Sunday, July 15, 2012


Ciao is Italian for goodbye and hello.  Ciao was the theme for a party some great gals threw for me to say goodbye to these old, cancer boobs and hello to hopefully a good set of cancer free, man-made boobs.  This group of girls have been so supportive whether it be through meals, a shoulder to cry on, a laugh, or prayers.  It has meant everything to have such a great support system!

(missing are 2 gals)

I was so surprised when to honor the Italian theme of Ciao, we were going for a gondola ride.  I wanted to share some pictures with you of me and these wonderful gals. 

During the ride, the gentleman steering the gondola asked what we were celebrating. My friends' faces had an awkward what should we say look. I turned and told him "why a double mastectomy." It took him only a couple of seconds to say, "so, we are celebrating life, or shedding a few pounds." It was so funny. I was very impressed with his quick, witty comment.  As we enjoyed the ride and each other, we also enjoyed the singing from the gentleman.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  I am so blessed to have great friends and family.  They rock!

Monday is the surgery day.  Yikes!!  Can you say nervous?!  They say it takes 4-6 weeks to recover.  Crazy to think that removing breasts is considered an outpatient surgery.  I am hoping to be one of those freakish women that recovers quickly and beautifully.  Crossing my fingers! 

So, I will be saying goodbye for a little while and hello later.  Wish me luck! 



  1. Best of luck, Julie! I'll be thinking of you and saying a prayer. Keep your good spirits and sense of humor in the days ahead!

  2. Thinking of you during this time..and sending prayers. What fun it looked like you had during your celebration!

  3. What a great crew of friends! My friends and I are praying for you here in CO too!

  4. You have wonderful friends. Tomorrow while prepping for surgery keep your mind on the fun you had with them. I think you are going to do great and heal quickly. You have the best attitude.

    Cindy Bee

  5. Wishing you a speedy recovering! God bless you!

  6. Sending healing thoughts, wishing you a quick recovery!

  7. Ciao baby!

    See you on the other side...bigs hugs and well wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  8. Good luck!!! What a great group of friends. :)

  9. What a great and fun group of friends you have!!!! I'm so glad they are there for you during this trying time. I wish you a very speedy recovery and will be praying for you too :o)
    Good Luck!

  10. Hope you are recovering nicely and are on the road to getting life back to normal.

  11. Sending prayers for a quick recovery..stay strong, and am so glad you have such a great support team! :)


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