

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  104. oh, Danni, I am so so sorry to hear this, and I'm just weeping for you. I know how very very hard it is. To be faced with the thought of losing your mother, to watch someone so precious go through so much-- it's absolutely and completely heart-breaking and sad. I feel for you. This post brought me back to December when my own mom was diagnosed with her cancerous brain tumor. It is SO scary.

    But, sweet friend, I know how strong your faith is, I know that you believe in God with all your heart, and I can tell you, from experience, that you will be amazed at the ways in which He helps you through this rough time, no matter what may come. Cling to Him and His promises, and know that your sweet mom is in His care-- He will take the utmost care of her.

    I don't want this comment to get too long, and I might e-mail you later with some of the verses and things that have been SO encouraging and uplifting to me through everything. Just know that I am praying with all my heart for you and your mom. Wish I could give you a very big hug!! xoxo

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  105. keeping your mom in my thoughts and prayers. stay strong!

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  106. Thinking of you and your family Danni!!!!! Hugs for you!!!!

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  107. Prayers for you, your mom and your family. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.It seemed like there were/are so many worries and emotions to process, but it helps to just take things one day at a time.

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  108. my thoughts and prayers go out to your mom. sending positive vibes... believe in the power of prayer!!

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  109. i'm so sorry to hear this has happened. i'm sending you and your family cancer-free prayers.

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  110. Prayers, hugs, friendship and lots of love to you and your mama bear.

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  111. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She looks so young and vibrant in the photo you posted, I can't even imagine her sick... I can't sugar cote it, but I can say that my thoughts are with you and your mom for a fast, and complete recovery!
    I have a friend who has been keeping a blog called "Daughter of Cancer". Her mom was sick, and that's when she started writing it. Her mom had a different kind of cancer and sadly, she passed away, but I think you can gain a lot of strength by reading her blog. Start from the beginning...
    Hope good news are coming soon!
    xo

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  112. oh, danni -- I'm so sorry to read this. I hope your mom recovers quickly. My thoughts are with you & your family.

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  113. I am so sorry to hear your bad news. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  114. So sad to hear this news.I will surely think of both of you in my prayers.God Bless!

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  115. oh Danni, I'm so very sorry to hear of your mom's cancer. what a terrible thing for her and your family to go through. I can only imagine what you are feeling. I know you might feel helpless right now, unsure of what's to come, but know that you are loved and cared for. I will send a prayer up for your mom. xo~

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  116. Danni, I'm so sorry to hear this.
    “A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”- Hippocrates quotes-
    Cata

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  117. I am so sorry you and your family have to go through this!
    A family friend of mine had been diagnosed with this same kind of cancer and was given six months to live. That was about ten years ago and she is alive and well today! I truly believe in miracles and the power of prayer! My prayers are with you!

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  118. My dear, my heart is with you. You guys are going to travel a tough road, but trust me when I say that you don't even know how strong you are until you are tested like this.

    Your mom will need - support, love, bland foods (pudding is excellent, usually), juice, warm fuzzy socks and blankets and cozy hats, comforting books to read or movies to watch, really heavy duty moisturizer for dried out skin, eye drops for her eyes. Making a little chemo care kit is always a good idea.

    And here's the thing - it will be scary and sad and hard but you WILL get through it. Focus on keeping your mom comfortable and staying on top of the doctors, making sure they're doing as much as they can.

    My thoughts are with you!

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  119. I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will definitely keep your mom in my thoughts and prayers. xo

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  120. You are your family are in my prayers!!

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  121. ephesians 3:20.
    and may peace roll over you and your family today and the days to come.

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  122. I am so sorry to hear such sad news Danni. Sending many virtual hugs your way to you and your family. I hope your Mom makes a speedy recovery and tries to stay in good spirits. I have had family members go through similar things, two of my aunts have passed away from different forms of cancer. It may be hard, but try to be strong and there for your Mom. Even though I am not a very spiritual person, I am bringing out my special rosary and saying a little prayer, just for you and your family. xoxo Monica.

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  123. Lord, I just want to life Danni and her mother Anna up to you right now. It is so hard, God, to understand your way. I know this is a good thing for if only YOU are God then I cannot be--but it is hard. Lord, pour our your promises of love on Danni. Pour out your healing to Anna. Lord, may your garments be close so she can touch them and let her faith heal her! Lord, You do BIG, GREAT, POWERFUL, and GLORIOUS things. Let Anna's healing be a part of YOUR glory. Let her recovery bring Honor to Your name, God. Build upon the foundation that Danni has in her heart and let his trying moment bring testament forth of your goodness to all who read her, all she knows, all who love her. Give us eyes of faith in a moment when our eyes can only see with human understanding. Surround her and her family with support: prayerful, dutiful, service, acts of kindess, words of encouragement. May they lack in no area of the ways that we receive love, Lord. Fill them. You are Father. Thank you God for your son and the promise of new life we have. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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  124. Sending you and your Mom much love and keeping you both in my thoughts...

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  125. Praying for you, your mother, and the family...

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  126. It is devastating when a parent is diagnosed with cancer of any kind. My mom died two years ago this month of lung cancer, and there's not a day that goes by when I don't think of her.

    My heart and thoughts go out to you.

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  127. I am so sorry to hear this. I hope she will be ok. You guys will get through this!

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  128. hey...
    sorry to hear about your mom. 4 years ago my mom called to tell me she had the same type of cancer your mom has. she called to tell me the day before her surgery. she also opted for the full hysterectomy. the recovery from the surgery took almost a month and with each check up we held our breath. my mom has now been cancer free for 4 years now. i am thankful for her doctors each day. keep up the faith... my mom made it and yours will too! i have faith.

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  129. Whew. Thank you for being so open about your family's situation. I am really encouraged to see your faith expressed in this post. It is clear that you are fighting to believe God's words and open to what he will do. Even that (us getting to read your honest reflections and think about our own relationship with God) is a way God is using this sobering news.

    Agree with a previous commenter - take your time w/ the blog. No need to update unless you want to. We will wait!

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  130. oh danni, i'm truly sorry to hear this. my own mom has battled cancer and it's been a long road. she's had breast, cervical, and uterine cancer. she had the same surgery your own mum went through. i'm sending the warmest of wishes your way. you are not alone in this.

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  131. I have a verse for you Danni - James 1:2-4 "consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything". This verse helped me get through some tough times recently. I hope that it will help you out too. You seem to already know that He has a plan and you recognize the test/struggle. So just remember that He will never give you more than you can handle.. God Bless you and your Mom and family.

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  132. I am so sorry to hear about this! I admire your positive attitude and your faith in God. Sometimes I forget about how loving God is, but he's always there and knows just what we need to be lifted and supported through hard times.

    I'll be praying for you and your family. Cancer of any kind can be so stressful. I pray that everything goes well and that your mom recovers quickly.

    God bless.

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  133. oh, hello, friend.
    thank you for sharing your mother's current challenge in the beautifully written, emotional, and "real" post. you have brought so much love and beauty to me and the world through your blog... I hope you, your family, and your mother receive it back, ten-fold!! peace, love, and prayers coming your way from the woods of pennsylvania...

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  134. oh Danni, my heart goes out to you right now. I will be praying for your family and especially your mom.

    My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was 12 (I'm 20 now), she had a hysterectomy and chemo, and she has been in remission for several years now, praise God. He definately does answer prayer and do miracles. My mom went in to the clinic because of some bad "indigestion" and for some reason [GOD], felt like she should not leave until they knew what was wrong with her.

    She was in the early stages but ovarian cancer is very fast-moving and her tumor was already *football* size. The doctors saw another tumor on the scan and thought it had spread and was more advanced but when they did the surgery there was only the one, and they were able to remove it. We praise God for that, and for the 8 more years of life He has given us with my mom.

    God can still do miracles, Danni! Trust Him! I know that is SO hard right now, though. I certainly shed some 12-year-old tears and was afraid through a long surgery too, but God did uphold our family through that really hard couple years. I'll sure be praying for you and yours.
    with love in Jesus,
    Kelsey

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  135. danni,
    your mom is so beautiful. i'm so sorry your family is going through this. so much love and prayers for all of you.
    love love love.
    elise

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  136. Stay strong Danni! I just wanted you to know my thoughts are with you and your family and I'm really hoping for the best.Big Hugs, Alex X

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  137. I can't imagine what you're going through right now. I am so glad though that your mother (and you) have faith. Please remember that God is amazing and capable of doing anything. With that I will pray for your cute mom Anna banana. I will pray that she is filled with strength and peace of mind throughout this process. I will also pray for this for you and all of your family members and friends to support your mom.

    We have a friend who was diagnosed with cancer one day and was admitted into the hospital for emergency surgery that same day because it had progressed so quickly (he thought he just had a severe flu case). Lots of chemo and therapy ensued. They even saved his sperm in case he didn't make it as he and his wife had been trying to start a family. This was about 4 years ago. Today he is cancer free and they have a beautiful, healthy baby boy. We even forget that he went through such a tough time. God is great. Stay focused on Him.

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  138. Stay strong Danni! I just wanted you to know my thoughts are with you and your family and I'm really hoping for the best.Big Hugs, Alex X

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  139. All the best wishes for your mum :) I'll keep her, and you, in my prayers.

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  140. Danni--

    It feels strange to leave a comment for someone that I've never met, but I feel like I've gotten to know you by reading your blog, and I want you to know that I am praying for you and your mom. I know that we can;t really understand how the Lord will use unexpected hard times like this, but I will be praying that He uses this time in mighty ways in your family. -jen

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  141. i am so sorry to hear that! i really hope things get better for you! just remember to say i love you to her, and spend as much time as you can with her, i pray to God that it all turns out okay for you!
    i recently lossed a close family friend, to colon cancer, he was battiling it since this time last year, it was hard to see him go.
    But I will keep you in my thoughts! i hope everything turns out okay!

    Megan <3

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  142. I'm really sorry to hear this bad news! I hope your mother will be better very soon!!! Hugs to all of you from Spain!

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  143. Hang in there honey. It's OK to be scared. It's OK to question. It's OK not to know what to say to or do for your mom. Just never lose your faith in God. When my dad was in ICU following a massive heart-attack, we all held hands around his bedside, prayed the Our Father, and at that exact moment, I felt the most surreal sense of peace that I've ever felt in my entire life. I am certain it was His presence. You, your mom, and your family will never be alone in this. And also, my dad miraculously survived, and also subsequently beat cancer. HOPE, my friend. xo.

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  144. I feel you so deeply! My dad diagnosis 3 months now is cancer too. Unfortunately he doesn't have in one organ only. He started chemo and will see. My hopes for your mom, my dad and so many others. Patience!

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  145. Best wishes to you and your mom! *hugs*

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  146. I'm so sorry you and your family are having to go through this. Stay strong and be there for one another. You will be in my thoughts.

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  147. danni,
    a huge hug for you and your family. it will be trying emotionally and physically for your mum and your entire family.
    my aunt had stage 4 breast cancer, she fought that for 7 years (way above average of most stage 4 survivors). to tell you the truth, once chemo was over and she got better from the chemo, sometimes she forgot she had cancer because of her positive outlook on life. we treated her with extra care which she did not like.
    advice i would give you is to empower yourselves with knowledge, read about it, search for clinical review papers and the possible treatments out there. doctors advocate.

    lastly, get your mum a huge warm blanket for when she gets her chemo because it is cold. they will have blankets but something form home and loved ones will be better.

    bless.

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  148. Thinking of you and your family.
    Sx

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  149. I am so sorry to hear your news - I will be praying for your family. God does bring us close, hold us, love and teach us through trials. I lost my baby six months ago during birth and I can tell you .there is incredible joy even in the darkest moments when you depend on God. But the pain does not just go away it is a constant companion and you can only walk this path holding His hand.

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  150. Positive thoughts to you and your family.

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  151. Hey Danni,
    I'm so sorry to hear you and your mom, your whole family is going through this. I just lost my 2nd mom from cancer a few weeks ago, the loss is still fresh and great but.. I can only remember all the good memories! Please know that I, WE are all rooting for you, your mom, your family. It's very hard to lose one's parent (my father passed away from liver/stomach cancer, it's already 20 years ago!) and I know how it shattered my foundation. The one thing I can tell you is this: Talk it out. Everything, how you're feeling, your sadness, your anger, your frustration, your fear. It is really cathartic and it helps you emotionally. I kept it all in when my dad passed away and it was horrible.
    Sending you positive vibes and keeping your mother in my prayers!

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  152. Don't worry yourself with comparing this to liver cancer. Liver cancer is a step away from brain cancer which further complicates things. If they say the odds are good, then I would go by that.

    Why worry about underestimating it? There will be sadness and stress regardless of the outcome. And when you really think about it, there is no avoiding this moment where you become suddenly aware of your parents' mortality. :(

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  153. Hi Danni,

    My mom had breast cancer and then a year later she got uterine cancer. She has been cancer free for about 4 years. I know what you are going through. It's tough! I wouldn't have been able to get through it if it wasn't for God and our church family. If you ever wanna talk, please, please email me...I know what it's like to see your mom go through this and not be able to do anything, but pray. Email me and I will give you my number and we can talk if you want.

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  154. This has happened to a family friend. and My childhood best friends mum recently passed away due to after nearly 15 years of remission of a different cancer.

    It is a horrible and tragic illness and I sincerely wish you and you family all the best. Good luck and god be with you in this time of need.
    Many thoughts coming from Australia

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  155. I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  156. Wow- I can only share the thoughts of previous comments. You have more faith than you realize- simply because you are willing to share your faith with others. Take comfort in knowing that your Mom has a wonderful daughter, and you have a wonderful Mother, and the two of you can be pillars of strength of each other during such a difficult time. xo

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  157. I wish you and your family peace and blessings. I hope all good things come your way.

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  158. Lifting up a prayer for your sweet mom and you!! God is faithful. His word says he will never abandon us. Doesn't mean we don't go through earthly trials and pain but he promises to always be there with us.

    My neighbor across the street had the same cancer a year ago. Same operation and went thru chemo. It was amazing to me that she worked full time and had chemo at the same time. So many advances so she was able to plug along. She had days of fatigue but that was the worst of it. God carried her through and she survived!!!

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  159. Hello Danni. I will make sure to keep your mom in my prayers. I hope God will put his healing hand upon her and bless her with all His love.

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  160. Your family is in my thoughts. Sending positive vibes from my coast to yours. xoxo

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  161. praying for your mom, you and your family! please keep us all updated! and thank you for being so open and honest here...

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  162. You and your mom are in my thoughts. My mother is a cancer survivor (cancer of the salivary gland) -- doctors estimated she had a 30% chance of making it though, and she did. This was 21 years ago (when I was a wee one), when medicine wasn't nearly as advanced, either, and she is healthy and strong today. There will be days when you just want to cry, and that's okay. But it is really important to try and be positive and be her support, which I am sure you will do with grace!

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  163. Danni,
    you and your family are in my thoughts. I pray that your mom gets better and better.

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  164. your mom is so cute! you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  165. prayers to you and your mom and your family. My mom had breast cancer when I was young and I remember the difficulties she went through, I'm glad she'll have you to be there for her.

    Your in my prayers.

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  166. So sorry to hear this. Your mom, you, and your family shall be in my thoughts.

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  167. Danni, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep strong and have faith. Things will turn out how He wants them to.
    Tod @ bibliochic

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  168. Danni - I'll wear yellow tomorrow for your mom and I'll wear a smile for you, because it's probably hard for you to smile at all right now.

    I echo all the sentiments above and send you hugs!

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  169. A big bear hug from me to you. I can't imagine what you're going through - but stay faithful, God will provide you the peace and comfort you need. XOXO

    Jessica

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  170. So sorry to hear about your mom. I will hope for the best for you and your family.

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  171. oh dearest, danni!

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother and will be praying for her, you and your family during this time. If you need anything at all, please give me a holler! Cancer runs deep in my family, so if you ever need a listening ear or someone to chat with, or just someone to play with to get your mind off things, let me know and I am here! xoxo!! BIG HUG!

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  172. I want to tell you two stories, one is of pure determination, the other is of pure faith. In my eyes though, both - are nothing less than miraculous.

    In August 1999, my mother was diagnosed with Stage FOUR lung cancer - inoperable as there was a large mass sitting between her lobes. She also had what they called "small, fast growing cells" spread throughout her lungs. As the only child, and the medical POA, I was with the doctor as he did the scope - I saw the cancer there. Not pretty (this is important because I wouldn't have believed the diagnosis otherwise). From August until February, my mother was part of an aggressive treatment along with 6 other similarly diagnosed individuals. Those 6 are gone. However, my mother... is here, almost 11 years later. She has watched many of her friends get diagnosed and pass. Not her. She refuses. I have always said she had a stubborn streak and this is mere validation.

    The next story has nothing to do with cancer - but still important. My coworker had a pre-term delivery of a baby at 23 weeks. He was born at 1.5 pounds and after 7 months and as many surgeries, and spending all but 5 days in the NICU, the doctors finally said they had done all they could and told the parents they needed to consider taking him off of life support. They told the doctors to basically jump off a cliff. For 6 weeks nurses and doctors attempted to coax them into doing what they thought was a quality of life issue. Some dumb nurse even made a statement such as, "you can always have another child." But they refused to heed the doctors' words and as they had done for 7 months, they prayed. Day and night. Refusing to believe that God had any other plans that did not include this little boy coming home. Well, here we are two months later, and this little boy is being weaned off life support, ate his first taste of bananas and has finally turned pink. Never, ever underestimate the power of pure grit, strength and prayer.

    It's called "practicing" medicine for a reason. Just as you shouldn't read online stuff - you shouldn't assume doctors know any more than anyone else either. Hold strong to your faith. It will be what will pull you through.

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  173. Oh this post rings so true with me, too. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and subsequently had a full hysterectomy a few years later. The absolute horror of seeing your mother in such a vulnerable (and painful) place is indescribable.

    I just wanted to say: look after yourself. The best thing anyone told me was that in order to be strong for my Mum, I had to be in good shape, too. You're supposed to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone else on a plane. Exercise, talk with your friends, eat meals even when you feel numb. This part of your life will feel a bit like a marathon, but nothing is permanent. No pain ever stays forever.

    My Mum is healthy and happy today. We got through it by putting one foot in front of the other and with wonderfully supportive friends.

    Thinking of you and sending thoughts your way,
    Kate x

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  174. In my thoughts in this hard time. Hang in there. xx

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  175. so sorry to hear about your mom. the same thing happened to my mom 2 years ago when she was 47. she had cervical cancer. it started out with the doctor finding a tumor in her uterus. when they went in to remove the tumor, they found cancer cells all in the linings of her cervix. they had to abort the surgery immediately. she went through months of chemo, radiation, had a hysterectomy, then had to do chemo again. but she has been cancer free for a year now.

    so best of luck to your mom. and i pray for comfort for you and your family during this time of trial.

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  176. Oh Danni!! This is such a difficult time for you and I think it's wonderful that you are keeping your faith in God because He is the one that can heal your mother! I will keep on praying and believing with you! xx

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  177. My Mom was also diagnosed with Uterine Cancer this last week. She will go in for surgery sometime soon. She has always been the nurturer and rock in my life. She, like your Mom, is an amazing person!

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom... Hopefully, this is a small bump in the road of life.

    All my love and prayers,
    Jen

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  178. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's cancer - I will keep you and her and your family in my prayers.

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  179. I will you keep your mother, you & your family in my prayers. I'm so sorry to hear the news. I was told, during my mom's battle with breast cancer, that thinking positive thoughts really does help. My mom has been cancer free for 4 years now, so I will be sending many positive thoughts your way!

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  180. I'm so sorry to hear this, I will be praying for her. I hope good new comes quickly!

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  181. Hi Danni! I wish you strength and good spirits in this difficult time. My fiance's mom has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. ( i say "just" but it's been a couple months by now. A couple whirlwind months). She had surgery and the doctor's called with great news earlier than we were expecting results, but then called a few days later with more results that confirmed it was stage 2 and had spread some. She's been through her first chemo treatment- maybe her second by now and we didn't think she was going to need chemo at all...I think we've had a similar experience in the early stages of learning about it :) Hang in there! You're have a great outlook on life. Keep her smiling with the beauty you see in the world.
    All the best- Becky

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  182. Danni, I am so sorry. You and your mom and the rest of your family are in my prayers. It's ok to be scared and to ask God why. I know what it's like to see a parent suffer through cancer. I remember reading somewhere that God doesn't always take away our pain but He promises to walk through it with us. He has done this for me and I know that He will do this for your mom and for you. He will keep holding your hand. You are loved.
    "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deut. 33: 27

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  183. isnt it strange how the strongest women we know in life are tested greater as well? my husbands mom was just diagnosed a couple months ago with stage 4 ovarian cancer. she is going through chemo right now & pretty much everything that can go wrong for her has happened. yet, she is still keeping up her spirits & staying positive & loving to others as always. sometimes you just gotta take it as things come. i hate to say it, but you will never be prepared! haha but just keep praying. thats what has helped my husband & i.
    i believe these trials are a test of faith & it can either break you or make you stronger. for my personal experience so far, it has brought our family so much closer together.
    & sometimes thats the happiest part of the whole thing...just being close to family.

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  184. I´m so sad and sorry for your mom, I´ll pray for her.
    Kisses and good energy from Spain

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  185. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Che, south africa x

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  186. Thank you for sharing. Encouraged by your honest words. Keep trusting and believing. God knows the bigger picture. I will be in prayer and petition for your mother.

    your sisters of joliejolie
    Rachel & Lisa

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  187. I'll pray for her. Always be there for your mum, especially when she's doing her treatment. Chemo is always drained people's energy, and it will make your mum feel much better with you accompanying her at these times (:

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  188. Danni, I got so teary already just reading a few sentences of your honest sharing blog.. ;(

    He will make a way.. when there seems to be no way..

    You & your mom and the rest of your family are in my prayers too..

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  189. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Take all the time off you want. :)

    I would love to submit a guest post to help you out. :) Give me a couple of days to think it thru and then I'll email you my post. :)

    Alexis of The Magick Box

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  190. Danni I'm sending my prayers, hugs, and good vibes your way! I can only imagine how you feel but I'm sure your mom wants nothing more than having you and your other family around. Take it one day at a time and as much of a break as you need.

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  191. Danni, I am so sorry to hear of what your mother and your family are going through. A few years back my grandfather passed from cancer and what I learned from that was to cherish you loved ones, sick or healthy. My advice, no matter what the results are, is to be with her. Nothing else really matters! I stayed with my grandfather as much as I possibly could, almost even lost my job. And it would have been worth losing it too. A job will always be available, your blog will always remain a blog but your mom may not always be there. Be with her in good spirits, encourage, listen, comfort, help to keep her soul strong.I believe a positive mind and a strong spirit can help save anyone!
    I hope Friday brings you good news! Sorry for the long comment.
    Jamie

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  192. I am so so sorry to rad the news about your mother!!I hope that your prayers and those of all people praying for your mother will be listened and that everything will be soon better!be strong!a big hug!

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  193. ohh i am so sorry to hear this. thinking and praying of you and your family through this hard time xox

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  194. Danni, I'm sorry to hear about your mom..You and your mom will be in my prayers..I can imagine this is a difficult time as I can relate; my mom had breast cancer few years ago, but she's a survivor and doing very well now..I believe prayer is very powerful and there's a lot of people praying for your mom. Hope Friday brings good news.

    Lots of love,
    TF

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  195. I'm so sorry to hear about this news. You sound like you have a wonderful spirit and that will help a lot! Hang in there and hugs hugs hugs to you and your family!

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  196. Hi! I just happened upon your blog today and though I don't know you, my prayers are def. with you and your family. We serve such an amazing God and He's able to do ANYTHING above all that we can ask or even think. I'm rejoicing with you and your mother on her recovery and being a marvel to the doctors! All is well.
    Princess

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  197. Keeping your lovely mom and your family in my thoughts! I'm so sorry to hear this, and hopes she heals.

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  198. Danni, I'm so sorry to hear this news. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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