Honor Roll

Good (Great!) News

My sister is cancer-free! I was intentionally vague in writing about ‘someone I love’ but she has shared her story and encouraged us to do the same. She went through a lot of hardship in a very short period of time — changing jobs, a miscarriage, a cancer diagnosis, and now the all-clear. The good news came much earlier than we had expected; what a relief. She is incredibly strong. And she’s going to be OK!

Things feel normal again. Yesterday, I went to parent/teacher conferences. It was August’s birthday and we treated ourselves to milkshakes and ate so much at dinner that we were all too full for his giant birthday cookie — we’ll have it tonight instead. The kids are cozy at home today for a rare Chicago Snow Day. Tomorrow we’ll be with family, including my sister. Things are good. Really really good.

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    RT Boyce
    February 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Cancer diagnoses are not always so positive, as my own family can attest. Much love to you and your family.

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    February 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    That is fantastic news! So happy for your family. :)
    Enjoy your snowy weekend with all the people you love dearly.

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    February 9, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    That is the BEST NEWS! Happy for your sister and the whole family.

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    February 9, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    That’s wonderful news, and I am so happy for all of you!

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    February 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Reading this warms my heart…wonderful news.

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    February 10, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Nicole, I’m so happy for you and your family. That’s wonderful news! I can really relate to your relief, my father in law has been battling a very aggressive stomach cancer since July and has finally made some positive headway. Good luck to your sister, may she remain cancer free and enjoy good fortune this year.

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    February 11, 2018 at 8:27 am

    It’s so nice to hear good news . I hope wonderful things continue for you and your family

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    Stephany Aulenback
    February 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    How wonderful!

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    February 12, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Great news, indeed. Better days ahead!

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    Kim R
    February 12, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I am so thankful for your great news! I’ve been following your blog for some time and it is evident how important family is to you.

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    Mary Ann
    February 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing the good news! Been there a few times with family members – there’s not much to compare to the blast of sheer JOY that comes with an ‘all clear’ diagnosis. Happy life!!!

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    February 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Nicole,
    Your good (great!) news made me cry happy tears. I’m so happy for you and your family!
    Good (great!) news seems to be in limited supply nowadays. Best wishes for many, many happy days in the years to come.

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    February 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    So happy to hear this! Sending all the best to you and yours!

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    February 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Nicole, that is SUCH good news! You must be feeling so relieved <3

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    February 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    really happy for your sister ^ ^

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