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  1. Oluwa's Avatar
    I've been looking for you here, there, FB...I am wondering how you are, Carlotta. In my thoughts and heart you are. Hugs and love..
  2. Numpty's Avatar
    Carlotta, not sure if your surgery is going ahead as planned today (it's just past midnight here in Scotland) but wanted to leave you a note for when you check in here again to say that we're thinking of you and sending lots of healing thoughts your way! ~massive hugs~
    Love and light
    Claire xx
  3. Saysusie's Avatar
    thank you so much everyone for your thoughts ,care, kind words and prayers. sweet oluwa, thank you for that beautiful prayer. i have had some pre surgery complications due to my health. the stress of these complications has caused my blood pressure to skyrocket and so i am faced with postponement if we cannot get it under control. i meet with both surgeons and anesthesiologist today and hopefully i will be cleared for surgery on friday. they feel that will bp medication and a mild tranquilizer, the surgery can proceed. i will definitely be back next week to let you all know where i stand. again, thank you all so very much and god bless each of you
    peace and blessings
  4. Oluwa's Avatar
    Oh, boy...Carlotta our dear girl, our angel...I really don't know what to say. As I cannot even imagine what your thoughts are regarding this. Lick it, whoop it, be scared, run, hide, stand still…I just can't even imagine. I only know from my eyes looking into someone, my Mom. Uplifting you in prayers.

    If I may....Dear Heavenly Father, I am praying to you to continue to give strength to Carlotta. Bring her comfort in her fears and let her feel your security in your tight arms of love. Carlotta is your child, she is in pain and do let her know you are with her. Please give her extra blessings, share mine with her as she fights this cancer with her strength and grace.

    And, please, God Almighty… please, guide the doctor’s hands. Ensuring they use the brilliance you gave them to ensure Carlotta is in the best care throughout all of this. In your name, I ask…Thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer. Amen.

    Everyone please pray...the power of prayer is unimaginable and they say in the medical field it is one of the best kept secrets. Pray on.....

    Carlotta, please....If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call, write, FB….from here in Seattle, for now I have love, prayers, compassion in my heart and thoughts in my mind for you as you bring this cancer to its knees. Tight, gentle, caring hugs with love.
  5. ItsLupus2007's Avatar
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,your family and your friends during this difficult time.I applaud you for being insistent and diligent enough with self-exam to know that there could be something amiss.Hopefully this will reinforce in your drs and others that it is often vital to listen to their patient even when they believe there is no concern.

    With your familiarity of your own body and its many quirks you have managed to jump to the head of the class in treatment and eradication.Where if you were relying one on mammograms it could have delayed treatments by months.Good for you for pushing for a "make sure"

    Please take care of yourself and rest as easy as you can.Easier said than done but I will send good vibes your way and the hopes that in the midst of all the turmoil your mind is able to rest along with your body.

    Again you and all of yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.
  6. tgal's Avatar
    Nothing to say except that I love you. Even though we have never met I do love you and I am here if you ever need me. I know you are in great hands and please don't worry about things here. You have supported us all of these years now let us do that for you, or at least take the worry away about WHL. There are great people here and it will be the same when you come back
  7. steve.b's Avatar
    early detection, early intervention....... good prognosis.

    i am glad you found it so early.
    i will be thinking of you on 01 march

    my sincere best wishes and positive thoughts.
    steve
  8. debbie-b's Avatar
    Hi Carlotta,

    I am sorry, that you had to receive this diagnosis, but I am glad, that you found it early and the doctors say that your chances of full recovery are very good.
    Thank you for letting us know about self exam, I do it too, but not on a regular basis, which is going to change now.
    As for opting for the mastactomy and reconstruction, I would have chosen the same.
    Well Carlotta, you know, we will all pray for you and cheer you on, while you have your surgery.
    Have a speedy recovery.

    Get well,
    Debbie
  9. BonusMom's Avatar
    Carlotta-

    I'm very sorry to hear about your new diagnosis and upcoming surgery. But, if anyone can handle this setback with grace and dignity, it is you.

    I want to reiterate what you said about early detection. My mom, at age 55, had her annual mammo in mid-June. While on vacation in July, she felt a lump in her breast. Upon return, she contacted her doctor for an exam and was referred for a repeat mammo. The lump was not detected. Only after a breast ultrasound was done was the lump detected. Stage I was the result and she opted for a lumpectomy and radiation.

    Early detection is the key for ANY cancer. I'm encouraged by your finding the lump early and being so insistent about the biopsy. You trusted your instincts and were an advocate for your health....BRAVO!!!

    WHL is in great hands with the awesome mods that you've chosen. Know that you'll be foremost in our thoughts as you take on your latest challenge.

    All the best,
    Lana
    Updated 02-15-2013 at 04:12 PM by BonusMom
  10. rob's Avatar
    Hi Carlotta,

    Mari, Steve, and I have been worried about you ever since Conrad relayed the news to us. If anyone has the strength, determination, and courage to beat cancer, it's you. Please know that you have nothing to apologize for. You take all the time you need in order to get through this. Mari, Steve, and I are here every day doing our thing, so please know that WHL is in good hands, and that we've "got your back" no matter what.

    The good thoughts, well wishes, and prayers of every single person here are with you, and will be with you every day.

    You will beat this, my dear friend,

    Rob
  11. Deemarie1223's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing lauris story saysusie. I'm crying as I write, you are an inspiration to many, and lauri is the key to that. So much sadness, pride, love, compassion and much more all rolled into 2 special people. I feel as if God lead me to WHL, a place to be comforted, to give comfort, to love and be loved, to bond on so many levels. As a mother of an angel, a mother in general and a victim of AI disease, this has touched deep into my heart. Keep her memory alive saysusie.....you are truly a blessing! My prayers, thought and love go out to your family!

    Love and blessings,
    Darla
  12. Deemarie1223's Avatar
    Saysusie-I'm so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I now no know what you meant when you said in response to my post "many of us have suffered miscarriages and even the loss of children due to this disease" I'm at a full understanding now of where WHL came from. I think it's a beautiful thing to honoro your daughter this way, and each day I am more and more grateful to have found this new family! I know this was a yr ago but another October is approaching, and I understand your emotions. My son was born and passed in September. so I'm in the same boat this time of yr (not to mention my stillbirths were July and august). I think you are a beautiful person and I will be thinking of you as her anniversary approaches. Much love, hugs and THANKS for turning your grief into a way to help others on so many levels! I hope I get to know you and your story and lauri and her story better as well! We are forever indebted to you <3

    Love and blessings,
    Darla
    Updated 08-25-2012 at 10:14 AM by Deemarie1223
  13. Nonna's Avatar
    Susie and Oluwa, I hope you both made it through this hard time. Good thoughts and memories of good times are the best.

    Hugs to you both, two very important people in our WHL family
  14. Saysusie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oluwa
    How true is that. It is...give what we need. I am reaching towards my immediate family, their limbs maybe short but I am still giving love. I put a little love into each cookie I made for them. My first Christmas Eve alone. It is after 9PM and I am still here. I chose the option to be happy in the moment...Merry Christmas, Carlotta...Hugs with love.
    I knew that you, Sweet Oluwa, would most certainly extend your happiness and love!
    May your days be filled with blessings.
    Always
    Saysusie
  15. wrightrs's Avatar
    Been so stressed this Christmas !!!
  16. Oluwa's Avatar
    Oh, how my heart filled with love. I just read this. Thank you so much, Carlotta. You are right, I am not the same. Honestly, I do not know who I am. I know I am not the same girl who married Bola, nor am I the same girl while married to Bola when he died. Before the changes went unnoticed, but now it was a forced changed and I am so aware of who I am not, or is it, who I was. I grow..I march on.

    I am now remembering our last 3 weeks together...he always took the last 2 weeks of December and the first week of January off from work. My mind was blocking it until recently. It all came flooding in....our last movie, dinner out....gift..words...kiss. I miss him.

    Thank you everyone for your thoughts....

    Hugs with love...
  17. Oluwa's Avatar
    How true is that. It is...give what we need. I am reaching towards my immediate family, their limbs maybe short but I am still giving love. I put a little love into each cookie I made for them. My first Christmas Eve alone. It is after 9PM and I am still here. I chose the option to be happy in the moment...Merry Christmas, Carlotta...Hugs with love.
  18. running girl's Avatar
    Dear Saysusie,

    Thank you for sharing Lauri's story - your love - and your pain. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Building WHL is such a generous and loving tribute to your daughter. Thank you!
    Brenda
  19. Saysusie's Avatar
    Thank You Bonus Mom...I feel like a sniveling cry baby sometimes and, as I re-read my blog, I am almost ashamed to be burdening others with my pain.
    But I do thank you for reading and responding. Sending you warm hugs of gratitude

    Always
    Saysusie

    Quote Originally Posted by BonusMom
    Saysusie-
    I don't imagine it gets any easier, the birth day of your beloved daughter, yet she's not physically here to share in the celebration. But, Lauri is always close in your heart and spirit.

    WHL was born as a way to honor Lauri's memory and it brought all of us
    together to educate, commiserate and build the bonds of friendship. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lauri, I've had the pleasure of "meeting" her mother, a lovely woman whose grace and kindness have touched us all.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of who Lauri was with us, your WHL family. We are forever indebted to you.
  20. BonusMom's Avatar
    Saysusie-
    I don't imagine it gets any easier, the birth day of your beloved daughter, yet she's not physically here to share in the celebration. But, Lauri is always close in your heart and spirit.

    WHL was born as a way to honor Lauri's memory and it brought all of us
    together to educate, commiserate and build the bonds of friendship. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lauri, I've had the pleasure of "meeting" her mother, a lovely woman whose grace and kindness have touched us all.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of who Lauri was with us, your WHL family. We are forever indebted to you.
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