BRCA Update April 2013

This is our living room sofa (above).

I love the Belgian style
and linen slipcover.
At 8 feet long,
it’s easy to get
comfy even with
multiple loungers

We upgraded the coffee table
(a DIY temp)
so I’ll share pics later.


lefevre interiors

A couple more examples of handsome
Belgian sofas that sizzle my bacon.


giannetti home

Do we love Brooke’s woolly pup retiring
and that sea fan in a bottle?
As they say in Belgium,

Finished painting 2.5 rooms and millwork!! Saved $1,700!

BRCA2 update:
My first step toward fighting
breast and ovarian cancer
begins tomorrow with
hysterectomy and oophorectomy.

To learn more about the diagnosis,
see my sister’s blog here.

Hoping no cancer will be detected
in my labs and MRI so I’m able
to soon have the prophylactic
mastectomy and reconstruction
I require…
I know, I know, a jagged notsolittle pill,
but it must be swallowed.

Though there will be
there is also
light and triumph
over cancer

Squint hard. Can you see it?

Peace to you right where you are.


My mom (stage 3 breast cancer)
is in a lot of pain
and has unspeakable
side effects from
her chemo
but she
battles on!
Her suffering has led
to events preventing
her daughters from
a similar fate.



  1. April 1, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    I´ll keep you and your family in my mind sweet thing! 🙂

  2. April 1, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Yes, I can see the light, Michele! Stay positive…continue gathering information…let your family and friends help. My friend is currently battling pancreatic cancer, and we are doing all of those. Take care, L

  3. April 1, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Man, it's hard to think about you going through all this… You're so brave, and such a warrior to kick that BRCA's ass by taking away it's chance to hurt you. I'll be thinking about you tomorrow…


  4. April 1, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Will continue to think and pray for you during this time. Take some time to relax on that cozy looking belgian sofa of yours…. 🙂

  5. April 1, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Love your cushy sofa and I am sure it will be a welcomed sight after being in the hospital. I hate more than I can express that you and your mom and sister are going through all of this. You know I love you sweet girl and will be continuing prayers for you all. Sending you lots of love and hugs,
    xo Kathysue

  6. April 1, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    I will certainly keep you and yours in my thoughts — all the best to you and especially to your mom.

  7. April 1, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    Prayers continued for you and your family. Blessings

  8. April 1, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    You CAN DO this…oh, dear, thoughts with you'al. franki

  9. April 1, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Take comfort and joy in those around you, sit back on your comfy sofa and accept strength from the prayers and love of those in your life, though you may never see them. We are with you, you are on our thoughts and in our hearts, you and your sister and mother, children, spouse, father, everyone in fact. You are brave, incredibly so very brave. Patty/BC

  10. April 1, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Oh sweet Michele….I just returned from vacation and was catching up on my favorite blog friends' posts. My heart broke as I read your words. Please know, treasured friend, that you will be in my prayers as you continue on this journey. May God guide the surgeon's hands, and give you a quick and painless recovery. Sending you a special hug wrapped in much love, pretty girl. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  11. April 1, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    I'm glad you got your painting done! You're keeping busy and that's good. Be strong my friend, you have so many of us thinking of you and praying hard. For you, for your dear mother and for your sister.
    Keep us posted.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  12. April 2, 2013 / 12:11 am

    I will be thinking of you and how brave and powerful you are to take these steps!

  13. April 2, 2013 / 1:26 am

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. April 2, 2013 / 2:07 am

    Saying a prayer for your mom right now as I type this. My mom passed away of lung cancer in January a two year struggle. My dad 7weeks later. I am saddened but at peace with knowing where they are. Your blog truly inspires me and I look forward to following your sisters. Thanks for sharing your journey! Blessings!

  15. April 2, 2013 / 3:01 am

    Beautiful Michele, you swallow that pill quickly and know – that this too shall pass. A bump in the road. And lots of new education and wisdom entering your world. I can't wait to celebrate new beginnings wirh you!

    We are thinking of you and talking about you all the time.


    Mon + Peter and the kiddos (and Miles waves hello too!)

  16. April 2, 2013 / 3:07 am

    Hi Michele.

    Came by to say hi again.
    Thinking of you.
    Sending you love and
    all my prayers for your
    first surgery tomorrow.

    Huge hugs,

  17. April 2, 2013 / 4:03 am

    hey cutie,
    thinking of you… sending out prayers, or whatever, I don't know…


  18. April 2, 2013 / 4:54 am

    Hey beautiful:)

    Your are to be admired Michele.. this too will pass and I will pray for your mom..

    Your couch looks perfect for a little R&R .. take the time to rest and pamper yourself.


  19. April 2, 2013 / 5:55 am

    Dear Michele,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. My prayers are with you my friend!
    Love your sofa Michele! Me too I am keen on linen!
    Thank you so much for adding the picture of my living room !
    Hugs and kisses,

  20. April 2, 2013 / 6:31 am

    sending you warm wishes from our little place down here in Australia in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
    Bec x

  21. April 2, 2013 / 9:07 am

    Michele….sending you a great big warm hug. I am praying for you and will keep you and your entire family in my prayers. I love your positive energy and that is bound to get you through this, and to come out of it better than new!
    Some good won my giveaway! I announced it yesterday!! I was so happy to see your name drawn!! Just email me when you can pretty lady. No rush whenever it works. Big hugs to you.

  22. April 2, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    oh. wow. went from delighting at the sofa to hand-over-mouth at the medical news.

    sending you great strength and good wishes for your rise from this time of fire like the phoenix.

    we feel stronger every time we see see the scar on our neck from our own tumo(u)rs.

    many blessings. much fortitude.

    _tg xxxx

  23. April 2, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Sending you warmest thoughts and all good wishes for all that you are facing and will have to face in the future.
    Much love,
    Liz x

  24. April 3, 2013 / 12:23 am

    darling, i am sending you prayers and healing vibes.

  25. April 3, 2013 / 11:53 am

    Such beautiful images today and sending you warm thoughts and prayers. Know you will be fine with your positive spirit and attitude. Thinking of you all…

  26. April 3, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My dad died of cancer 5 years ago, the chemotherapy just distroyed what progress was made from the radiation. God Bless you all. Paula Lusk

  27. April 4, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Michele, I have missed a lot while I was away. I, too, was dealing with scary health issues and I wouldn't wish that anxiety, discomfort and lack of clarity about the future on anyone. My heart goes out to you and your whole family. You will be in my thoughts!

  28. April 6, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    As we say in Belgium , YESSIR , there is light and triumph ! Thinking of you all. Bien à vous tous Michèle.

  29. April 7, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    hahaha. rudi, you know i'm too lazy to google dutchspeak when i'm bloggin stream of consciousness style!!! YESSIR, i'm a big ol, not well-travelled, wreck! 🙂

  30. April 9, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Crikey….I hate when people I really….really… have to go through hard times….:(. I'm thinking about you Michele.

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