Making Strides … and {giveaway winners!}

First thing’s first. The winners of my NuNaturals Giveaway:

Carrie (Moves ‘N Munchies), lovemesomeoats, Shelby, and Jill

E-mail me your addresses and I’ll send them along to NuNaturals straight away!

If you didn’t win, don’t feel bad! You can still use the promo code BLG1211 at the checkout and get15% off of your total order. Also, there is FREE SHIPPING to all continental U.S. addresses on orders over $35 (after discount). This promotion is good through December 31, 2011, so don’t dally too long!

On to business…

As I mentioned in my latest What I Ate Wednesday post (I’m eating dairy and eggs again!), my mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer last month. She received the surgery to get the tumor removed and thought that we would only need to receive radiation and hormone therapy afterwards.

Now, however, we found out that my mom will have to go through chemotherapy as well. She will get her port put in soon and they said that she should be bald by my sister’s birthday (November 4).

Mom in Scotland when we went on a 2-week Harry Potter-themed tour of England/Scotland.

My mom is taking this part pretty hard. She doesn’t want to lose her hair, then again I don’t think that I know a single woman who really does.

To make matters worse, she is just venturing in to a new relationship. The guy is a college friend of her sister’s (a.k.a. my aunt) and knows all about the situation at hand, but he still seems to want to stick around and get to know her, which I think is fantastic!

With all of the work that my mom has done since January in changing her life and the length of time that she has been on her own I couldn’t be happier that she is finding someone who, not only will take her out on a date, but also is not scared away by her diagnosis.

Even if this doesn’t turn in to a romantic, partner sort of deal, I’m still glad that she has a new friend. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a lot like myself: very few friends but those that she has are usually very close. Several years ago she lost the best of them to, you guessed it, cancer. And while she attends a bowling league, none of these women were a part of her life outside of the league, nor does she see people outside of her working environment.

I’m going to try and be available for my mom as much as possible, and especially want to be there for her first few rounds of chemo (3-4 hour long sessions!?) and drive her to appointments when I can, but it’ll be hard for a while still with all of my own appointments, meetings and classes and my still constant lack of transportation.

At the end of this month I will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. PLEASE consider making a donation to me/my team. No matter what you can provide, every little bit makes a difference. My mother’s birthday was this past Monday, October 3. She just turned 55. Help us fight and help us celebrate more birthdays.

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