Bedtime stories

I had all these things to write about last night … but instead, I read bedtime stories to my children.  I sang to my littlest, his special song, and We Shall Overcome, which I have sung as a lullaby to each of them for years.  (Part of my heritage of growing up in Mississippi in the 1970s, I suppose.)  I read to my oldest; I told him his favorite story (about the day he was born), and I snuggled him close.  When he didn’t sleep, I brought him in to our bed and tucked him in gently.  He finally went to sleep as his Daddy and I read our books and waited for sleep to find us.

And now, the day of surgery has arrived.  I’m heading off to the hospital now.  I’ll check in, have an IV put in, see my surgical oncologist one last time, and then the anesthesia.  There will be a long surgery, some recovery, and then I’ll be okay.  I will be okay.

For updates, check back here or over at Stimeyland.  Stimey has agreed to post that I’m okay once she hears from WonderDaddy. 

We’re also going to Twitter for as long as we can this morning, and then again from the hospital when I’m able.  To view Twitter updates, look over to the right on my sidebar; the most recent will be posted over there automatically.

Thank you for all your comments yesterday.  Keep ’em coming.  WonderDaddy is going to login and read them to me as a bedtime story after my surgery.  And it will be so nice to be reminded that once again, even alone in a hospital room, even recovering from a double mastectomy, even struggling with inflammatory breast cancer, I am not alone.

232 Responses to Bedtime stories

  1. Robin says:

    Not alone. Never alone. You have the internet’s biggest cheering section right there with you every step of the way.

    Go get ’em Susan.

  2. Beth_C says:

    My prayers are with you.

  3. so much strength being sent your way!

  4. Thinking of you, all day.

  5. Sarah says:

    Wishing you lots of luck.
    Sarah♥

  6. Mrs D. says:

    I’ve only just found this blog. I wish I had found it earlier to offer more support. I have sent an army of angels to your bedside to keep you safe.

  7. Emily says:

    There is so much I wonder. How will you look in that pretty new dress you bought? What color will your hair be? What will you wear to each of their high school graduations? You know, important things like that.

  8. Tracy says:

    Your springtime of fragrant, fresh flowers, growing physical energy as you spend time with your loving family and friends, the taste of fresh herbs, feelings of renewed strength are so close now. We are all rooting for you today, praying, chanting “clean margins.”

  9. Kristen says:

    oh, honey. you are SO not alone. Not today, not tomorrow, not even the next. Who else will sit with me on the floor of a swanky French restaurant while a cute bartender brings us beer?

    Blessings,
    Kristen

  10. Cheryl says:

    I will be thinking of you all day and eagerly awaiting the news that successful surgery is over and you are resting comfortably.

  11. Zoot says:

    I can’t possibly convey how much you are in my thoughts today. It sounds so trite to say that, but I mean it with every ounce of my soul. Seriously. I’ll be following you every way I can today.

  12. Miz S says:

    Good luck, honey.

  13. […] says in today’s entry that she will use the comments as her bedtime story after her surgery. I rarely (if ever) comment […]

  14. Anta says:

    Love, light, and clean margins, Whymommy. You’re a born fighter!

  15. jackieb27 says:

    I don’t even know you, but I wish I did! Continue to carry that strength you display every day by sharing your story with us. I admire you more and more every day for your courage. You’ll be back up and feeling better than ever in no time. Stay positive, that is gods greatest gift. I look forward to hearing from you soon! God speed!

  16. Leanne says:

    Prayers for you today – prayers of healing and strength and comfort.

    Will be back to check on you!

  17. Becky says:

    You GO girl! You’re in our thoughts and prayers. what a journey. What a story. What courage you’ve shown in the face of this nasty cancer. It doesn’t stand a chance. You’re not just a survivor. You’re a prevailer!!

  18. Stimey says:

    My dear friend, Susan. I woke up this morning (hit the snooze alarm several times) and came to consciousness and my first thoughts were of you. I hope by the time you read this you’ll be done. You’ll be awake. You’ll be free. You fought this fight so well and you made it through. Good luck today. I love you!

  19. SarahK says:

    The internets are cheering you on today!! Good luck!

  20. Maria says:

    We’re cheering you on.

  21. Sheila says:

    You are so strong, you are kicking cancer’s butt! Hang in there because you are winning this fight!

  22. ~JJ! says:

    You are NOT alone!

    Love you.

  23. I’m thinking of you! You can do this!!!

  24. Kimberly says:

    So NOT Alone. You are all I can think about this morning. Praying for you, rooting fro you – cheering you on to great health and many more tomorrows.

    Hugs

  25. tori says:

    You are not alone. I can’t wait to read updates! I’ll be thinking of you all day!

  26. Stella says:

    Never Ever alone!! Praying for you! Thinking of you!!

  27. Laura says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. You can do this. You are strong and beautiful and this is the beginning of enjoying the rest of your amazing life.

  28. Becki says:

    I only just found your blog yesterday, but I linked to it with my blog, and my cousin found it and put you on our church’s prayer chain, so now you have a bunch of crazy Orthodox Christian Arabs and Greeks praying for you, and they’re probably saying something like this:

    O Holy God,
    Heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies,
    Who has sent thine only begotten Son to heal all our ailments and deliver us from death,
    Do Thou visit and heal thy servant Susan,
    granting her release from pain and restoration to health and vigor, that she may give thanks unto Thee and bless thy holy name, of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Lord, hear our prayer.

    That’s what I’m praying too. Thinking of you all day today and looking for updates.

  29. Randi says:

    I just found you today through Zoot. I don’t have a lot of experience with cancer in my life (a blessing, I know), and I have known no one with breast cancer. I found myself reading your entire site this morning and following along with your trials. You are such an amazing, brave mother. You have faced the odds and are going to beat them – I know this. When your children are teenagers and you want to pull your hair out, you, perhaps, will be more grateful than most of us. When your kids are grown and are getting married and having their own children, you will be able to be there.

    You amaze and inspire me, and I am sending all of my good thoughts to you today. Thank you for allowing perfect strangers like me to read your inspiring story.

  30. You are certainly not alone. Good luck, Godspeed, and know that there are prayers and good thoughts by the thousands coming your way.

    With Love and Hugs!!!

  31. alli says:

    All bed time stories begin “Once upon a time…” right?

    Well, once upon a time, I read someone’s blog and she said someone else in the blogosphere needed comments as a bedtime story after major surgery. I wanted to be clever or inspirational, but it usually takes me a few days to come up with a comeback, let alone clever or inspirational comments. So I leave you with this: You are being thought of a lot today by someone you don’t know and just discovered your blog this morning. I even added you to my twitter. I want to give you a hug.

    Night, night.

  32. […] There’s another woman who is having a banner day today, a bigger banner day than I am. Whymommy, who has been through her 6 months of chemotherapy for Inflammatory Breast Cancer, is going in today for a double mastectomy. […]

  33. Waiting Amy says:

    You are not alone. Hoping for a quick recovery for you. Your boys are waiting to begin the rest of your lives together. Thinking of you.

  34. Jenifer says:

    You did it my friend! Before you know it you will be back home reading bedtime stories to Widget and Lil Bear. Rest,take care and looking forward to your updates! Prayers for your family.

  35. Meleah says:

    My mantra today is — clean margins, clean margins, clean margins. You are in my thoughts and all positive energy is being sent to you. Rest and recover. This is the beginning…

  36. Angela says:

    Thinking of you and those CLEAN MARGINS! They’re going to get it all and you’re going to wake up feeling so much better.

    Well, ok so you’re probably going to be pretty loopy and sore (had three surgeries myself in the last two years) but you ARE going to BE better!

    Better, faster, they have the technology… it’s the Million Dollar Momma!

    ((Hugs across the internets))

  37. Rebecca says:

    God bless you today – I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  38. Best wishes for clean margins and a speedy recovery. This has all been so overwhelming, and your grace and energy throughout has been amazing.

    That and you singlehandedly manage to invent the best app I’ve seen for Twitter!

    And I saw Julia Roberts in “Charlie Wilson’s War.” She’s still my nominee to play you in the movie I know they’ll make!🙂

  39. Liz says:

    i don’t know what else to say except we’ll be thinking of you and sending all our love and good energy your way for a swift surgery and an even speedier recovery.

  40. xakbox says:

    nice good post …god bless

  41. Terri says:

    sent over by Nancy at Marie Millard. Here’s hoping and praying for a nice restful night tonight and a quick and full recovery.

  42. NYFriend says:

    Cheering you on! Sending lots of vibes of wellness, clean margins and healing.

    Now a joke…
    “Why did the silly scientist keep his shirt on when he took a bath? Because the label said ‘Wash and Wear.'” 😛

  43. Linda Lawrence says:

    We are with you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love you,

    Aunt Linda and all

  44. Mary says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers — hopefully at this moment you are being wheeled into recovery with clean margins soon ready to hear a bedtime story of the love from all those who read your blog and those who know you well in real life.

  45. Colleen and Charlotte says:

    Charlotte says, “I love you, Miss Susan”. Colleen says, “I love you, Miss Susan.” Caroline says, “Gaaaa” and kisses the screen.

    Good luck and clean margins!

  46. Kate says:

    You are not alone! You have a wonderful family, and many, many friends who care about you, and who are thinking and praying for you, right at this very minute. I hope that surgery goes smoothly, and that recovery is quick, so that you can get back to reading bedtime stories to your boys. Hang tough kiddo. Thinking of you.

  47. Lindsey says:

    Not alone for a minute. I hope you feel our love and hopes surrounding you.

  48. It is for you and others like you that I walk each year. You are not alone. Sending you healthy, get well fast, no more cancer vibes, prayers and thoughts today!

  49. mamatulip says:

    Thinking of you, wishing you well, sending strength and good recovery vibes.

  50. MamaGeek says:

    Can you feel the love? Clean margins and a fast recovery my friend.

  51. Thinking of you every minute today, Susan.

    Music, just for you, is waiting over at my blog:

    http://icanflyjustnotup.blogspot.com/

    love you– CGF xoxo

  52. Colleen says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Wishing you a successful surgery and a quick recovery.

  53. Mimi says:

    Found your site through Miss Zoot. My mother was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in early September. She had a left mastectomy in November and came through her surgery remarkably well. Said all that just to let you know you are not alone and there is always hope. Sending my prayers and thoughts your way. Here’s to a quick recovery and clean margins!!

  54. Sunshine says:

    Hoping, praying, and thinking of you today and every day!

  55. Gill says:

    Thinking of you, praying for you and sending you positive thoughts. {{{{hugs}}}}

  56. Wow look at all of these people thinking good thoughts and sending prayers. You really are not alone, and I’m adding my name to the list!

  57. mamma knows says:

    I’am so happy that this will all be behind you, thinking of you a whole bunch today.

  58. Thinking of you and sending you all kinds of kick it’s ass mojo.

  59. tracey says:

    Oh hon, sending you soooo much love! I’ve read your blog often, and loved the stories of your children, your romance with your husband, and your courage in fighting cancer. You are truly what people mean when they say a “Strong Woman.” Hang in there and know that hundreds and possibly thousands of people worldwide are praying and hoping for a fast and peaceful recovery for you. And Wonderdaddy, sending you much love as well, that you can continue to be a supportive and courageous husband and father.

  60. JR says:

    You will overcome! Clean margins and quick healing to you.

  61. Meg says:

    wishing you a speedy surgery with minimal pain and CLEAR MARGINS! give ’em hell WhyMommy!

  62. biddy says:

    sending you prayers for peace, healing, love and laughter. after her masectomy, my grandmother found laughter to be the very best medicine. and coloring. never forget the soothing powers of crayons and coloring books.

  63. Every good night story needs a few good jokes, so here’s another one:

    While on a car trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch.
    After finishing their meal, the elderly woman left her glasses on the table, but she didn’t miss them until they were back on the highway. By then, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around.
    The elderly man fussed and complained all the way back to the restaurant. He called his wife every bad name he could think of.
    When they finally arrived at the restaurant, and the woman got out of the car to retrieve her glasses, the man yelled to her, “And while you’re in there, you might as well get my hat, too.”

  64. theroadtohome says:

    CLEAR MARGINS my dear!

    (I think that should be an official “well wishing” statement for those of you going through this!)

  65. Kendra says:

    You are in my prayers today as always. I wish you the speediest recovery possible. You are an inspiration.

  66. Dawn says:

    Give me a K! (K!)
    Give me an I! (I!)
    Give me a C! (C!)
    Give me a K! (K!)

    What’s that spell? KICK?
    What’ll we do? KICK!!
    KICK CANCER’s ASS!!! KICK CANCER’s ASS!!!

    (You should know that the first time I typed this I accidentally kissed cancer’s ass and it was decidedly grody.)

    Praying everything is unicorns and rainbows.

  67. hotfessional says:

    We’re with ya babe. Every step of the way. It’s snowing here in Michigan today, a light fluffy snow that is blanketing everything quickly. It’s amazingly serene and quiet.

    It’s what I’m hoping for you when you wake up. Serenity –

  68. ohgrammy says:

    Love and prayers, all the time. Always.

  69. Laurie says:

    WhyMommy, I’m praying for you & your family. I wish you all the best, clear margins & a quick recovery.

  70. Laura Ellis says:

    I just found your journal completely randomly while looking something up for work. I’m a breast cnacer survivor too – I had a bilateral mastectomy back in April, then 5ish months of chemo. I thought it was too much of a coincidence for me to stumble here on the day of your surgery, so I had to stop and give you my very best wishes for an easy surgery and a peaceful and quick recovery.

    Hang in there, and send me an email if you ever want to talk (lauramellis@gmail.com). Good luck!

    Laura

  71. mumof4 says:

    You are an inspiration to us all. May all the angels help you through the surgery and make you strong for your little lads very soon.

  72. Trisha says:

    Stay strong. One more step toward your happily ever after!

  73. FishyGirl says:

    Delurking to say bless you. I pray you have clear margins, an uncomplicated surgery, and a speedy recovery. Peace be with you.

  74. Christa says:

    Coming through Zoot’s blog…I read your blog for the first time this morning. I’m praying for you and wishing you a serene awakening. All of the reasons you listed for beating cancer, all of those reasons are why you will win. God bless…..

  75. juliepippert says:

    I LOVE that photo from your trip and am so glad you made it your banner.

    Many thoughts for you today from here…easy, clean margins, speedy recovery.

    Health and happiness.

  76. mastrarceus says:

    I haven’t checked your blog since maybe the second half of your chemo but was suddenly moved to just now, an hour or so after you were wheeled into the OR (thank you, God!)….my best friend had her surgery in early December with excellent results and prognosis, and I am praying for the same for you. email me at ashweb@comcast.net if you want her email or phone for post-surgery support.

    Ashley

  77. Angeline says:

    Yes you will be fine. You will wake up from the surgery and will begin your new life, take a couple of months and then off you go, without medications, free from illness.

    My mother fought with cancer 3 times for 15 years. She pulled through because she knows that her mission on earth was not done yet, because she knows many are praying for her, because she believes in miracles…

    You will be well. I will be checking here and over at the other 2 places to look out for news of you…
    *muack*

  78. mae says:

    Prayers from Texas. I just found your blog today but I instantly was so taken by it. You are very brave and encouraging. I look forward to reading here some more. Thank you for your courage to share your journey with so many… pretend friends in cyberspace…

  79. Nancy says:

    ::: Sprinkling fairy glitter around for you :::

    Prayers and good vibes are sent your way for a new tomorrow … starting today.

    You have a grand cheering section =)

  80. mastrarceus says:

    BTW, that best friend of mine was diagnosed with IBC at almost the same exact time as you, and she has a 1+ year old son who was a babe in arms last summer when she was diagnosed. I have followed your story and hers, and they are much the same!

    Your blog was a blessing to me b/c you were just a step ahead of her in chemo, so I could understand better how she might be feeling by reading your blog.

    Ashley

  81. NotAMeanGirl says:

    prayers going up for you. Here’s hope for clean margins and no more complications!

  82. Chantale says:

    Sending good vibes your way.

  83. mastrarceus says:

    oh, dear — one more note. Apparently I’m signed in to wordpress under my son’s identity, and I just found out his profile has some inappropriate language representative of a 10-year-old boy, so don’t think that’s me!

    Ashley

  84. ohthejoys says:

    You were just wheeled into the OR according to Twitter and I want you to know that at that moment there was a great upswell in prayer for you all across the world.

    We’re all thinking of you and waiting for you on the other side, waiting to welcome you to the many, many, many days and years to come.

    xo,
    Jessica

  85. Stephanie Ridgell says:

    Sending you love and prayers!!

  86. Emily says:

    I am thinking of you and am saying my prayers and sending best wishes.

  87. Brooks says:

    I’ve lit my special candles for you (your family and medical team as well) and will keep them burning throughout the day… may God’s blessings, strength and love be with you all.

  88. Elizabeth says:

    I’m thinking about you.

  89. Catherine says:

    Here via Bon at cribchronicles to add my voice to the chorus of good wishes. I am wishing you strength and healing.

  90. Cherill says:

    De-Lurking from Colorado to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today! Cheers while you are reading this to a successful surgery and a healthy life here on out!!!!!

    Hug those precious babies!!!!🙂

    xoxoxoxox

  91. Mary says:

    Will be thinking of you all day and in the weeks to come! Take good good care!

  92. kidlicious says:

    Also de-lurking and had to say that you have touched me. I’ll keep reading to hear about your recovery and those spring flowers and those boys and to see pictures of you and your family and to learn more about you!

  93. KDF says:

    I was thinking of you as I worked out this morning. You are strong, you are alive, you are kicking cancer’s butt today. Be well and congrats on your amazing win, whymommy. It will all get better from here.

  94. b*babbler says:

    The big day has arrived, and we are all here, by your side in spirit, sending you good wishes during your surgery.

  95. Janine says:

    Our love and prayers are always with you but especially today. Janine and Robert

  96. SuzyQatHome says:

    We will continue to pray for you throughout this week – for strength, grace and as little pain as possible!

    All our love!

  97. Amy says:

    I’m praying for you in Indiana. Praying that the surgeon gets every last molecule of cancer. Praying that your recovery is full and complete. Praying that your pain is well managed and that they give you lots of happy pills. Praying that you live to be 100, at least. Praying that when your hair grows back, it comes back looking like supermodel hair as soon as you get out of bed. Praying that you don’t have to eat too much jello in the hospital. Praying that they take the tissue from your breasts and study it and that their investigation leads to a cure. Praying that you feel all of us with you today.

  98. You don’t know me from Eve, but I wanted to tell you that you and your family are in my thoughts today.
    My mother had a double mastectomy back in August. You are definitely in good company.
    Great big hugs from California!

  99. Mrs. Chicky says:

    Thinking of you today. And your family.

    Nothing but good thoughts coming your way.

  100. peppermint t says:

    Good thoughts and clean margins. My heart is with you today!

  101. Jen M says:

    Sending you thoughts and prayers of strength, healing, and hope from my corner of the blogosphere. You WILL be fine and we can’t wait to hear about your awesome progress.

    Blessings,
    Jen from Get in the Car!

  102. tansiekman says:

    Never alone … for we are all with you in many thoughts and prayers.

    Clean Margins we’re praying …. speedy recovery … and on with your life.

    Tanya
    The Dairy Wife
    http://www.thesiekmantriplets.blogspot.com

  103. Kathryn says:

    Wishing you a perfect surgery with no complications, and a speedy recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can feel all the love your readers are sending you and glow in their warmth. You are Not alone.
    God’s Blessings
    Kathryn

  104. Hoo says:

    Came over from nervousgirl. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  105. atypical says:

    Delurking (again) to send you my wishes, prayers, thoughts, and battle-cry grunts of, “Clean margins!”

    And you know, EVERY bedtime story has a happily ever after….

  106. Ally says:

    Yes, WM and WD, you are not alone. You are buoyed along by the prayers and love of many.

  107. Liz in NoWhere PA says:

    Delurking to wish you the best.

    Ya know, your blouse buttons will never have that unsightly gapping thing again. That’s something to hold on to. Really.

  108. Margie says:

    I learned about your battle with IBC from Judy, and am stopping by to let you know you’re in my prayers for a successful surgery and good health in the future. Best to you!!

  109. Karaoke Diva says:

    I’m thinking about you today and sending lots of positive, healing energy your way. You are truly an inspiration.

  110. Thinking of you and your family, and wishing you a very speedy recovery…

    With much love,
    April

  111. abunslife says:

    sending you love, and strength today.

  112. Kristin says:

    I don’t know how I missed joining in with Team WhyMommy, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers, always… sending you all good thoughts for good health and strong recovery.

    xx

  113. Dianne says:

    I am here by way of Zoot. You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Hope your recovery is speedy, not too painful, and extremely successful!

  114. Angela says:

    Go, you! You’re in the home stretch…and we’re rooting for you…watching you on Twitter too….

  115. Mary Rice says:

    I have been following your battle since seeing you mentioned on a Breast Cancer 3-Day message board in August. I have never written before, but want you to know that I pray every day for you and your family, and send you extra warm thoughts and prayers today from Minnesota.

    Take Care

  116. AMC says:

    Thinking of you today, be well soon!

  117. Dawn says:

    More thoughts and prayers coming your way.

  118. Sarah says:

    A good friend of mine (Sandie at UrbanMama) mentioned you to me today and I wanted to come by to wish you the best.

    I had a double mastectomy just about 2.5 years ago when my twin boys were 10 months old, followed by 6 rounds of chemo. The worst part was definitely being away from my boys, but honestly the recovery was not awful, even the reconstruction surgeries weren’t bad.

    My hair has even come back!🙂 Wishing you all the best.

  119. Phoenix says:

    I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way. I hope your surgery goes great and that you are back to hugging your babies in no time.

  120. Sarah says:

    I’m checking up on you. You have a lot of love out here.

  121. Mummycha says:

    Thinking of you all day.

  122. Vonda says:

    I come here from The Dairy Wife and just want you to know you are fighting such a brave fight and that you are in my prayers today and forward. Bless you.

  123. Krishawn says:

    I just found your site last week and read and cried along with you for a big chunk of time, and you’ve been on my mind and in my heart ever since. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I’ll be sending you and your family healing vibes from Los Angeles as you begin your NEW journey, cancer-free!

  124. Nutmeg says:

    Been reading every day since team WhyMommy started. My son is 13 months old and your story touched me so much and has reminded me to enjoy every minute.

    The littlest man and I are pulling for you.

  125. Audubon Ron says:

    Healing hands, healing hands, many prayers, many prayers, many blessings, I pray, I pray, Lord send healing hands, I pray…

  126. Jennie says:

    Praying for you and your family.

  127. C in MT says:

    Sending lots of love your way!!

    ~C

  128. Marianne says:

    Go WhyMommy Go!

    Praying for clean margins and a quick, safe recovery so you can get right back to snuggling your boys.

  129. brandy says:

    Saying a prayer right now for an issue-free surgery and recovery. After that, well, I think it’s gonna be aaaaalright.
    Thanks for sharing all of this with us. You are undoubtedly saving lives by putting yourself out there like this. Someday soon your boys are gonna realize how proud they should be of their mama!

  130. Arkie Mama says:

    No, never alone.

    Thinking of you today.

    I’ll be checking for updates…

  131. NoRegrets says:

    Wow, you’re going to have a lot of listening to do tonight! 130 comments so far! Amazing. Here’s hoping and praying that it all comes off ok. All the best to you.

  132. Jackie says:

    I Hope and Pray for you, but you’ll be just fine. Found you through Motherhood Uncencored’s blog, and you have already made me cry. My aunt went through what you are goin through right now and she has been 20 years in remission! You are in my prayers and have been thinking about you all day.

  133. She She says:

    Good, healing thoughts are coming your way from Vermont!

  134. bipolarlawyercook says:

    You are not alone. Holding you in the light, and wishing you quick, full healing.

  135. Ellen says:

    Candles are lit, sending you Lots of Positive Healing energys
    Brightest Blessings

  136. Robbin says:

    I’ll be thinking of you and saying little prayers. I have a project out to bid to work on a long-term breast cancer therapeutic that I call my Not-WhyMommy project because I don’t want you to ever have need for it!

    Bless you and keep you.

  137. sherry says:

    Susan, sending you love and positive healing energy — with prayers of love for your recovery.

  138. Meleah says:

    I have been thinking of you all day. You are not alone. Here’s to clean margins and a speedy recovery and many more bedtime stories to come for Widget and Little Bear.

    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  139. Sheila says:

    {{hugs}} and wishes of clean margins. Praying god will guide the doctor’s hands.

  140. Colleen says:

    Praying for an uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery! So many thoughts are aimed at you and your family today.

  141. Suz says:

    You are not alone. I’ve been following your story and will be thinking of you today.

  142. Sanne says:

    All goodness to you! I hope the surgery went well and that recovery will be very, very speedy!

  143. Dawn says:

    You went in 5 hours by the twitter count, I pray the healing has already begun in a whole new way. Congrats on making it here🙂

  144. peachykkg says:

    Praying for you today. I’ve been reading (lurking) for a while now since I met Canape. Thinking of you!

  145. Good morning and afternoon dear whymommy, I’m refreshing like mad in the hopes of twitter updates…. thinking of you, and whydaddy too. Love to all of you, all around.

  146. Damselfly says:

    You rock. Thinking of you and praying for a perfect, quick recovery.

  147. Donna4k says:

    whydaddy this is a special prayer for you- sometimes the hardest thing is wanting to do or say or be the ultimate caregiving spouse or parent. be sad be mad but be hopeful and know there are a lot of people pulling for you and your family.

  148. I will think of you and all my friends that have beat breast cancer today; you will soon be one of them.

  149. P says:

    I have a friend recently diagnosed with IBC, and through an Internet search, I found your site. I have been following your words, words full of grace and joy and love, for the past few weeks. You have been standing in as a proxy to my friend whom I risk smothering with my attention and love and concern. But through your eloquence and your unique voice, you have become more than just a proxy. I have been thinking of you all morning, and I can’t wait to hear the good news.

  150. Jen in MI says:

    Just one more person sending prayers and good vibes your way. I hope the surgery goes as easily as it can.

  151. krissy says:

    I am storming heavens with prayers for your peace, comfort and above all, healing. After reading your entries, I found myself in tears and ashamed of all the things I take for granted. I had to have a major surgery last year (or was it the year before?) and I was scared out of my mind (full hysterectomy at 31yrs (?) old). I can’t say I know how your feeling but I do know the night before surgery is a nail bitter. You certainly have support and you are certainly knocking on heavens doors right now with some serious prayer warriors. I have a good feeling that you will be just fine! Keep the faith and you are so right, you will never walk this journey alone! I don’t know you but I can honestly say I’m proud of you!!!!! BTW..blondemommy linked me to you..she’s so sweet!

  152. chrissy says:

    Praying for successful surgery, swift recovery, and a long healthy life for you.

  153. cindyhb says:

    Susan-Cousin Cindy from New York State-Iz and I pulling for you today in our thoughts and prayers-letting all extended family know around the area-you’ll be strong because of all the support around you

  154. JGrockle says:

    Prayers are coming your way from the UK!

  155. MammaLoves says:

    There is no way to describe the feelings in my heart today. If it had arms they would pop out of my chest to surround you with the tightest hug. But that would be kinda weird because if my heart had arms I’d probably find myself in medical journals.

    Thinking of your non-stop today. Sending you my love. Sending you my love. Sending you my love.

    And wishing sweet dreams for you and WD and the boys this evening.

  156. Marlene says:

    You are not alone…especially not today.

    Thniking of you.

  157. Not alone, not by a long shot.

    (((HUGS))) and prayers.

    sara

  158. SamandWill'sMom says:

    I just found the site through Motherhood Uncensored and I am so glad I did. Your words are beautiful. I am in tears reading them…unfortuantely I am at work! My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She is the strongest person I know and I can already sense that strength in you. I look forward to reading more from you soon! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  159. I woke up in the middle of last night and thought about you and realised today would be the day. I fear I’m too late here as I’m a half-day ahead of you, but I just wanted to pass along my prayers and best wishes xxxxx

  160. Emily says:

    Health and clean margins (a phrase that has become a well used bit of my vernacular) and soon the welcome return of your taste buds and beautiful hair and energy and all of the vibrant colors that paint you Mother and friend and survivor.
    Peace and blessings today!

  161. Amanda says:

    I stopped last night on my way to the Y, the moon was so bright. Parked alongside the winding road, a wide expanse of park on one side and thick woods on the other, I marveled at the silvery glow and the sheer perfection of this simple thing, this moonlight. Thinking of you on the eve of this day, it seemed to me as if the moon were calling down to say you’d be ok, that you’d be here years from now to write about a full moon shining down on your backyard while your boys camped out back.
    I’m thinking of you and your family today, as I do most days. May the magic of a thousand moons wash over you and carry you into a spectacular year of health and loving.

  162. jen says:

    i am thinking of you today, woman. and i know you are rocking it out.

    you shine. you absolutely shine.

  163. kankie says:

    WhyDaddy and boys…your wife/mommy will be home soon to celebrate. We are thinking of all of you!

  164. Jenny says:

    I’ve been thinking about you all day! Glad to hear some news, and that it went well.

  165. My love and prayers go out to you, darlin!

  166. cate says:

    i am sending every good vibe possible your way today. i know you will come through the surgery just fine, and with a quick recovery, you will be able to start fresh.

    i’m sorry that i had to stumble across your blog at such a tough time for you and your family…but i’m glad i found you.😉 i will be checking up on you, brave lady!

  167. musingmommy says:

    You’ve been on my mind all day. I’m glad to hear the surgery went well.

    I’ll continue to send happy thoughts your way.

  168. Lisa says:

    Hooray! That part is finished, and you DID it! You don’t know me, but I’ve been praying and worrying about you all day. I am so happy to hear that you are well. I’ll keep up the prayers and positive thoughts.

  169. dlyn says:

    Wow – found this blog from the requests for prayer for you all over the net today – you have my prayers and I will be back to check on your progress. Blessings…

  170. Good to “hear” you twitter!

  171. Erin says:

    You were in my thoughts and prayers today. I am very grateful that Stimeyland has kept us updated. It is a relief to know you are doing well.

  172. Mary says:

    You are in my prayers.

    Thank you for spreading the word about IBC. I think that your efforts and those of the other bloggers have made a difference in the awareness level in women around the world.

    Thanks to Jen at Get in the Car for keeping us informed.

    One day at a time…

  173. Esme says:

    Thinking of you and your family!

  174. Beverly says:

    You are right; you’re not alone. I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time today, of all days.
    I offer my good thoughts and prayers for your recovery.

  175. Leann I Am says:

    So happy for your milestone today! You are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the hubby and those boys!

    Now, just a waiting game…

  176. Mummycha says:

    Got the update from Stimey. Whohoohoohoo!!! I am so happy it went so well (but I had no doubt this would be the case) and that you are feeling good enough to twitter🙂
    Lots of hugs for a quick recovery

  177. mom101 says:

    Just read WhyDaddy’s delightful Twitter update and sending you huge huge NYC style HOORAYS!

    Here’s to more happy news.

  178. Melanie says:

    I just found your site last night through Motherhood Uncensored and spent most of the day wondering how it went.
    Very glad to hear the surgery went well. Congratulations! It’s the start of the next part of your life, and I’m sure it will be a wonderful one filled with love.
    You’re very much not alone.

  179. Pam says:

    Just found you site…..just in time to pray for you. You and you family will be in my prayers…..may your doctors and care givers have wisdom and compassion, may you and your family feel the loving arms of Christ holding you up and comforting you……Pam, South Bend

  180. Jenn says:

    I’ve been checking your site all day for updates. I’m so happy you’ve made it out of the OR!

    Thinking of you and sending prayers and good thoughts…

  181. Angela says:

    Just saw your twitter! Happy to hear you’re feeling good. Relax and use those good drugs. Now let the healing up begin and I hope you hear all good news from the surgeons!

  182. Misty Dawn says:

    Came over here from Arkie Mama’s site. I may be late, but I still want to send you thoughts, love, and well-wishes.

  183. N. Taber says:

    Blessings to you for quick and complete recovery from those side effects of surgery – as the next step toward being totally healthy once again.

  184. I have thought about you literally *all* day. So much, it even surprised me!!!🙂 (that was supposed to make you crack a little smile😉 )

    Haven’t seen any updates, but from scanning through the comments, looks as though things went well.

    :: breathe deep :: There… had to do that…

    Now, you go rest and take care of yourself🙂

    xxx

  185. NG says:

    Glad to hear the surgery went well. Now rest and watch lots of bad daytime tv.

  186. nrolves says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery on your way to Happily Ever After!

    (I came over from Zoot)

  187. swimmom says:

    My prayers are with you. You have so much of your life ahead of you, this is your new beginning! I can’t wait to hear the updates. Thanks for teaching me strength and preservation. You are a strong, strong, role model for women and mothers around the world!!!!!!

  188. Margaret R. says:

    …And then the WhyFamily hugged each other, and they all lived happily– gratefully, joyfully, dancing-in-the-rain happily– ever after!

    So happy for such good news!

  189. You aren’t alone at all. We are all cheering for you and praying for you and your family. Big hugs!

  190. Baldylocks says:

    My thoughts are with you. I’m wishing you a quick recovery.

  191. J from Ireland says:

    The very best of luck to you, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  192. Paula says:

    Here’s to a speedy recovery of a strong woman!!! I will keep you in my prayers!

  193. Mrs. Chicken says:

    So many tomorrows to come. You did it, Susan. You really did it! Keep kicking cancer’s ass. If anyone can, you can.

  194. Cindy says:

    Susan and family, best wishes and prayers as you recover. You guys are incredible!

  195. Kate says:

    I just found you today through Motherhood Uncensored. I was catching up on a couple of old posts, when I came across the one that described how you entertained a toddler all day, by yourself, while on BEDREST. For three months. If you can do that, you can surely beat this thing! I wish you the best in your recovery from surgery.

  196. Keen says:

    Good luck, good luck and know that a longtime lurker has been thinking of you, praying and crossing her fingers for you today.

  197. debra says:

    I’m so glad to hear things went well and you’re out of surgery. Love and {very gentle} hugs are being sent your way!

  198. Paulette says:

    Don’t look back!
    When you are a part of life there are always those times when decisions just have to be made….
    … When the choices are so hard, and solutions find answers…
    At time the rains seem to soak your parade…
    There are some situations where all you can do is to simply let go and let God…..
    …gather your courage together
    and choose a direction that carries you to a new dawn…
    So pack up those trials and take this new step forward–
    the process of change can be tough…
    … but THINK about all the joy ahead if you can be stalwart enough…
    there could be life changing adventures you never imagined just waiting around the next bend…
    And wishes and dreams just about to come true
    in ways you can’t yet comprehend!
    I pray soon you and your family will have many more dances in the rain as you celebrate the gift of healing that you so desire and deserve.
    I have been in prayer for you all day today. May God touch your body and fully heal all the poisoness cancer and use your life to raise your precious sons.
    I am praying for whydaddy as well, may he have a peace that passes all understanding as he helps aid in your recovery.
    God bless your family…

  199. nichole3 says:

    I noticed a few comments above that some Orthodox Christians are praying for you. I’m an Othodox Christian, too. My prayers have been with you ever since I found your blog in December. I know you are doing well.

    Nichole

  200. Mandi says:

    i see the surgery went well!! i’m so excited for you!

  201. Danielle says:

    I can’t wait till you are able to back here blogging for us. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to see a picture of your pretty dress.

  202. strugi says:

    So happy to hear that the surgery went well! I have been thinking of you and praying for you all day.

    Once upon a time, there was a very strong woman. She found her strength in many ways. First she worked her way through several degrees in a male dominated field. Then she learned the strength it takes to be a Mommy and she wrote about it so that others could learn. Next, she beat disease, again writing and talking about it teaching people and gaining strength. Who knows what new challenges will bring her strength? (My personal guess is that it will be the fun and rewarding challenges associated with raising two boys) In any event we will all be there with her cheering her on because her challenges are the challenges that face all of us. Our heroine, WhyMommy will never be alone.

  203. I just came over from JJ’s blog..just wanted to pop in and tell you that I am praying for you…good luck and hang in there.

  204. Ronnica says:

    Came here from debra’s blog, and wanted you to know that I’m praying for you! May God give you a speedy recovery and peace of mind!

  205. Ally says:

    I’m loving the updates on twitter, WM and WD! Thanks for keeping up apprised. Still praying for you all. Happy recovery!

  206. mummycha says:

    You are “coherent, awake, and hungry”??
    In other words, YOU ARE AMAZING!
    Congratulations on your successful cancer asskicking day!

  207. PrettyTulip says:

    I’m so glad the surgery went well and that you have a good appetite! Bless your Heart for personally keeping us updated!! You were in my thoughts all day and I really appreciated the updates from Stimeyland. The internet is such an amazing place and I feel blessed by just knowing you through your blog. You are strong!

  208. GTech MD says:

    Been thinking of you today. Glad to hear that things went well!

  209. Gunfighter says:

    God be with you, new friend.

  210. dick&judy says:

    Remember when we discussed you finding “worm holes” in space? I think you have found one here on earth and gone through it and out the other side. We are so glad you are doing well and how could you not with all the prayers and support from so many people. Looking forward to seeing your quick recovery.
    Love from Mississippi…

  211. Crystal D says:

    Sending you healing love.

  212. Found you through another blog..Sending you many warm and well wishes.

  213. So, whatcha having for dinner? Going to bed a happier woman here, knowing you’re safely out of surgery and eating. 🙂

  214. amanda says:

    Coherent??? Woman, you are AMAZING!

  215. Jenn from NMD says:

    Prayers for a speedy recovery. God Bless you and your family.

  216. Leanne says:

    You’re never alone. I’m so glad to see on Twitter that you’re out of recovery.

    Hugs, prayers…and lots of other good vibes…like red wine and dark chocolate ones.

  217. laughingatchaos says:

    I’ve never been so happy to read a Twitter. I’m so glad you’re getting through this ok. Hugs and kisses to you and the whole WonderFamily.

  218. laughingatchaos says:

    Ok, that was supposed to be WonderfulFamily. LOL!

  219. Carrie says:

    Just read your Twitter update and breathed a huge sigh of relief for you! Keep resting.

    You did it!

  220. cate says:

    so glad to see that you are doing well post-op…hungry even! great news!

  221. Jennic says:

    Wow. Geez. I don’t know what to say. I used to be upset when people tell me they don’t know what to say. So how about a big fat hug? And a well done! Many are rooting for you, and I’m glad to join the village.

    From me, another cancer survivor (Hodgkin’s)

  222. Bubba's Sis says:

    You’ve got a lot of comments to read thru, but I wanted to add one more. I came over from Dawn’s blog (Coming Soon to a Nursery Near You). Wanted you to know that I am praying for you big time!! My mom is battling her 3rd round of breast cancer. The first was 25 years ago and she had a single mastectomy and 2 years of chemo and she SURVIVED! The second was 12 years later, she had the other breast removed, no chemo necessary, and she SURVIVED! Now that booger is back again – she’s taking a wonderful drug that is shrinking the tumor down to teeny tiny – they will remove it and she’ll do radiation, and once again, she will SURVIVE! And I know that YOU TOO WILL SURVIVE!!!! I’ll be checking back here often to see how you’re doing! Just know that there are lots of prayers going up for you!

  223. stephenspivey says:

    You are in my prayers!!

  224. So glad to hear you twittering!

  225. FriendofSandie says:

    I’m here by way of Urban Mama. My friend, Sandie, said that her friend was going into surgery today, and I wanted to come by to wish you a speedy recovery. It’s an honour to be here. You are truly inspiring.

  226. Tanya Morgan says:

    Lots of prayers for you and your family coming from Orange County, California!!!

  227. bermudabluez says:

    So glad to see your Twitter update and that you are coherent and hungry! Terrific!! Sending prayers your way…

  228. Best wishes for a speedy, cancer-free recovery. i’m new, but I’ll be back. Van’t wait to get acquainted.

  229. sorry – typing one-handed with newborn – don’t mean to sound like count von count…

  230. N. Taber says:

    And I’m TOTALLY amazed that you could twitter from pre-op and recovery – how did you get them to let you keep your Blackberry through all that? When I had surgery, they wouldn’t even let me keep my TOE RING, for crying out loud. But then, I don’t actually remember pre-op and recovery, so who knows what I was doing then?🙂

    Babbling in relief at your wonderful progress…

  231. Always thinking of us. Selfless as usual. I am constantly refreshing the Twitter page (Thanks Stimey! I didn’t think there would be anything here!)

    Get WhyDaddy to give you a gentle hug from me.
    ❤ babe❤

  232. Hi! I’m here by way of Tracey at “just another mommy blog”, I don’t know you, that’s true, but as a woman, a mom and a wife, I can identify with what you must be going through. A close friend of mine had breast cancer two years ago and has been cancer free for nine months. You will get through this and you will be stronger for it. Prayers to you and your family for a speedy recovery and healthy life!

    Lizzy

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