Friday, April 1, 2016

Behind the Blog + Life Updates

{full post HERE}

Good morning, lovelies and happy Friday!

I wanted to share something a little different today, on a more personal level.  My heart is actually racing right now as I type this post for so many different reasons.  One, I typically stay pretty neutral on here {quite literally} and don't dive too deep into personal issues.  I'm fully aware of the fact that this is a fashion blog and not a 'pour my life story out to you blog'.  There are those of you who genuinely care about the person behind the computer, working tirelessly to create the best content possible.  Then you have others who simply come here each day for style inspiration and outfit ideas and that's perfectly ok, too.  Then there are the people who will tear this post apart, sentence by sentence, and write ugly things about it on various online forums.  All in all, that's what makes it so difficult to open up and draw attention to anything that's going on in my personal life.  So I debated over and over about whether or not I wanted to share this with you guys and ultimately decided that I don't want to leave the 'lifestyle' portion out of my blog.  For years now, my 'About Me' page has said: "I want For All Things Lovely to be a place where you can find a little sparkle and leave inspired to see the beauty in every aspect of your life.  I believe in celebrating life and all the chaos that comes with it, every single day." At the end of the day, I want my blog to be a genuine reflection of who I am, chaos and all.

A lot of you may not know the story of how John and I met.  I won't bore you with ALL of the details, but hitting on a few highlights will help serve as a background information for why I'm even sharing this with you.  In 2008, at just 19 years old and one year after I graduated high school, John and I starting dating.  Little did I know when we went on that amazing first date, that I would need him by my side for the next few months, more than I've ever needed anyone.  One month later, my parents went through a really bad divorce.  Really bad doesn't even start to cover it.  It was the hardest thing to this day I've ever been through.  I know so many kids and adults have watched their parents separate and move on, but this one was different.  When you think you have the perfect, cookie-cutter family your entire life, and one day that blows up in your face, that's hard no matter what age you are.  But nonetheless, J was there for me through each and every second of it.  Long days, even longer nights, and more tears than I ever thought was humanly possible.  

One month later in early March, I had a random lump appear on my neck.  It was a little larger than marble sized, and continued to grow at a fast pace.  Of course, I went straight to my family doctor, who then sent me to an endocrinology specialist.  After a few tests and three short weeks, I received a phone call telling me I had thyroid cancer and they needed to schedule surgery as quickly as possible.  My heart dropped to my feet.  Of course.  I mean, no one EVER wants to hear the "C" word, but I was 19 and as healthy as could be.  At the time, the worst sickness I had ever dealt with was the flu.  So many questions starting running through my head - "How did this happen?"  "What did I do?"  "What does this mean?"  At 19, you're technically considered an adult (even though you're not), and with everything that was happening, I was beginning to feel like one more and more.

A couple of tough months went by and on July 12, 2008, I had surgery to remove my thyroid and two lymph nodes that the cancer had spread to.  With everything that was going on behind the scenes, my family put everything else aside and I had the best support system you can imagine.  (I was still living at home at this time, with just my mom and my little brother.)  Over the past five months that John and I had been together - to say he dealt with a lot is a HUGE understatement.  He stayed by my hospital bed each night, went to every appointment possible, and took care of me as if I was his responsibility.  After completing radiation, and more doctor appointments that I can count, I was finally on the road to recovery.  When I shared our 5th and 6th anniversary dates (here and on social media) a few of you have commented and asked how old I was when I got married or why I would do something like that so young.  I've never felt like I needed to share the story, because it was simply what worked for us, but John and I inevitably grew up a little faster than some of our peers, and we embraced each and every moment of it together.  

Fast forward to November 2008; John and I were engaged and I was over the moon exited.  We were married eleven months later on October 17, 2009 when I was 20 years old and John was 21.  We bought an older home together and spent every waking moment fixing it up.  We would go to work each day, come home and work on our house.  It's one of my favorite times in our lives to reflect on - we literally had NO idea what we were doing, yet somehow it worked.   Until 2013, I had to go back to the doctor every 6 months for scans, tests, and updates and in July of that year (5 years later), I was officially declared cancer free!  Let me tell you, there's no better feeling in the world! All of that history, leads to now.  

About 3 months ago, I felt a noticeable lump in my right breast.  (I recently watched my mom go through breast cancer, which ultimately ended in a double mastectomy.  After seeing that process firsthand, it's a little daunting.  That's a hard, hard thing to go through and I admire her so much for handling each day with so much grace and positivity.)  So, I immediately went to J for assurance that I wasn't crazy, and then my mom since she was familiar.  I made an appointment with my gynecologist, fully expecting her to tell me that everything felt normal and we would keep an eye on it.  Instead, she acknowledged that it was in fact something that needed attention, and scheduled me for a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy.  I came home that day and cried in John's arms for hours.  My heart was literally breaking knowing that I couldn't go through all of that again.  At 19, you're just finding out and learning what all of those crazy terms and big words mean, but at 26, I am much more aware of what 'sending you for tests' means.  Of course, J being the levelheaded, encouraging, love of my life that he is, calmed me down and assured me that we would find a way to get through this, yet again.  

Over the last few weeks, I've done everything the doctors have asked and unfortunately each of those tests have come back inconclusive.  At this point, they're unsure what the lump is - it could be nothing (obviously our prayer) or it could be something that needs more attention.  Because they can't tell if the lump is cancerous or not, there's really only one thing we can do.  So, in two weeks, I'll be having a lumpectomy at a hospital here in Greenville to remove it.  Luckily, this surgery is outpatient and won't be nearly as severe as my previous, but the outcome is what we're looking forward to.  A few short days after my surgery, we should know the results.  Either way, I wanted to let you guys in on what's going on in my life.  With that, I encourage everyone reading this post to be aware of breast heath, and make sure you are giving yourself in-home exams every month.  I've become quickly aware of just how important early detection is, and I hope I can encourage others to be proactive with breast health.  

I've always struggled with the whole 'real world vs. blogging' thing, but specifically in the last couple of months.  I'm leaving doctors appointments and curling up on the couch in tears, so overwhelmed,  but you'd never know it.  That's why I decided to share this with you all.  I've come to the conclusion that letting you guys in is only allowing you to see that everyone has their own issues.  Blog life/social media can be totally misleading.  Don't get me wrong, I'm just as envious of these women who lead what seems to be a perfect life, but behind all of those hard-working, beautiful women are every day people with every day problems of their own.  I am so thankful for the strength that we gain with every struggle, and I know that God uses every situation to make us better.  And looking back on the last 7 years, I wouldn't change a thing.  Each and every paragraph above has taught me lifelong lessons, cultivated the amazing marriage John and I share, and ultimately made me the person I am today.

Thank you all for not only coming back to my little space of the internet each day, but for reading this post.  I hope that through letting you in 'behind the blog', we can connect on a deeper level than just material things.  I'm beyond grateful to be able to live out my dreams every day through something I'm so passionate about and none of that would be possible with you guys.  I'll be sure to keep you  updated throughout next couple of weeks and would appreciate your thoughts and prayers more than you'll ever know!

Have a lovely weekend!  xx.

90 comments:

  1. This was such a touching post to read and I can't believe everything you've been through over the last few years! Sending so many prayers your way that everything comes back normal!!! Stay strong girl!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  2. What a journey it has been for you! Many prayers for you through this next process.

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  3. I love your positive spirit and energy, even though you've overcome more than a few struggles. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, Megan! Stay strong.

    Libby
    Stylin' Iowan Blog

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  4. I'm so sorry for what you are going through Megan. I can't imagine why anyone would want to tear this post apart and write mean things. You are clearly a very strong person and so positive in spite of your difficult situation. Praying that everything will be ok.

    Deanna
    www.DesigningGal.ca

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  5. Sending many prayers to you and John to bring peace and good news!

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  6. stay strong praying for a fast recovery

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  7. Praying for you, sweet girl! Thank you for your willingness to be open and share!

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  8. This was a wonderful and inspiring post. I went in for a colonoscopy recently because colon cancer runs strong in my family and ultimately caused the loss of my brother at only 37. I was scared of my results too, but luckily everything came back cancer free and healthy and I don't regret doing the screening at all. Many people look up to you here and I have no doubt that you have inspired some to get any screenings of their own that they may need even though they too may be scared, and what a great way to use your popularity. I am sending good vibes to you and John that everything will turn out to be fine. Keep your head up, it's too pretty to be down!

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  9. Prayers for you! I'm sorry it is so scary to post something real an honest in a world that jealously rips successful people apart. The good news is you do have kind people reading your blog and supporting you too!
    God bless!!

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  10. Praying for you! Sending good thoughts your way, and praying for your support system as well!
    xoxo

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing & being so open and vulnerable! You're an inspiration and it so neat to see how your love story evolved and why your bond is as strong as it is! Sending love & prayers your way!

    xox,
    Kristin
    http://www.amidwesternmix.com

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  12. Oh Megan, this post brought me to straight tears. I have to admit, your blog is one of those that (on many occasions) has made me think "ugh how is she so perfect" and I have never been so sad to be wrong. Thank you for opening up to your readers and hopefully encouraging someone to go get themselves checked. I hope all of your treatments go smoothly and that the outcome is positive. Stay strong and you are so lucky to have that husband of yours!!

    xoxo, Preeti
    www.ninesto5.com

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  13. Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

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  14. The person behind the blog is just as beautiful as her photographs. You've had quite the journey in life already and I commend you for holding it all together and being strong through what felt like some of the worst moments in your life. I pray that your tests come back with positive results and wish you a speedy recovery during your lumpectomy. I am all to familiar with the struggle cancer and its treatments provide as my sister passed away from leukemia in 2011. I wish you all the best, Megan!

    XO, Jaime | RegallySoled.com

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  15. Your outlook is SO inspiring. Through sharing, you're definitely gaining some extra prayer warriors in your avid readers! While I haven't been through the same scenarios as you, I have definitely had my share of ups and downs since I got married; like you, my husband had been my rock. So thankful you have him to lean on and to love you unconditionally!

    Prayers for you!

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  16. Megan I wish you all the best! Thank you for sharing such a personal thing. You are a beautiful strong woman who can conquer this and any obstacle life may throw your way. Your post made me reflect in so many things going on in my own life and even though no one's life is perfect is the way that we decide to live it and embrace the obstacles is what makes it perfect. God speed to you and your sweet J!

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  17. Sending my thoughts to you for a positive outcome! <3 xxx

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  18. Absolutely beautifully written and very i sprinting!! Sending many prayers and love to you and your family!

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  19. Your transparency and honesty is a trait that is to be admired and applauded. To have survived what you have survived only to face a similar challenge yet again shows strength that you are only able to get from going through the fire. No matter the outcome, you have friends here on the World Wide Web who admire you for your style and grace, and now for your honesty and willingness to share. And some of these people (I'm pointing to me!) actually live right here in Greenville, and would be there for you by any means necessary! Friends are friends, even if you've never met them face to face before :-)


    Sending you all the love, prayers, positive thoughts, and encouragement possible. You can do this--whatever path lies before you, you can survive it.
    Love you!
    Cat

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  21. I admire you so very much for opening up about these topics, and like you said, I feel like I can connect with you on a deeper level now. I deeply respect you for your outlook on these trying times, and I hope that your blog readers surround you with so much love, support, and prayer! I pray that you find answers soon and that they're the positive answers you're hoping for! And I'm so glad you have a wonderful husband to lean on. I don't know if there's any greater gift!

    Jacy | lovelenore.com

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  22. Oh my gosh, Megan. I've been reading since mid-2014 and enjoy your blog for all the sparkle and beauty it has, but you are so right---we don't usually know what's going on behind the scenes. I would have never guessed that you have faced these struggles and scary times. You've really reminded me that, as fun as social media and blogging can be, we must keep ourselves in check and know that there can be a lot going on with that person. I will pray for your health, peace of mind, and courage. I really love your blog and I appreciate you sharing this. You've got my support! -Anne

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  23. Praying for you!!!! xo

    Kelsey | chasingcinderellablog.com

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  24. So inspiring and brave for you to share. I work with a girl whose 25 year old boyfriend is going through the same situation with thyroid cancer. Seems so young to have to worry about but sharing your experience I'm sure will make it easier for others to know they're not alone.

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  25. They discovered I had ovarian cancer a month before I turned 16. I TOTALLY GET what you're going through...if I found a lump (or anything suspicious) now (and I'm 35--so it's been almost 20 years!) and had to wait on results I would be a basket case.
    Praying for you--praying for peace, comfort...and most of all, healing.
    ::hugs::

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  26. Reading this post absolutely grabbed at my heart and brought me to tears for everything you have gone through and are going through. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal part of your life with us even though it must have been extremely difficult. I will be lifting you and your family up in prayers for healing and comfort throughout this time. Your blog is always so beautiful and enjoyable to read, but your personal story and struggles make it even more so. You and your husband are an inspiration in your strength to me, and I hope you know that the Lord is using this blog post to reach out to people going through similar hard times.

    One of my favorite verses to lean on in times of struggle is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

    Praying for y'all!
    Cassidy

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  27. You are quite inspiring! Sending you lots of prayers that the tests come back conclusive that you're ok!

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  28. Sending you hugs and hoping for a positive outcome with the lumpectomy! My sister just went through a very similar thing. She did all those tests (mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, then MRI with biopsy) and all of them were inconclusive. No one knows what's going on. It's so scary when some of the best doctors you could go to don't know what the problem is. I don't think she's doing a lumpectomy, but she will be repeating the MRI in the near future and then go from there. Thank you for sharing your story. Unfortunately a lot of people are going through similar struggles and your post is something they can relate to.

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  29. A beautiful post about love, friendship, family, strength and courage! Have faith! Sending lots of hugs and prayers!

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  30. Sending nothing but prayers and positive energy your way for healing and that the lump turns out to be nothing at all! Thank you for letting us all in on such an intimate part of your life to help encourage and comfort others that may be going through a similar experience.

    XoXo

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  31. You are so strong and brave for sharing this with the world. Your relationship and marriage sound wonderful; it is great to have such a strong support system in your husband. Stay strong and know that this is a great place to share your life and your feelings, the glamorous and the not-so-glamorous. Sending prayers!

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  32. I usually don't leave comments but I just want to say you are one brave person. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I honestly hope that everything is okay and you recover soon from your surgery. You're so lucky to have your family and an incredible husband who can be there for you. Keeps us posted.

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing your story,. I can't imagine what you are going through, but it seems like you have a good support system!! I hope every works out good! Xo

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  34. Megan, thank you so much for sharing your very personal struggle. I am saying prayers and sending you lots of positive thoughts for the best outcome. For me, some of my favorite bloggers are the ones that show their beautiful talents (fashion, home decor, parenting, etc.) AND their "flaws" for lack of a better word. It makes me sad that you have experienced negativity on some level by sharing in the past. As women, I truly believe we are each others best supporters. I for one am inspired by your strength, bravery and positivity and I'm sure there are others who may be in a similar situation that will be uplifted from your story. Real life is tough, messy and not picture perfect, but that's what makes us human and relatable to others. Please don't stop sharing! Xoxo

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  35. so cute look ; -))


    i invite to me too

    www.live-style20.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow, this is really amazing and inspiring. You are so right, everything looks so perfect in the blogging/social media world, but we all have our own issues and problems. I am so sorry you are going through this. Here's to hoping everything comes out negative and a reminder to all of us to enjoy each day and to always be nice and positive instead of looking for what's wrong.

    -Jessica
    www.wearitforless.com

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  37. Your post brings tears to my eyes. I admire you for putting yourself out there and sharing your heart with all of your followers, no matter how difficult it must have been to post this. I hate that you have to worry about the negativity that is out there, but I love that you also have a huge community of supporters who want to be there for you and pray for you. I will certainly be praying for you and your family as you wait over the next few weeks, and I hope the pathology will be benign and this will all be over. One day at a time, you got this, girl!!!

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  38. You are such an encouragement!! I'm so glad you shared this with us. Saying a prayer for you as we speak!
    xox from Greenville :)
    Molly

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  39. Opening up like this takes a lot of courage! You are very brave!! I am sure you will be inspiring the readers by this post! I hope and pray that you get through this! Stay as amazing you are.

    -Dhara
    http://modestryliving.blogspot.com/

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  40. Praying for you, girl - I had a lump removed in November 2014 that they also weren't sure about. The pathology report showed that it was a phyllodes tumor and because they didn't know this beforehand, they didn't get a clean margin surrounding the tissue and it has since come back. I'm in the midst of trying to determine if I need to have surgery again to remove the new mass. So, I would strongly urge you to ask your doctor to remove a clean margin around the lump (even if they don't know what it is) so you don't have to go through that nightmare. Hope everything goes smoothly - if you ever need to talk to someone who's gone through it, I'm here for you.

    xoxo,
    Kimberly
    www.pennypincherfashion.com

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  41. I so appreciate your honesty. Thank you for sharing. I am praying for you and sending you sunshine from beautiful Hawaii.

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  42. I have enjoyed your wonderful blog almost from the beginning. You are an inspiring and courageous lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time.

    Much love and care,
    Lisa

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  43. Thank you for this refreshing post. It is SO easy to look at social media and think, "why does my life seem so much different?" But it is incredibly important to remember, as you said, that behind the beautiful photos is real life, and often that is much more scary and less glamorous. I will keep you in my prayers as I know all too well what going through health issues feels like! Best wishes!!

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing and being so candid with your readers! I love when bloggers let us in on their real life. It makes me admire you even more!! Sending love and support your way ❤️

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  45. I am so sorry to hear what is happening. I feel like now I know the real you so much more then just the pretty pictures told me. You are a strong fighter and I wish you nothing but the best. Stay strong beautiful, I will be praying for you <3
    Love,
    Thays

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  46. It just goes to show how you don't know a person's struggles. People think she's so pretty, stylish & successful, she travels she has a charmed life. But while you do have a wonderful life, you still have your share of problems like everyone else. We're all only human. And it would be so nice if people could keep that in mind more often. I don't harass people online or off. But I can be very judgemental in my thoughts sometimes and I'm trying to work on that. You're in my prayers Megan. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  47. Thank you so much for being so brave in sharing your journey! I think it is amazing that you decided to share this with us and I so appreciate it! It is so great to get to know you more and please know that you and your husband will for sure will be in my prayers! I can only imagine what you are going through but know total strangers are praying for you! Your blog is amazing and never ever disappoints! I am always excited to see the new posts! Thank you for all your hard work! Lots of love, Jena Bizeau

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  48. Thank you for sharing this post. My mom is battling breast cancer now and it's amazing what we can over come. You and your husband will get through this. Sending lots of love and prayers your way.

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  49. I am so lucky to have such a strong, beautiful and inspiring woman in my life. Love you, Meg.

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  50. More and more prayers are sent up with each read! Thank you for sharing and I will be praying! My sister-in-law's mom was declared cancer free today, so there is more hope for you!

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  51. You are a beautiful person, inside and out. I will be praying for you daily <3

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  52. Sending you strength and prayers! You're so brave! I admire you even more now-- you're such a strong woman! xxoo

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  53. Sending all the best vibes your way!!

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  54. This made me cry. I'm so sorry you're having to go through such an awful experience of uncertainty. What a sweet love you two share, and what an incredible story you have. Thanks so much for being vulnerable and being willing to put yourself out there. I know that is not easy, but I also know the Lord uses people like you in many ways. I'll be praying for great test results!

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  55. I follow your blog regularly and look forward to reading each of them. Glad you have a wonderful support system. The Lords plan is greater then our plans. Prayers for steady hands by the doctors performing surgery and a benign biopsy. Hugs to you!!

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  56. I send you much love and I will pray for you!! XXOO

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  57. Much love and prayers to you. You can make it through this, and you will! <3

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  58. I think we all get caught up in our personal lives and feel like each of us has it the hardest, but there is always someone dealing with something so much more difficult. I keep you in my prayers and hope for only the best for you. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I look forward to your posts each day. Your genuine words are so touching and should be a constant reminder to all of us that life is precious, and it is important to to be thankful for the goodness in our lives.

    ~Susan

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  59. Thank you for sharing. Will kept you in my thoughts.

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  60. I always love reading your blog but this post was especially touching and I felt the need to comment. You are so brave. Stay strong. Sending prayers your way!

    Taylor

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  61. Lifting prayers up for you! Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  62. You are brave and beautiful for sharing your story. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  63. Dear Megan,

    Thank you for being so open and sharing such a difficult time in your life both present and past. What a scary time to have gone through at such a young age and now again just years later. I'm so glad you have that loving supportive husband by your side to get you through, he is such a blessing to you! Of course, that you have a wonderful supportive family too. I think it's both brave and allows a level of transparency to share your personal journey with your readers because it's a reminder that there is a real person behind the blog, especially one as beautiful as yours and know that we are truly all fighting a hard battle, one that others often don't know about. It's easy to get caught up in the thinking that someone's life is perfect because of photos and forget that they are often the best photos chosen from the best moments that were chosen to be documented publicly. I'll admit that at times I have been one of those readers who have felt that way upon scrolling through your instagram feed. I'll be praying for you to have strength and peace during this time and that every test comes back negative.

    With so many being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age, I wanted to share a few things with you (that will hopefully benefit you or someone else who reads this comment by chance). I have a background in natural health as does my hubby and there are often sources we don't think of that can trigger our body to be out of alignment (dis-ease). I do use an iPhone but try to limit it and always turn it off at night and keep it away from my bed/head while I sleep. We see them as safe but the level of radiation is not. I just read that the iPhone 6+ has 6x the amount of radiation compared with other phones. Of course other environmental factors play a role such as caffeine, genetically modified foods (anything not organic), etc. It really is both sad and frustrating the amount of environmental toxins we are up against. I say all of this as something to think about as thyroid and breast cancers are often caused by what I mentioned above. Our organs hide illness well but skin always reveals more. It breaks my heart that you even have to go down this road again and I know you have a lumpectomy scheduled, but if you are interested, a friend recently shared this link via Facebook and I shared it myself there too. It's a 9-part docu-series titled 'The Truth about Cancer' (and I know you have a lot on your mind and will be quite busy in the coming weeks with appointments but in the off chance you wanted to here more, I'm linking). It features 130 well respected doctors and cancer survivors too! Many go through unnecessary treatments that leave their body weak afterwards, I thought a natural approach was worth a look into. I share all of this with love and truly wish you well.

    https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=5c8721be-8223-43cb-889a-117dc02af3c3

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to others and I hope your post will cause others to do self-exams and get checked if necessary as you mentioned early detection is key. Sorry for the insanely long comment, just trying to help with the knowledge I have!

    Hugs, Karla XO

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  64. You are so unbelievably brave & strong for going through everything & continuing on with your life! You're a huge inspiration & I wish you the very best of luck with your surgery!

    www.blushandbordeaux.com

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  65. This same exact thing happened to me...I had it removed at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and then waited a week to get the results. Definitely gives you a new perspective on life. I think I was 23 years old (7 years ago) ... The doctors said it could have been from birh control and/or the wire in my every day bra. Luckily, it was benign. However, I am super conscious of always self-checking and going to my annual appointment now. Good luck to you- you have already been through so much and I am sure this super scary. Will keep you in my prayers. Anne Benton, www.bloomgirlblog.com

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  66. i'm very much a jealous person, i have always openly admitted that. sometimes with blogging, people appear to have the perfect life. this, that you have shared with us, is most certainly not perfect. i can't imagine maintaining the look of perfection and struggling with your current situation, and what you endured in the past. this is a reminder to myself that you really don't know what a person is facing or living with, despite a life that looks care free and full of beautiful things. thank you for sharing this side of your life, and please keep up up to date. fingers crossed for you.
    b

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  67. Thank you so much for sharing. It doesn`t matter, that this websites should be about fashion, it is good to get to know, who the person really is. You are a very strong woman and I wish you a lot of luck! I hope, that everything will be alright! In few weeks, I`m going to the Gynecologist centre for the ultrasound, just as a prevention, but I`m affraid as well.

    I`m sending you a lot of kisses and support! Sorry for my English, it is not so good...:D

    http://myriammxiv.blogspot.cz/

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  68. I genuinely love all things about your blog. You are very brave for sharing your story and like most, I appreciate you doing so. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thank you for being you. You will be in my prayers and I'm sure many others. Love, Nicole N.

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  69. This post just made me love your blog even more, thank you for sharing such a tough emotional story with us, I know that wasn't easy. You are so strong girl! I'll be praying for you! And I would love for you to keep us all posted! <3

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  70. It takes a lot of courage and strength to share this story. I hope everything turns out OK and you have good news. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

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  71. Hi Megan! You were on my mind this morning as my dad just sent me this video (we have a family of people who are passionate about optimal health/wellness and often share articles and info we find- so sorry for the info/link overload). ;) I have heard about this before and totally forgot about it! Many breast cancer survivors where nothing else worked, found this actually did! It's just baking soda (the non-aluminum kind). I have family members who have cured acid reflux and their skin with it and it's so worth a try (about 1 tsp + a pint of filtered water). I thought it was worth a try to do this a few times per day. You can read the comments of this YouTube video, I always get some of the best info in comments. :) Like you, I enjoy knowing more about the person behind the blog, it's more than just the content, I truly care about your health and wish you the absolute best.

    Here's the link: https://youtu.be/MKC45xXVKKc

    Have a wonderful week. xx Karla

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  72. Thank you for sharing this post with us. I hope everything turns out alright. you're strong and get through this!!

    Best of luck xoxo, Tess
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  73. It takes alot of courage to put this out there; but I thank you. I have enjoyed reading this blog for some time now and it's nice to know more about you. I will keep you in my prayers. I wish you nothing short of a healthy happy life. Best Wishes! From NY -

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  74. You are brave!

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  75. Thanks for sharing. I will be sending prayers your way ;-)

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  76. Thanks for sharing. I will be sending prayers your way ;-)

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  77. Megan...I can't even begin to express how I'm feeling over this post! you are literally such a strong, and empowered person. I'm so glad you shared your story. You are so incredible! I can't even handle it. The love that John has for you is also amazing..you are so blessed to have him and a healthy marriage. I will be praying for you every single day. Whatever the outcome, you have an incredible support system, at home, and here on the internet! Sending lots and lots of love!! XO

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  78. Awww this made me sad and shed a few tears. I'll be thinking of you and hoping for a positive outcome! Thank you for sharing.

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  79. I'll be thinking of you! This made me sad to read but it must have taken a lot of courage to share. Best wishes for a positive outcome.

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  80. Prayers for both you and your mother...such a scary thing to go through. Really hope everything turns out OK.

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  81. Hi Megan, Thank you for being so open about this. The blogging world is incredibly tough when you're going through something like this. I suffer everyday with multiple conditions, and sometimes its almost impossible to put on a happy face. My heart goes out to you and your family during this tough time.

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  82. Thank you for sharing your story, it's great to hear a more personal side, prayers for you ~~

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  83. Megan, Thank you so much for sharing your story. I too live in Greenville and have just recently been diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I don't think there's anything to prepare you for hearing the "C" word. You are a warrior and will continue to be one! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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  84. May God bless you on your journey. I will be praying for you!

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  85. May God bless you on your journey and tomorrow during your surgery. I will be praying for you!!

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  86. I have been following your blog for the past four years now... you have never been personal before. I loved knowing you more...all my prayers are with you...you will emerge out of the lumpectomy successfully.
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