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Posted 2016-05-09T05:33:58Z

Beginning Another Chapter

Andrea has been doing really well.  Her determination and her fighting spirit have kept her strong and optimistic.  Over the past two-and-a-half months we have been making trips to Stanford University to continue the steps necessary to prepare for her eventual breast reconstruction surgery.  (And a special thank you to Lisa Cleaner and Lisa Sporer for helping to make these trips a bit easier.). Both her surgical oncologist and her plastic surgeon tell us that Andrea is doing really well and should be ready for the reconstructive surgery in several months.  Along with the Nurse Practitioner who's been doing the "expanding", we've managed to have a few laughs along the way - even though Andrea has been poked and prodded more times than I care to remember.  You'll have to ask Andrea about all that we've learned while she was being "expanded".  On Tuesday of this week (5/10) Andrea will begin her radiation treatment.  The treatment - in its entirety - will last for six weeks and Andrea will have to go five days per week.  Each session will last approximately 30 minutes.  As has been the case from the start, Andrea is in great spirits and knows that the radiation treatment is but one more step on the road to a compete recovery.  Wish her well!

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Comments (12)

  • Diane Griest
    Diane Griest

    Thanks for the update. Andrea, you have faced this entire challenge with bravery and resilience. Praying that news will continue to be positive and each step more successful than the last.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Diane Starrett
    Diane Starrett

    Girl, with everything you have gone through with such grace and positivity, this will be a piece of cake for you! I know though you would like to be able to put all this behind you, and you will! Every day you get a little closer to that! Stay tough and stay strong, you've totally got this!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea cleaner
    Andrea cleaner

    Thank you to you both Dianes. Your words mean a lot to me. Hope I can get to see everyone soon.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • EILEEN BAREK
    EILEEN BAREK

    You are such an inspiration to us all....love your upbeat personality....I can literally visualize your smile through the phone when we speak....Andy, just remember....IT'S GOOD, IT'S GOOD, IT'S ALL GOOD!!! AMEN!!! YOU ARE LOVED SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea cleaner
    Andrea cleaner

    Eileen, Thank you soooo much, you mean a lot to me. Hope you had a nice Mothers Day xoxox.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Nancy Mike
    Nancy Mike

    Andrea...I'm sending my love and good thoughts your way as you embark on this next step to full recovery. You've been amazing through it all and I know your optimistic spirit will carry you through this chapter as well. xoxo

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea cleaner
    Andrea cleaner

    Thank you Nancy I'm glad your in my corner xoxo.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Gina Barron
    Gina Barron

    So good to hear the update. I always keep up through Laura and Joe and I are constantly praying for both of you. Keep going strong Andrea! Much love.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea cleaner
    Andrea cleaner

    Gina Thank you It means a lot!!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Betty Chandler
    Betty Chandler

    Andrea, Sending love and hugs as you begin the final phase of your treatment. I'm so amazed and inspired by your strength and positivity!! You are an incredible women! Love you!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea cleaner
    Andrea cleaner

    Thank you Betty your so sweet.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • EILEEN BAREK
    EILEEN BAREK

    Sending warmest hugs and kisses your way......its good...its good...its ALLLLLLLL GOOD!!! AMEN

    3 years ago · Reply