Monday, March 5, 2012

An Ellen Update

The three of us at the TAP-stravaganza!
I wrote a letter to my very dear friend Ellen about how badly it sucks that she must now beat breast cancer like rented mule. But she can totally do it.

First of all - THANK YOU. Thank you for your prayers and support and love and best wishes. I felt them and I know her family did too.

I thought you might want to know how she's doing. She came through surgery really well. Here's some more good news - her lymph nodes are clear - no cancer. For those of you who've been through this, you know what good news that is. Kate actually cried with relief when she found. CRIED. That should tell you how much we love her because, come on - Kate doesn't cry.

One of the comments on the letter to Ellen was from Von, who knew exactly who Ellen was from all the posts here on Mommyland where she has been the star. I thought I'd try to put them all in one place so you could read about her greatness. I've probably forgotten a few, so please just remind if you remember one that I didn't include.

And of course, if you want to keep tabs on her directly, here's the link to her blog.

#1: The Story About The Big Dead Bird
(Where Ellen is brave but also throws up in her mouth)

#2: The One Where Ellen De-Craps My House
(And basically lifts couches all by herself)

#3: The T-Box Taste Test
(Where Ellen was the ONLY one who stayed sober and the rest of us got falling down drunk)

#4: When We Threw A Kids Party Together
(And it was awesome but a total cluster)

#5: When I almost Got Killed Renting a Bouncy House
(And Ellen laughed her ass off at my expense)

#6: Chatting in the Cul-de-Sac
(And Ellen dropping a now classic TWSS)

#7: When She Advised me About Going on Live TV
(And sadly, she was so right)

#8: Our Kids Play Toilet Tag
(And kick each other in the throat, ok - MY KIDS, but she was there)

#9: When Ellen Gave me Pajama Jeans
(and then took about a hundred pictures of my ass)

#10: My weepy Letter
(where I mention her moving away and how much I love her)

#11: Where I Beg You All To Pray for Her
(because we need her to be healthy and live to be an old lady, so we can be old lady friends)

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  1. This was SO awesome! I'm so glad to hear Ellen is doing well. And this trip down memory lane went beautifully with my coffee this morning!

  2. Prayers for your friend. I know all too many young women, in real life and online, that are cancer warriors. Shining examples of bravery, all of them. I just wish they didn't have to be.

  3. Lydia & Kate, hearing about your friend Ellen has hit very close to home for me. I just lost my dear friend a few weeks ago. She spent almost 6 years beating cancer. During that time, she was so brave! Her treatments were intense, but she fought like a warrior and stayed so strong for her 3 children.

    I don't want to be a big storm cloud; I remember too well how upset I'd get when people would talk about losing loved ones to cancer when all I wanted to hear were success stories. I will pray for Ellen and her family. In the meantime, love her, dote on her, make more precious memories. Cancer is a son of a bit$h.

  4. I was extremely glad for the update on Ellen! I will definitely keep praying for her and her family. My friend recently overcame breast cancer and I have been awed by her strength and the strength of all breast cancer fighters!

  5. Yay for the update! Even YAYER for cancer free lymph nodes!! A good friend of mine got diagnosed at age 26 last year, and had a double masectomy, 2 rounds of chemo, radiation therapy, and just got her reconstruction on March 1st. It is a long tough battle but Ellen can pull through, hopefully with the knowledge that she has lots of fans praying and pulling for her! Good luck girl!!

  6. Dear Anonymous Friend of Ellen & Her Husband,

    I'm so sorry I haven't moderated your comments. Can you message me privately at





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