The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me as I commence my fight against Breast Cancer.  This is the place for the people I love to follow along.  Since my diagnosis two weeks ago, you’ve all poured out your love and support in the most generous fashion…it’s been amazing and humbling and heartening and strengthening. I feel fortunate and blessed in a way that I never knew was possible.  I guess it’s true that every cloud has a silver lining.

For the record; I intend to beat cancer.  I intend to thrive, not just survive.  If you’re here, reading this, then I invite you to take the journey with me and I welcome your prayers, thoughts, love and support.  I have an incredible medical team and I have full confidence in each and every one.  I also have a huge personal team and I’d like to introduce you to my inner core of key players.

My daughter, Jess, has been a source of quiet strength and guidance to me.  As a medical school student, she is familiar with the medical jargon and she knows where to go to research and get answers to my questions.  She speaks “Doctor” and translates to “Mom”, which is an art in itself.  She’s my mini-me and she loves me so deeply and fully, that she anticipates my thoughts and actions….and knows me, in a way that few do.  I am incredibly lucky to have her on my team!

My son, Jack, is a constant source of physical strength and courage to me.  He keeps me laughing and he is the ultimate, I got yo back, guy.  He’s happy to do my honey do list, drive me, hug me, make fun of me, joke with me until I laugh out loud…and he “gets” me like few do.  He’s the ultimate team player and team leader.

My husband, Rod, is the quiet purr of the engine that runs in the background.  He asked what I needed in the beginning and my answer was simple and to the point; I need you to work hard, compartmentalize as only a fighter pilot can do, and just wait for me to assign other tasks.  So far, that’s working out well.  Every team needs a good manager and Rod is mine.

I’ll try to blog often and keep you “abreast” of the current happenings…he he he…without boring you.  So, stay tuned, and welcome aboard!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


6 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. Love and prayers sent to you throughout this journey from the Roope family!! I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that you will kick ass💕


  2. So beautiful can not wait to follow your journey with you. I’ve never got the opportunity to really meet you but having you on Facebook and watching you turn every unfavorable situation into a moreso bearable one is beautiful. I’ll keep you in my prayers and the first step to beating anything is keeping a strong positive mind.


  3. You have a great support system! You are a warrior! If I can help in anyway please let me know! I am praying for you always! You can beat this! God is with you!
    Love and blessings


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