One year ago today, I head the life altering words, "We believe you have a rare, very aggressive form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer."  For a moment, the world stood still.  The next moment the world was a very different place. 

The following days were a whirlwind of biopsies, bone scans, MRI's CT scans, and doctors appointments.  This was followed by weeks of chemotherapy, more tests, more Doctors appointments.  Throw in a couple of surgeries, and 6 weeks of radiation. 

I can scarcely believe that it has been 365 days.  Some days seemed like they would never end, I was so sick, and in so much pain.  But the weeks flew by, as did the months.  And now it has been a YEAR!!!!

But I survived!  Although not alone.  I know that I would have been unable to bear the burdens of this trial without help from all of my family and friends, priesthood blessings, and most importantly, my Savior. 

So celebrate with me today!  I challenge to look with new eyes at the world around you.  Enjoy the beauty of spring, the flowers, the blossoms on the trees, the beautiful blue sky.  Even when life is hard, it is still good.  Count your blessings.  Every breath is a gift.  Every moment with your friends and family is precious.  Smile and laugh, and enjoy life!!!!!!

My boys

My girls!


Silly moments that make me laugh.

My sweet, sassy Abby.

My sweetheart, Dan, who spoils me rotten.

My little tornado, Ammon, who occasionally tires out.

The beauty of nature.

Being able to take my kids on "special nights" like my dad did when I was growing up.  Each week I take 1 of my kids on an activity of their choice, so we can have 1 on one time.  I am grateful that my dad did this for me, and glad that I am physically able to do things like take Caleb to the Dinosaur Park.

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