Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Thursday, March 05, 2009


I thought I had updated this blog. But apparently not. Medically speaking I am not doing that well. I am getting weaker and it's harder for me to walk.

They are going to do the Blood Brain Brain barrier disruption next week I think. This should allow the chemo to get to the brain. They also think it might have gone to the bones.



At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari....It brings tears to my eyes knowing that you are going through this. Know that I love you dearly.

Love, Dana

At 9:55 AM, Blogger jkhenson said...

Still sending you love, prayers, hugs... Really thinking about you.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This news breaks my heart. You have been such a rock. Keep fighting and keep praying. So many people are asking God for a miracle for you. I wish I could do something to help. Please know that my thoughts are consumed with you and your family and the struggles you are all facing.
In love and prayer,

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari - I truly don't know anyone who has fought this harder - medically , emotionally, physically and mentally. Please rest and know that you inspire so many people to not take life/ health for granted. Know that you inspire people to live WELL. I have been thinking of you everyday - even though we have never met...I am sure there are so many people like that out there for you!
Julia - Dana's friend

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous funkyhammer said...

**Cyber Hugs!!!***

Prayin' more for 'ya!

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although this news is beyond devastating, know that we continue to pray for you to be healed completely from this cancer.
Bernice Adair

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be strong in the word of Jesus and know that you have the thoughts & prayers of people out there who have never met you.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger C said...

We are so sorry to hear about this most recent medical development. Sending you lots of prayers for healing.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Jaye said...

God is still the Healer, no matter what the doctors, our five senses or our feelings tell us! I will continue praying for you and believing in God's promises for healing!!!

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" III John 2

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Fantastic Four said...

Oh Cari... I have been thinking of you daily! I had a long talk with your mom this morning and I could not hold back the tears! We are praying for you and your family during this time...Please let us know if there is anything you need from us!!!

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers and we are sending you strength. Stay the same strong warrior that you have been throughout this battle. And lavish your babies with hugs and kisses and words of love - they will give you immeasurable strength to carry on.
Much love,
Dana in Canada

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

It just brings me to tears reading this. Cancer is SO ugly!!!

Cari, you are such a fighter! I will continue to pray for you. Please let me know what I can do to help you, Melvin, and the kids during this time. I pray that you can all feel His loving arms around you.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari sorry to hear of more health troubles. Cancer sucks!!! I hope the Doctors our keeping your pain down. I pray for peace for you and your family. God has a plan and we all hope it is to be healed but if not i hope for you to not be in pain and your family to know you are in Gods hands. Bless you all.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

Cari, I haven't left a comment for awhile, since I am a stranger to you. But, I just want you to know that not a day has gone by where I have not thought of you and prayed for you. I am so sorry for everything that you have gone through and cannot understand it...my continued prayers for complete healing and peace for you and your whole family.


At 6:29 PM, Blogger Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I just found your blog and so glad I did. You are now on my prayer list, girl! God will do great things in and through you, I just know it! I'm walking the breast cancer road, too, so I truly know!!! Cora

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Stacey Opsahl said...

my prayers are with you and your family, you are such an inspiration to anyone who has the pleasure to read your blog, you make me laugh, cry and praise the lord sometimes all at once..bless you sister in christ, may you have peace in your heart and know that you my dear are loved and admired by those whom you have yet to meet.......Go God and Go Cari!!!!

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kari,
So sorry to read your latest update and know that you have been suffering. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Will continue to pray for God's healing of your body and for comfort and strength for your entire family. The photos of your kids always bring a smile to my face. Keep holding on to HOPE!! We have HOPE because of what Christ did for each one of us!
I'll keep praying, you keep fighting!
Donna Termont (Sarah's MOM)

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


There are people praying for you back here in NJ. I'm putting your name on our church's prayer list tonight. We're sending love and hugs out to you and the family.

In Him,
Lisa DeMarco

At 10:29 PM, Blogger KC said...

Cari, I will continue to pray for you. You are amazing. Hugs to you and the whole fam.

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for all of your suffering right now. We just can't imagine what you and your beautiful family are going through as you face the decisions and challenges of each day. We pray for wisdom, peace, and rest for all of you in the middle of this storm.

Lisa and Jason Como

At 5:44 AM, Blogger cindy said...

We "met" one day while I was at work. Such a boring day for me until I stumbled upon your blog.
It was right after Ella was born.

I laughed with you about the funny things the kids had been doing on that certain day. I felt for you when there were days when you didn't have time for a shower, or if you took one, you didn't know what destruction would have taken place by the time you were finished.

I cheered for you when you got to go out with your friends for an evening.

I was excited when you thought you were going to back to teaching. I wish my children had experienced your teaching style. Your enthusiasm for teaching and kids just beamed from you.

I loved the way the words just flew off your tongue and onto the pages of your blog.

I was inspired by your bravery when you found out you had breast cancer. You refused to give into fear.

I was encouraged by your being so very upbeat about what testing or surgery you would be facing in the future. You kept our fear for you at bay. What an incredible woman you are!

And I have cried for you many, many times as you have experience this dreadful journey of cancer.

What a friend you are to me.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger LH said...

I'm sending you good thoughts and much love today and every day, Miss Cari. Thank you for keeping us posted. You inspire me.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Melinda said...

Cari, I pray for you everyday...actually several times a day! I am so moved by your beautiful strength, so keep fighting and put your trust in God. Many, many blessings to you a thousand times over.
Melinda (Andrea's sister-in-law)

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Marta Gilbert said...


Thinking of you and your family every day.

Hoping for brighter days ahead.


At 5:20 PM, Blogger Ms.L said...

I think about you every day and imagine you living happy and well.
I will continue to do so!! XOXOXxO

At 8:05 AM, Blogger cg said...

Cari, we are praying, believing and fearing with you. Update when you can. May you be carried in the palm of Gods hands

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari: I am so sorry to hear that you are not doing well at this time. But I beleive in prayer, and I know you're a child of God, and He will heal you! All my love, Auntie Nita

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Caro said...


You are in my thoughts.


At 8:47 PM, Blogger Beth said...


We think of you and pray for you daily. We hope for better times ahead for you and your family. Keep fighting! Miracles do happen.

Beth and Bill Stratton

At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Lisa Como said...

I saw you in church on Sunday and was filled with admiration for your determination to be there. You may not feel like it right now, but you are just about the most beautiful human being on the face of this planet. There is something unbelievably beautiful that pours out of you, no matter how much hair you have or how well you can manage to walk.

We are heartbroken for all of the suffering you and your family are facing right now.

God bless you, God be with you, and may God wipe away all of your tears.

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cari... Stay strong in your faith and know that you have so many people praying for you and your family.

Sandi H

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Paula said...

I just want you to know that you never leave my thoughts, and that you will never, ever leave my prayers. In good news, or in challenging times, you have stood true to the Word and carried onward with a strength that could move a mountain. You are an amazing 'you', and as complete of a person as one could hope to be. And, yes, I know how you feel about being called 'amazing', but believe it!! Your friends know it and surely your family lives it with you. You didn't need a cancer diagnosis to be held in high esteem, I knew you were confident and 'cool' the minute we started chatting at the swingset in the backyard! Keep up the strength and continue to be the greatest 'teacher' one could hope to encounter.
With love and blessings, Paula R.

At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hopeful that your procedures/medical interventions are going well. May you, Melvin, your children and your parents remain strong and full of life and hope. You are in the hearts and prayers of the entire universe, it seems, and you deserve to be.
Cousin Debbie

At 3:12 PM, Blogger mi said...

I am thinking of you and your family during this challenging time. I hope the medical interventions are affective, and that you find peace and comfort in each day.


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