the blog post i never thought i'd write.

Sep 28, 2017


Things have been slowing down around this blog, and with good reason. 

I debated for awhile on whether or not I wanted to share the news that has turned my life, and my family's completely upside down. I didn't know if I wanted this space to reflect the truth and the challenge that I have set before me. This blog has always been fun, light-hearted, and a space to follow our ever evolving adventure in life. In that, this space has always been honest. Some of you wonderful people have been reading since Avalon was just a few months old. You have followed us from state to state. And I have been fortunate enough to turn these blog comments into friendships. 

Even still...I didn't know if I wanted to share this. Maybe it would make it that much more real. 

But it is real. 

I was recently diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer. 



The main reason I wanted to write this post was because statistically there is less than a 1% chance of a 30 year old with no family history, getting breast cancer. But, here I am. 

I wanted to write this post because I found my own lump. 

I wanted to write this post to do away with the idea that breast cancer is only something you should start thinking about when you get your first mammogram. 

I wanted to write this post to tell you to KNOW YOUR BOOBS! Check them, touch them, look at them all the time! And if you question something don't think "oh, it's nothing.....it will go away". It could, or it could not. 
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As for this blog, I don't know yet. I have loved this space for so long, and I definitely don't want it to turn into some doom and gloom, because that is not how I feel about this whole situation. I have a long road of treatment ahead, but I am damn confident I am going to kick the living fuck out of this disease. 

I have undergone one round of chemo, and that little drug cocktail is no joke. Currently, we are all adjusting to life with mom and her new full time job, fighting cancer. 


But please, I did not write this post for sympathy or pity at all. I wrote this more with hope that you stop what you are doing and feel your breasts right now. If you have never given yourself a breast exam it is so quick and easy and could potentially save your life! I know it saved mine! Click here for a step by step guide



24 comments:

  1. Sending you so much love and prayers. You are going to pull through this and one day, when you're old and grey (but not wrinkly because your skincare regimen is tops), you can say...I beat that shit!

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  2. Ugh I hate to hear this is what you were talking about. I don't know you but I know enough to know you're a strong ass mama and you WILL beat this ����Praying for you and would love to help in anyway possible. Not kidding. Please let me know if there's a meal plan set up for you or a donation page. Would love to do what I can.

    - Mary

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  3. My mom had cancer at 28 and dammit that shit pops up at any age but if there was ever a blogger who has fight and determination, I’m positive it’s you. Fuck cancer, you got this!

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  4. Oh my god Kelsey! I am so sorry you are burdened with this! What a shithead cancer is! A friend of mine was diagnosed at 29 and it was such an eye opener for me like wow time to feel the boobies. Oh please girl let me know if you need anything from afar I will do whatever is in my power. I know you will kick this! I'll be thinking of you all!

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  5. You are so amazing my friend and you are going to beat this. Sending so much love you le way and if you ever ever need anything I'm here! <3

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  6. My amazing Kelsey, we will beat this evil invader as a family. You are the most brave and strong woman I know. Love and positive attitude will make you stronger when you win! I love you more than you can ever know.

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  7. Oh my goodness. I hate to hear this, but you're right, fuck cancer! Get 'em girl.

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  8. Kelsey I've never commented but I have followed you since the Alaska days. You are strong and tough and going to beat this a-hole! Thank you so much for your honesty here.

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  9. Your blog always makes my day and I love reading about your amazing family. I’m sending prayers your way and virtual hugs. You got this, fuck cancer and kick it’s ass .

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  10. Your blog always makes my day and I love readin about your amazon family. I’m sending prayers your way. And you’re right you got this, fuck cancer and kick it’s ass.

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  11. I am so, so sorry to hear that you are battling this. I first started following you when you lived in Alaska because I, like you, had recently moved there and was adjusting to life in the 49th state. It was nice to read about the transition from the perspective of someone else doing it around the same time, and I'll always be thankful for your ALCAN tips and tricks because my husband and I used many of them during our third ALCAN trip.

    You will be in my thoughts and I know you'll beat this.

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  12. Hi, ive followed your blog from across the pond and loved reading your little stories! Ever soo sorry to hear this but i'm sure you will beat it. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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  13. I'm so, so, sorry you are dealing with this. I've been following you since Camp Patton recommended your blog. Visited some places in/around Tybee on your recs. And you make me laugh. I wish you the very best in treatment and a speedy recovery

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  14. I have followed you for several years but rarely comment. I am sorry to hear your news. Good for you for finding the lump yourself and following up quickly. Great strides have been made in curing breast cancer. I have a feeling you will beat this.

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  15. Kelsey...stay strong mama!!! If anyone could beat this it's YOU!!! We are behind you 110% if you need anything please don't hesitate to ask! We're here for you❤️

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  16. Thank you for having the courage to share. You and your family will be in my prayers. Cancer is such an ***hole. And as an almost 30 year old with no history of breast cancer...I just examined mine. So thank you for that <3

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  17. Oh my god. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Donna B

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  18. We are all praying for you. I know you can beat CA's butt! If you need me, just let me know and I'll be there. Love You, Aunt Kim xxxxxoooo

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  19. Girl I am in tears over here. I am so sorry you're going through this. Please let me know if you need anything. You've got this friend ❤️

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  20. I've been reading your blog for a long time. I know you're not looking for sympathy. But I am sending you prayers. You can do this.

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  21. I've been trying to come up with a comment for days now, but nothing seems adequate. My stomach dropped reading this post, but I know you're a strong mama! I'll be thinking of you constantly and I've made a huge effort to remember to check my boobs.

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  22. Seriously... fuck cancer. I'm wishing you the very best and I'm going to remind myself to be better about checking my boobs. It can happen to anyone, and I'm sorry it happened to you. Now - kick it's ass!

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  23. There are no words for what I want to say and how I wish I could hug you and say all the "right" things, but I will say - I'm thinking of you, praying for you, and confident in your fighting this.

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  24. I wanted to write sooner, but was trying to think of the perfect thing to say but in the end, there isn't. It won't be an easy road, but you've got this girl! You're young and full of energy, you'll stare the cancer down its face and kick it's ass! Lots of love <3

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