Look out World

My friend Karen is amazing.  She stared down breast cancer 5 years ago and showed it who was boss, had a kidney transplant 4 months ago, works full time, raises 3 kids and has an amazingly positive attitude.  On top of all this she teaches cake decorating classes and showed up to my house with this cake yesterday.

dscn00841It’s lovely isn’t it? I was a little squeamish about cutting into it as my own stitches have not quite healed but my kids had no qualms about slicing through these babies.  Thank you Karen.  If I could’ve made a cake into a real-life-looking kidney for you I would have.  I may send this picture to Cake Wrecks which is a hilarious blog site that you should all check out when you want a good laugh.  It highlights professional cakes gone seriously wrong.

According to my oncologist when she took a peak at the new “gals’ today before I had my chemo, I am healing nicely.  I keep calling Herceptin “chemo” when it really isn’t exactly that.  It is actually a monoclonal antibody that puts a cap on any cancer cells that are her2-neu positive therefore shutting off the cancer cells’ food supply.  That is why this treatment is  not as stressful as the other chemo I had.  It doesn’t hit my good, non-cancer cells as hard.    See, here I am getting chemo today…not so bad…dscn008812With this surgery behind me, I think I can finally see the other end of the tunnel.  I am staying put like I am supposed to but just as soon as Dr. Plastic gives me the OK, I plan on hitting the pavement running.  I feel strong and as long as my heart cooperates, I will be participating in a few triathlons, many road races and the Pan Mass Challenge in the near future.  Herceptin treatments will continue through July and then hopefully, I can put this whole ordeal behind me…or, well, in front of me, as the case may be.

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About francesbarrie

Cancer survivor,mom,triathlete,writer,jewelry maker, baker. Staying happy and healthy,living life and enjoying it one moment at a time.
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4 Responses to Look out World

  1. Frances,
    I’m a fellow PMC rider, and happy to find your blog. Great post, great cake, and a great friend. I hope to have the honor and pleasure of meeting you this PMC season.
    Cheers,
    John

  2. Don Twomey says:

    Hi Fran, You’re a scream, and just seeing you looking so well while you took your treatment has made my night. God bless you, your courage, your wit, and your power!

    Love, Don

  3. Summer says:

    Hey Fran,
    Glad to see that wonderful smile on your face!
    My bestfriends husband and her dad have been riding the PMC for 4 years now. My friends father has been batteling cancer for 2 years and rode last year and will be again this year. I hear it is an amazing event and wish you all the best.
    Take care and keep smiling.
    Love always,
    Summer

  4. Hollace Rooney says:

    Fran – love the cake and you look great (love the hair color wink wink!). I loved the post about your eldest also. Thinking of you!

    Hollace Lucinda Yoda
    (ps – I joined a gym last week – of course it has not opened yet as it’s new in our town but I’ll get there when it does! – you motivated me!)

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