BRCA & the beach {Personal Reflections}

How are you?

So sorry I cannot read all your lovely

posts as I used to, but I tire easily now
as I journey with my BRCA2 genetic
mutation diagnosis related schtuff.

Writing my own posts is as effortless as ever, but

visiting and commenting requires energy

and time of which I’m short.

Ilse Jacobsen boots Splendid Avenue

It has been a month since my first surgery

in conjunction with the BRCA2 stuff

(my sis had her LTH a week ago and is doing well),

and the instant m.pause creates quite a lot

of unwelcome and unsavory symptoms.

read: insomnia, mood swings, severe hotflashes, bitchiness

However, this journey is rich with lessons

in suffering, healing, and transformation.

I’m a mess, but a warrior.

I’m muddling through but a champion.

I’m vulnerable, open, and thirsty, yet full.

I’m finding out what I’m made of.

These photos were shot recently at Lake Michigan

by Melissa James Studio.

She has a magical way of putting one at ease

and is such an amazing stylist and director.

Capturing the contemplative season I find myself in,

there is perhaps a loneliness conveyed
here, which is but a sliver of the story.

Truly I am blessed with many friends
and family who do everything in their

power to cheer and join me,
always pointing me toward hope.

druzy necklace, Jen Cornell Studio

How can I not gaze skyward with gratitude!?!

Do not ever be afraid to hope, friends!

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. May 2, 2013 / 4:33 am

    You look wonderful, beautiful and full of life. And, keep looking up as you are doing in the contemplative photos. Very powerful stuff you are writing. I'm sending love and all my best wishes from Houston…..Marsha

  2. May 2, 2013 / 10:46 am

    You should be the posterchild aka supermodel mama for the "messy warrior" because trust me, you look like anything but a super chic glamorous can do anything kind of gal. Love your musings and your wonderful expressive way of allowing us to feel like we are right there with you (and in spirit we are). These pictures are FABULOUS!
    Sending you a hug and best wishes.

  3. May 2, 2013 / 11:55 am

    I am praying for you sweet friend. I know that it is a tough time. I have had a hysterectomy.
    Great images!
    Happy Thursday.

  4. May 2, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Lovely images, lovely woman, strong like warrior in spirit and strength.
    You continue to inspire Michele.
    xx, Heather

  5. May 2, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    You look wonderful!!! Take care of yourself, I hope your sister is doing good too, Di

  6. May 2, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    Beautiful pics – and I´ll never believe you have the tiniest bitchiness in you sweet lady! 🙂

  7. May 2, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    Beautiful Michele. You ARE a warrior .. Sending light your way.


  8. May 3, 2013 / 12:02 am

    Take your time. Don't worry about blog visits and leaving comments, just take care of yourself. Hot flashes and hormonal moodiness is no fun (I've recently joined this club) and my positive prayers are coming your way. For you and your Sis. I'm so glad to know she is also doing well.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  9. May 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    You look great…………..keep going!

  10. May 3, 2013 / 1:41 am

    You are a beautiful warrior, a beautiful soul, and a divine inspiration to us all, my sweet friend. Stay strong. Find peace. And know that you are being lifted up daily by the prayer warriors who have your back…and are here for you. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  11. May 3, 2013 / 4:20 am

    You have such a beautiful spirit – not to mention also gorgeous on the outside! I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers; moments like these are what make us who we are… creating depth, compassion and beauty. Stay strong and know you're never alone!

    much love to you Michelle!

  12. May 3, 2013 / 7:18 am

    You look so beautiful and well! I am so pleased to see these pictures of you!!
    Love the boots! I also have a pair of them,from Monica's Splendid Willow shop!
    Much love to you my friend!

  13. May 4, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Great, great photos, Michele! You look beautiful, as always. Take care, and enjoy the weekend ~ Loi

  14. May 8, 2013 / 10:02 am

    You look incredible, Michele! Your strength and spirit are inspiring and so evident in your photos and prose. Lots of love to you, beautiful lady!
    Meera xx

  15. May 9, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    you are a beautiful woman inside and out.
    thinking of you,

  16. May 11, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    I've been thinking about you – wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Your photos are beautiful. God bless you, and your sisters.

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