Sometimes I wonder if Fort Wayne wonders why 2x a year we are flooded with the most gorgeous group of ladies.  Serious.  First Art Fair then Dress Rehersal.  I don’t think our downtown knows how to react.  Ha.  We have lots of conventions and what not but you guys surely make a statement.  I actually remember a mom of Gabe’s friend saying “ya, we saw all the beautiful ladies dressed like a magazine swarming the Hilton”.  And surely enough it was our Trunk Keepers.

Good Times.  You guys make me smile. Between Art Fair and Conference I have never worked harder yet had so much fun in a short period of time.  It has been unreal.  Thank you.

This month is so opposite for me.  It’s not all bad.  It’s just different.  I miss you guys.  I have loved all the cards, prayers and messages from you guys.

I gotta tell you from the moment I heard the word “cancer” I never flinched.  I never doubted nor had a bad thought.  I’m not sure what or why, but I have complete faith it’s all okay.  It’s the strangest feeling not to be scared, worried or stressed.  It’s a strange beautiful feeling.

We’ve had a few delays with treatment but I will certainly keep you all posted.  I want to share this with you so maybe you will see that cancer doesn’t have to be a scary word.  This very moment, off the top of my head, I’d say “it’s a word that means slow down, take care of yourself and pay attention to your mind, body and soul”.  It’s only been a few weeks but already I’m zoning in on every food I eat and my exercise routine.  I’m all about being the best me I can.  Its a new feeling for me.

Okay I could go on forever.  We’ll save that for later

PS- Sorry fro the typos- Denise

Gran - July 18, 2013 - 10:35 am

So thankful for your strange beautiful feeling. Thankful for you and thankful for the many people you share this with. Typos?????We don’t worry about those……..look forward to hearing from you again soon. Sent with love and prayers.

Meggy - July 17, 2013 - 8:56 am

I <3 you Miss Denise!!

Missy J. - July 16, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Seriously?! Who comes up with that kind of definition of cancer? Only someone who is brillant with a beautiful mind! I want to think like you! Amazing. Constantly support by all!

Elva Natalia Allar - July 16, 2013 - 7:05 pm

You are truly an amazing courages young woman with a long life ahead of you. I think of you and your family daily, you are in my prayers. God Bless you, David, and your beautiful boys.

Meggy - July 16, 2013 - 6:15 pm

I love you miss denise!

Anne - July 16, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Denise – not sure where to start….. My prayers are with you and your family and the MJC crew daily and have been since your first blog. Your boys, my girls same age. I’ve met you a few times at art fairs over the years. I’d never expect you to remember me. There isn’t a picture of my girls in the last 5 years where one of them isn’t wearing MjC. You’ve occasionally responded personally to an email. I truly feel like you are my friend though we’ve met so few times. I can’t write anything half as eloquent as others have – just that my heart stands still when I think of you and all of your peeps and what you are going through now. I am so glad you are feeling this calm. Thank you so much for sharing with us. And keep on doing what you are doing. Attitude makes all of the difference. Love to you and all of your people (and pets) from angola.

Maria Bellot - July 16, 2013 - 4:24 pm

you are so absolutely amazing & inspiring in every way! Art Fair was so much fun for all of us, thank you for the opportunity to visit & learn about Chicks for children & the mighty acorn foundation!

Mama Hope - July 16, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Overwhelming grace as you take this journey! A stomach abscess lancing is cool and cancer isn’t a scary word! Your artistic/inquisitive mind/brain wrapped around this diagnosis … And off you went!! You go, Girl – you do it your way! We’ll all just love you through it! I hope you keep making us smile and laugh, but we’re in for the long haul … I expect a few tears!

Katie Jo - July 16, 2013 - 3:23 pm

You continue to inspire me 🙂 Your constant enthusiasm is so wonderful 🙂 you have so many people thinking and praying for you! I can’t wait to meet you at Art Fair next year ❤

Jami - July 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

We miss you desperately but you keep on takin’ care of number one. That’s you!!

Brenen - July 16, 2013 - 3:01 pm

“Cancer doesn’t have to be a scary word, it’s a word that means slow down, take care of yourself and pay attention to your mind, body and soul”.

You are amazing Denise. You continue to uplift and inspire, even during this trying time. We should all follow your lead, and be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. As a (MJ) community, we can grow together. Continued prayers of strength and courage!

Brenen (Payton Jo)

Michelle Lynch - July 16, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Denise you have such a beautiful soul! These updates give us hope and strength as you have an amazing outlook on life it makes me smile:) Biggest hugs to wrap you in love, Michelle & her girls

Bridgette - July 16, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Keep it up Wonder Woman!!! We all love hearing how you are doing!

Shanna Sensing - July 16, 2013 - 2:27 pm

It is so inspiring how positive you are and the strength you are showing! You are my thoughts and prayers.