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Mark Harrison

It's hard to know what to say. Anything I could possibly write would sound trite, and unhelpful.

I'm afraid that while I "know you on Twitter", I've no idea of stuff like your religious beliefs.

Whatever they are, I hope you won't be offended to learn that we're praying for you here in the UK this Christmas.

We're praying that you and your family will pull through this, and we'll all be privileged to carry on sharing your wisdom, generosity and compassion for many years to come.

Love, prayers and whatever the Internet equivalent of Hugs are...

Mark in West Sussex, England

Cathryn Hrudicka

Susan, you have been so brave, and it is completely understandable that you would need to cry and feel grief over the loss of your breast and what has happened to you. We're here with you, following your totally coherent update, wishing we could all find some way to make it easier for you. Just know that we're with you on Christmas and look forward to many, many more Happy New Years with you, too.

Love and Happy Holidays to your entire family,

Cathryn/Creative Sage(tm)


I hope you have plenty of hands because a whole bunch of us are holding yours in our hearts. You're allowed to fall apart a little. That's what all these people who love you are for.

-Laura K

P.S. What a great mom you must be to have raised such loving, supportive kids.

Shannon Seery Gude

Thinking about you and your family, and have shared your story with many. Thank you for writing as real and coherently as you have. Sending good thoughts your way. Love, prayers, and Merry Christmas to you and your family from Shannon and Julian Seery Gude.


Susan - thanks so much for the update. You're an amazing inspiration. And your family is fantastic. And it's healthy to have that release - tears are part of the process too.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.



You just go ahead and fall apart whenever it happens. The people around you are all grownups and they obviously love you enough to hold you and pick you up when it happens (even if it's outside their comfort zone).

Thank you for the update. Even though I "know" you through twitter, I'm actually a fan of the long form, myself. :-)

isabella mori

i can't believe you're in this state and you're still blogging. amazing! can you see my mouth hanging open?

i wish you wish you wish you - whatever you wish for. the ability to enjoy your shower. to become less of a jelly fish ASAP. to continue to be showered with the love your family and friends have for you.

blessings. in whatever form you feel they're good for you.


Dear Susan, sending you lots of warm hugs, lots of support & plenty of tissues, because crying is okay, releasing all that pressure inside is all part of the healing process...remember all those little channels in the body that are saying whew...we cried.

I also can not believe your blogging & I also can't believe your home already, sitting up in bed with "peas" on your chest.

Let the healing on the outside begin & may the inside healing gently wrap you in many hugs from New Mexico.

Susan Reynolds / SL Tynan Clary

It's so nice to recognize your names - old friends and new ones - and all your support is just so humbling.

Mark I appreciate your prayers and hope I can count on more.

I'm not really doing anything so amazing at ALL. With the kind of encouragement and love I've been shown of course I owe it to people to updates, certainly the day _after_ surgery. But Saturday came and went and then Sunday - and it wasn't until today that I could string two words together in a sentence.

In other words I meant to be better at updating but it takes me forever to connect a couple of thoughts. As proved by how long it took me to write this comment on the comment :)


Susan, 'bold fronts' are great - up to a point. Grieving is part of the healing process.

You are surrounded by a blanket of love, with people who are willing to share your trial by fire. It's ok to let yourself go from time to time.

We are all hoping and praying you'll bounce back quickly.

Merry Christmas :)

All success,

Liz Strauss

I love you.

All of you.

Hell with the praying . . . I hope the drugs are spectacular. Better living through friends, art, and great medications.

Not really meant to be irreverent . . . well, maybe a little . . . :)


Susan, thank you for the update, we've been thinking about you and will continue to do so. I was telling your story to my family (not the Twitter types) this holiday and they are all behind you 100%, especially my Mum who has a similar tale.

Her message: "You ARE doing something amazing."

Think well, be well.



I've been thinking both in reference to you and in reference to life about the tension, the contradiction between "we're in this together" and "you're on your own", about how they are both true and they are both false.

Hugs to you and Merry Christmas.

And I *will* be praying. You're clearly up to the brim with "better living through friends, art and great medications"

francine hardaway

Cry. What's wrong with that? It's the "right" thing to do -- to grieve. I have never known a woman with breast cancer who didn't. And to put it in perspective, I know people who cry when they come out with the wrong hair color from the beauty shop. You have earned the breakdown. And you have blogged it and shared it, which is a huge service to others. Did you ever read Betty Rollins' book -- it is called "First You Cry."

I cannot tell you how much I long go meet you f2f. You are my kind of girl!


A great big hug for you..around the knees of course..chest to chest would more than likely hurt like hell!




Liz Strauss

Merry Christmas, Susan!
My life is better because you're a part of it. Thank you for the gift you are. :)

Thinking of you . . .


Susan, my wife well remembers the jelly fish tentacles experience as she had them coming out of both sides. She called herself Aquawoman once. LOL

Glad you're out of the hospital. Wow! They've come a long way these past few years.

Hang in there, cry a little from time to time and remember...we're here thinking of you and yours and walking the path along side you in spirit and prayer. ;^)

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About My Cancer

  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    My form of breast cancer is less common than others. In fact only about 6 to 8% of cases of breast cancer are the invasive form that is based in the lobules, not in the milk ducts.

    Invasive, sometimes called Infiltrating, is a scary word. In most cases this form of breast cancer has been present for 8–10 years when detected by a mammogram or physical exam.

    In my case there was clearly an area that felt thickened or dense on December 6, 2007. A mammogram the next afternoon was not able to detect it but it clearly appeared on ultrasound and was confirmed by multiple biopsies the same day.

    During those 8 to 10 years the cancer took to become apparent to me, there has been plenty of opportunity for those invasive cells to get out of the breast and spread to the rest of the body.

    It is after all, by definition, an invasive form of cancer.

    Each year about 190 thousand women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the US and about 40 thousand women will die of the disease. The larger the mass is when discovered the more risk. Mine had tentacled almost 5cm into the surrounding tissue and two other areas in the breast were discovered as well.

    My chances of living another 10 years without cancer in another area are about 40%. The likelihood of one of my other underlying health conditions doing the job before that is 20%. it took a few months to get used to that idea.

    Now though my attitude is that at least I know what I'm facing. It's just not what I expected. Life changes in an instant.

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