We’ve Got Her Back

(It’s Jennie again.) Grace says ‘hi.’ Everyone told her that Day 2 would be pretty much the worst. Guess what? It is. But we know that it’s normal for this situation. She is still in & out of woozy, druggy sleep. She did have a quiet night, though. Hopefully a healing one. Many doctors checked…

Post-Surgery Update

Hi, it’s Grace’s sister Jennie. A very brief update about how Grace is doing. She is in her room resting and gradually coming off the major pain meds/sleep drugs. Her surgeons reported that the mastectomy and reconstruction both went very well. It was a long operation. All good news from the surgery team. Grace is…

See you on the flipside

  I’m here. I’m hungry. I’m ready. I’m scared. But mostly hungry. I slept alright with the exception of tooth pain that left my sister and I contemplating whether or not we could crush a Tylenol for me to snort since I can’t have water. Ended up swallowing that bitch with saliva somewhere around 4am…

A Last Time For Everything

  They have started. It has been occurring to me for days that I am participating in my last _____. Some instances of this are, my last upward facing dog. The last time I’ll feel a chilly breeze bringing with it a systematic THO (look it up). The last time I will carry my (giant)…

Cancer Ruins Plans

The breast surgeon said, ‘if you feel up to it.’ Therapist #1 said, ‘you might want to consider staying home.’ Plastic surgeon said, ‘I don’t care, I make boobs.’ Therapist #2, who specializes in cancer patients, said ‘absolutely do NOT go.’ And the dentist said, ‘I basically need to drill your face off every day…

Nitrous Oxide Is A Lying Bitch

Here is a fun fact about Cancer and surgeries to eradicate it; you have to go through a whole litany of other seemingly non-related appointments beforehand so you are in tip-top shape to be gut like a fish. One of those super-fun visits is to your dentist. Listen, I am never stoked to visit my…

YOU get an implant! & YOU get an implant! (insert Oprah voice here)

I think we have all envisioned that moment when your children are handed their first silicone implants. It’s the stuff parenting dreams are made of. We made the somewhat controversial decision to include our older children in as much of the process as we deem acceptable and as much as they show interest in. They…

Happy Sequin Circle, Sad Dull Square

A few days ago I had a marathon of doctor appointments all in one day. We opened with a pre-op physical which included a blood draw and an aggressive nasal swabbing, followed by my first visit to the oncologist and the grand finale was one last visit with my breast surgeon. Are you already jealous?…

Posterity

You may or may not have noticed that there are some revealing photos attached to this blog post. These are not intended to titillate, but to capture this exact moment in time while my body remains mine, whole. I read a story somewhere about a woman who had a bilateral mastectomy who longed to remember…

Birthday + Cancer = Extra Presents

May 4, 2016 Hey gang, It’s my 36th birthday and unfortunately, blowing out candles appears to NOT have the power to grant actual wishes (still have cancer). What is great however, is the love and affection being shown to me today. As a mother and a doula I sort of think birthdays should belong to…

Dante

Do you know who truly gives me my strength? This guy–Dante Alighieri Lombardo.

Family

Just so you know, we have 3 hilarious, smart kids: Luca, Cecilia (Cece), and Enzo.