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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Introducing Chandler Mae

Wow!  So much has happened since my last posting!  The last time I posted I was sharing the good news that I was pregnant!  This was something that my husband and I wanted greatly.  We had accepted that we might not be able to have more children, so when we found out we were expecting, we were thrilled!  We had especially wanted to give our oldest daughter, Charley, a sibling.  On August 27th, Chandler Mae Wasson was born into this world.  She has been such a blessing to our family.  Every time I look at her, I am reminded of how truly blessed I am to have been able to bring her into this world.

So now, nearly 3 1/2 years after breast cancer, I have two beautiful daughter's and life is in full swing.  When I found out I had breast cancer, Charley was just two weeks shy of her second birthday.  Now that she is five years old, we often talk about "Mommy's breast cancer" and she remembers bits and pieces of that journey.  What she remembers and knows most is that Mommy was sick.  I always want Charley to see me as a fighter.  Being that my breast cancer was genetic and I am a carrier for the BRCA 1 genetic mutation, I realize that both my girls have a 50% chance of carrying the gene as well.  With that in mind, I can think of no greater impact than making sure my girls are well informed of their risks and the decisions that will lay before them should they test positive for the BRCA mutation.

I am so thankful for my life.  I am blessed beyond belief with a wonderful, hard-working husband, two beautiful girls, a loving God, and my health.  What more could a girl ask for?

 Everyday women are being told they have breast cancer.  Some of these women are young like I was, with their whole life ahead of them.  When you hear the words, "You have breast cancer,"  your initial reaction is to reach out and search for women like yourself that have fought and won the battle.  You are looking for hope in the midst of despair.  It is my ongoing prayer that women who come across my blog will be encouraged and find that hope by reading about my journey.  I am no doubt "Blessed to be a Blessing" believing that the "Best is Yet to Come."

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not harm you.  Plans to bring you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11