World’s Best Family – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Just when I thought I was nearing the end of my rope — I got a call last night from my cousins Sonal, Shilpa and Ruchi. We all shot the breeze for a little while — I updated them on the hospital stay and upcoming tests etc. Then they surprised me with the best gift ever….

The three of them have banded together and are walking in the 2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (in Houston) in my honor! Makes you want to cry right? They want to support me and raise awareness about BC. I’m so lucky to have such amazing and inspirational women in my family!

It doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty sassy too! Their team name is “Breast Foot Forward Andrea!” hahahahaha LOVES IT! These crazy gals will be walking 26.2 miles over two days (wha? I would never be able to do that — just sayin’) and have already raised over $6000 in donations. If you’re interested in learning more or helping support the team through donation here’s the link Breast Foot Forward Andrea. They each have their own page you can click through to and read about their thoughts on the walk and BC generally — super interesting and sweet.

Thank you cousins, I love you very much and you just refilled my cup and gave me the energy and motivation to carry on another day!

Yesterday was truly a day of amazing surprises, in addition to learning about my cousins and the Avon walk, Valerie, our friend and dog walker, snuck Lucy into the hospital for a visit. YAY! Below is the one pic I took (I was too busy smothering and kissing her to bother with pictures). Paul got a bunch of funny pics of Lucy and I though — maybe he’ll add them to his next post……

Finally, my friend Mike stopped by yesterday. He was at CPMC for pre-op meetings. He was recently diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and is having his kidney removed today. I am praying that his surgery is uneventful and that he easily kicks cancer to the curb. Assuming I don’t get discharged later today (I’d say I have a 50/50 chance of going home today), I’m going to go and try to visit him and make him laugh at cancer! Everybody out there, please keep Mike in your thoughts/prayers today.

My bronchoscopy is this morning at 11. Paul is on a panel for work — which I insisted he not cancel on — so he will be heading out of here shortly to go to that and my brother Bobby will be heading up to keep me company. Oh, speaking of amazing family, Bobby has come to the hospital for hours upon hours each and every single day that we’ve been here. I know it can’t be fun to sit in a cramped room on an uncomfortable chair for hours — but he does it with a smile. I think it also helps to keep Paul sane because they can talk shop and golf etc. Thank you Bob, you are one spectacular brother!

OK, that’s it for this particular dispatch, Going to go watch some episodes of Revenge to distract myself from the fact that I can’t eat or drink anything until after my procedure. ugh….



3 thoughts on “World’s Best Family – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

  1. I *love* that your cousins formed a team for you! What a lovely gesture. I hope the bronchoscopy went well and that you’ll be home safe and sound soon!

  2. Yay to your cousins how wonderful!!!!! that is an amazing thing to do!!!
    hope the bronchoscopy was all good and that you will be home soon baby !!!
    I know its easy to say but once again I can’t help it….. Keep strong…We are all here to hold you up and protect you we are all of us sending and smothering you with total love you are an amazingly beautiful soul inside and out I remember the first time I met my lil cousin you were a breath of fresh air, a joy to be with and that spirit of yours hunyyyy no one can match so get your gorgeous ass out of that hospital, Lucy and Paul need mummy back at 🙂

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