Thursday, January 19, 2017


"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning
 of life."   -  Isadora Jones

I love my big sister.

When we were younger we didn't always get along.  Kim, my sister, and her friend even ran across the street to get away from me once...I was too little to cross the street by myself.  

But as we have gotten older we have grown closer, even with 393 miles between us.  We can talk on the phone for hours, sharing recipes, talking politics (we don't always agree) or just catching up.  Kim is always supportive.  She was the first person I told about my blog, I knew she would get it.  I love to laugh with her too.

We both forgot to get our mammograms in 2015.  Ok.  Women don't 'forget' about their mammograms, we put it off...and off...  At the end of last year we did get our mammograms and we were both told 'additional views' were needed to get a better look.  Mine came back ok...Kim's didn't. 

They caught it early, my sister has stage one breast cancer.  

I don't think there is a family that hasn't been affected by breast cancer.  Yet somehow we still believe it will happen to someone else, or in someone else's family.

I am sharing this with you today so you will schedule your mammogram, if you haven't already.  You are loved and there are people in your life who want you to stay healthy.  I want you to stay healthy.  Schedule it today, then come back and let me know you did.  The advancements in medicine are wonderful, but they work best when cancer is caught early.  

We say I love you more.  We talk and text more often.  We cherish our days a little bit more.  If cancer has a good side, that is it.  

Kim starts chemotherapy today.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Let me know if you would like me to add someone you love to my prayers.  

I am always so grateful you stopped by.



  1. Hi Michelle,

    I love this post. I too have an older Sister and our story is very similar. So sorry to hear that she has breast CA. I am sure that your friendship and love will be a huge help for her. Thanks for sharing and the reminder to get our mammograms! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Oh I sure will Michelle she is in my thoughts for a full recovery.

  3. I'm so glad that you both got your mammograms and that they caught her cancer early. Prayers for a full recovery. I have two sisters and I am so lucky.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear these sad news, Michelle, it must be a hard time for your families. You're right, we put important things off and off again until it may be late, thank you for that reminder. Wishing your sister to be strong and healthy again.

  5. Oh Michelle, I'm very very sorry to hear about her dx, and I will be praying for her every day. I've seen the odds beat for so many, though sadly it wasn't the case for my middle sister in 2000 for another kind of cancer. But, yes, I had mine last fall, and I do tend to "put it off", along with a few other kinds of tests. I love your post today, and pray the treatments go very well for Kim, and pray for strength for you both. Hugs!

  6. So sorry to hear this, Michelle,
    thinking of you and your sister during this difficult time ...
    wishing for a full recovery.

  7. My heart is hurting Michelle. I just hate that good people get cancer...I just hate it. There are so many friends in my circle that are suffering from it. Ughhhhhh. You and your sister are in my thoughts and please give your sister a virtual hug from a stranger who really cares. xoxo

  8. Oh, Michelle. Heartbreaking news. I'm so sorry. Thankful, though, that it was caught early on and your sister's gonna beat this thing, especially with the loving support of her sister! Deep breaths. Believe. Manifest healing. And more deep breaths.

    Sisters are the best! Love & prayers xoxo

  9. I will definitely be praying for you sister and for a complete recovery. Big sisters are special and I am so glad you two have each other. I lost my big sister the week after Christmas and I miss her every day. Thanks for the reminder to get checked; I have an appointment on Monday.

  10. Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear this about your sister. I will definitely say a prayer for her. These are such treasured pictures, especially that first one in sepia tones. Sisters are, indeed, a special part of our lives. Thinking of you while you share this difficult time with your dear sister.


  11. I will definitely pray for your sister. It is so easy to put off but after my own scare nine years ago with cysts, that is one thing I do, do every year right when the letter comes in the mail.