I can't pretend for much longer.

I have to confess, I’m really surprised that anyone read this and actually commented on it. I really appreciate all the words of encouragement and support! I guess I should just get it out of the way and say “Dan… you were right.” People read blogs.

Today we met with the second plastic surgeon. This meeting was different from the first in that the doctor explained in detail the procedure and the materials used and why. The first doctor didn’t go over all that, but we didn’t know to ask him to. Now I want to go back and ask more questions with the first doctor. We like both doctors, which also makes the decisions hard. It’s not like I can get them all to do a job, and then pick what I want. They all have pictures to show what they have done, but none of those pictures are me. I can’t know the outcome of these surgeries until it’s done. We meet the final plastic surgeon that we are considering this Thursday.

The bad news of the week was when the nurse called and said that the blood test that will show if I have the breast cancer gene should be back before the 2 week waiting period. The reason this is bad is because that means no more putting it off, no more delaying what is going to happen. When she said that we should be able to have our final meeting with Dr. Webber next week I felt like I was going to throw up. Once we meet with him, it’s go time. He will be coordinating with the plastic surgeon and then a date will be set.

To end on a better note, my attitude has been better this week. Not awesome, but better than last week for sure. I know I’m on a roller coaster and it’s just around the corner and I’ll be crying again, but I’m glad to be on an up note for the moment. (I asked the doctor today as he was taking pictures of my chest if I should smile… My face isn’t in the pictures :) ). I know that all the prayers we are receiving are lifting my spirits, too. Plus, I have Dan in my life… that’s bound to make anyone smile. I have so much to be thankful for and I’m going to try to remember that.

— Holly Thompson


  1. Holly, I admire you! I’ll be reading every blog you post!

  2. Thoughts and prayers are with you Holly and Dan. You all have great family and friends around you that want to help you both through this rough time. Hope this journey and bump in the road will go by quickly and you can get on with the ‘happy ever after’….

  3. There’s nothing wrong with crying. If you need to cry, cry. They say laughter is the best medicine and I agree with that. Luckily you’ve got a pretty funny guy there with you. He’s not too easy on the eyes, but a good guy nonetheless. 😉

    The sooner you get started, the sooner victory will be at hand. You’re in our prayers. -RS

  4. Holly, that comment to the doctor shows that you still have your sense of humor. To laugh is good and it’s ok to cry, too. I’m grateful for all the people who are praying for you and please be assured that we continue to pray as you begin making decisions. Bunches of our friends are praying as well. We love you.

  5. Holly, I met you and Dan on the Scavenger Hunt. I work with Lora. I started reading your blog and will continue to read your story and lift you up in my prayers. We serve a powerful God who will strengthen you when you feel down and carry you through the difficult times. I can’t say that I know how you feel because I don’t, I can promise that there will be lots of people praying for you as you go on this journey. Continue to be strong, In Christ’s Love…

  6. Holly,you probably have no idea who I am, but I have read your blog and I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bryan Irwin was my youth minister back several years ago in Richmond, Va.

  7. Holly,
    Thanks for keeping us posted. I asked my small group last night to pray for you and your family…I know that God is going to doing amazing things through this and I’m so amazed by the incredible courage and strength you are showing…you are an inspiration to others even when the tears come…it’s to be expected…know you are in my thoughts & prayers…

  8. Holly, Yes people do read blogs, especially those of people we know and care about. You and Dan are in our prayers, you are not in this alone because so many people are praying for you. I had thyroid cancer surgery in Feb of this year. I know a little of what you are thinking although I was not faced with the choices you have to make. It is always scary when you are told that you have cancer, now matter what kind. Always remember that someone is praying you through.

  9. We haven’t met, though Dan is family. I found this after seeing Dan’s post on FB.

    First off, major major hugs to you. Feel how you feel. And rely on those who love you for support when you need it. Please.

    Next, I can only imagine how hard and scary this time is. I wanted to let you know that I count among my friends a woman who, like you, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30. We both turned 40 this year.

    This fried of mine tested positive for the breast cancer gene. She underwent a radical double masectomy and had reconstructive surgery. She’s alive and well and continuing to lead an interesting and active life. I know that this anectdote may be cold comfort right now, but I share it in the spirit of giving you encouragement at this difficult time.

    I will be thinking of you often.

  10. Holly and Dan, I want you to know that you are in my prayers. Holly, I told Charlotte too, hope you don’t mind, and she is praying as well. I wanted to get to you a prayer cloth from Church if I could. Just text me or call and I will meet you with it, if you would like. I know you have alot on your mind now and if it slips your mind that’s okay, just know I will be here along with many other friends and family~


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