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Waiting for this week's blood results, doctor appointment, and another round of #Herceptin. Four more months of Herceptin and then I can get the uncomfortable port out and then reconstruction, which I cannot wait for. Taking a quick biblio break before opening up the work laptop again. #cancercansuckit #breastcancer #300nat

Trying to eat healthier to keep kickin' cancer's ass. Somewhat of a #mediterraneanbreakfast with toast with hummus and sundries tomatoes, one poached egg, cheese, and coffee. #cancercansuckit #breastcancer #300nat

May not look like much, but it sure tastes good. Smaller, healthier portions to keep fighting #cancer because #cancercansuckit Hummus quesadillas with sweet peppers and a poached egg. #300nat #breastcancer

Up early to catch-up on blogging before the big boy wakes up. Started using the FitBit this morning and I'm interested to see how it goes, tracking all my calories and steps taken. Should be interesting, but I have weight to lose, doctor's orders. @fitbit #300nat

Surgery DONE. It's the last major surgery, folks. Now it's recovery time, which means sitting, sleeping, and intermittently checking work email. 😁 Anyway, surgery went very well and I was home within a few hours and slept the rest of the day. Although I'm super-sore and tired, I'm so happy to have this day in the books. I used to say that I just wanted to be done with 2014, but really, it's now 2015 I want to have in the past and in the history books because this was a full year of worry and anticipation. I have one crucial test still in October that I worry about, but I know with my incredible husband and son, my family and friends, and God by my side, everything will be fine. Love you all. Have you heard of this #MayaAngelou quote before? "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." You, my friends and family - you guys have ALWAYS made me feel supported and awesome. You ROCK. I am an extremely lucky woman. THANK YOU so much. (By the way, do you know how tough it is to take a selfie when you're not sure if the picture is actually blurry or if it's because of the pain meds? Lol.) #cancerwho #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #breastcancer #300nat

Lamentations 3:20-25: "Remembering it over and over, my soul is downcast. But this I will call to mind; therefore I will hope: The Lord's acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; they are renewed each morning - great is your faithfulness! The Lord is my portion, I tell myself, therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who trust in him, to the one that seeks him." #becauseihavefaithcharlie #300nat #faith #bedignifiedinallyoudo #ibelieve

It's only been a few days since my #breastreconstruction so I should just calm down. But I am angry. I am sad. Yes, I am thankful I am alive but I'm fairly confident that I'm a pretty smart person so I think that I am fully capable (and allowed) to feel like more than one emotion at a time. I do not like the results. I do not like anything. I am not happy. How did this all happen to me? Why? WHY? I am not happy. Today is not a happy day. But, yes, of course, I am very happy I am alive. Yes, I know. I am a complete asshole for having the audacity to be unhappy right now. You can call me that. Call me anything you want. But I don't care because today, I am very, very sad. I will write in my journal. I will drink coffee. Maybe some tea. I will read. I am angry. This is one of the unhappy days. One of the very, very unhappy ones. #breastcancer #fxckcancer #cancerwho #cancercansuckit #300nat #herceptin #fearoftheunknown

Surgery day, folks. This is my FINAL surgery. One of the last steps in this journey that I never asked to be on. #checkoutmyhairtho #300nat #breastcancer #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #mayoclinic

I'm always nervous to share w/ others I'm going to church. I'm shy, I trip over words. I might be insecure because I know how I myself judged others who did go to church just 3 years ago. I lumped them into some category that made me think condescendingly towards them. Or that I couldn't hang out w/ them. So silly of me. 3 years ago, the scariest time of my life happened + I'm amazed at how it all just clicked for me that God was real. He existed. I saw things a little more clearly. I let my faith grow. I believed. My perspective changed. I documented in my journal + at #300nat here. I still make SO MANY mistakes. But I shouldn't be worried others may look at me a certain way. That very same person could be like me, who once upon a time sort of believed, but still judged others who went to church. Their perspective may change 1 day because of a life-altering event (hopefully a good event, not something scary). This month, @fortcarolinebaptistchurch, led by Pastor @rpowell67, welcomes those who doubt to keep researching, to dig into whether or not life is futile w/ no eternal existence or if God does exist. Today was amazing + when the Gideon's Bible speaker said we are at a time now we are at the most "Biblically illiterate," I realized how much I was + still am. I didn't know a period of 400 yrs separated the Old + New Testament. I didn't realize scholars agree Jesus existed + died on a cross. What is debatable for some is whether or not Jesus performed miracles or was resurrected. I learn every time I read more + research more + I know how God shifted my perception just a short time ago. So today, I am going to church. Every Sunday I go.
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#faith #iam #ibelieve #God #Bible #blessed #doesGodexist #journal #journaling

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πŸ™πŸΌπŸŽš Words cannot express my gratefulness to God for introducing me to Father Anthony during the toughest time of my life. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 #breastcancer. We had just moved to Florida + my son was only 7 months old. Within 3 weeks, I had a #doublemastectomy. I then started #chemotherapy, then #radiation. I've had 2 #reconstruction surgeries. It was not caught early. It was caught in time. Father Anthony is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He has prayed for me, he has helped me down the path back to faith, + while I have been absent from the Catholic Church on Sundays for some time, I am so thankful God reminded me to come to tonight's mass. I always thought Father Anthony would always be here. He wouldn't leave. So tonight I am very sad. Tonight was Father Anthony's last mass here at Holy Spirit + he is going back to India after 4 years in Florida. He's going back to a section of India that does not have a church, there is no building that has even been built. Only 25 faithful followers of Christ are in this area. I am honored to have known Father Anthony. Words cannot fully express how much of an impact he has made on my life. Thank you, Father. Thank you so very much. I will miss your sermons + your gentle way you helped bring me + many others back to God.
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Tonight, whether you believe or not, or are a Catholic or a Baptist or any other denomination, will you pray, or send good thoughts to Father Anthony? His work will be hard, but he is a good servant of the Lord, + he has made a profound impression in the story of my life. Thank you, God, for another day. Please continue to bless Father Anthony in the next chapter of his life + his important work.
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#300nat #faith #pray #prayer #ibelieve #iam #holyspirit #holyspiritparish #holyspiritparishjax #Catholic #armorifgod #prayerwarrior #india #fromfloridatoindia

🌞🌺 I love my family. My life has been so blessed + enriched + is so precious because of the Lord above for each day in my life. Life was never promised to be easy + we three have been on quite a journey, but there isn't 1 moment, not 1 single second, that I would trade away, even the hardest of times 3 years ago, for those who know our story (#300nat). I am so honored to be Dominic's mother + Jason's wife. I praise God for His goodness, in bringing me closer on this intimate journey in faith. I need not believe anymore that all of THIS in the world means nothing, that nothing awaits me after it all. Life has meaning + value + why is it so much harder to believe in God than it is to believe in coincidence, or the planets aligning? Thank you, Lord, for every single day w/ my boys, I am blessed beyond imagination, thank you for your guidance + for Your fiercely protective arms around me.
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Sidebar: Read Dominic's answers πŸ˜‚
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#DominicMylove #dmlmiele #toddler #toddlers #toddlerlife #toddlerproblems #mothersday #mom #iamdominicsmom #momlife #momproblems #momlifeisthebestlife #God #Godisgood #faith #pray #prayer #iam #ibelieve

Pages of scribbled notes from last night's event at the #floridatheatre. @elizabeth_gilbert_writer was equal parts enlightening, thoughtful, smart, inquisitive, humble, self-deprecating and most especially HILARIOUS. Like laughing so hard that I was crying and having a hard time breathing. Every minute was perfect. And I learned, was reminded of, so much that has plagued me. I went through cancer and a double mastectomy and chemo and radiation so WHY THE HELL am I scared to do anything different or new in my life?! This world is not big enough for our fears, the ones that just hold us back. And there is purpose to it all, something that keeps us tethered here and whatever that purpose is, at least for me, I have to go find it. "There is something only you can learn about yourself through creative expression." I'm going to find mine. Actually, I already know what it is, but I've procrastinated because of fear. Last night, something jumped out at me when she said, "Life is not waiting for you." Why do quotes like that just snap me out of my world and launch me into my epiphany? I downloaded her audiobook, her new "Big Magic" before I had even left the the theatre. I was able to listen to a little of it on my quick ride home and I'm already mad at myself, mad at my fears that have held me back. I know what it is I need to do in my life, and now I simply need to go on and do it.
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#thesearethemoments #elizabethgilbert #elizabethgilbertquotes #mylife #sojournerbyretrowtures #documentinglifeasithappens #journal #journaling #findyourreason #americanabyretrowtures #monkeysfistbybabette #lifemeetinglife #travel #traveler #traveling #traveler #travelgram #travelbug #authorsofinstagram #author #300nat

I'm always nervous to share w/ others I'm going to church. I'm shy, I trip over words. I might be insecure because I know how I myself judged others who did go to church just 3 years ago. I lumped them into some category that made me think condescendingly towards them. Or that I couldn't hang out w/ them. So silly of me. 3 years ago, the scariest time of my life happened + I'm amazed at how it all just clicked for me that God was real. He existed. I saw things a little more clearly. I let my faith grow. I believed. My perspective changed. I documented in my journal + at #300nat here. I still make SO MANY mistakes. But I shouldn't be worried others may look at me a certain way. That very same person could be like me, who once upon a time sort of believed, but still judged others who went to church. Their perspective may change 1 day because of a life-altering event (hopefully a good event, not something scary). This month, @fortcarolinebaptistchurch, led by Pastor @rpowell67, welcomes those who doubt to keep researching, to dig into whether or not life is futile w/ no eternal existence or if God does exist. Today was amazing + when the Gideon's Bible speaker said we are at a time now we are at the most "Biblically illiterate," I realized how much I was + still am. I didn't know a period of 400 yrs separated the Old + New Testament. I didn't realize scholars agree Jesus existed + died on a cross. What is debatable for some is whether or not Jesus performed miracles or was resurrected. I learn every time I read more + research more + I know how God shifted my perception just a short time ago. So today, I am going to church. Every Sunday I go.
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#faith #iam #ibelieve #God #Bible #blessed #doesGodexist #journal #journaling

Good morning. β˜€οΈπŸ™πŸΌβ˜•οΈ I committed to myself after @rpowell67's sermon Sunday at @fortcarolinebaptistchurch that I would not be quiet about how important God is to me. (Technically, its Facebook I'm quiet on, to be honest, so I will link this post there.) As Pastor Ricky stated so often during his Boulevard series this month, as Christians, we tend to act a little awkward or weird when spreading the Good Word, if we even talk about it at all. We're worried what they might think of us, or we'll be considered cheesy or weird. But Pastor Ricky said it best, "We have fear + expectation of rejection of speaking to others about Jesus because we have a lack of faith. Because it is not our job to save + to badger others. It is the Lord's job to open their hearts + we have to fight our own fears." After all, the pressure is not on me to save people, but to have faith that the Lord will do His job to open hearts + it is my job to open my mouth at the right time. Just bringing the subject up with family + friends on Facebook is scary, wondering how "weird" others might feel I am. But anyone who knows my story + what my journey has been like over the last couple of years, from fear to strong faith, finding comfort in what I read + learn + pray about, knows this was a crucial step for me in my life's journey. I'm fearful of being ridiculed or laughed about, but I have to say it: God has made me happy, secure, faithful to Him in all things, knowledge that there is some reason for each step in our paths we have to take, + we just don't know what it is yet because it's maybe not the right time for us to learn that lesson yet, to fully understand. So it might be considered cheesy, but I will ask that if you pray, #pray. If you don't believe, ask why. If you're satisfied w/ your answer, then you're satisfied. But if you're not, then take the time to find a church, or read a book, talk to a friend, or even hey (!!) try the Bible. Read the Book of John. Corinthians. Psalms. Or Proverbs. Start practicing the idea that it's possible. Start practicing faith.

πŸ™πŸΌπŸ°πŸ£It's an Easter egg hunt day today after an incredible sermon at @fortcarolinebaptistchurch from @rpowell67 We decided to wear our teal shirts and be "that" family πŸ˜‚ I love us. ❀ Such an incredible message today that I will share more today when I get home and can journal more. Prayer is SUCH a powerful weapon and speaking about my faith is something I just will not be afraid to share with others about the good Word and how God saved my life. Thank you, God, for another day ❀
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#DominicMyLove #dmlmiele #toddler #toddlers #toddlerlife #toddlerproblems #boymom #mom #momlife #momproblems #parenting #dad #dadlife #dadproblems #easteregghunt #faith #ibelieve #iam #300nat

Follow up appointments scare me. New kinds of appointments scare me. Not to be all TMI about everything (I feel like I know you all lol), but a couple of months ago, my period returned. It's a good thing because it means my body, two years later, is finally recovering from the havoc that chemo did to me (don't get me wrong, chemo also protected me from any random wandering bad cell). But for one brief shining week, I thought I might be able to have one more baby. Then the doctors reminded me that the type of cancer I had is extremely receptive to estrogen, so getting pregnant is "not a good idea." That destroyed me, for a little while a month ago. Well, I guess it still does.
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Anyway, I just got the results after a new type of test for me. A bone test to check for osteoporosis that can apparently also check for bone cancer so I was nervous. More like frightened beyond belief. Results were good, yet still surprising at my "young" age: it's osteopenia (milder version of osteoporosis) & apparently everything is okay. I have to have a couple of shots, then take calcium & vitamin D 2 x a day, then another shot in 6 months. It is all okay. Thank you, God.
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But it is all just freakin' scary. It never feels safe, you know? That devil gets in your head and does a number on you. I was sitting in the dressing room after the test and I felt discouraged, lonely, sad and terrified, and then I promise you, I PROMISE you that as I prayed, I was reminded to just stand the heck up and get up and out. The devil of doubt can go the f--- away from me because I truly believe that through God's power and grace, I will be okay. And by His mercy, I am.
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I'm jotting notes down in my beautiful Sojourner in Stag and reflecting that it will all be okay. No more babies, but I have my Dominic, my family and my friends and my God. Thank you, God, for another day. Amen.
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#300nat #journal #journaling #documentinglifeasithappens #sojournerbyretrowtures #travelersnotebook #plan #planner #planning #plannerlove #planneraddict #plannercommunity #write #art #create #cancer #breastcancer #chemo #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #leather #travel #traveler #travelgram #faith #ibelieve #blessed

So I did another video on YouTube. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/2kuRo3Z
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This is a much longer one, and it is a flip through of my journal from the end of December through January. It's in a Field Notes' notebook (love them!); it was such a fun experiment to journal in such a small size, especially in @retrowtures' Field Notes' Sojourner in the Stag leather, which I completely adore. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, and remember... I was a little nervous 😳
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Supplies:
- Sojourner in Field Notes' size, Stag leather by @retrowtures
- Field Notes @fieldnotesbrand - Dashboards by @tweetiepiecollage
- Distress Stains by @tim_holtz
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#journal #journaling #flipthrough #journalflip #travelersnotebook #sojournerbyretrowtures #documentinglifeasithappens #watercolor #watercoloring #write #create #tinytn #journallove #fieldnotes #notebook #timholtz #faith #youtube #leather #travel #traveling #traveler #traveller #travelgram #travelbug #breastcancer #300nat #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #plannerflipthrough

πŸ™πŸΌ "Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." Corrie Ten Boom ~and~ "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:27
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Thank you @exist2worship for hosting the group study on @joannaweaverbooks' "Having a Martha Heart in a Mary World," because I can get reminders like these quotes to #motivateme ❀
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β˜•οΈMy coffee tastes better when I drink it in this mug. It reminds me of a time 2 years ago when I headed to New York to attend BEA, or Book Expo America (@bookexpo), when it was just after my hair started to really grow back after I was done with chemo & radiation (thank you, God, that it is all in my rear view mirror, praise be to You), when I used to blog much more regularly. I stayed at this incredibly adorable inn, with retro-decorated rooms filled of old vintage Hollywood glamor photos & movie posters, ate wonderful breakfasts of coffee & bagels on their terrace, then spent the day touring New York, attending author events, meeting fellow bloggers, & more. Very good memories. I highly recommend @chelseapinesnyc for any NYC events! Staff is incredible, sweet & thoughtful & their rooms are so clean & cute! Church day today, so I am off to worship. May you all have a wonderful day filled with God's glory. Praise Him even in the hardest of times, because that is when He is speaking the loudest to you, solely so you can hear Him & find your way back to Him out of the darkness. He is always there in protection for you & always will bring you to good in His own time. Choose to remember the memories of good, never be controlled by the devil in your past. Amen.
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Supplies:
- Americana Sojourner traveler's notebook by @retrowtures ❀
- Muji notebook inserts
- Field Notes @fieldnotesbrand
- Pilot G2 gel pen in .5
- Church at 9:30 am at @fortcarolinebaptistchurch, the sermons are always fun, thoughtful and powerful by @rpowell67
- Coffee coffee coffee
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#journal #journaling #faith #prayerjournal #pray #prayer #warbinder #iam #ibelieve #motivation #motivationalquotes #quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #quoteoftheday #coffee #coffeetime #coffeelover #coffeeaddict #coffeegram #300nat

On this beautiful day in North Florida (which should soon be gray, cloudy, and windy; just the type of weather I like) I'm sitting on the patio working on my new side business projects in my Filofax Original, A5 size, nude color. I bought a laminator 2 months ago and I may be laminating everything lately...
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Anyway, last summer I visited the Grand Canyon. After a fairly spiritual moment gazing out from the Skywalk at God's beauty, I met one of the Hualapai Indian guides, a very grandfatherly man, who I spoke with about articles I read on the plane. He directed my gaze to a cliff in the distance, & how the formation & shading of it over time, created what looked like a silhouette of a young girl kissing her horse's nose. It was all incredible. I looked right at Elroy & said, "I was supposed to meet you today." I shared my #breastcancer story with him & he understood why I was so moved. You can see my story (and the Grand Canyon pics) at #300nat. I am thankful to God that it is all in my rear view mirror, but I still reflect on that day many, many times.
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I wish I had known more about the different kinds of traveler's notebooks & planners at that time, & ESPECIALLY how creative you all are, how inspiring you are to me! Today, Target was selling amazing file folders that I cut & laminated, so every time I opened this up, I'd be reminded of why I work hard. It is my goal to be amongst this beauty all the time, to have something like this for my son. I want to own land one day in a place like Montana, Wyoming. This moment last year was so breathtaking, so incredible, I even promised I would go camping. Me! (Conditional requirement: I can only camp in places that have beautiful mountains or the Grand Canyon, of course.)
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The bottom line is I cut the folder down to size and laminated it. I guess you could call it my vision board?
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#workworkwork #grancanyon #mountain #mountains #filofax #filofaxoriginal #filofaxaddict #filofaxa5 #plan #planneraddict #plannercommunity #planner #planning #travelersnotebook #pen #hobonichi #travel #traveler #traveller #traveling #travelgram #travelbug #motivation #motivate #motivateme

When you open your mind and your heart, it is amazing the "coincidences" that happen. But now, I don't view them as coincidences, I view them as God coming to me and showing me over and over again these moments that continue to prove His glorious grace and guidance.
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Yesterday, @retrowtures talked about @idiscipleapp and @johncmaxwell's video. One main principle he advised on was to continue to have that "teachable spirit." I loved it, it spoke to me, and it was a solid reminder, and I took so many notes down that my hand started to cramp. This morning, as the house still sleeps, I decided to open up @jesuscalling before church this morning and the first line in this new year is "come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed." I couldn't even read further for a little while, I just sat there, stunned at yet another moment that, 6 months ago, I would have viewed as mere chance. Now I look at these times as actual messages from the Holy Spirit. 2017 is the year I have been waiting for, for quite a long time. Good morning to you all, my Instagram family β€β˜•οΈ
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Supplies:
- Bible published by @thomasnelson
- Sojourner notebook in standard size, Rahab leather by @retrowtures
- Monkeys Fist bookmarks by @babette.marie
- @jesuscalling daily devotional
- @idiscipleapp and @johncmaxwell
- Field Notes notebook by @fieldnotesbrand
- coffee
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#journal #journaling #faith #iam #ibelieve #God #jesuscalling #dailydevotional #devotional #fieldnotes #fieldnotesbrand #travelersnotebook #midori #fauxdori #inspire #motivation #Bible #reading #sunrise #coffee #coffeetime #coffeeaddict #coffeelover #travel #traveling #traveler #traveller #travelgram #travelbug #300nat

β€πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ½ After a super-fun Christmas party with our friends at @shimshamroom in Jax Beach, you know I had to journal about it, right? Coordinating some other social media plans for friends of mine to get their businesses going and/or up and running is also a side hobby/passion of mine, and I am very behind, so while I Netflix binge watch Longmire and dream of owning property in the great and beautiful state of Wyoming and planning a trip to Ireland hopefully in 2017 to finally celebrate the last two years being in my rear view mirror, I'm in my @retrowtures Sojourner notebooks to get myself journaled and planned out through the rest of the year. Every day I feel closer to God, closer to my family and friends and not just happy, but sincerely JOYFUL. I am surrounded by amazing people and I've been reminded lately that they've always been there, that we've always connected and that with my husband/best friend and my incredible son by my side, I am complete. I have met and reconnected with such amazing people that I am overwhelmed. My cup runneth over. πŸ₯ƒ
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#journal #journaling #sojournerbyretrowtures #documentinglifeasithappens #jacksonvillefl #jacksonville #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #travelersnotebook #midori #fauxdori #leather #jaxbeach #blessed #faith #iam #ibelieve #plan #planning #planneraddict #planner #decemberdaily #travel #traveler #traveling #travelbug #travelgram #tinytn #300nat

πŸŽ…πŸΌ My hair is getting longer and my two years of fear and toxicity are in my rear view mirror. Fxck you, cancer! Here with my best friend in the universe and the love of my life 😍 What a wonderful night with my husband and our friends down at the Shim Sham Room in Jax Beach. Nicole makes incredible Old-Fashioneds! πŸ₯ƒ You guys are awesome, what an awesome annual Christmas party. I love you guys ❀
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#christmas #christmasparty #fxckcancer #cancercansuckit #cancer #breastcancer #byebyecancer #family #blessed #iam #ibelieve #faith #300nat #jaxbeach #jacksonville #jacksonvillebeach #jaxfl #jacksonvillefl #homesweetflorida #warbinder #God #spiritual #journal #journaling #write #create #florida #thankyouGod #300nat

So not only am I at a follow-up from my double mastectomy & reconstruction, w/ lab results because apparently I might be getting my period again (TMI? Yes, but I I was freaking out yesterday as it's been 2 years since the chemo & all. I learned it's no big deal, just will change cancer-preventative daily medicine) but I'm also here because a YOUNG gal I met a year ago who is freakin' awesome and has a daughter the same age as my son, was just diagnosed with breast cancer & had her double mastectomy today. So I sit & wait for a bit at hospital to see if she needs anything on the "day-after-surgery-recovery" & texts me. I feel like more & more women are being diagnosed. I honestly (naively) thought because I got it, I fulfilled the statistic that, "hey, guys, I took one for the team, I'm that one person you know who got it, now you won't get it because statistically speaking, you probably won't," right?
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But THINK..... I now personally know FIVE women who were diagnosed since I was. In TWO years. Is it a fluke or is it because of what we eat & put into our bodies? A lot of people laugh, "it doesn't matter what's in the food, worked for my parents," but no. Come ON. Let's THINK. Your parents didn't eat the same chemicals in food we eat. In order for the cow to grow bigger/faster to get to your table, companies have to produce faster. So they inject w/ hormones to double growth rates. Those hormones don't go away. We eat it. I'm no expert, just a rambling book & journaling nerd, but I want to feed my son food that doesn't have chemicals, but everywhere you turn, there's always 900 ingredients in it. That can't be healthy, right?
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Side note: If you have dense breast tissue, it doesn't matter how old you are to start getting a mammogram. If you have dense tissue, you actually need ULTRASOUNDS. Start NOW. How do you know if you have dense breast tissue? Talk w/ your OB/GYN & ask. Will people think you're overreacting or a hypochondriac? Yep. If so - WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK
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#breastcancer #reconstruction #chemo #cancer #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #300nat #journal #journaling #plan #planner #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling

πŸ‘ΆπŸ»β€πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ½His first time putting up the "M" sock monkey ornament that we have had for about five years and we couldn't wait for the one day when we had a baby so he could put it up. And now, our little guy is three years-old! He calls this ornament, "my favorite." 😁There is something in the air, this year most especially, that is making this all so much more fun! I never thought I'd be a Mommy to such a wonderful and sweet son and married to my best friend on the planet. ❀ We are ready for 2017! Let that other stuff that once scared us forever be in my rear view mirror!
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#DominicMyLove #dmlmiele #mielexmas2016jax #toddler #toddlers #toddlerlife #toddlerproblems #momlife #momproblems #boymom #parenting #lifeasamom #Christmas #faith #iam #blessed #ibelieve #300nat *12-17-16*

A new chapter in our life started this weekend. Friday we got a new car and I journaled about it. I absolutely love it and it is perfect for our family and toddler. Look at the beautiful shipping sticker that was still in the car when it arrived at the port. I love the Japanese writing and lettering on it, and I used it as a tip-in and journaled behind it. And while I do love this car, I miss my Kia Optima, who took me on every IVF appointment that helped me get pregnant with Dominic, it protected my husband through a serious car accident, and it also took me to and home from the hospital for three surgeries (a double mastectomy, chemo treatments and radiation treatments, and two reconstructions). (For anyone who has questions on the double mastectomy, DM me, I will gladly share with you everything from a patient's perspective). I felt bad leaving my "Optimus Prime" sitting in a cold and dark car dealership parking lot with no license tag on it. I'm very sentimental, so I'll have to do a separate journal write-up on it. But we are ready for this new chapter in our lives, and will never look back. (Side note: look at these beautiful notebooks from @retrowtures! The standard is in Rahab and the A6 is in Stag with a wraparound pocket. 😍)
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Supplies:
- Sojourner in standard size, Rahab leather by @retrowtures
- A6 Sojourner in Stag leather with a wraparound pocket (fits a @fieldnotesbrand notebook!)
- Midori notebook number 003
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#journal #journaling #create #travelersnotebook #mytn #leather #travel #traveling#traveler #travelgram #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bujo #plan #planning #plannercommunity #documentinglifeasithappens #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #coffeeaddict #cancer #breastcancer #chemo #radiation #doublemastectomy #300nat

Another beautiful night in North Florida. I love Jack🌞ville. Will be journaling about this special day later. Riding in our new car off into the sunset, never gonna look back. #ilovemyfamily
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#faith #iam #ibelieve #300nat #ilovejacksonville #iloveflorid #homesweetflorida #journal #journaling #write #create #sunset #sun #cloud #clouds #sky #florida #travel #traveling #travelgram #travelbug #traveler #grateful #gratitude #blessed

Today is a good day. #breastreconstruction part deux. This is how it should've been before. Last yr, I chose poorly. I'd been thru #chemo, #radiation, I lost my hair. Reconstruction was what I worked towards. It instead was the 2nd most depressing time.
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I decided to go MUCH smaller, & opt for tear-drop shaped implants. The "bookshelf" on my chest is GONE. Last week a sweatshirt made me feel hulkish; this week, I am the old me. It has saved me emotionally. Thank you, God. πŸ™πŸΌ
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Disclaimer - this is my experience.
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My advice: do not look at it like I did & think it's a chance to get "the" boob job. Reality: it's "reconstruction." Go close to your natural size; if you go big, don't go too big. Research between tear-drop vs. round. W/out breast tissue, big & round was the wrong choice. Breast tissue gives you a natural look; w/out it, it looks painful skin stretched. It's not comfortable.
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#300nat #breastcancer #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #cancer #reconstruction #surgery #boobjob #pray #prayer #journal #journaling #sojournerbyretrowtures #travelersnotebook #tn #midori #midoritravelersnotebook #leather #travel #deardiary #documentinglifeasithappens #mylife #myjourney #thankyouGod #doublemastectomy

Surgery day. Oddly enough, I wasn't that nervous until right. about. now. Waiting to be called back. Thankful to God for all my blessings and that all the bad stuff is in my rear view mirror. Thank you, God, for my best friend/husband and my wonderful and beautiful and funny and smart son, my supportive family and friends, my work and my work family and my life. See you guys soon. Psalm 34.
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#300nat #surgery #breastcancer #cancercansuckit #fxckcancer #noonefightsalone #breastreconstruction #becauseihavefaithcharlie #blessed #faith #iM #ibelieve #God #Catholic #psalm34

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