Monday, April 27, 2009

Kvinderne i vores live ...The women in our lives

Brystkræft sker i alle familier. Mormor, tante, mor, kusine, søster..... nogen vi kender har hørt disse ord fra lægen før--- "Du har brystkræft."

Breast Cancer happens in all families. Grandma, aunt, mom, cousin, sister....someone that we know has heard these words from the doctor before--"You have breast cancer."

I 2007 havde jeg en biopsi efter 2 dårlige mammograms og med min familiehistorie, var jeg meget bekymret at jeg ville høre disse ord mig selv. Men alle var godartet.

In 2007 I had a biopsy after two bad mammograms and with my family history, I was really worried that I would hear those words myself. But everything turned out to be benign.

Da jeg havde min aftale med brystlægen, kan jeg huske at jeg sad i lægekontoret imens Shelly ventede på mig i venteværelset. Jeg kan huske at vi sendte sms frem og tilbage til hinanden, så vi lavede jokes om "hvor mange brystbilleder kontor havde på væggen"! Det hjalp meget at distrahere mig fra mine bekymringer.... og har fokus på alle de vidunderlige ting i mit liv.

When I had my appointments with the breast cancer specialist, I can remember sitting in her office while Shelly sat out in the waiting room. I remember how we sent text messages back and forth to each other, making jokes about "how many boob pictures the office had on the wall"! It helped so much to distract me from my worries....and focus on the wonderful things in my life.

Jeg blev konfronteret med muligheden for brystkræft i Dallas Texas, nær mine forældre, Jess, og alle mine venner. Jeg blev konfronteret med muligheden for brystkræft i et sted som jeg sted som var bekendt for mig... Men i dag skal min veninde Patti blive konfronteret med virkeligheden af brystkræft og en temmelig stor operation i Danmark, langt væk fra hendes amerikanske familie og nu er det min tur at "være Shelly" for Patti. Hun er meget modig og har en stærk, positiv indstilling om dagens operation... og vi ved at det er mere end en halv kampen! Jeg håber og beder til at jeg kan være en støtte for hende i dag og de efterfølgende dage....

I faced the possibility of breast cancer in Dallas, Texas, near my parents, Jess and all my friends. I faced the possibility of breast cancer in a place that I knew...a place that was familiar... But today my friend, Patti, will face the reality of breast cancer and a major surgery in Denmark, so far away from her American family, so now it is my turn to "be Shelly" for Patti. She is so brave and has such a strong and positive attitude about today´s surgery...and we know that is more than half the battle! I only pray that I can be the kind of support that she needs today and in the days to come.....

Så tænker på Patti i dag og hendes mand, Ole. Hold hende i din hjerte i dag... Jeg vil skrive på hendes blog ( efter jeg kører hjem fra hospitalet så alle vores blogvenner ved Patti er OK.

So think about Patti today, and about her husband, Ole. Keep her in your heart today... I will write on her blog ( after I get home from the hospital so all of our blogging friends can know that Patti is OK.
Patti, Lexi, Ole, Zoe, Albert & Mads, September 2008


Lisa said...

I too have a big family history of breast cancer. My thoughts and PRAYERS are with Patti!

LadyFi said...

Thank you so much for doing this! I'll be thinking of Patti today! Do keep us all informed.

BABS said...

Thankyou for this post.

Patti was on my mind as I went to bed last night and on my mind as I woke up.

Today our thoughts are with Patti and we look forward to her return to health xxxxx

May said...

How lovely that you are there to support her. A voice and a presence from home is bound to be a comfort.

United Studies said...

She is in my thoughts and prayers! Please let us know how she is doing as soon as you can!

And thank you so much for being a great friend to her!

Caution/Lisa said...

Frightening in all circumstances, but especially so when far from home. I'm praying for your friend.

Skogkjerring said...

Your friendship is a blessing for Patti right now and her husband. I can't imagine going through what she is going through alone and without anyone in my corner..the fact that you are close to her so you can visit her and be there for her like this is wonderful. I'm not there personally but am keeping her in my prayers and wishing her a speedy recovery and hoping they've managed to get rid of this horrible disease from her so she can live a long and happy life as an expat like the rest of us..
I can't wait to meet you this summer Kelli, I think you seem like an extrordinary person!! :-))

nettielouise said...

My prayers and thoughts go out to your friend Patti.

Mom said...

Hope that Patti is doing well after surgery - she & her family are in our prayers. In response to Amy's post....Kelli is definitely a remarkable woman and you are in for a real treat this summer. I don't just say this because I'm her mom - she is definitely a blessing to many people.

Ellen and Sharon said...

We have placed your friend on our prayer list. God bless her and her family as they face this battle.

Corinne said...

We're going to include her in our prayers! My mother is a two-time survivor, and I know how scary this cancer can be. Patti, you're in our thoughts, get well!!!

Robbi said...

Hi Kelli,

I left a comment over at Patti's. I'm glad she did so well, and am continuing to pray for her and Ole, especially that the pathology will come back with clean margins.

I had a mastectomy in December, after three lumpectomy surgeries failed. The mastectomy is a tough surgery to recover from, the first three weeks are the hardest then it gets easier. The drains aren't pleasant, but those are temporary and assist with healing.

The one most useful/helpful thing for me was sports camisoles, with built in shelf bras, that have spaghetti straps, that can go on over my hips and be pulled up, then arms slid into the spaghetti straps, if that makes sense? This way I didn't have to put on or take off anything over my head, and they can be worn with sweaters and button-down shirts.

If you or Patti (or anyone else) have questions, please let me know.

Klem fra Robbi i Lake Tahoe, California