Friday, December 17, 2010

Being Brave and Feeling Scared

I have thought hard about whether I should write this post, but I don't like it when blogs I enjoy reading just drop off the face of the earth for no apparent reason.   So I feel I owe you, dear readers, some courtesy and explanation.   I would also of course like to be able to stick to the happy stuff, especially at this time of year, because really, who wants to read doom and gloom, but sometimes things don't work out that way. 

So, here's the thing.  My week started normally, on Monday.   Just the usual work and a client lunch where we discussed the weather in England (-15 in Yorkshire!), the new Victorian government, holiday plans and the merits of roast goose v roast turkey. 

On Tuesday I had a mammogram and an ultrasound. Routine I thought.  I had never had either of these before but something did not feel quite right to me so I thought I should take a precaution.  I knew the results were not routine when the ultrasound operator told me that I needed to go back to my referring doctor that very afternoon

On Wednesday I saw a breast surgeon, had 7 biopsies and an MRI.

On Thursday I was told that I had multi focal invasive carcinoma in my right breast.  

Today as I write this I am preparing to have surgery on Monday. A mastectomy actually. 

I feel strangely light-headed, which I put down to the shock.  I kind of expected I would be wailing and howling.  But maybe that is still to come. 

It's empty in the valley of your heart
The sun it rises slowly as you walk 
away from all the fears and all the faults 
you left behind

(The Cave by Mumford & Sons)

Like all illnesses, cancer is a process.   There are many options, many possible treatments, particularly so for breast cancer.   I am taking things one day at a time, because that is the logical thing to do and also because if I think too far ahead my heart will break. 

I have been so so impressed by all the medical people I have dealt with just in the last few days.  Their compassion, their calm and their professionalism has made me feel very fortunate to live here, in Melbourne, with such great medical care.  

And strangely, I actually feel lucky.  Lucky that my doctor ordered an ultrasound as well as a mammogram (because the mammogram revealed nothing).   Lucky because it is on my right side, and I am left handed.    

Once you have children, as everyone tediously says, everything changes.  And that includes they way you view yourself and your role on this green and blue planet.    

On a trivial level, I found I could no longer watch war films because I kept thinking about my son going off to war.   

More positively I started to feel that I owed my children an obligation to stay alive and healthy for as long as I could.   That is in part what was behind my decision a year ago to start training three times a week, from a standing start of never having exercised.   So, at least, ironically, I can comfort myself with the thought that I go into this at a reasonably good level of physical health. 

Before all this happened, I was going to do a little post on children's Christmas books, because to me Christmas is not complete without them.    Here is just a little excerpt, from my very favourite book, the Snowman, by Raymond Briggs.  This is a magical book, which reminds me every time I read it of the fragility of life and how you should make the most of everything (in the case of this story, before it melts).

All the images in this book are divine but I particularly like this one, of the little boy and the snowman flying over the onion domes in Red Square in Moscow. 

There are so many things whirling around in my mind.   I still have so many basic things to sort out.   Work.  Christmas lunch.  What do I tell the children?   What do I tell the children? 

So, dear friends, as you may have gathered, I need to take a break from this little blog, to face my demons and have my battle.   Don't think I am going away any time soon though.  

Today I want you all to tell at least one person you love them, and stop, just for 30 seconds, and put your face in the sunshine (or snow), and smile. 

Update: (19 December 2010) 

I just wanted to say thank you all, from the very bottom of my heart for your kind thoughts, suggestions, wishes of love, whimsical quotes and compassionate messages.  To my fellow travellers, family members of cancer sufferers, occasional visitors, complete strangers, regular commenters and dear dear blog friends: thank you.   One day soon I will get around to visiting each and every one of you.   

And thank you all for the emails.  

And thank you to Ness Lockyer, Jane, Kerry, Amanda, Martha, Anita, JMW, Maxabella, Kerri, Ann, Caterpillar, Posie, Anita, Millie, Natasha, Anna and AM (I hope that is everyone) for posting about this. 

I have always been terrible at asking for help, because I am one of those people who thinks I can do it better and quicker than anyone else.  I still think that is true!  But I see now that such an approach has to change.   I have great friends and family and they are already amazing me with their support. 

I feel utterly buoyed by all your thoughts.  My over imaginative son told me on Friday that he could see real Transformers in the clouds.  Well, I can see other things. Love. Support.  Positive thoughts.  And quite a lot of white fluffy stuff.   Which reminds me of something I have often said, which is that blogging brings out that all that is great about humanity.


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julie said...

Jane I am so sorry to read this. You are being very brave, while I am crying here like a baby. I wish you strength and good health. I'm sorry I don't know what else to say.

Makeminemidcentury said...

Oh, Jane.
You are so wonderful you don't know. I started crying at your first sentence. You will fly through this with your level-headedness, your grace, your strength and your wisdom and most of all, you'll fly through this with all the healing love that flows to you from your children, your husband and your mother.

But for a while, let other people take charge. Let them sort out work and lunch and what-not. Your priority is you.

All my love and prayers and all my 'fist-clenched c'mon Jane you can get through this',


houseenvy said...

I don't have any pithy observations, just enormous sympathy for the situation you find yourself in. It would appear that you already have the strength you need to carry you through.

Yes, it is cold in the UK right now - hopefully you'll be back as we begin to thaw out. xxx

A Farmer's Wife said...


I, too, was moved to tears by your post.

You are indeed brave - I would just like to wish you all the very very best.

Please know that I (and I am sure many, many other readers of your blog) are thinking of you and your family.

Take care

(Also - sometimes you are allowed to not be brave too...)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Jane,
What news to receive anytime but so close to Christmas and so quickly and must be in a very fragile place at the moment. I cannot begin to know how you feel, only imagine. All I can say is that, being older than you, I have known quite a few people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and they are all still here to tell the tale. Over the months of knowing you I feel that you are a very positive person and with have the best attitude through this. I really do believe in positive mental attitude and I feel that you have it in bucketloads.
I wish you strength,love and positivity and just know that you will deal with this head on with the support of your loved ones.
I will be thinking of you Jane and sending positive vibes. With much love. XXXX

Tam - UniqueBoutique said...

Wishing all the best at this very stressful time for you and your family - what amazing speed you are being treated - good luck Jane xx

Just Martha said...

Jane, thank you so much for sharing. This must have been hard to write, because it makes it real. What if all your fans look at the moon every night and send you love, healing wishes and support? All you need to do is look at the moon and know you are connected to hundreds of women the world over, who are thinking of you? Same moon for us all... Take care.

Anna White said...

Sweetheart, Im so glad you decided to share this that we can be there for support and comfort and encourage you.

But what I really want to tell you and what I really want for you to believe is that YOU CAN DO THIS JANE everything will be ok..believe that it will.

Having had a mother who went through the same ordeal and who also had a mastectomy, I can tell you that your positive attitude and mind set in how you choose to tackle all of this is so important and is what is going to be your driving force for getting well..apart from obviously your children and family.

Know, that whatever cheerful and serene thoughts support the mind support the body too...the greatest one being love and joy.

You are a strong woman Jane..and for the days when you dont feel like you have any strength..find this strength in your family and loved ones..share the load..the worries..the that they can help them dissipate and replace those worries and fears with positive love and light.

Sending lots of positive love and light your way sweetheart, all will be well in your world again.

Anna x

Millie said...

Our darling, darling strong, so funny, so beautiful, so clever, so compassionate. My heart almost flew out of my chest as I read your post. I know that your beloved family & friends will hold you ever so tightly over the coming days. Just as those of us who have come to adore you these past years through your delightful blog will. You know my thoughts will be with you constantly as you walk this difficult road.
Love & strength to you gorgeous girl.
Millie xxx

Sarah B said...

What challenging news, but I know, from the litttle I know about you, that you will beat this challenge.
I'm not sure what else to say but to know I'm sending you my best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery xx

rouge said...

I see that I'm not the only one to respond with tearfulness to your post.

You've just entered a process, as you say, and I hope and wish for it to be the best it can possibly be both while you're in it and when you come out of it. A friend of mine has just been through the very same. It was hard but she's here and strong. My mother and mother in law both survived breast cancer. I hope that doesn't sound fatuous - just to say that there are survivors out there waving their flags.

I like Martha's idea above - I'll be looking at the moon tonight and thinking of you.

Siobhan said...

My hand went over my mouth when I read the words. I don't usually comment here, but I love reading your posts. A certain confidence, knowingness and clarity comes from them. I have a feeling you are going to approach this hurdle with much the same approach. Even through I do not know you personally, I will be thinking of you often, until your return in good health.

Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Jane, wishing you all the best and sending you lots of love and positive energy. You can beat this xx

Amanda said...

As have many above, your post has brought me to tears - I totally understand the way you say your mindset has totally changed since becoming a parent, I feel the same way. Use this motivation to drive you forward through the difficult challenge you have ahead of you, think of them and how you can work through everything as a family. I can tell you are a strong lady Jane and I know that although you must be in shock right now, you will get through it all - and we'll all be here to support you. Big hugs, especially for Monday and the days ahead - Amanda xx

Kerry said...

Tears here at my work space. This is one of the most moving things I have read and I just wanted you to know that. I can only begin to imagine the journey you're about to take, the courage you will need, the love you'll be shown and the care you will feel for others as they support you through this. Your post just epitomises your grace, your bravery and your willingness to let us in on this...such a private battle. I wish you every bit of whatever it takes to get better. Love and virtual hugs.
Kerry xx

Unknown said...

Much warmth being sent your way for the speed bump ahead....
XO Kristie

Mise said...

Dear Jane, I've sent you an email. All the air has gone out of blogging with your sad news. We all badly want you to be well. Take good care of yourself.

for the love of a house said...

dear Jane,
I wish you strength during this difficult time in your life. May the love and concern from your readers surround you and support you as you walk the path to getting well.

Jenny said...

Hi Jane, I was so sad reading this news and wish you all the very best for your surgery on Monday. Be brave and you will get through it. Thank you for sharing and I hope to hear your positive posts in the not too distant future. x ;-)

Lee said...

Dearest Jane, you are a brave and calm soul. I want to wish you all the best for your surgery on Monday. I live in Melbourne, only a couple of suburbs or so away I imagine, and yet it feels like a vast chasm at the moment. Even though I only know you through your beautiful, beautiful blog, I want you to know that should you need anything, absolutely anything at all - maybe I can make a few meals for your freezer (tho' I am not a great cook like you are, mine are edible), maybe I can look after your children when you need to, maybe I can pick up a few things for you at the shops, maybe I can send you flowers to brighten your home, or maybe its just my tears that will aid your healing. I don't know! But what I do know is that you have touched my life and I want to be there for you if you need it. Please contact me at if you like/want/need to. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With much love, Lee xxx

Marcy {pine creek cottage} said...

Jane, I'm visiting your beautiful blog from Millie's post. I'm so sorry that you are having to go through this. I see that you are strong, and have a terrific attitude. I wish you nothing but the best! And I look forward to reading more on your blog...

Raina Cox said...

*tears rolling down my cheeks*

I'm going to PM you right now...

Emma said...

I am another moved to tears. My mother was diagnosed with a multi focal invasive breast cancer in 1996, like you within days she had had a double mastectomy. Today she is fit and healthy.

Thinking of you and your family. My heart breaks for you having to tell your children but I know that you will do it with the same calmness, grace and elegance that permeates your blog. I have long been an admirer of yours, your blog is one of the first that I started to follow and I look forward to hearing from you again once you have conquered this hurdle. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Emma xx

Maxabella said...

Oh Jane. My heart is breaking for you. Be strong. I'll look forward to hearing how well you are doing via your blog. x

JOE. D said...

I am so terribly sorry you are going through this. I am sending the BIGGEST wishes to you. I will think of you on Monday and send good vibes. Strong vibes. Healthy vibes.

Take care (-: Linda

ps. a bit too sad to write anything worthy, i'm sorry

Jen said...

Jane, this is my first visit to your blog, and what a sad day for me to find you. I have no personal experience with what you are going through, so I can only try to imagine. I wish you strength for what lies ahead. And I'm going to go hug my kids right now.

Paula said...

Jane, you've got to be one of the most intelligent, humorous blog writers I've encountered so far. Reading this post, your strength of character and the courage within you shines through. As a mother, you are already in the business of sustaining life: you can beat this thing and sustain your own. Know that virtual friends are real within this network. Sending you positive thoughts and best wishes for a healthy outcome. Paula xxx

Ann said...

Oh Jane, tears in Auckland too. I will be thinking of you and your family during the coming months.

I look out for your blog posts perhaps more than anyone else's. I will miss them terribly - you writeso eloquently with such clarity and grace and you have a life filled with beauty... your books, art, food, fashion and family life have really inspired me in past year and a half. I hope all that beauty can inspire you in the difficult fight you have ahead.

Please stay in touch and we bloggers will give you a little support to add to the love that surrounds you already.

Ann x

Engracia said...

Oh Jane, I don't know what to say, but a huge hug to you and that you are in my thoughts. Take the time you need. Love that book as well, part of our Xmas collection. All the best.

Karena said...

Jane thinking of you often and have you in my heart and prayers!

Art by Karena

Unknown said...

Dear Jane

You are one of most fabulous people in the Aussie blogosphere and I'm just gonna lurk here waiting 'til you get back, and hug my kids and put my face to the sun like you say.

All strength to you.

Deb xx

Sarah said...

I'm a first time visitor Jane, I was directed here by The Laurel Hedge and My Villa Life. What a time for you and your family. Your post has touched me and although we're strangers, from one mother to another I wish you every best wish for health, recovery, strenght and vitality in the coming months.

Belle Inspirations said...

I send you courage and strength

Littlemissairgap said...

Luckily blogs can't hear swearing because I just did some bad swears. Yes, you have to think you're "lucky" in that you knew how your body was feeling; your doctor ordered more than the routine tests; you are getting this seen to immediately. It's so much to take in & yes, I'm sure the tears will come later. The Snowman ... always a favourite. Make sure you get to see the animated version. I've never seen 5 year olds sit so still & so quiet for so long whilst watching that.
All the best.

Natasha in Oz said...

Oh my dear Jane...I am so sorry that I have not visited and commented sooner. I have been on a vacation with my family. I am in shock as I read this and I really don't know what to say. Please know that I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I am so relieved to hear that you are receiving such excellent care and advice. It sounds like you have a calm and positive attitude and that is the most important thing to maintain.

I know I live in another state but please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Take care and be strong.

Sending you my very best wishes and big cyber hugs,

Unknown said...

Jane, my heart goes out to you as I can't believe this shock! You will be in my thoughts and prayers particularly on Monday. You are a very strong and brave woman and thank you for sharing this on your blog and I hope we can be of support to you. Thank you for the wonderful reminder that life is precious and to stop and share out love with others.
I know you will get through this fine as your level headedness, fitness and the love of those around you will help you fight this. Thinking and praying for you my dear! Jxx

petals and vintage said...

So sorry for your sad news. As you say Jane, one day at a time and you will get through these next challenges that have been thrown in your face. You will find strength you never quite knew you had and your loving family will help you through the harder bits.
Sending you heaps of hugs and courage. Take care. Pam x

the old boathouse said...

Hi Jane, You don't know me as you don't follow my blog but although I am one of those blogs that "sells things", we share a lot of the same bloggy friends and I am good friends here in Brisbane with your bloogy friend the lovely Anita from Fun and VJ's. So I hope you don't mind me popping in and letting you know I share with everyone's lovely words and I too will be sending you my love and thinking of your family during this time. xx Katherine

The House That A-M Built said...

Jane, I haven't read blogs for weeks having been in a dark place myself. I was meant to start venturing out today as yours is the first blog I have looked at. My heart goes out to you Jane. Be strong, but lean on your friends and family. We are all here for you if you want to check in. My prayers go to you tonight and only you.
A-M xx

Unknown said...

Oh Jane, I saw Millie's post for you and came right over....I am shocked and sad to read your news, what frightening news for you, I am so sorry.

Please know that I am thinking so many positive thoughts for you and sending love and strength - which I know you will be surrounded by. I am thinking of you today and will be next week too, I promise.

Much love to you and your family
Simone xxxx

Monika said...

Dear Jane,
I am so incredibly sorry about that. You are such a brave and honest person and I wish you and your family all the best!!
xoxo, Monika

Jane said...

Tears here in Hobart, too, dear Jane. I can't begin to comprehend the gamut of emotions surging through you right now. I am, however, pleased to hear how well you're being cared for. That is some comfort, no doubt.

Know that you and your sweet family will be in my thoughts on Monday and the months ahead. Thanks so much for letting us in on this - at least we now can let you know how much we value, and care for, you. Your blog is one of my favourites for its clarity, wit, interesting perspectives and varied content. I look forward to reading about how you're faring.

Sending you ♥♥♥ and healing hopes from Hobart J x

captain kk said...

hello, i arrived her from brismod's blog. i'm sorry to hear that you're facing such a big health scare so close to xmas & holidays. i don't really know what to say, but wanted to know that you have another person thinking of you & wishing you well. i guess the one good thing about this time of year is that you'll hopefully have the time to relax and get well, now the year is winding down.

Ness Lockyer said...

Oh sweet Jane. What a world of emotions you must be going through.
You can do this and you outlook and positive attitude is what will get you through. My Mother in law went through this some years back and is a healthy, cancer free Woman now. So hang in there, go one day at a time, lean on your loved ones (including your blogging family) and this strength will see you through.
My heart goes out to you and your family and I will pray for you.
Ness xx

Life in the Country Lane said...

Hi Jane. I found your blog via Amanda and thought twice about leaving a comment as this is my first visit. But I wanted to send you my thoughts and a big hug to you when you most need it. Hoping for strength and continued positive thoughts for you. I have enjoyed reading your blog and love the beautiful food/recipes you have featured.
Rebecca xo

iheartart said...

Sending you positive cyber vibes & lots of love.


Ange said...

Dear Jane, I have been brought to tears not only by your own words as you conveyed this twist in the road, but also by the compassionate and supportive words of your many blog friends. Just know you are not alone.
I will be praying God's healing for you and comfort for yourself and your family.

melli said...

just popped in via Amanda's blog and i'm sadden to hear what you are going through,sending all my and prayers to help you get through this tough time,i will be thinking of you on Monday..sending you great big hugs and love down your way xx

Kym said...

Oh Jane, I have just discovered your blog through the gorgeous Nessie. I wish you well and send a trillion positive thoughts your way. Stay strong.... I cannot begin to understand what it must be like for you but the lovely Pamela at Mountain Living has been facing a similar struggle... Good luck and I will be thinking of you. Hugs and prayers to you.. Kym XOX

Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

Hi Jane,
I hope you know how much love and support you have out here, and I do hope it gives you strength and comfort in the days ahead. What I know for sure is that you are a strong and fabulous woman who can and will get through this, and please know that there are so many others who have done just that. I'll be thinking of you on Monday and sending strength and love your way, and I do hope you know you're not alone - we are here when and if you need us. Much love, Kerri xxx

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

I've just found your blog, thanks to Martha (JellyShane) & send my love. Do stop by as we friendly bloggers will be wondering & sending you positive vibes, love & if you like, non cancer related attention but happy distractions!!
All the best & on the war films, i struggle watching them, i'm married to a soldier, we have 4 children & it is real to me, not just a movie!! Have a beautiful Christmas with your children, love Posie

Ampersand Design said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jane.

Sandy K


This is my first time on your blog. Just wanted to pop in from Chicago and say that your sweet and positive attitude will see you through the crazy moments. It sure made a difference for my sister in her battle with cancer. She is in remission. I am praying for you as you have your surgery.


Jeanne Henriques said...

Jane, I am so so sorry to hear your news and am so glad that you shared it with us. The message is travelling and we are all here to support you. The blogging love that is felt in these comments is so strong and heartfelt. I am sure they must give you a great deal of comfort. Thinking of you and sending love and prayers for your recovery from Surrey, England.

Jeanne xxx

Southhamsdarling said...

I have just popped over via Natasha at 5 Minutes Just for Me, and like all the others, I am so very sorry that you are having to go through this. It's terrible at any time, but even more poignant at this time of the year. We are all with you, willing you on and sending lots of positive vibes. Remember - "in quietness and trust is your strength".
I will become a follower, and really do wish you well.

Tricia said...

Coming to you via Ness. I'm sending you love and prayers from Houston, TX. Stay brave and feel strength in knowing that you will have so many thinking about you on Monday.

Anonymous said...

So sorry you are going through this. The steps you've already taken for your health will help you through this journey. Will be thinking of you over the coming days. x

Design Love said...

I don't know you, but I will send out prayers of healing for you! I have a good are lucky that your doctor did the ultra-sound. You seem positive and that makes a big difference!

Hang in there!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

While I have just met you - found you through Ness, I want you to know that I will be sending much love and positive thoughts from Seattle. With a number of friends who have traveled the road you are on, and all of them doing wonderfully after the journey, I know what is possible.
Travel in grace my friend,

Tracey said...

Sending you love from England. It seriously is like -4 here about an hour south of London! My mum had breast cancer when i was a teen. We got told a little but true snippets of information, enough to satisfy curiousity and settle out of control fears. The truth is you are going to be poorly for a while, have treatment which might make you poorly whilst it kills off all the meanie cells and then you will get better. Are you going to die? No not at the aren't! But everyone dies at some time. But this isn't your time. Not sure how old your kids are but simple is best.

Also i'm not sure if this is helping? Hope so!
I have always prepared myself for the fact that i might get it one day and if i did i would have no qualms in whipping off those bad boy boobs for once and for all. Getting rid of any possibility of the Evil C and then later having the perfect shape/size boobs moulded to my perfection. If it came to it iu'm not sure i'd be so cool but i can only hope to be as brave as you.

Remember. You can be ill and happy.
You can feel shitty and still laugh AND still moan and groan, and you can still have a fabulous Christmas and look forward to many more. Sometimes life sends us a wake up call and sometimes it's a reminder to make more memories but this Christmas i will be thinking and praying for you but i have a good feeling for you. I think you, my lovely are going to be just fine.

Take Care. xx

Graeme Basire said...

Dear Jane

I have never left a comment before but as a fellow lawyer and mum I love your blog. So it was with great sadness that I read your post this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


Anonymous said...

Jane, I just linked into your blog from another but couldn't read that post without reaching out to pass on some prayers,well wishes and (((hugs))). All the very very very best for this coming week.

Debby said...

Hi. I am new to your blog but I can tell by your words that you are a special person. You have a peace about you. I have had cancer myself but not breast cancer. It is so hard dealing with it, at least it was for me that first year. I hope the surgery goes well. I will say some prayers for you. Just to let you know, I have been cancer free for 20 years.

Sue said...

I come from Natasha's blog to Martha's blog to you. That alone tells you something about the power of bloggers to offer support, share prayers and to lift up good thoughts for those who need them.

I am sorry that you have to face this and I know that getting "bad" news at Christmas always seems worse for some reason. On the other hand it is the season of hope and blessings. You sound as if you are facing this with a strong attitude and a strong body...I pray for a full and speedy recovery for you.


Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean about children changing the way you think, and I went through a scare (though not like you) and was so terrified at the thought of leaving my daughter.

It sounds like you have great doctors, and I will be praying for you. If it's any consolation, I know three relatively young women who had breast cancer, and all are alive and kicking today!


Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

I will be looking at our Melbourne moon and sending you prayers. Powerful thing prayers. And like other Melbourne bloggers let me know how I can help. Bit strange coming from a stranger (?), but if it helps then I'm happy to do what I can.
As to watching war movies - I just don't want to watch anything violent any more, anything sad with kids not interested either.
My boys have changed me irrevocably.
And I'm glad of it. Life is too beautiful and important.
I'll be finding that moon tonight no matter where he is hiding :)

Carly {Honey and the Moon} said...

Jane, I have been directed here by so many other loving bloggers. I so wish I'd found your blog before this, but I so hope that I can bring you some words of encouragement.

You seem like such a strong woman and a strong mother. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you this next week.


Simony said...

My dear, I came here through A-M.
I am glad I did, because you seem to be a great person and if you allow me, I am sending you a package of love, tied up with sweet hope and great courage. I will also send a prayer to heaven in your name, today.
Take care!

A Room For Everyone said...

It always amazes me how people facing cancer are so brave. What you've written is extraordinary. I don't know you Jane, but as a mother, my heart is with you and I wish you all the strength you'll need. Lots of love to you..Rachaelxx

Low Tide High Style said...

I found you through A-M's blog and wanted to stop by and leave a comment. Knowing the right thing to say to you, a perfect stranger, eludes me at the moment. But I wish you great strength and fortitude as you battle your cancer. I have several dear friends who have battled breast cancer and won the fight. Sometimes putting yourself out there through a post like this brings so much love that it's like a giant security blanket to wrap yourself in on those days when you you need it the most!

In time you will find the right way to tell your children, and together you will fight through until you are once again healthy!

Sending healing thoughts your way!


Mahala said...

Dear Jane,
I am here, by way of A-M's blog, to offer you words of encouragement. My dear, have hope. Above all have hope. I personally have many friends, including a male friend, who have been through the hell of breast cancer. And they are all still here! Here, living life, and well. This disease is beatable and you shall do so, too. Believe and have faith! Feel the love and support coming towards you. I wish you the best possible outcome and will include you in my prayers.

Kiki said...

Hi Jane,
I was 2 years old when my mom had her mastectomy. I am now thirty-five, and mom is doing just fine. Please take these words as words of encouragement. Keep your eyes-- and heart-- fixed on that place wherein all this turmoil is ancient history, and your life is back to normal. You will be in my thoughts. xo, Kiki

nato said...

Hello and a hug and kiss all the way from Lebanon.
Came to say hello and send my love. although I don't know you I'm sending you some strength because you need it, some cheer because you will use it in these though days.
Hope your days are full of your loved ones surrounding you.
Will light a candle for you tonight.

Mya said...

You will receive many words of encouragement, many family members will be there beside you, friends will be supportive as they can be but as your are finding out, you will also face some of this alone.
Do not hesitate to reach out to those around you, they want to help so much.
Many, many people that you do not know are praying for you and your family.
We are all under the same moon together. When you look up at it remember someone, somewhere is thinking about you.

angie said...

I came here from A-M's blog so I don't know much about you but I do know about breast cancer. I am an 8-year survivor, although I recently started thinking of myself as a warrior! How awesome that you have wonderful health care available to you - the doctors and nurses can do so many wonderful things to help you through your fight. My best advice is to stay positive as much as you can and let others help you. You are not alone! I will keep you in my prayers.

Deb said...

Hi Jane
I have read your blog a few times a while ago and have come across you again through A-M's blog today.
I feel what you are going through, I have been through the exact thing, just recently. I am at a loss to actually what to say, I am sad to hear that you have been struck by this dreaded thing. I am sending you lots of positive thoughts and wish you all the best for your surgery on Monday, stay positive and strong. All the best and Take care.
(( Hugs)) Deb

JMW said...

Dearest Jane, I am so sorry to hear your news. Words fail me, but please know that I, as well as many of your blogger friends, are thinking of you and praying for your recovery. Thank you for sharing your story. I'll be thinking of you often.

Tina said...

Dear sweet Jane! So many emotions and so many things that could be said through my tears. But as someone who has cared for 3 immediate members of my family through their successful battles with breast cancer, I know that you CAN get through this. So many people have already said so many wonderful things, so I will just add, from my experience...remember to lean on your family and friends, hug your children and your hubby as much as you need, and try to get out into the sunshine EVERY day, even just for 5 minutes. All these things are food for the mind, body and soul. Thinking of you and your family, especially on Monday, but everyday. Sending you ALL my love, lovely girl. ~ Tina xx

Unknown said...

Just came over from The House that A-M build, and I have never read your blog before, so this is my first comment on your blog, your situation moves me so and I send all my hope and good karma, so it may go well and will be strong!
You are not alone!

LuLu said...

Sending you warm arms, prayers for strenght to wrap around you durning this journey you are on.
Stay strong.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I just found you through another blog. I don't know what to tell your children. My daughters are grown, and I still wouldn't know what to tell them. But life is fragile, and love can be a tenuous thing. Whatever you say to them will turn out to be the right thing. Take care of yourself. I shall be checking back, now that I know of you.

Exquisite Accessories said...

Hello Jane I have never followed your blog before I followed a comment that Ness posted I just had to say I wish you much strength through this time & pray for a great out come, you look to have some great blogging friends who will be a great support to you through this time, keep positive!! All my very best Elaine x

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness! I have never read your blog before, that I recall, and this post has touched me in a way I never would have expected. My thoughts are with you. You are coming across as incredibly brave in the face of something terrible. I will be thinking of you and sending most positive thoughts your way, especially on Monday.

Faux Fuchsia said...

Dear Jane

I am very sorry to read this. My mother had breast cancer for many years and is totally fine now. I remember when she was 1st diagnosed that a wonderful person wrote to her talking about how it truly is a journey. I wish you every bit of luck with yours.

There is a very beautiful poem which has been much on mind lately about sorrow falling drop by drop onto the heart.

Grief and worry can be debilitating, but now, in the words of that Old Survivor Liz Taylor (no stranger to grief herself), "Now is the Time for Guts".


Sharnel said...

Sending you all my love and positive thoughts and vibes for Monday and the days following Jane. Stay strong. You WILL get through this and when you do, everything will seem so much sweeter.

Annie ~ Red Roses and Crystal said...

Hello Jane
Just popped over from A-M's blog to wish you all the best for this journey you now find yourself on.

bodie said...

Hello Jane, I'm a visitor via A-M's blog; I feel a bit like an intruder at this difficult time for you, but I just wanted to wish you the very best for the journey ahead of you. Thank God you listened to your instinct and had that checkup- you seem to have a good attitude and I'm sure that will be a big help.
I'll be thinking of you often.xx

Donna said...

just passing by and found your blog. sending prayers and love to you. two of my dearest friends have survived breast cancer, they both told me that they would never change what they went through. they told me it was a gift. they are the strongest and most beautiful women I know.
blessings and strength for the next part of your journey.
Donna x

count it all joy said...

Lovely Jane, what immense shock you must be feeling. I'm so sorry that this a journey you are having to take. No doubt, you will do it with the inimitable style, grace and wisdom for which you are famous. My "mother" heart cries out for you in this situation. You are such a beautiful mother, and I'm sure your children are secure in whatever you share with them.

Our family will be praying for yours, for your doctors and for your friends. Big hugs gorgeous girl, Meredy xo.

p.s. this sucks.

myletterstoemily said...

dear jane,

so many have already commented, and i
know it can be overwhelming, but i had
to leave my thoughts.

you are very brave and gracious during
this hard time.

i pray that the One who formed you in
your mother's womb will reach down
and shelter you under His wings. may
you have peace throughout and swift


Lorna said...

Hi Jane,

I'm new to your blog- found it through Fun and VJ's and AM. I couldn't stop by without sending you my very best thoughts and wishes for a gentle journey and speedy recovery.

Razmataz said...

Sending you positive thoughts from your blogging friends here in Canada. I pray for you a good recovery and strength throughout your ordeal, and of course for your family.

Cate said...

I've come over from maxabella and scissors paper rock - and I don't think I've said a swear work in a comment before, but f*ck! I am completely floored by how brave you are being. I'm a fellow melbournian...and I'm pulling for you :-)
hugs, prayers, good thoughts, and miracles...

NessaKnits said...

Thoughts are with you. All the best.

chateaudelille said...

Ive only just found your blog but already i see you are an amazing lady. My thoughts and best wishes are with you at this time as well as gratefulness, like you say, that medicine keeps moving forwards. Fiona

Valerie said...

dear Jane - I'm so sorry to hear about your news and I love your braveness and dignity. My sister had breast cancer twice about 30 years ago and is still here and healthy. Wishing you love, strength and a speedy recovery.

Caroline said...

Dear Jane,
I came straight over from dear A-M's blog when I read her words.
You are so honest and brave telling your blog friends your news. I feel like I stopped breathing whilst I was reading your post.
Wishing you all the best in your journey to wellness. You are a truly remarkable person and will deal with this in your own remarkable way.
Sending you lots of love, strength and prayers from Adelaide
PS - I will remember to tell my husband and children every day how much I sincerely love them. What a poignant reminder. Thank you xx

Unknown said...

Make sure you ring the Anti Cancer Council and they will put you intouch with a volunteer someone who has been through the same thing and they will help you through it. Only listen to your doctors no one else. Everyon is unique and different. People will want to tell you horror stories but they are not the experts. Make sure you have support around you and cry if you want to. Believe me time does heal. I personally know your pain. You can email me you you would like a chat. Charmaine

Jules said...

I connect with you through others but always enjoy your posts.
Just hugs and prayers from me to you and I shall be looking to the moon tonight and every night. God bless you.

gb said...

Jane, you are in my prayers. I just had an abnormal mammogram and have a bx scheduled for Wed. Stay strong my friend.

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

I came by from Maxabella's too.
I am sorry you have to endure this.

I couldn't read your brave words without sending you my very best thoughts and wishes for a gentle journey and speedy recovery.

Wishing you the power of resilience and hope. May your strength & grace have carry you through this difficult time but remember is okay to be human and wail & howl because it is just not fair.

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

@Gb also sending you my very best thoughts,prayers and wishes for your biopsy.You must be feeling very frightened as well x

inkala images said...

I wish you strength...for you already have determination...

Ingrid x

Paper Tree Studio said...

Dear Jane, my heart goes out to you. I know, with your courage and determination you will soon be on a path to wellness.
Thank you for reminding us to tell someone we love them - I know we shouldn't need reminded of this but somehow, especially at this time of year, we need to stop all the frantic stuff of 'life' and just breathe.
My thoughts are with you - stay strong. Michelle

Julie said...

I just found your blog through a post on Faux Fuchsia. I'm so sorry to hear about your news. My mother was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in August and underwent a mastectomy shortly after. On a plane ride to visit her a few days before her surgery, I serendipitously sat next to a woman who was taking a trip to celebrate her one year anniversary as a survivor. She recommended three things that my mother and family have found incredibly helpful: (1) join Caring Bridge or a website like it ( It's a great way to update close family and friends on your progress and to receive support in return. It's also nice because it gets to be exhausting giving the same news over and over. Also, Caring Bridge is password protected so you may feel more comfortable posting medical updates and private information on there compared to your blog. (2) Create a binder. It sounds a bit trivial with everything that is going on, but you will likely receive a lot of paperwork in the next few months and it helps having it all organized in one place. Just something little to lessen an already very overwhelming experience. (3) Laugh...and laugh a lot. The traveler recommended Crazy Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr. I downloaded it onto my mom's e-reader within a few hours of landing and I know she enjoyed having something "fun" (as fun as cancer can be) to read during her recovery.

I hope some of these tips help. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

Ayak said...

My first visit to your blog. I came via a Tranquil Townhouse. A dear friend phoned me 2 days ago to tell me she has been diagnosed with the same as you..she is also about to undergo surgery. I wish for you the same as I wish for my stay as positive as you can, never give up hope, and to find the strength physically and mentally to get through this and come out the other side to enjoy the rest of your life.


Tomas and Jones said...

Thoughts & prayers are with you Jane!!

Pat'sAdditon said...

I'm coming from A-M' blog. I'm so sorry...but they found it and there is hope. Hang tough. There will be other Christmas lunches.

Crystal said...

Hi Jane, we have never met but you have made a big difference to my life through your beautiful blog which I read religiously when I first moved to Australia last year. I wish you all the best in your recovery process and hope that you will continue to have the happiness you deserve.

Unknown said...

My heart goes out to you as do all my kindest thoughts , I don't know you but you have reached me and I'm sending you caring hugs .((()))

Catherine said...

My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time, take strength from those you love. Keep strong and take care. xo

One of my Hobby Blogs said...

hi jane, this is terrible news to hear, I can't imagine your thoughts atm, all I can say that I am so glad you got onto this problem b4 it got any worse, (as silly as that sounds), I wait tediously to hear of your progress, and I'm thinking of you and your family right now. xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

I know everything will be ok have been there not long ago, and unlike AM you have told the reason why you will not be blogging and not leaving your followers worried about what is going on. Will log on to see how you are I give you all my love and wishes of the best out come

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh Jane! You are one brave and amazing woman xoxox. My heart was in mouth reading this. Wishing you all the luck in the world.

Jessica Ryan said...

I am here via A Place to Dwell. I know how scary your situation is -- perhaps more the unknowing about the future than anything else. Stay strong, smile as often as you can and know that there are many people routing for you out here in blogland. (Isn't that cool?!)
I am glad that you are in good medical hands. Keep us all posted.

A Perfect Gray said...

Jane, love and prayers to you as you go through this journey. I hope you can feel that you and your worries and cares are carried on the shoulders of the many folks out here who love you.

all my best, Donna

Photography said...

So many faces here i know and so glad everyone is offering support and encouragement I hope it is helping you a little. Best wishes for your results and so glad you have family nearby to strengthen and comfort you. Be strong focus on the happiness you have with your family and you WILL get through this and like so many others come out stronger at the other end. Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

I'm sending big hugs your way and wish you all the very best for a speedy recovery and for all the strength of spirit and bravery required at such a hard time. xxx

LPC said...

Wishing you all the best. From across the world.

Rebecca said...

What can I say? It's all been said above!
All the very best for this next week especially... For you & your family We're all with you in our thoughts (too corny?probably, but true).

Motherkitty said...

Jane ~

This is my first visit to your blog. I am so sorry that you are going through this. There is no reason to stick to writing "happy" stuff. Not when something like this has gripped your life. Who wants to read this kind of stuff? you ask. We do. Women who care. Even those of us who have not been afflicted with breast cancer. It's still something ALL women can relate to, to one degree or another. We care, and we can offer prayer, support, encouragement, and love. Never hesitate to let us know what you are thinking, feeling, experiencing. We are here for you.

My prayers are being offered up for you, and I will ask my friend Sister Margarita to put your name in the book of intentions, so that she and the other nuns will pray for you daily.

Blessings to you, my dear.

JaniceM said...

Hi Jane, I too am so saddended by your news. I read your blog regularly. Wishing you continued courage and strength and most of all a speedy return to good health x

Jenny said...

I think you are a fighter and I want you to fight this. Cancer is a battle that can be won and your prognosis is positive. Just kick cancer ass with all you have, girl! love you, Jenny

Louba said...

Jane I found your blog from a link in Caterpillar's site. I just wanted to send you my love and support. I've never met you but your post really moved me. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago and has fortunately now had the all clear. Have hope and be kind to yourself Lx

Deb said...

Carmel sent me over and I'm so glad I came. I'll be praying for you and your loved ones all the way over in Canada.
Keep your chin up and let everyone else do the work and worry.


Unknown said...

From a child of a mum who had a similar diagnosis situation.
1. Take care of you
2. Take the time you need with your children and loved ones.
3. Take my prayers for a good recovery outcome.

Cindy said...

Loves and hugs.

24 Corners said...

Oh Jane...I'm just seeing this now and I can't believe it. Your strength was shining throughout this post (amidst the fear), and I know that strength will help in getting you through this very challenging will the love and support of those who love & care for you.
I'll be praying for God's arms to be wrapped around you and your family, to lift you up when you need lifting, and to bring that special kind of comfort that only He can bring when things become so difficult.
I know many who have successfully beaten this and are living happy's great that you like your doctors so well, they sound very capable.

My heart will be thinking of you constantly,
Much love and many healing thoughts & prayers...

jamie@midcenturymania said...

My mother was diagnosed four years ago right before Christmas. She is 83, strong, a survivor and a fighter. I know, aside from the age, you too are all of these. I send you strength, courage and good health.

JOE. D said...

I just wanted to let you know that you have not slipped my thoughts. I still know that tomorrow is a big day - and even though we have never met, I am still thinking of you and your journey (and your family).

Take care (-:

Laura said...

I'm a new regular reader of Make Mine Mid Century and I've followed her direction to your blog.
I cannot imagine what you must be feeling. I am glad you can be so quickly looked after.
I don't know your thoughts/feelings/views on God, but I do believe in him and that he hears our prayers. While I don't know you, nor you me, what you're going through is scary and uncertain and I wish no one had to suffer through it. I pray that you would be safe, that you and your family would experience God's peace in this stressful time and that this strengthens you and your family in ways you do not see possible.
This is a season of love and hope, may you be blessed with both.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane, I was directed over to you today from a few other bloggers. I was really touched at your post and even more so by the lovely messages of encouragement and support there are here. AND positivity. Now you can't beat that! :) I too had a cancer scare and went through the same rushed process of doctors, hopped on a plane within two days to Adelaide, surgery etc, and I am now fit and healthy. It seems you are already focused on the positive, so for it to be reinforced by all these positive messages, you're well on your way I reckon!

I sincerely wish you all the best with your recovery Jane. What kid out there wouldn't want you as a mum :)

Megs xx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Jane
Sorry to be just commenting now.. I haven't been online this past week opened your blog this morning to find this!.. Oh Jane I wish I had the right words to say... I wish I had a magic wand for you.. Over this past year I have come to know you as a strong beautiful and direct person.. so I know you will meet this challenge head on with strength and courage in your typical no fuss Jane way!!! I will be thinking of you tomorrow and each day... and sending positive thoughts and love to you and your family!!! I know each of your readers and followers will be doing the same... xxx Julie

Anna Bartlett said...

Oh my goodness. You don't know me, but you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you every good thing that can happen from now on.

Thea said...

Hello Jane, we don't know each other either but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and you will get through this! You have lots of support. x

Raine and Sage said...

Hi Jane,

I'm here to send you love and best wishes from a stranger. I believe in the power of love. That caring for a stranger is just as important for a friend. That positive vibes connect and buoy people on in times of need; and that with a combination of love, positive thought, and time, even the worst hurdles can be overcome. I've now gone through and read your blog, and you are funny, intelligent and the lucky Mother of a beautiful family. For some reason the mention of your pear trees, and why you named your blog really resonated with you describing them being "stronger and healthier than any pear tree that I have seen." Harness their energy and that of everyone around you. So here are my positive vibes sent to you. Sonia

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Thanks so much for sharing something so deeply personal. I will be praying for you through this. Please keep us posted.

Tessa said...

Just read about you on Jen's blog (A Place to Dwell) - read your story and my heart and prayers go out to you. Be brave, try to stay positive -- it sounds like you have a wonderful life. This is a bump in the road, a little detour that you didn't plan, a part of your life story you woulnd't choose, but it can be overcome. Hope, prayer, mind over body -- all remarkable and they work.

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

I can imagine accepting help is one of the hardest things, but what a time to be treated like a queen. Thinking of you tomorrow, you're so brave, but it's also OK to not be brave & strong & keep it together for everybody else!! Love & best wishes, Posie - my pleasure to have everyone sending good vibes & thoughts your way, to your whole family!!

Anonymous said...

hi jane, i've come over from another blog after hearing what is happening in your world at the moment. my thoughts are with you and yours. i'm at a loss as to what to say except that you have a lot of people thinking about you and sending love your way which can only be a good thing.

Brenda @ 13 Acres said...

just came over from Maxabella's and first time visiting your lovely little blog. thanks for sharing....what a brave step. the blogging community can be a very supportive network. My heart goes out to you....I hope that you are getting the support you need through this very emotional time. My thoughts are with you.

Le said...

like everyone else I am wishing you well - one of my besties has lived this event thru and shines on - I trust that is your path too - best le

Poppy Q said...

Good luck Jane, I am a lurky turkey who has been reading your lovely blog. Wishing you a swift recovery.

Julie Q

zigsma said...

I"m a first time visitor, coming over from MMMC. Thank you for sharing - you're an inspiration. Sending you and your loved ones much love.

KLT said...

Your attitude and courage is so inspiring. Sending nothing but good thoughts your way...

Jennie said...

Sending you so many hugs right now. You are so brave and inspiring Jane.XXXX

Naomi said...

I am new to your blog, but want you to know you and those you love are in my thoughts.


Kate B said...

Dear Jane,
Wishing you the positive of postive vibes from rain soaked Queensland .
You have and will continue to dig deep to find the strength and courgage to get through this terribe of times.
Take care

J said...

You are a very brave woman and I am sure you'll get through this. You'll be in my prayers. Keep strong.

Anna Walker said...

You're amazing.
You're super strong and you seem so calm, and wow, I wish you the best of luck and that everything works out!

debra@dustjacket said...

Darling, my heart goes out to you. This is something us girls all think sounds as if you have the most amazing medical people around you.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers sweetheart.

Be strong,
love DJ

Anci said...

I visit your blog for the first time and I'm so sad to hear about your illness. I want to send you all good wishes and hope that you will be well soon again.

Much love

Mawsiepaws said...

A-M sent me as another angel here to support you! I'm a Melbourne girl too and know we have some of the best Breast Cancer Specialists here, I've no doubt you'll get the best physical support in that area and KNOW you are getting universal support and anergy via Bloggyland.

Prayers and love to you.


MultipleMum said...

Geez. What a week you have had! I wish you all the best for your operation tomorrow. It is a big step but the right one. Sending you positive vibes for a speedy recovery and a Christmas happily together with your family. x

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Oh Jane,

i'm so sad to hear this news, but i reckon you are made of pretty tough stuff darl, and you sound so strong. I know what you mean about being a mother and the mind set change, i actually think that mindset is what saves many people, you know you will do it, there's no question of not beating it!

all my positive thoughts and prayers are making a bee line to you. i know you can do it, and that this too shall pass. just sad that you have to go through the tough stuff in the middle. you'll get there darl, have faith.


BabyMac said...

Hi Jane, So sorry to have heard your terrible news. What shitty timing, what shitty everything really. Just wanted to know that I will be sending some positive vibes your way and thinking of you often. I had one of my best mates go through breast cancer when she was just 33 and 6 months after she had her second baby (thought the lump was related to breast feeding issues). While she had a long, hard road, she had the support and love of friends and family and medical staff and I am happy to tell you that she has been in remission for almost 3 years now. Stronger, healthier than ever. Her kids were young so didn't really know much more than "Mummy being sick". Be Brave. Be kind to yourself. Be whatever you feel you are, we will all be here supporting from afar and I am sure that there a many more people in the 'real world' doing that too. Try and enjoy Christmas and don't get too ahead of yourself. One day at a time x

Anonymous said...

Sending you love and courage

mel @ loved handmade said...

Jane, I'm new to your blog & I sit here with tears running down my cheeks as I read your story, the enormity of the challenge you face. I am in awe of your courage & my heart aches at the fears you must hold. I wish you well & by the sounds of the wonderful medical professionals you are surrounded by you are in the best of hands, take care..x

Hey Harriet said...

Hi Jane. This is my first time visiting your blog and I've popped over here via Kerry from A Tranquil Townhouse. Sending positive vibes your way. Take care. And take all the support and love that your family and friends are giving you. As corny as it sounds, the power of love is an amazing thing!

Ariane Reichardt said...

Dear Jane,
all the best to you on your own way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God guard you.

Robynne's Nest said...

Jane, I think having kids is a great leveller when you are ill, as they put it all into simply have to stay strong..for your kids, you will get through this..for your kids, your will recover and eventually resume your routine..for your kids! I wish you all the very best. Love Robx

PEACHES said...

Just found you through Maxabella....oh honey lamb, I cannot imagine the pain you must feel right now, and I'm not talking about the physical kind.
I have no words of guidance or godliness, other than to send you all the good thoughts I can muster. You take care of you!!!
Y'all will be on my heart :)

julie said...

I've been thinking about you Jane. I hope everything goes well tomorrow. Last night I was at my mums and went outside to farewell my sister and family. My two year old niece looked up and said 'moon' in the cutest voice possible. So I looked up at the moon and sent my love your way.

Natasha in Oz said...

Jane, I have been thinking of you all weekend and have prayed daily for you. I just wanted to add another message of love and friendship to the hundreds that are already here.

Be strong, take care and stay positive.

Love from Natasha.

"When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb." - Denis Waitley

Unknown said...

This is my first visit to your blog, but I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. I have had two friends diagnosed with breast cancer this year. We will be thinking of you (and wishing there was more I could do)! xx

Helen said...

Sending angels to watch over you from Bend Oregon USA ............

Ange said...

Dear Jane,
Speechless with a mix of sadness, and admiration for your strength. Just when I pick up blogging again after 2 months away travelling ... I already hugged my children several times today - but have just hugged them again, for you. From this cold corner of France I too send you love, compassion and so many positive vibes. Will be keeping an eye on that blog of yours for any news. News like this touches a woman and mother so deeply. I will now go running through the frost for you and not sit inside whinging that it's too cold.
Much love

Andrea said...


My dear A-M sent me your way and I am sending you so much love, prayers and healing thoughts from Canada. Be can beat this!


Sheila said...

I have only just found your blog through another one. I just wanted to say that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

colenic said...

I found you through several friends who have posted about you on their blogs...
I just wanted to tell you that I have been there...I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and subsequent cancer eight years ago. I remember all too clearly those feelings and emotions that follow the diagnosis and the numbness that follows that as well. I know that you don't know who I am but I here today to tell you that it is possible to make it through and I strongly believe that a positive attitude is a huge part of recovery. I wish you the best of luck in your treatment and if you need someone to talk to who's been there...please don't hesitate to contact me. I send you blessings and lots of positive thoughts to you....

Anonymous said...

Hello, you don't know me but MMC sent me here. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.


Teresa said...

Jane, I just wanted to add my prayers to the growing list of supporters.

I found you thru Maxabella, and admire your bravery and raw honesty in sharing this shocking news.

I have no great words of wisdom. . . I don't really know what I could say that would be of comfort. Just know that there is someone knee-deep in snow in Canada who cares, and is praying for you.

Monique said...

I received the breast cancer diagnosis on Sept 21, 2009 - 4 days after my mother died. I had my mastectomy on December 22 last year after a round of chemo. I had another of chemo and then radiation. I'm now recovering from my 2nd reconstruction surgery. It has been a long year, but so far a happy ending.

Just remember your only job is to get well. So take very good care of yourself, and most importantly, let others take very good care of you.

Just Martha said...

Jane - we are doing a linky regarding messages to you so just pop over when you have an urge.. some of these comments are so amazing. My own Mother was told to 'go home and get your affairs in order'.. That was 15 years ago! Thinking of you today, fingers, toes, everything crossed...

life in a pink fibro said...

HI Jane, found you via Maxabella. Even though we haven't met before, just wanted to wish you all the best. The blogosphere is behind you!

melissa said...

All the best for today Jane, I will be thinking of you x

brismod said...

Be brave Jane. You have been in my thoughts. I hope everything goes well today. xx Anita

Makeminemidcentury said...

Be brave today, Jane!

You're all anyone is thinking about.

Anonymous said...

Have only just found your blog. Shall be thinking of you today.Every good wish to you and your family.

63shells said...

Jane, your grace and encourage is inspiring. Fight a great fight and know that you will be in the thoughts of many.

Knicky Knacks said...

Jane, I'm thinking of you. I have no other words although I've tried. The words don't seem worthy enough. Be strong. We are all rallying behind you. Trace

Unknown said...

Hello Jane - for what it's worth (since I am a random stranger), I too wish you every piece of luck and love to cope with this. Thinking of you x

sharingjam said...

Hi, just to let you know that I am saving some special thoughts for you today.
I am may not have the right words to say - but know that positive energy is being created for you...

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

I just found you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and your family this Christmas.

Maxabella said...

Thinking of you today, Jane. xxxx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jane,

I have just come via Millie's blog and I am so sad to read of your news.
You will be in my prayers and thoughts and may you have a speedy recovery.

Sending hugs & positive vibes

DMC said...

Dear Jane,I'm Carmel's mother (from MMMC), and just had to send a deep message of support for you and your family right now.
Just know that you will be carried through with all the love and prayers of women who have become privileged to know you from the world of Blog.
Just know that nothing is impossible with God, and God is there always in the midst of all that Life gives us, good or bad.
On Monday, my prayer will be there as I bombard the portals of heaven on your behalf.

The House That A-M Built said...

Will be thinking of you all day. A-M xx

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog while blog hopping and someone mentioned you on her blog. I will be praying for you and hoping everything goes well. Take good care:)


Motherkitty said...

I love the outpouring of love, support, and encouragement, and the huge amount of prayers being offered for Jane! We women are an amazing lot.

I continue to pray for Jane. I hope we will receive news of her soon. I also hope she realizes we're here for her every step of the way.

**Anne** said...

From a fellow Melburnian, I wish you all the very best in the months ahead. I've come to your blog today through messages from other bloggers and I wanted to say that even though I don't know you, I will be thinking of you.
I have three sisters-in-law who have all had breast cancer and masectomys and they are all now very well and healthy. The outcome of this illness is a very positive one.
Take care of yourself, be very, very kind to yourself. Have the best Christmas you can possibly have.
With love from,
Anne xx

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Sending warm and caring wishes to you!

Anonymous said...

Jane, What can I say? I simply send mindful lovingness, with all its power, your way.

Ann said...

Thinking of you a lot today, hope all goes to plan. A x

Margie SW said...

Dear Jane,
I first read your blog on Saturday through MMMC blog and want to send my support , thoughts and prayers your way. No post on a blog has touched me so profoundly. I had to forward it to my mother, 2 sisters, 4 aunts and a few friends.
I am now transfixed by your previous posts on your life/ children / cooking exploits and daily banter. I love your book recommendations and recipes, you are so full of energy.
Please get well soon and take care.
Best Wishes,

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Dear Jane,

This may sound so wrong in so many ways, but this is a wonderful post.
May God or the Transformers in the clouds -- whomever hears this first -- help and hold your hand every step of the way.
May this be an extraordinary opportunity to embrace life and conquer many things -- fear, pessimism, self-doubt.
So do keep your face in the sun as well, and keep on loving...and please don't stay away from us too long.

Anonymous said...

You have found it, and you are dealing with it, and you have the fervent best wishes and prayers of many friends behind you - especially women who have gone through it themselves.

If you feel like a little frivolity: my children also loved the snowman, and used to sing the flying song with a subtle variation:

"I'm flying in the air-
Without my underwear: I'm bare.
Though people point and stare,
I really couldn't care-
So there."

It still makes me smile every time I hear a pure boy soprano sing it~

Mon Alisa Design said...

Sending you lots of love via the moonbeams, stay strong xxx

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Jane, I feel so lame for not even knowing about this until right now. Obviously my head in the sand thinking of myself. I just can't believe this news, and my most positive thoughts are with you and your family. So much of life needs to be lived every day. I know you will be scared and brave and will face each day positively as it comes. Some will be hard, but you will get through. Big hugs. xx

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