Butterflies in the Stomache

Such a weird feeling to have missed Art Fair. You all know, Art Fairs are in my blood. It the one thing that gets my heart pumping and just gives me butterflies for days straight.

The week before Art Fair I had been stressing cuz I had no clue what to wear and for some reason my stomach was so bloated I looked 5m pregnant. It was crazy and almost embarrassing. So I went to the Dr to see what he could give me to flatten out my stomach.Β  It was a pretty funny conversation, luckily I have a great doctor so I can say anything to him and he won’t think I am a nut cuz he already knows I am one! He sent me over to get a CT and I went back to his office and he said “You have Ovarian Cancer”.Β  You could see it all over his face. I felt so bad for him. How hard it must be to have to deliver that news but my response was “I’m the best person to get this news today. I can handle it. I can do this.” He made me an appt with a gynecologist oncologistΒ  for the next day. I got in the car, called Lynette and said “OMG, you are are not going to believe this.”

Next day I went to the other Dr who is as cute as can be. I wasn’t there long. I remember hearing through the door “WOW” as she was looking at my CT. Then she told me she can’t confirm anything till we have surgery on Friday.

Thursday was a long day but I knew either way I was coming off that operating table with whatever was in me removed. So that was good. And not looking pregnant.

Friday morning I sat in the waiting room looking 5m pregnant and I could feel this older gentleman looking at me. I knew he felt bad for me cuz I was pregnant. I could just tell.Β  I heard later he asked both my DR and my husband about me.

I was in surgery about 7 hours, I got a full hysterectomy, 1/3 of my colon and maybe part of my bladder removed. Ha, I suck at remember the details. I do know the staples in my stomach are pretty ugly. And I do know it was cancer that had wrapped itself everywhere inside me, well just about. It was kinda like Rice Krispies all over the place and they went to town and picked them off with tweezers. Crazy.

So that’s my excuse for missing Art Fair. I missed you guys and I missed hanging out with Joe. Art Fair is kinda the time when Joe and I get to hang out for 2 days and just enjoy the butterflies. Ahhh….

If you think about it post some of your pics, I’m dying to see everything and anything. I can;t get enough of them. It’s the only way I feel like I was there.

We are going to MD Anderson in Houston, in the next 2 weeks to start treatment. But ya, like I said I am bad with details. Good with directions. SO for sure, what they say to do, I will do it. Sam knows, I tend to turn everything into a competition. So for sure I’ve got this and I’m feel quite good about it.

-Denise

     
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Nadia Conrad - July 6, 2013 - 1:04 am

They had gone to get ice cream, then returned to the area near the finish line. Neighbor Jack Cunningham said Martin’s father, Bill, was a runner but had been injured and didn’t run the marathon.

elena - July 4, 2013 - 10:36 am

Really cool post, highly informative and professionally written..Good Job

Angie Ray - July 2, 2013 - 10:07 am

Sending thoughts and prayers Denise! You have a lot of great people standing behind you to help you beat this!

Lisa Kelly - July 1, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Dear Denise ,
Got involved in your amazing company a few years ago when my daughter was ”
HOOKED ” Brown Town ” Gina Brown ,
We have always loved unique clothing & love the ability to buy things that others do not have or offer.

With having 5 daughters ( 4 adults ) 1 now 8 year old & 10 soon to be 11 grand daughters there was No Stopping us !!

As time has gone by , we still love the clothes … How ever you have become a huge part of our life , we absolutely adore your good works & you dedication to making this world a better place to live !
We look forward to seeing where God moves you next ! We love meeting your fellow followers & devoted shoppers ..

Matilda Jane is every bit of DENISE !! When I learned of the latest info on your diagnose , god gave me a peace , when I prayed about your cancer , he just let me know all will work its way out ! I just felt sharing the peace with you was important ! The Lord works through amazing women like you !!
I had not planned on attending AF , how ever God worked it to a very last minute & yes we got to go πŸ™‚ I missed meeting you !! I was amaZed by the display of love & care by your staff & TK & Janes , you have a amazing way ! It reflects in all you do ! God is ready to bless you more my friend !! He has big works for you !! Stay in him & stay strong , I have rebuked satan off of your body & to not let him rob you of doing Gods work !! I claim your health by the blood of Jesus , he wants you completely healed !
We’re here playing for you !
In Christ sister may you heal quickly & know your loved & missed !!
The Kelly’s !
Xo

Erica S - July 1, 2013 - 6:11 pm

I needed your blog today. I just needed it. I feel so selfish that this is what I got out of the blog, but that’s just what happened today. My husband started a new job on Saturday. He left for Missouri and will be home about one day a month for the next year. I’ve been feeling guilty because I didn’t know when he was leaving until I was leaving for Art Fair. He told us we should still go to Art Fair (he had planned it for my daughter’s 3rd birthday celebration since it fell on her birthday). We went and had a WONDERFUL time, but leaving for art fair and coming home to an empty house has been so hard. The kids are just realizing he’s not coming home and I’ve never seen my daughter cry so hard. My 9 year old has been great, but I can only imagine how he’s feeling on the inside. Anyway, I’ve been sitting here looking through art fair pictures all day and feeling a little lost – worrying about making it through law school while working and taking care of my two kids. Your post helped me realize that it’s not so bad. He’s taken a job to pay off student loans and medical bills for our daughter that are finally a thing of the past. She had a terribly rough start, but she celebrated her third birthday at Art Fair in perfect health! My son is the sweetest, most amazing son I could ask for. You are amazing and inspiring in so many ways. Thank you so much for your blog and for reminding me I CAN DO THIS. I know you can too! We are praying for your very speedy recovery!

Patty Jones - July 1, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Many prayers to you and your family. You got this!

Christina - July 1, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Denise, oh my goodness. Thank you for sharing your story. My jaw literally dropped on the floor while reading this. I have been following you & MJC for over 5 years and my daughters have outgrown your pretty clothing, so I am not currently in the know or anything, I just happened upon this blog post by way of a friend’s posting. You are a strong woman & you will get through this. I am in Houston and MD Anderson has the absolute best care there is. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and i just wanted you to know you have touched so many lives.

Kris T - July 1, 2013 - 3:16 pm

You are a ray of sunshine, an inspirational soul! Praying for you and your family, Many Blessings

Christy C - July 1, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Sending many, many prayers your way. As others are posting, amazing things happen at MD Anderson and, with your optimism and strong will, you will absolutely beat this.

Megan - July 1, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Praying for healing! Thank God for pro active doctors and you with your positive, fighters heart. I know there isn’t much I can say or do to help but I hope you have peace in knowing we are all praying for you and your family

Kelly - July 1, 2013 - 11:48 am

Sending lots of love and healing thoughts.<3

Kelley - July 1, 2013 - 10:24 am

Denise, you are in our prayers and thoughts. Thank you for the once again wonderful Art Fair experience, it is the second year my daughter and I attended the pre party with friends and she had a great time.
My grandmother had (I think) stage 4 ovarian cancer and it had spread to her colon in her 50’s. She had a complete hysterectomy as well as cancer treatment and is alive and well today at 78.
Thank you for putting a smile on my girl’s face as she wore her Art Fair dress to church yesterday.

Pamela M. - July 1, 2013 - 9:38 am

Hi Denise – Great to hear an update on your health. You are so strong and this is just a small bend in the road for you. On a personal note, my cousin has been fighting prostate cancer (stage 4) and has done clinical trials at MD Anderson. They are AMAZING! You will be in such great care….they have the some of the best doctors in the US there. πŸ™‚ Best wishes. Pamela M.

Cristy - July 1, 2013 - 9:33 am

For years you have done so much for everyone else….now it’s your turn Denise. We all love and adore you and you will will fight and conquer this!

Amber - July 1, 2013 - 9:09 am

Thinking and praying for you Denise!! We are all in your corner! <3 <3

Brandy P. - July 1, 2013 - 8:46 am

Denise, Thank you for sharing. Praying for a comfortable recovery and healing for you. It was my 1st AF and I loved everything about it! May God bless you.
B.

tracy - July 1, 2013 - 7:19 am

Love ya Denise. Thinking about you and sending you positive thoughts, hugs and love. xoxoxo Tracy

Allison S - July 1, 2013 - 6:53 am

Denise, thank you for keeping us updated in your health. You are so brave and strong. Keep up the good work. We are all rooting for you to beat this. Warmest wishes for you and your family.

Dian Rowan - July 1, 2013 - 5:54 am

Denise
I am new to MJ, but I just love it. I have followed the blog. You are caring, kind and joyful. You make everyone around you happy. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. MJ Anderson is just the best. You will beat this and be back with your friends soon

Susie - July 1, 2013 - 3:34 am

Denise….I love Art fair and all the excitement and fun that comes with all of it, but it wasn’t the same this year without you. I know Art Fair is your true love and all the pieces reflect your love and attention to every detail:) From the sweet little buttons on an ellie or hobo, to the the beautiful box of delicious candy that we had waiting for us at check-in….everything done with your special touch. The Holiday room and Christmas hobos were a favorite of mine…I have been wanting to see those at Art Fair for years!! All so pretty. The dinner trip to the new offices was so much fun and the Mighty Acorn bag waiting for us at the front door made me smile!! Take care of yourself, and I pray for a speedy recovery for you, so you can get back to your sweet family and all the things that make you smile!! I will be thinking about you constantly..love you, Susie

Kathy Jo Hoy - July 1, 2013 - 1:21 am

Healing Prayers being sent your way!!! Hang in there & look to those who have walked a similar path, they “speak a your language.” They are a fab source of support & information. We had tons of fun at Art Fair. We drove from CA once again & made it a family event. I think my hubby ranks number one for the most amount of miles driven to Art Fair!!! πŸ™‚ many blessings to
you!

Jennifer Valsted - July 1, 2013 - 12:53 am

Denise, you have been in my thoughts for days. Sending prayers your way as you get ready to start your treatment. Your wonderful spirit allows you to accomplish anything you set your mind to, and I know you will conquer this obstacle. Just keep remembering how much love and prayers are being sent your way!!!!

Mitzi Rivas - July 1, 2013 - 12:40 am

Oh Sista, I know you got this. All of us are with you. Don’t forget about that chat that I had with my mama!

Kathryn Gilbert-Rogers - July 1, 2013 - 12:31 am

Praying for you Denise, Godspeed!

Kim Snyder - July 1, 2013 - 12:30 am

I had a friend with a very similar story. After having her third child she noticed that her stomach wasn’t going down. She was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She went thru chemo and radiation and has been cancer free now for over 3 years!!!! If u need someone to talk to that has gone through it, she has helped a few ladies out. Let me know and I can get you in touch with her. It always helps to have support from someone knows exactly what you are going through. Good luck and kick cancers a**!!!

Kristi Mangan - July 1, 2013 - 12:18 am

Sending lots of positive vibes your way Denise. I am amazed at your strength and that is oozing out of this post that you have written. You are an incredible woman and there are an army of MJC peeps lining up to fight for you and with you! Keeping the positivity flowing for ya!

Kristy - July 1, 2013 - 12:11 am

You will be in my prayers Denise! You are such a strong and amazing women! Stay strong! You will beat this!!! God is bigger than cancer! Prayers going your way from my family!! Love you bunches!!! XOXO

Dorien Nielson - June 30, 2013 - 11:55 pm

Not sure if you’re reading comments or not. My husband was diagnosed with a stage 4 (terminal) rare liver cancer in March. He’s 44, we have 4 kids.

So not the same thing as you by a long shot–but we went from seeing a “something on his liver” to “stage 4 cancer” in the space of 48 hours.

We are fighting hard for as long as we can.
My heart, in ALL sincerity and “i get cancer” (unfort.) goes
out to you and yours!

I pray and hope for a speedy recovery and a good prognosis!

Fight on Denise!!! Cancer is a $*(@@(#(*@@&($)!!!!
Kicks its A&&!!!!

Joy Williams - June 30, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Denise, you have this! You have such an incredible attitude! You are definitely not fighting alone! Prayers for you and your sweet family!

Lisa Rapo - June 30, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Denise,
You are being lifted up in prayer by so many who love and care for you from near and far…our family included. I am so thankful for you, your amazing heart and generous spirit! Praying for David and the boys as well…
Love to you all!
Lisa

Sandi Gentry - June 30, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Oh, Denise, I believe you 100%, you’ve got this, you can do this, you can beat this. You are an amazing lady. I have loved your example of positivity and hard work and now I love it even more. You are awesome. And you will be in the Gentry Family Prayers. Much love!
Sandi Gentry and Girls.

Brianna salyer - June 30, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Praying for you girl. To read your post it is so uplifting and encouraging. Even I. The midst of your battle you have the best sense of humor. Your bring a smile to all our faces. Your a gem!!!!

Julie D - June 30, 2013 - 11:37 pm

I love you Denise. Good gosh you have cancer and you make it sound funny and no big deal. Sending lot’s of love and prayers for you since the moment I found out. I know cancer can’t get a handle on a gal like you. xoxo! Julie D

Mary Patterson - June 30, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Great to hear your positive attitude! Nothing in life is easy, and the hard times make you appreciate everything…. Stay strong and I pray for you to have a speedy recovery.
It was my first MJ Art Fair. I brought my mother and daughter and we all had the BEST time!!! The pre-party at the park was really beautiful. My 3 yr old couldn’t stop talking afterwards about the face paint, games, unicorn rides, candy and all the fun she had. We all want to come back next year!!!!
Looking forward to seeing u at the next fair! Take the time to care for yourself so u can get better real soon.

Melissa Peters - June 30, 2013 - 11:12 pm

What a great attitude!!!!!!!!!! Fight like hell!! And know that many people are thinking of you.

Ida - June 30, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Denise – You so got this!!! You know why? Because we all love you so much!! Because your family and your life are incredible!!
But most of all, the Great Physician is right there with you and will be with you through it all!! Thank you for your candor and how very brave you are. You have always shared everything with us, and we’ve always adored you for it! I want you to know that hundreds if not thousands of people are going to be praying for you, and standing with you, and fighting with you! And Denise, its okay not to be so brave sometimes. Because if you find yourself a little scared, we’re all going to surround you, especially your family, hold you up, pray for you, love on you. When you are weak, Jesus will be strong in you! Much Love!

Tonya S. - June 30, 2013 - 11:02 pm

You’re positive attitude is so inspiring and it will definitely help in healing you! I am praying for you!!

Kari - June 30, 2013 - 11:02 pm

You are such an inspiration. Prayers to you, your family, and MJC as you take on this fight. You’ve got this!!! xo

Meredith - June 30, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Healing prayers Denise. Impossible for you to fully realize, but your authenticity and vulnerability makes a powerful impact on us all!! Thank-you for your bravery and for opening yourself up to us…..and a million thanks for the humbling reminder of what TRULY matters. We are all pulling for you, your health, and your family. I’m confident you will win this fight!

Debbie Schmidt - June 30, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Wow…you are such a strong, amazing lady! I can tell you from experience, a positive attitude is half the battle. Having been in your shoes twice now, it is so important to keep looking ahead and never look behind because there wasn’t a thing that you did to deserve this or a thing you could’ve done to prevent it. You are most certainly in my thoughts and prayers. I am wishing for you the words that I longed to hear…you are cured! Huge hugs! πŸ™‚

Hannah Jent - June 30, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Denise, my family has been praying for you since we heard the news. You are such an inspirational woman. I have yet to meet you and I am one of your tks:-) I’m looking forward to that day! Just know you have so many people praying for you. Take care!

KimD - June 30, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Praying for you and your family!!!! Stay strong and fight hard!!!! Much much love!!!!

Brandi - June 30, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Wow, our lives really can change so dramatically so fast. I love to hear your positive attitude, it will make a huge difference in your recovery! I will be lifting you up in prayer to The Great Physician daily.
‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declared the Lord ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ Jeremiah 29:11

Megan Maddox - June 30, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Denise – sending prayers your way for a fast and FULL recovering. I agree if any one can beat this – I believe it is you!!! take care of yourself! Hugs from South Dakota!

Christy - June 30, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Darnit if you don’t crack me up, even when you’re sick! Your Rice Krispie word picture made me laugh out loud. I ADORE YOU,
Denise DeMarchis!! Thinking you should slide on whatever you picked for art fair for your trip down to Houston, ’cause you might as well be cute. πŸ™‚

Maria Bellot - June 30, 2013 - 10:16 pm

praying praying praying for you Denise & your family. You have been on my mind continuously since I heard the news before my trip up to Art Fair.

Melanie - June 30, 2013 - 10:16 pm

So sorry to hear that you missed something that you love so much and also your news. We are at MD Anderson right now for my son’s proton radiation and only have 3 more treatments left. You are going to be in the best of hands here and God will be right there by your side. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. xxxxxxx

Hannah - June 30, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Wow! You are one brave cookie!! Your positive attitude will be some powerful medicine…that, and plenty of prayer. Sending one up now πŸ˜‰

Jo Blacketor - June 30, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Denise – I don’t know you but am close, personal friends with Denise Walsh who also travels with my hubby to India. I am in awe and so amazed by your spirit and optimism. It is refreshing, encouraging and I wish your strength could be bottled!

I know you must be in some pain so let go and let God heal – enjoy the rest while you can:-)! Sounds like you are the type to hit the ground running once you are feeling better.

Continues prayers and blessings for your company, your missions and most of all for your healing and spirit!

Jo & Dan Blacketor
c/o The Rhema Project

laurie - June 30, 2013 - 10:13 pm

WOW…you are brave!! Everybody hates the C word and I thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Art fair wasn’t the same without you but your team did a FABULOUS job…you would be proud of them and the pre-party was BEYOND amazing and our closets are so much cuter and the smiles on our little ones face as they twirl in your dresses are such a priceless gift!! You are in the thoughts and prayers of thousands upon thousands of women…I hope you can feel all of the peace that we are sending your way. Hugs!!

Bridget Trent - June 30, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Sending thoughts and prayers your way…

Christina - June 30, 2013 - 10:12 pm

MD Anderson is the best ever, Denise! You will be in excellent hands!!! And I’m pretty certain there are a ton of HTown mommas who will be at your disposal!!!

Serenity - June 30, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Denise,
My heart absolutely aches just reading this. I have no doubt that your strength and perseverance will serve you well. The great physician will take care of you.
You were so missed this year. But like so many have said, your presence was felt. Thank you for all you do!
Serenity Caudell

Tracy Vatnsdal - June 30, 2013 - 10:10 pm

I’ve been your friend and fan since the start and I’m just numb from your news but in awe of your amazing attitude to go get this! I’m not surprised because you are just amazing and a lovely example to everyone who loves you! Like I do!! Prayers and love coming to you, David, Joe, and Gabe~

Mama Hope - June 30, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Well, all right then. A Margie-ism (Margie is/was my darling mother … I can’t bear to say was, but she is in Heaven) that is used when there are no more words. It has lots of meanings. In this case, it means you are ready for this journey! I am thrilled about your choice for treatment – it is a very good choice!! I fell in love with your boys (Chelsa’s, too) – those DeMarchis boys are all eye candy. We are gonna love you through this! You got people – good people – now get some wood docs in your corner.

Jenny - June 30, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Denise, you were inspiring before as a strong business woman and good samaritan but you even more inspiring now sharing your personal story. Thank you for bringing more awareness and I wish you the very best in you recovery! God speed to you so you can get back to doing what you love! Hopefully this will just be a little bump in the road!

Mande Burckart - June 30, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Praying for you Denise. You are such a strong, wonderful, and amazing woman. I know you will beat this. XOXO

Sandy - June 30, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Your story sounds just like my moms! She just finished her 6th and final round of chemo this last week! You can rock this! Stay strong!

Andrea - June 30, 2013 - 9:55 pm

We will be praying for you! Keep your chin up, mama!

Lynette - June 30, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Denise, you are our thoughts and prayers. I have been talking to the Great Physician about you and your family since Mike and Linda told us the news about your cancer. I love your great attitude….so very important!! If you need any help with anything, please ask. You know where we live πŸ™‚
Love and Prayers.

kammila malarney - June 30, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Wow i was reading your story and thought u were kidding u were so calm! but in the end i can honestly say u have surely inspired me 2 b strong if i ever get any bad news! as i have been blessed with a wonderful daughter, a great family and i love my job! u r in my prayers and i do not even know who u are! just a part of the GREAT mj! smilz 2 u! sincerely kammila

Cara Schmidt - June 30, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Denise, This is what i know about the magic of Matilda Jane. I do not say this lightly, Matilda Jane was critical in my daughters critical diagnosis. I am soooo praying for you!!!

http://jackedupjesuslover.blogspot.com/2010/11/matilda-jane-and-mayo-clinic_11.html

Beth K - June 30, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Continued prayers to you and your family, Denise. There WAS something missing without you. Take care of yourself and we will see you next year πŸ™‚

Catherine Mills - June 30, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Denise, we missed you so much!!!! I won, one of the raffles… I never win anything; not even those lame games, women insist on forcing on me, at baby showers… I was so excited and grateful! My little girl is so excited, for her pretties! Thank you for sharing this, thank you for all you do!

Megan - June 30, 2013 - 9:43 pm

You are in my prayers and even though you weren’t physically at Art Fair I could feel you everywhere! I have about 3,000 photos & live video to send you that are uploading now! XoOXoOXoXo

Megan B - June 30, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Oh Denise! I am so sorry to hear this. Cancer sucks. You’re a strong woman and handling this so well. I’ll be praying for you and your family. Thank you for an awesome Art Fair! This was the best one yet. Lizzy and I had a blast. She didn’t want to leave. Everyone missed you there. See you there next year for sure

Jennifer Evangelista - June 30, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Denise, I am from Houston, and if there’s anything I can do to assist you, please just send me an email. I am personal friends with numerous physicians and nurses at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I wish you the best, and I am glad you chose to come to MD Anderson – I can attest to the fact that they do GOD’s work there. From the parking valet to the Chief Medical Officer, you will not find a finer, patient-centered facility than this.

Mallory Buck - June 30, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Denise,

It hurts my heart to hear what you are going through. You and your family are in my prayers. So many people are praying for you! I had a great time at Art Fair and am so thankful to have been there. I am sure it was hard not being there! You have a great attitude- I know you’ll beat this!

Mallory

Rachel - June 30, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Praying for you

Wendy - June 30, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Thinking and praying for you Denise! I hope you get the best of care, and please think about going for some specialized nutritional support in addition to the other treatments you are getting – it will help so much. You can do this!! <3

Echo - June 30, 2013 - 9:38 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love your way. Art Fair was beautiful and my daughter was so thrilled to see all the pretties I found for her. πŸ™‚

Cindy Carnes - June 30, 2013 - 9:37 pm

As I sit here and read about your experience, I realize that it sounds so much like a story I’ve heard before. My best friend from high school’s Mom (also like a 2nd Mom to me) was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer a couple years ago and I am proud to say she beat it! Like you, she was treated at MD Anderson and she has nothing but the most positive things to say about the care she received there. I truly believe that you will have the BEST medical team taking care of you and everything will be just fine! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this trying and emotional time. Remember, nothing is too big for God and He will see you through this. It was by His grace that this was caught when it was and you’re on your way to recovery. May you feel his presence now, and in the days to come.

Mark Cooper - June 30, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Denise,

Linda, Charlotte, the thousands of Chicks for Children Chicken Dancers, the Chicks for Children foundation team, and I are equally competitive. We are ready for this fight and we ARE in YOUR corner. Bring on the rounds!!!!! Charlotte will see you in Houston. Can’t wait for Scott, Addison, and Caroline to see you and David in living color! Oh, loved the ART FAIR! Yes, world class!

Lynne - June 30, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Thoughts and prayers for you and family. You are in the best care with MD Anderson. God Bless You!

Meribeth - June 30, 2013 - 9:32 pm

At dinner on Thursday, a dear MJC employee gave me the teal “never fight alone” bracelet…. Well let me tell you – my 4 year old has tried on countless ellies, ruffles, tanks, skirts, dresses and carried around bags from AF but her favorite item is that bracelet. She believes in you, we all do, and you are NOT fighting alone. We are ALL here fighting, praying and supporting you, Denise! Many hugs.

Shelley C. - June 30, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Sending prayers your way, Denise. So sorry you missed Art Fair, but we’ll see you there next year! πŸ™‚

Deidra - June 30, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Glad to see that you are in great spirits. I am praying that god keeps his loving arm around you ad protect you from this madness. Praying always!!!!

Jennifer D. - June 30, 2013 - 9:21 pm

MD Anderson is amazing! Good vibes heading your way, but that cheerful disposition of yours will carry you further than you know! Also, this open dialogue may help many more- thank you for your courage. We’re with you, lady… and we will stand with you through thick and thin.

Shawna Lucas - June 30, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Denise…you are in my thoughts and prayers! Art Fair was amazing but you were defiantly missed! Shelby, my daughter loved everything! She was too excited to even stop and eat ice cream, lol! She had a wonderful time we did it all!! She is still taking about the pony ride on “Shiny”! Thank you for all you do! We will continue to pray for you and a speedy recovery!

jamie hicks - June 30, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Love and health for you! Your strength and spirits are inspiring. I found myself looking for you at dinner on thursday and you remain in my thoughts! Next year i am bringing the whole family and can’t wait to see you and I know cerys will give you the biggest high five!

Amanda Tincher - June 30, 2013 - 9:18 pm

The best predictor of outcomes with CA is attitude!! You have it in spades! Plus, you are going to the best place in the country for this!! You are right you got this!

Ann - June 30, 2013 - 9:17 pm

This shouldn’t happen to anyone, especially a mother with young children. I am a 43 year old cancer survivor. You are in my prayers.

Betzie Duncan - June 30, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Denise,
I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 weeks ago & underwent surgery with colon resection as well. She is about to start chemo in Fort Wayne. Such a small world… You and your family are in my prayers. As I have been telling my mom…Stay strong!! <3

pamela rensink - June 30, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Go kick it’s ass!!!

Hope that was allowed. πŸ™‚ Praying for you and yours- thanks for keeping it real- you continue to inspire.

hollybygolly - June 30, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Denise,
We are so worried about you and love you very very very much. Please keep us updated as to what happens next. If anyone can kick cancers butt it is you my dear. You are the best person I know, you have god and a lot of good people on your side. Love and energy xoxo

Stacie Petta - June 30, 2013 - 9:10 pm

I’m so glad it was discovered and you got things under control! Get better soon!

Katie - June 30, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Wow! I got chills reading this. I am thinking and praying for you Denise! I had an amazing time at Art Fair this year. Your visions are so beautiful and you all did an amazing job planning such an awesome event! Can’t wait to see you next year completely cancer free!

Kait Galto - June 30, 2013 - 9:09 pm

You are one of the most positive people I have ever met… and I know you will beat this! You put every ounce of you into Matilda Jane, and I know you will do the same with beating this. I wish there was more things I could do to help you, just know I am always here praying for you!! Thank you for blessing me with the most amazing job besides being a mother of two pretty special kids. You were so missed at Art Fair, but I saw little bits of you everywhere and enjoyed all that you do!! Thank you for being you!!!!!

kaitlyn - June 30, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Thinking of you and your family. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Take care <3

lauren nienhuis - June 30, 2013 - 8:44 pm

I love your positive attitude and I know you will beat this! You are such an amazing person and have touched so many lives in so many ways! You are just getting started with all that life has in store for you. πŸ™‚ I have been so blessed to be part of this amazing company that you created. So glad you followed your heart and dared to dream big!!! You are in my prayers daily!!! xoxo

Tonya - June 30, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Wow! I am sending some prayers and we are here for you Denise. You were missed.

Kristen Fridley - June 30, 2013 - 8:27 pm

I told this all to David when I saw him at pre-party, but I know how busy he was and how many people he talked to so I am going to tell you again. I met you last summer at Dress Rehearsal. (You told me you liked my purple eyeshadow, which made me smile). I hugged you right away and it was great. Later on I heard someone saying, “Denise doesn’t hug.” and everyone else seemed to agree. I felt really bad, like.. should I have hugged her?? OOOPS! But as soon as I read the email about your cancer I thought about that moment when I hugged you. And I wished I could hug you all over again. You are in my prayers and I know that you must be overwhelmed and scared, but the Creator of the Universe has got you in His hands. Can’t wait to hug you every year at conference. πŸ˜‰

Alicia H. - June 30, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Praying for a full and fast recovery!

Laura Oates - June 30, 2013 - 8:20 pm

I found Matilda Jane just 6 months ago and have been obsessed with everything MJ! I follow your blog religiously and find so much happiness, loveliness, and joy here. I am praying for you and your family on your journey to health and recovery. I am a nurse here in Houston and you are in good and capable hands at MD Anderson. Keep your spirit up, you will win this battle πŸ™‚

Katie Ogden - June 30, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Definitely praying for you. You are an inspiration in every way.

Sarah S - June 30, 2013 - 7:40 pm

Yep, you got this. We are all pulling for you.

Meghan Vashko - June 30, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Love and prayers from our family to yours. MD Anderson is an incredible hospital and you will get the best possible care and treatment there. Stay strong and know that we’re all here, holding you in our hearts. <3

Tonya Breeding - June 30, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Sending my thoughts and prayers your way. This year was my very first AF (although ive been buying MJ for 3 years), and it was amazing! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

Lorinna - June 30, 2013 - 6:28 pm

I love you, I love your matter of factness about it all. It will get you through this!

My thoughts will be with you often! Much love to you and your family!!

Lorinna

Erika O - June 30, 2013 - 6:28 pm

wishing you a speedy recovery!

Brenda Bell - June 30, 2013 - 6:16 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! xoxo

Danielle Broussard - June 30, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Praying for a full and fast recovery for you and praying for you and your family that y’all will stay strong through this time!!!!!

Nicole Korensky - June 30, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Denise,

Thank you for posting an update on your health. Your details are very personal and to be so honest about it all is amazing. Thank you for that. I am praying for you–health is the #1 thing in the world so you can be there for your family-i know you will get thru this and kick it out the door! πŸ™‚

Hope to see you at Conference.

Cheryl Morris - June 30, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Keeping you and your family in our prayers!

Laura Frazier - June 30, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Praying so hard for you since I have heard the news. I have been a HUGE Matilda Jane fan and addicted for 5 years now, so I feel like I know you guys and of course love you. I happen to live in HOUSTON so I would love to help in ANYWAY I possibly can while you are here in town. Please feel free to contact me if you need anything. Even in you do not need me, perhaps I can drop some yogurt, cookies, pay for your parking, sit with you, to make your day a little brighter (please understand I mean this with my whole heart!). I know in my heart that God has this and he will carry you through the days and months ahead. He is able to do immeasurebly more than we can even imagine. Praying that you keep that spunk and fight in you sweet friend. Constantly in prayer for your complete healing. May he use you in the days ahead and allow your story to touch those that are struggling. Also lifting your family up in prayer as they deal with the news too. You got this!!!!!!!!

Jami - June 30, 2013 - 1:16 pm

You are amazing. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

E. Darling - June 30, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Praying for you and your family!! Fight like a girl!!

Kim - June 30, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Denise you are in my continued thoughts and prayers. You were very missed and much thought of at art fair!!!