"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Being a Mom is such a huge deal. I'm not a Mom, well only to a couple furry beagles, but when I look at my Mom, and see the way she looks back at us, her children, her babies, I know that it's the most important thing she's ever done. I know Mom's fighting for us, we are her, she is us. Nothing will ever change our connection or the love between us. We know this already but I want you to know that I think of this every single day, things I hear, things I see.
I love you Mommy!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Test Results

I feel so blessed, another answer to our prayers, the results from the scope were great, no sign of cancer cells in my stomach! thank you all for being such an important part of this, I could not have made it to this point with out you. love you all !!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Facebook Love: Italiano

Attilio Lafata wrote on our Facebook Page!

tumore ,cancro sono terribili parole ,fanno giusto rabbrividire, parte le cure ,per noi cristiani non ci resta che pregare,questo o qell`altro santo ma in ogni cosa ,bisogna credere ed avere fiducia in Dio,con la preghiera e facendo qualche fioretto ...
ogni volta sento che qualcuno e` affetto da tumore e misi stringe il cuore ,non gurdo l`eta` ma bensi` la persona e per riflessoi famigliari che gli stanno vicini,e un martirio assistere impotenti a questo strazio ,si prega ,ci si mette nelle mani di...

cancer, cancer are terrible words, they just shudder, the care for us Christians we can only pray this or any other saint qell `but in everything, one must believe and trust in God through prayer and making some foil ...
every time I hear that someone is suffering from cancer and began shaking the heart, not Gurd `s age but rather is the person and family riflessoi that are neighbors, and a martyrdom helplessly this agony, please, you puts in the hands of ...

Scope Appointment

Mom's having her scope appointment today. They'll be able to take a little camera ride down the esophagus and peek around the inside of the stomach. We're thinking of you Mom and hoping for continued good news! Love you!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wine: Not so healthy after all?

Drinking just a small glass of wine a day can more than double the risk of cancer, a study claims.
It says that consuming just one 125ml glass of wine increases the chance of developing mouth and throat cancer by 168 per cent.
Other cancers are also more likely to strike regular drinkers, the study by France's National Cancer Institute (INCA) reports.

Dominique Maraninchi, INCA's president, said: 'Small daily doses of alcohol are the most harmful. There is no amount, however small, which is good for you.'
The findings go against previous research, which has found that the antioxidants in red wine can actually reduce the risk of cancer.
The INCA study warned: 'The consumption of alcohol is associated with an increase in the risk of cancers - mouth, larynx, oesophagus, colon-rectum, and breast cancer.
'The cause is above all the transformation of ethanol in alcohol to acetaldehyde, which damages DNA in healthy cells.'
This is particularly likely to happen if alcohol is introduced into the body daily - even in small measures, it added.
Official figures show that alcohol is responsible for around 6 per cent - or 9,000 cases - of all cancer deaths in the UK each year, including 5,000 cases of mouth and oesophagus cancer and 2,000 cases of breast cancer.
Dr Jodie Moffat, of charity Cancer Research UK, said: 'We know that drinking just small amounts of alcohol, in the form of beer, wine or spirits, increases the risk of several different types of cancer.
'So the more you cut down on alcohol, the more you can reduce your cancer risk.'
Judy O'Sullivan, of the British Heart Foundation, added: 'Between one and two units of alcohol a day may offer some protection against coronary heart disease.
'But there are much healthier ways to look after your heart.
'There is very little evidence that red wine has any specific benefits over other alcoholic drinks.'

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Friday, September 11, 2009


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Much Love!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vacation Pictures

I've included a slideshow of the pictures I have but in total I think we all have around 600 photos and some pretty funny video (family viewing only for that!) Enjoy the photos, we all had such a great time!
Love Jess

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Bad News Bears

We just got some bad news bears and we're not talking about the 1976 film directed by Michael Ritchie.
Mom's health insurance has decided they will no longer cover her prevention drug (Avastin). Mom's oncologist has been fighting with the insurance company and lost but we're looking to appeal. We're so disappointed because this was the ONE thing Mom could continue to keep things on the down low between chemo treatments. This is just one more reason why this 2nd opinion will be good thing.

Hang in there Mom!
We love you!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

CT Scan Results

We're still celebrating great news! Wednesday Mom got the results of her stomach scan after finishing the chemo treatments. Results came back looking good! The scan did show a fragment particle in the bone which appears to be nothing but steps may be taken to have it looked at further to be sure.

Mom was scheduled for her 2nd scope in November however her oncologist has suggested sooner just to be safe. This will happen sometime in September. They did discuss options of removing the stomach but feel it would only provide a disservice to Mom should she need it in the future. It sure came in handy these past few months! :)

Because we know the cancer had spread to the upper part of the diaphragm, lower esophagus and lymph node we aren't taking any changes and her doctor has suggested the idea of a 2nd opinion. We're hoping for the same results but if anything is different it would have proven to be a wise choice.

We're in a good place right now, a crossroads so to speak, a new stage. Along with this comes more questions, fears and anxiety. Our focus is to get Mom back to optimal health and keep the caner away, or to find it hiding elsewhere so we can kick it's butt again!

The clinic is putting Mom's case on the board for doctors to review and discuss. They'll also continue to push her prevention drug as maintenance to be covered by insurance (Avastin) www.avastin.com

No further chemo treatment has been recommended at this time. We'll keep you posted on the 2nd opinion details to come soon!

With continued thanks, love and deepest appreciation,
& Josh

Mom's Song

Mom asked if we could put this song that she likes on the blog. We hope you enjoy it also!

Fight Like a Girl
by Bombshel


"Hold your head high.
Don't ever let 'em define
The light in your eyes.
Love yourself, give them Hell.
You can take on this world.
You just stand and be strong
And then fight
Like a girl."

"Oh, with style and grace
Kick ass and take names"

"Ten years of climbin' that ladder
Oh, but money and power don't matter
When the doctor said "the cancer spread"
She holds on tight to her husband and babies
And says "this is just another test for me.
And I know just how to handle this"

"I'll hold my head high
I'll never let this define
The light in my eyes
Love myself, give it Hell
I'll take on this world
If I stand and be strong
No, I'll never give up
I will conquer with love
And I'll fight like
Like a girl"