Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Birthday!

So today is my birthday.
We mostly celebrated yesterday - and we had a great day! First we did some bowling. Then we took the kids to see Gnomio and Juliet.

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My mom made (the most delicious ever) baked spaghetti for my birthday dinner. Her, my dad and two sisters came over. I got the BEST gift ever (okay, everyone just being here to love me was the best, but you know!)

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Here's a bit of a close-up

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We really did have such a great day!

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(a picture taken by my 5 year old - so cute!)

And 32 - I'm ready to jump in, feet first. So beware! I'm here and ready to go! =)

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86 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday beautiful!! LOVE the shirt! *hugs*

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  2. I love that shirt! It's fabulous. :)
    A very happy birthday to you!

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  3. Hi Brandie -- happy birthday! I'm visiting by way of Adventures in Babywearing.

    You and I are the same age and we both have moms who had breast cancer. My mom was just 27, which made me about 3 years old, and my sister was 18 months. I really don't remember that much about it (except a funny story about a wig) but since I've been old enough to be aware of it, I thank God that my mother beat breast cancer and I grew up with her in my life.

    I'm so glad to read about how vigilant your gynecologist was. My mother was diagnosed only because my father insisted on a second opinion. The GP dismissed the lump they'd found because of her age.

    Anyway, my mom survived, and your mom survived, and there are many of us who will be sending you our good energy to help make sure you beat the damned cancer, too!

    Fight on, sister!

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  4. LouCeeL said for me to come and say 'Hi' and 'Happy Birthday!'

    Your Mom certainly picked a winning shirt for you!! Be well and I am glad to have met you!!

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  5. Happy Birthday! That shirt is fabulous, go get em, girl!

    xx-Zak

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  6. hahahahaha, you ROCK that shirt:) xoxo

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  7. Happy Birthday, Brandie! I'm here by way of LceeL.

    I love that shirt...now go kick some ass!

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  8. Hi, you don't know me but I am over from adventures in babywearing. Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Just because I don't know you, doesn't mean I can't pray for you..... so starting today you can bet I will have you in my prayers! May God bless you and give you strength for each new day!

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  9. A very happy belated birthday to you! I love the shirt! I love the smiles!

    I come by to bring strength and hope. I believe that there is much power in this universe and it seems your strength is positive ... remembering even through difficult times that you are not alone and that you can do this, but also allowing yourself to feel. You are a journey of life and together we all do the best we can!

    I send strength and hope with much loving kindness to you and your family.

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you awesome woman! There are a lot of people out here sending you healing thoughts. Knock that cancer out!

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  11. Happy Birthday, Brandie.

    And that tee shirt just SAYS IT!!

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  12. What a fabulous shirt! Happy Happy birthday - what a beautiful family!
    Hugs and prayers sent your way!
    Michelle

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  13. Hi, I'm coming over from Steph's blog Adventures in Babywearing. Just wanted to say Happy Birthday and KICK IT'S ASS! My prayers are with you and your family.

    <3
    Tatiana

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday to you!


    Peace to you and yours,
    Heather

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  15. I am so glad you had a great birthday! You are so going to show that cancer who's boss.

    Steph

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  16. Lou sent me too. Happy Birthday, and many, many good wishes.

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  17. Sounds like a great day!! You definitely deserve it! I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family this week as you prepare for surgery.

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  18. Hopped over here from "Just Another Mommy Blog" to show some love and support. We are all praying for you.

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  19. Here from Steph's... Happy Happy Birthday!! I love that shirt! A friend of mine was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, and she needs that shirt!

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  20. Hi Brandie, I'm Steph's mom from Adventures in Babywearing. I'm sending you a Big Happy Birthday Blessing. I love your shirt! I am sending lots of love and prayers your way. You will beat this thing that's attacking your body. Nice meeting you and keep smiling!

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  21. :) Happy Birthday Brandie! I hope you are just smiling all over today!

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  22. Sending you a hug today!

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  23. So glad you had a great day!

    (LOVE THE SHIRT)

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  24. hi brandie! came over from adventures in babywearing. i want you to know breast cancer hits very close to home for me, my mom had it. please know you are in lots of prayers! you are going to kick it to the curb, i just know it!

    abra :)

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  25. lou sent me. happy birthday to you!! love that t-shirt, it's awesome!

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  26. Happy birthday! And still praying for you! :)

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  27. Hi there. Lou sent me over to say hello...

    Hey, my BFF went through a bilateral mastectomy at 29 (two years ago). She went through an aggressive several round of chemo, lost her hair, was miserable when the chemo happened, and before we knew it, she was through it. She's got incredible new boobies and well... she survived it with flying colors.
    I can't speak entirely for her, but I think there were two things that really helped: publicly sharing with her friends what it was that she was going through - the details, the pains, the sickness, and her attitude. She never once made out like she wouldn't survive it.

    Yeah, she still has to be on top of her health, and it was pretty sucky to lose her hair back then... she did take it upon herself to wear all kinds of fun wigs to get her through. And before it all fell out, she gave herself a mohawk.

    What I'm trying to say is that she made the best of the situation. If you are ever interested in connecting with her, I will gladly pass along your email address. Sometimes it's just good to talk to someone who _really_ empathizes and can shine hope on the situation.

    All my love and light to you,

    Miss Ash

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  28. Coming to you from Lou at LouCeel. Love your shirt and the attitude it indicates. I'm sending good wishes, support and prayers from Italy to you and your family. May you not just survive but thrive. And Happy Birthday!

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  29. Happy Birthday! I adore that shirt!

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  30. Sending you lots of love & good thoughts!

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  31. Hey Brandie,

    Lou sent me too.

    Just wanted to send you my best wishes for the journey ahead,

    (((Hugs))) to you and your family ♥

    G
    xx

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  32. Stopping by from Adventures in Babywearing. . . I love that t-shirt. Kick cancers ass!!! Sending prayers your way. :-)

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  33. Happy Belated Birthday and good luck with your fight!

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  34. Hey, I'm routing for you!! Happy birthday! Hang tough, beautiful!

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  35. Visiting here from Melisa's -- just wanted to wish you a belated Happy Birthday and tell you how much I love the shirt -- my twin brother kicked cancer's ass, too. You are a strong lady and I wish you all the best of luck, my friend!

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  36. Happy, Happy Birthday and wishes for many more wonderful years to come.

    Lou sent me over here, I'm glad he did.

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  37. Happy Birthday to you!!! Sending positive thoughts your way!

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  38. I hopped over from another blog to say Happy Birthday and blessing to you on your cancer journey!!!

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  39. Anonymous11:02 AM

    Here via Melisa at Suburban Scrawl--Happy birthday, Brandie! Sending good vibes for your journey through breast cancer....you can do it!!--Cindy

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  40. Happy belated birthday! It's wild, I've been told about your dx from two friends who don't know each other (Steve, obviously, and my friend Melisa from Suburban Scrawl).

    Wanted to let you know I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. If anyone can kick cancer's ass, I know it's you!!! If you need anything - childcare help, meals, anything - let me know!!

    --Deanna

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  41. Popping over from Steph's blog to encourage you and pray for your surgery to be successful. I LOVE the shirt - happy birthday!

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  42. Tonight we'll continue the birthday celebration!

    http://lookitsmegryansmom.blogspot.com/2011/05/power-of-blogging.html

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  43. Anonymous11:58 AM

    I wish you a happy birthday and hope that everything works out for the best.

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  44. Happy Birthday to you!! I LOVE the shirt! Just read your story and want you to know I support you 110% and will be thinking and praying for you and your family! Keep up the positive attitude and wear that shirt every day :)

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  45. Hi Brandie,
    Heard about you from Kim M.
    As a 16 year survivor of Stage III breast cancer, sending you my thoughts and sisterhood. And Happy birthday wishes too.

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  46. Happy Birthday! Here's my gift to you...evey day with palms up say with spirit "Miracle Find Me Now". You will be amazed at what you find.

    Stacey

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  47. Happy Birthday! Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

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  48. I love the shirt. Melisa sent me over to check you out and I just wanted you to know that I will be praying and thinking good thoughts for you!

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  49. Coming here from Adventures in Babywearing. Wanted to say I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Awesome shirt-Happy belated Birthday!!

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  50. Happy Birthday!!! I'm visiting by way of Adventures in Babywearing! My thought and prayers are with you and your family! You look like you have a wonderful attitude and I hope you keep that attitude through everything!!

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  51. Happy Bithday! I dont know you and you dont know me but I want to tell you you have a tough road ahead but you can do it. My mom, who is 77, just finished her radiation after finishing her chemo after her "surgery". She is doing great and made through everything rather well. She still works, has good family and good friends and that is what got her through it all. Plus she loved everyone on her medical team. Chin up - it sucks - bit with the right people in your life you will be olkay!!

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  52. Came over from Lou's blog. Good luck and go get 'em!!! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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  53. Hi Brandie!

    Happy Birthday! I'm here because Steph mentioned you today on Adventures in Babywearing....I wish you the best in your journey towards beating cancer.

    I'll be praying for you and your family.

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  54. Prayers for you and your family as you go though this journey of C. My best friend went though this same thing at a a young age too. Happy to say she is still with me after more than 30 years post surgery. So keep the faith.

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  55. Happy Birthday! That shirt rocks!

    I just back read a few posts, and I have to say I am extremely in awe of how well you are handling this. As well as how great your medical team has been. I remind my friends to do breast checks, I think so many of them assume because we're in our 20's it's not an issue. It can be, though, so better safe than sorry.

    Praying for you on this journey.

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  56. I'm here via Lou. I don't often comment, as Lou will confirm, but here I am. Thinking of you today, and sending lots of love your way... x.

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  57. Lou sent me over and I am very glad he did. You have a lovely family. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.
    That shirt was surely made for you!
    ~Mary

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  58. Angelic6:12 PM

    Kris sent me - Happy birthday and I am praying you kick cancer's BUTT! :) I love the shirt! IT ROCKS!

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  59. I LOVE that shirt- and its so true, lol! Happy birthday, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day and that everything goes smoothly tomorrow!
    Much Love,
    ~Amber

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  60. Happy Birthday! Love the t-shirt.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ((HUGS))

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  61. Happy birthday! Love the shirt!

    I somehow lost touch with your blog, but two other bloggers I follow posted about you today and I was like "UH OH! I know her." I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Hugs and hope...

    (aka Damselfly/Growing A Life)

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  62. Visiting by way of Tracey at Just Another Mommy Blog to wish you a belated but very happy birthday and the very best wishes for your surgery tomorrow.

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  63. Love the shirt. Happy Birthday. Sending lots of prayers this week.

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  64. Sent by Lou. Your courage is outstanding, and I LOVE the shirt!

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  65. Hi, Brandie. I'm here by way of LouCeeL's blog to wish you a happy birthday and to tell you that your mom was right on with that shirt. That's the attitude to have.

    My daughter Lisa was diagnosed at age 33 (while pregnant), and she gave the fight everything she had (including both breasts and ovaries), along with a ton of attitude. And like you will, she won. She's five years cancer-free now. I am totally convinced that the sentiment on your new shirt is the best attitude you can have.

    So go kick ass, Brandie. As Lisa said one time, you may have cancer, but cancer doesn't have you.

    All the best.

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  66. Happy Birthday and my thoughts are with you! Hugs from my family (I have 7 biological, 4 foster and one grandson so that is lots of hugs)to yours!!!!

    Kerri

    {{{HUGS}}}

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  67. Happy Birthday!!!! My thoughts are with you!

    Hugs from my family (all 7 bio kids, 4 foster kids and my grand-baby) to yours!

    {{{HUGS}}}

    Kerri

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  68. Helene1:30 AM

    Happy birthday!! Love the t-shirt.

    I wish you all the best in the months to come.

    Sweet regards from Helene in Norway

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  69. Today, the earth undergoes a change. Our dear niece has surgery and it is turning the world upside-down. Yes, surgeries happen everyday, but this is different. An unwelcome invader has appeared on the scene and today she sends that foreigner back to the pit. The fight she must endure today is gut-wrenching because it is a fight against body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, dear Brandie, we come along side and offer our prayers. We likewise offer ourselves in the weeks and months ahead during the healing process.

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  70. Hey Brandi! LOVE the shirt!! LOVE your spirit! I am walking the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this year....for YOU!!! Hugs to you today and everyday!! Sue

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  71. Visiting my way of Mama Bird Diaries....

    Happy (belated) Birthday! We're all pulling for you!

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  72. Happy Birthday! You are so stunning. Thinking about you. xo

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  73. Happy Birthday. Love the tshirt. Wishing you nothing but blessings as you work on kicking cancer's ass.

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  74. Visiting by way of Mama Bird Diaries and sending you lots of warm thoughts today!

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  75. Anonymous7:13 AM

    Happy birthday! You have a wonderful family. Love the shirt!

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  76. Love the t-shirt! And you family is gorgeous. Happy birthday!

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  77. Mina Lee7:41 AM

    Just got sent here from Kelcey's blog. Good luck on your surgery! Beat cancer!

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  78. Stay strong!! Funny shirt!!

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  79. Mamabird sent me! Happy Birthday. I hope things go well & that your life is soon filled with peace.

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  80. Sent from mamabirddiaries- good luck! Show that cancer who's boss ;) xx

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  81. Brandie,

    Breast cancer is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I'm praying for you and hoping that you continue the long standing tradition of kicking cancer's ass!

    Kelly

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  82. Blessings and prayers are with you!!

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  83. I'm here by way of Tracey and wanting to wish you everything you'll for the journey ahead -- strength, courage, the ability to keep your sense of humor. I can see from the birthday post that already have the most important secret weapon: a husband and kids who adore you. I'll be praying for you!

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Seeing your comments makes me smile! Thank you so much =)