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Made Breathless Twice in Less than 24 Hours


It’s true what “they” (who are they anyway, has anyone figured it out?) say about how your life changes in seconds and how the diagnosis of cancer can leave you breathless.  What “they” fail to mention is that the response and outpouring of love that you receive after a diagnosis like this will also leave you breathless. Tomorrow I will talk more in depth about the results of my biopsy and the  next steps for my treatment, but tonight I am compelled to focus on the love.

In the last 24 hours, I’ve had countless friends, family members, and even kind-hearted strangers offer me love, support, prayers, resources, and more inspiration than I can put into words.  This incredible outpouring from my local and online community, as well as my extended family has been incredible.

My support system has, in some cases literally, held me up since the biopsy and the waiting game began.  Messages with reminders to eat and rest, Bible verses, phone calls, so many texts, actual IN REAL LIFE VISITS, dinners, offers of free babysitting and so much more have been my life blood since this crazy journey began.

The company I work for, FeedBlitz, has been incredible through all of this, offering support in multitude of ways I will forever be grateful for and my community has done everything from research treatment options and facilities to creating a Cafe Press store filled with Kick Ass merchandise for kicking cancer out and setting up a YouCaring page to help us raise funds to cover the medical costs(you don’t have to donate, I just want you to see how awesome they are).

Just last weekend, two of my best friends from Northern Ohio, Nikki and Heather, drove down to keep me distracted and while they were here, Heather took some family photos out at the winery.  The photo in this post is from this shoot and is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Because of these amazing people, I feel stronger.  I am certain this will be a very long road, I’m pragmatic about the trials I’ll be facing, but I am going to kick cancer’s ass.  And they’re going to be with me the whole way.

To my community, all of you, thank you.  Those two words will never be enough.  No words could be enough.  I promise not to give up.  I promise to use my story to bring awareness to this cause, to early detection, and to the strength we all have inside.  I will be eternally grateful for you all forever.

Tomorrow we talk, tonight I am basking in the glow on my “Framily” (Thanks, Sprint.)

**There is a link to the fundraising page and the cafe press store within the image on this site.  All proceeds go to helping our family pay our medical bills.**

See y'all later!

About It's Me, Amanda

Amanda is a southern belle caffeine addict who spends her tiny amount of free time writing here.


  1. ‘Manda Panda,

    You’re awesome and you know it. If you don’t know it, then I know everybody is reminding you of it.
    You. Got. This.
    I’m not a fan of the cheese but seriously, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger in every way.

  2. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all. Sending lots of love and positive energy your way. *tight hug*

  3. We hold your hand now and forever. Love ya!

  4. I love that you’ve shared this breathlessness with us all.

    I know that your people will forever be by your side and I am honored to be among them. I send you love and strength. Chocolate and cookies. And coffee. And whatever else you need or want. (hugs)

  5. Even though we only met once, but still converse periodically through Facebook, I just want to let you know I have been thinking of you often and praying for the absolute best for you. I will continue for as long as it takes. Hugs and love.

  6. I’m just so glad to be a part of your circle of friends!

  7. You have cancer and yet you made me smile. Happy to be part of your framily. Here to support you however I can.

  8. You have the most amazing attitude about all of it. I love you. We’re here for you every step of the way and we won’t stop fighting until you’ve won.

  9. It’s amazing how people you don’t get to see very often (if at all) can rally together to make difficult times a little easier to handle. We care about you. <3

  10. You. Loved. Lifted up. Cared for. Hold fast. Xo

  11. Here for the first of many times to come. Sending thoughts your way and a hairy eye ball toward cancer. You are amazing, supported by so many.

  12. You got me all teary eyed over her! I’m grabbing some pom-poms and cheering you on!

  13. We’re here to help. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and if you want to talk about any resources I can point you to, please let me know! (Do not feel any obligation to ask though!)(

  14. You are one of the most amazing women I have ever met! You rock girl! You inspire ME in more ways than you know. You are FOREVER in my prayers 🙂 you will get through this! ((Hugs))

  15. If there’s anyone who can kick cancer’s ass, it’s you! We’re all here for you!

  16. You got this Amanda……and we got you! I love ya so very much! You will always be momoffaith/highimpactmom/Amanda to me! You are amazing and cancer doesn’t know what it is in for.

  17. Yep, I love you. Heather takes AMAZINGLY beautiful pictures.

  18. It’s an awesome feeling having this many people supporting you, huh? 🙂 It’s hard to explain I know! Hugs and much love and prayers coming your way!

  19. I am so insanely proud of you and this community of support you have. You WILL beat this and we will be there wherever you need us along the way.

  20. Oh honey – a million kajillion hugs. I was breathless on your behalf when we got the news. I love you honey – I love you so so much.

  21. Jessica @EatSleepBe

    We’ve got your back so you can take care of your boobies and your babies. Go get em. Cancer is going to regret ever messing with you.

  22. XOXO to my friend. I love you and miss talking to you as much as we used to. You take extra care of your self and your family. Spend lots of time hugging and kissing them. I know you can fight this.

  23. I am sending you love!!!

  24. Amanda, I have no doubt you will beat this foul cancer. I’ve had friends and a sister all walk through this same challenge. Regardless of what may happen to you physically, do not let it diminish your spirit and joy in life. Keep your head up girl. ( I’m an old classmate and friend of your fathers)
    I’ve heard it said, ” If you can laugh at it, you can live with it” My sister wears a tshirt that says ” Yes they are fake, the real ones tried to kill me” so learn to find humor in this process. It will help you.
    God bless,

  25. Girl, you got this. xoxo Sending strength and hope from Boston.

  26. You have quite the army surrounding you. It’s been something amazing to watch it hit the ground running without missing a step. It’s easy to see that you are incredibly loved.

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