Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!

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Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!These past couple of months have been tough, really tough.  My tenacious spirit has been stretched beyond limits.  I've been knocked down, defeated, and even depressed at times (which is just not me).  And while I wouldn't invite such troubles into my life, they've managed to slip through an open door without my consent.  My human frailty has risen to the top like cream and it's spilling over into every area of my life.   

Last week, I was on needles and pins.  After my biopsy, it was time to drive back from CA to Oregon for a quiet reprieve.  I've always found comfort in familiarity.  My surroundings provide a sense of peace, and my cushy bed and pillow offer a cozy resting place too.  Southern Oregon has become my retreat and I feel blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest.   

When I arrived home, I had a hankering (I love that word) to visit my favorite boutique in Medford Oregon called Prism.  Not so much for the shopping, but for the friendship exchanged with the gals who work there.  We know each other by name and we've shared a common bond of friendship over the years.  When I walked in the door, they said... 'Mel, where have you been?'  We shared stories and through laughter and small talk, I began to unwind from my 10-hour drive from Cali. 

Then, a young gal entered the store.  She was immediately greeted with the same question... 'Where have you been?'  I knew instantly that she was a regular too.  I eavesdropped a little as she told an all too familiar story...  She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she just had a radical mastectomy of both breasts.  She said, 'I'm 38 years old and I'm lucky to be alive.'        

I was so touched by her story and her beaming spirit, that I walked up to her and said, 'I don't know you, but I'd like to give you a hug!'  She turned around and embraced me as if I were family and said thank you!  I told her how impressed I was with her courage and positive attitude and that I would be praying for her as she continued to go through the grueling process of reconstruction.  Then her parting words really kicked things up a notch.  She said she's become a cancer survivor warrior and she's in the process of getting a t-shirt that says... Yes They're Fake... My Real Ones Tried to Kill Me!   We laughed hysterically! 

Human frailty has a funny way of stretching us beyond our limits and teaching us how to relate to others in the midst of crisis.  Hugs and laughter can go a long way in healing the mind, body and spirit.  Perhaps that was my needles and pins lesson.  Today, my Doctor called and said my tumors are benign.  I'm feeling pretty damn lucky too!

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Rainmaker
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
Real Estate Cafe LLC

If this post inspires even one person... mission accomplished... Larry!

Oh Gail... my heart is heavy for you and your hubby. Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst to fight... I know, my assistant's husband is battling the same disease and is in ICU even as I write this. Words are simply not enough to comfort those dealing with such grief and pain. Bless you for being there for your husband. And you're absolutely right... there's nothing more precious than the love we have for one another... nothing else matters!

A blessing indeed... Adrian!

Your words speak volumes... Richard.  Our God is a God of second chances... (third, fourth, fifth... you get the picture).  Everyone of us has an opportunity to fully embrace challenges and seek to understand the lesson that is meant for us in each situation.  I've had soooo many lessons along the way and I'm incredibly grateful to still be here to share them with loved ones and friends.  Thank you for stopping by today!

Lorraine & Lorreta ~ Some of us may never fully know what it is like to walk in another's shoes... but we can certainly love them with all of our heart and show them that we care.  Thank you for sharing your friend's story!

It's not great... Alan, but it was certainly fun!  And today, my family surprised me with a special delivery... all the way from Beverly Hills... more yumm!

Virginia ~ Google the title of this post and you will find several online vendors who sell the shirt!

I'm a huge sucker for Happy Endings... Robert!

Sandy ~ It was the least I could do... hugs are totally free!

Sounds like you've been there... Mary!  The 'B' word stands for Blessing!

Thanks Kristin... this girl could have moved mountains with her faith!

March 27, 2012 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
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David O'Doherty
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC
Hometowne Realty Clayton East

Mel, all the best, great line, I hope I don't see too many shirts like that! Cancer is a curse! I know so many people fighting it none more so than my Mom, her third battle with it.

March 27, 2012 12:26 PM
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Bryan Robertson
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I'm very glad the prognosis is benign and that you don't have to go the difficult route of mastectomy.  I think your attitude is incredibly positive and you're an inspiration for any woman dealing with the issue.  Stay strong!

March 27, 2012 12:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty

~I lost dear friends and family to cancer, it affects all....Remember one foot after the other is the only way to walk..

I would just add, focus on the positive stuff, if you look hard enough positive is right around the corner!

 

@ don't forget you're great!

March 27, 2012 01:03 PM
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Debbie Nachman

Melinda,

I saw on your blog that the tumors are benign! Awesome and thank God! I just love your spirit through all of this .....you are seriously one kick ass kind of woman.

All the best and look forward to seeing you soon

Debbie

March 27, 2012 01:53 PM
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Debb Janes
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The Carl Group, LLC

Hey sweetie, I am so relieved to hear the news. You KNOW you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Hurray.

Isn't the human spirt awesome - I love that woman's attitude - and her t-shirt.

We just had a scare with my daughter - emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst - non cancerous. And most recently, she was back the ER with a complication.  Yikes, all is fine now.

It makes me so grateful when everyone I love is happy and healthy. ( And that goes for you too!)

March 27, 2012 02:55 PM
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Real Estate Cafe LLC

Thanks Alexandra!  I'm almost at a loss for words too for all of the kind and tender thoughts expressed here.

Those catchy titles have a way of reeling ya in... Bill ;)

I hear ya Dave... the 'C' word should be registered as a naughty word!

Too cute Bryan... I don't expect to acquire anything fake in the near future ;)

I don't have to look to far Jon... there's beauty all around me... and sometimes I forget!  ;)))

Hey my cool chicky friend (Debbie)... I'm so glad you're watching over me!  Thanks for the kick ass kudos... you know I luv ya!

Hey Deb ~ I'm so glad you got to visit Alaska... looked absolutely beautiful!  Things are good on the home-front and I'm on the mend.  Wow... about your daughter.  I hope she's okay!  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers... can't wait to see you girls. 

March 27, 2012 08:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Napa Valley's Broker Extraordinaire in Yountville
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, Yountville Napa Valley

Mel

Just checking in to see how you are doing and something to help cheer you up, cvc

from Steve Peters in an earlier AR post

The Husband Store
A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City , where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs. She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids. 'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.' So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking. 'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework. 'Oh, mercy me!' she ex claims, 'I can hardly stand it!' Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak. She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

PLEASE NOTE: To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex, have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

 

March 28, 2012 12:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
Real Estate Cafe LLC

OMG... Curtis... that was hilarious and made laugh out loud!  Thanks for stopping by to check in on me... I'm feeling better ;)))

March 28, 2012 12:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Eric Michael
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

Mel, I'm happy that you're diagnosis came back the way it did. I'm also really happy that you "get it." People are strange beings and you're one of the special ones!

March 28, 2012 07:08 PM
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
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Oh my Gawd, Mel,I just got goosebumps!!  What FABULOUS NEWS!!  I'm so glad you got featured (and not just for your boobs!)

Ha! Love ya, missy--okay we HAVE to dish on the phone, SOOOOOOONNNNN, (put down those celebratory cupcakes).

 

March 28, 2012 07:56 PM
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Larry Lawfer
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YourStories Realty Group

Great story Mel.  My mom survived breast cancer and colon cancer twice over a period of 12 years. What killed her was the liver cancer because she couldn't adjust to being a survivor rather than a victim.  She drank to numb the fear rather than facing it.  Your survivor story exemplifies how we should feel when we overcome adversity, but it also shows that we are human and we can control how we feel about what life shares with us.  Thank you for your stories Mel.

March 29, 2012 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Napa Valley's Broker Extraordinaire in Yountville
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, Yountville Napa Valley

Mel

That's great news, here is another wish, cheers cvc

March 29, 2012 11:52 AM
Rainmaker
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
Real Estate Cafe LLC

Thanks Eric!  I do 'get' it... regarding your post... I've learned not to expend too much energy on people who piss in your cheerios... it's just not worth it.  I enjoyed your post and hope you're having a better week!

My cupcake days are over for now Gayle... I'm doing a macrobiotic diet and no sugar for awhile.  We'll see how long I can resist chocolate ;)  Let's chat soon!

Oh Larry, that is a heart-breaking story about your Mom.  My mother suffered from MS for most of my life and she died too young (55), but she provided me with the best lessons in being a 'survivor' and I cherish them everyday!  I wish I could tell her how much I learned from her... maybe one day ;)))

Ahhh, thanks Curtis.  It's sunshine and rainbows from here on out ;)

March 31, 2012 09:15 PM
Rainer
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Peter Michelbach
i Sell Real Estate

Mel ~~~

I spurted quickly to my German - English dictionary to check 100 % on the world benign...such heart touching news, happy ending, the world and beyond  is yours! You crossed the Rubicon!!! Be well.

April 01, 2012 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
Real Estate Cafe LLC

Peter ~ Benign... also means Blessing... in the Mel Peterson dictionary ;)

Thanks for stopping by John... I'm glad you enjoyed the story ;)

April 02, 2012 03:49 PM
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John Fauth
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Coldwell Banker King Thompson

The power of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me. Strength can come from the most unexpected places. This was a great story and I would have never guessed the true story behind the title.  Uplifting to say the least.

April 02, 2012 03:50 PM
Anonymous
Jennifer Burgett

My friend is fixing to have a double mastectomy and she has found inspriration in the shirt "You're damn right their fake......The real ones tried to kill me" I must get her one. Please tell me how.

Thank You,

Jennifer Burgett

January 15, 2013 05:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.

We had an agent in our office with breast cancer and I have a dear friend that just suffered a double mastectomy.  This was a great post

March 03, 2014 07:16 PM
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Dawn A Fabiszak
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado

Mel ~ I have seen these t-shirts and read a story similar to this one.  True grit!

March 03, 2014 09:09 PM
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