This is a story about my trip down breast cancer lane—a real upper, I know. The purpose is twofold. First, for me this is therapeutic. It helps me avoid breaking down in the middle of Starbucks and telling random people to pray for me, which I have done. It also helps me avoid retail therapy, which has already cost my mother and me a pretty penny and if we keep it up we will be living at your house. I need to find a more fiscally responsible way to cope with cancer. In other words, it is the healthy way of coping. I hope. Second, if I can give any young woman facing a similar battle some guidance, hope, inspiration, encouragement, or a laugh then bring it. I will laugh, I will cry, but most of all I will get through this and I want to help others get through this as well. I don’t think my story is special. I realize thousands of women are going through this every day. All I want is to put my story out there with the hope that it can be of some amount of help. For my friends and family who may read this, I want you all to know that without you I would be lying dead in a Starbucks somewhere. I would not have made it through these past few months without you. Thank you for all the calls, cards, flowers, cookies, etc. that you have sent. Words cannot express my gratitude. I love each and every one of you. This is only the beginning of my fight with breast cancer but I am going to make the journey as positive as I can and I intend to smile the entire way to the finish line.

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  1. I am Becca (Townsend) Freeland’s sister-in-law and Heidi Reiner’s sister-in-law; Erika (Freeland) Reiner. We’re praying for you daily! In February, there is a run that we’re running to support another friend who is 32 who is battling breast cancer with metastasis. We’ll be running for you too! Both our families are praying for you.

  2. Hi Abby, I am. . .ummm. . .so shocked to hear about your ordeal. Your photo came up on my Facebook and I saw your web address and clicked on it out of curiosity and found your blog. And went very quickly through certain stages of denial, shock, etc.–along with admiration, laughter, and a bit of misting of the eyes. You’re a brave one and I am praying for you. Thank you for sharing your passage down this road.

    Barry Casey

  3. Abby,

    Remember me? I found out about what you are going through from Claire. She sent me your blog. I just want to put my arms around you and give you all of the love and hope and faith I have inside me. You are one brave spunky young woman, but what’s new, right? I knew that. I just didn’t know HOW brave you were.
    Life is so damn difficult and unfair sometimes.
    I am thinking of you every day and keeping you in my prayers.
    I love you.

    Betty Grisham

  4. Miss, ny.name is.gina and.I just wanted to say how proud I am of you and how you never given up and even.though this has been the toughest situation of your life you still pull through I’m so proud of you! Your blog has really touched me I hope the best for you on your recovery

  5. Hi Abby. Just came across your amazing blog and wanted to leave you some love. I too was diagnosed at age 28, in November. Double mastectomy and 4 rounds of chemo later and I’m now awaiting my exchange surgery. What an awesome inspiration you are– thanks for being so open & honest. I hate that we are in this club together but thankfully it’s got some awesome supportive sisters!

    • I was commenting to Abby’s post and I saw your post too. I can notice we have “something” in common (I am 27, double mastectomy and 6 chemos). I have just finished my chemos, and I found this blog very inspirational. It’s nice to know that I am not alone in this battle. Keep fighting!
      I hope you’re fine now 🙂
      take care!

  6. Hello Abby! Reading your blog (by chance!) has been such a good thing for me today. I had to face your same things, (I am 27 years old – I was diagnosed breast cancer last year at 26 years old -had double mastectomy and 6 chemos) and I don’t feel alone now, knowing that someone had the stranght to go through with this too.
    I laughed and cried while I was reading your blog and some of the same experiences I had.
    Even if I don’t know you, thank you for your words. 🙂
    bye from Italy!!


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