Welcome & Thank You for Visiting

Welcome & Thank You for Visiting

On August 16th, 2011, three days before her 44th birthday, Connie was diagnosed with "Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Grade 3". In other words, breast cancer.

Battling cancer, no matter what form, is a difficult and frightening time for both those with the disease and their loved ones. Having strong moral support is important for everyone involved.

As the reality sinks in and we adjust to the new landscape, we realize we can't do this alone. We're reaching out to ask you for your moral support as Connie prepares to do battle with breast cancer.

Through this blog, we'll post updates on Connie's progress and offer a place for you to send words of encouragement and messages of support.

The burden of added medical expenses on top of day-to-day living expenses is mountainous. As a family, we're doing everything we can, but still it isn't enough. We're calling all angels who might consider donating to a fund for Connie and her family to relieve some of the stress so that Connie can concentrate on her recovery and get back to doing what she does best as loving mother, partner, sister, caregiver and friend.

Friday, September 23, 2011

MRI Results

Hi Everybody,

Connie got the MRI results yesterday. The MRI showed another tumor in the same breast and more DCIS (small suspicious spots found in the periphery). Connie and her physician agreed that a mastectomy should be the next step. She could have opted for another lumpectomy but that wouldn't guarantee that the DCIS wouldn't become tumors at some future point. If I'm away when the date for her second surgery is determined, I'll make sure someone else posts an update. Chemotherapy will follow surgery after a few weeks of recovery.

Thank you to all of you who have shown your support through words of encouragement and monetary donations. Connie and her family's financial situation will depend on newly found sources of income that we investigate and seek out daily. A fund raiser will be a priority come mid October. If you can offer experience in fund raising we can use your help. We can't do this alone and will need a team of angels to help organize an event of some magnitude. If you're able to make a donation, in any amount whatsoever, or perhaps donate from proceeds of your own fundraiser on Connie's behalf, we would be forever grateful. If you'd like additional information that could help with any fundraising effort, send me an email at ktlandes@yahoo.com and I'll provide you with any information I can. I'm out of town Sept 27-Oct 8 but will respond as soon as I possibly can. Thank you, thank you...

With love and deep appreciation for your kindess and support,


  1. Dear Connie!
    You are not alone! The fingers are crossed also in Slovenia! Be brave! Hugs!

  2. Kelly ~

    My thoughts are with you all. This is a battle that most of us can unfortunately relate to (my dad, my husband's mom and our good friend Missy are all battling cancer as well). Be strong and stay positive. :) Here is an idea for you..

    We started a meal delivery for our friend battling breast cancer ~ Missy Lockman. They have three small boys and we knew that the daily meals might be hard to prepare with all the appointments and treatments (not to mention the financial burden). Plus, they were so emotionally drained.

    We called it "Team Missy" and had everyone we knew sign up and made up a calendar to keep track of it all. Each person delivered their meals around the same time each day..3 days each week for almost 9 months! Everyone wanted to do more and more meals! Missy and her family made a master list of ideas for meals and likes/dislikes their family had. It worked out great. They had so much food their freezer/fridge were full and had to borrow freezer space!

    We also started a donation account at our local bank where people and/or businesses could donate money directly to the family (anonymously if they wanted). Some people wanted to help but weren't big in the kitchen. This gave them the opportunity to pay various bills or take a quiet night out for themselves and get a babysitter. Whatever they needed.

    Hope this idea helps..I know the Lockmans really loved and appreciated it.

    Thinking of you all.