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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Family Life

So...warning...this might be kind of a downer of a post.

A few weeks ago I alluded to some tragic news that my family received that I would share with you guys another time.

Basically, the week before Thanksgiving my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which we were told is terminal.

me, dad, and brother at stanford hospital

While I'm not bumming out as I write this, it's still a heavy topic.  My intention in writing this is not to bum you out, but simply to let you know what's been happening because I haven't known how to write in more detail about my days and things like my trips back to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving and Christmas without mentioning it.  But it never felt right to bust out with such heavy news for the first time in a daily outfit post, you know?  To me, news like this deserves its own space.

We were told that while chemo wouldn't rid my dad of cancer, it could prolong his life maybe up to another year.  I'll be traveling back home to the Bay Area to see my dad as much as I can this year because we have no idea how long he really has left.

I will say that it was strange to receive the news so close to major holidays.  All of a sudden we had to switch into this weird mode of, "This could be Dad's last Thanksgiving and last Christmas."  Not to mention his birthday immediately followed those holidays in early January...so it was all that AND "...it could also be his last birthday."  Talk about getting smacked by a ton of bricks.

To make matters harder and more complicated, I have three very young half siblings from my dad, ages 11, 5, and 3.  Losing a parent at any time is difficult, but losing your parent at 30 years old is much different than when you're only 3 years old.  Ugh.  It's tragic, is it not?  (Sorry, I told you this might be a downer of a post.)

I've spent the last couple of months processing the reality of the news, and at least for now it has settled in and we're taking it one day at a time.  I mean, what else can you do but hope and pray for the best, pursue whatever treatments you can, and cherish each day you have left?

Obviously it sucks, but if I've learned anything in my short 30 years it is that even the crappiest of all crappy circumstances can give life to healing, redemption, reconciliation, and restoration in ways you thought you could only dream of.  There's a lot of other craziness in my family's history that I won't get into, (though you can imagine...3 little half siblings?  Hello!) but already I have begun to see life come to other places and some reconciliation of relationships in the midst of this.  That's not to make light of my dad's health by any means, but it's just to say that it has been a welcome breath of hope to see some semblance of color and goodness among a lot of grey and black.

Of course your prayers for my dad would be more than appreciated!

126 comments:

  1. GalileosDaughterSunday, January 19, 2014

    Best wishes for you and your family.

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  2. Oh Audrey, this makes me so sad to hear! I've been a faithful reader of yours for some time now and this news just breaks my heart. You and your family will certainly be in my prayers at this time. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory..." Eph3:20

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  3. So sorry to hear this. You dad and family will be in my prayers.

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  4. So sorry, Audrey. Grateful you are able to see him often, and hoping for best possible outcome

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  5. I will definitely be praying for you, your father, and the rest of your family. Health is a precarious thing, and we tend to take it for granted. But like you stated very nicely, ill health can also help bond people and relieve them of odd/old grievances. I'm sure you've heard it already and it sounds a little cliche, but cherish every single moment you share with your father and every word passed between yourselves. Create some inside jokes, hold his hand when you know he's in pain, and smile for him often so the sadness doesn't creep in. Love is strong!

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  6. Audrey, I'm so sorry to hear this news.

    My mother in law also has lung cancer and was told two years ago that she was unlikely to live to see her 60th wedding anniversary...well it has been 18 months since then and she's still doing well. You never really know as they can surprise you with how they can fight it. I will keep your dad in my thoughts, and you too.

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  7. Prayers! I understand what a difficult time this is - my dad passed away unexpectedly the day after Thanksgiving and we had no warning... He was only 55 and was suddenly gone! I'm still not sure if I think it was better this way or if it would have been nice to have a chance to say good bye - either way is bad, you know? But good has definitely come from it, as you said, especially with family relationships. I hope you all are able to find peace during your father's last days.

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  8. With you and your family there, I'm sure your father will not go gentle into that good night alone. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Audrey.

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  9. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  10. So very sorry to hear this news. This hit very close to home as I just lost my grandfather today. While he had been sick for a while and it was expected, it is still very sad. You have the right attitude to spend as much time with him as you can. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Tracy

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  11. So sorry about your news. I appreciate you sharing this part of your life with us so we can all help you along with our positive messages.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear this Audrey :(

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear this, and I know it's hard to go through. Best wishes for your and your family.

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I cried as I read your post because I lost my dad 2 years ago to a sudden heart attack. I didn't get the opportunity to say goodbye, which was heart breaking. While this is the most difficult thing we all have to go through in life, losing a parent, you have been blessed with the opportunity to make the most of your time with your dad now.Thank you for having the courage to share with your readers and allowing us to be a part of your healing and your strength {{sending hugs, love and prayers}}

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  15. I can totally relate. I'm tell you all this not to bum you out but to encourage you.

    First, I want to say that my Diddy (I have called him that since I was a little girl way before P. Diddy) was a born again Christian. He became a Christian a 6 months after my older sister died in 1999 at age 38 from Breast Cancer. As you know, being a Christian, comfort is found in this. It does not make the pain and hurt go away but it does bring you some peace and comfort. Although I'm 47, I know how it is to lose a parent. My father passed away at age 74, on May 29, 2013 from melothesioma. There was nothing he could do. We found out about it in 2011 but it did not get bad until around April. He walked with my husband every morning at his church. He would pick my husband up but one morning he called and said he could not drive. Troy said that he would come by and pick him up but my Diddy told him that he could not even walk a little bit anymore. It was downhill from there.

    I miss him every single day. I would call and talk to him on the phone as I drove to work. I miss those talks. There are so many things I miss but I am thankful beyond measure that he left an imprint on this world with may people. His funeral was more of a celebration. There were so many laughter through tears. I say this to let you know that sharing does make you feel better. Keep yourself surrounded by people who love and support you. Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Give in to it. Don't let others dictate to you how you should feel. That's my advice because there were times that I kept it inside but it made it worse. People would constantly giving me Christian platitudes but that is not what I needed.

    From experience, I can tell you that your Dad wants to see you live your life every day. He wants to see you happy. He wants to see you realize your dreams. That is what will bring him joy. That is what will sustain him. That is what will allow him to smile. I said a prayer for you.

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  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  17. So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  18. Katrina BradshawSunday, January 19, 2014

    My heart goes out to you and your family. You all are in my prayers.

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  19. Definitely praying for you guys :)

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  20. I am so sorry. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. Your father, you, and your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  21. I've never commented before, but I just wanted to say that my heart goes out to you. I lost my stepfather several years ago to stage 4 lung cancer. Learning about his diagnosis was such a surreal experience; it was so difficult to wrap my head around it. I hope your father's chemo will give much more time to spend with you and the rest of your family.

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  22. I've been reading your blog for a while but have never commented. I felt drawn to comment today because this post hits so close to home. First of all, I am so sorry to hear your news. I lost my father 3 years ago this month to stage 4 lung cancer. All I can say is cherish this time that you have with him. Let your family and friends be your strength during this time. It's a very difficult thing to go through, but knowing that you have family, friends (and readers) sending you positive thoughts will help you and your family get through this time. Thoughts and prayers from NY!

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  23. I've also been reading your blog for some time, and never commented. Like others, your post hits close to home, and I wish you and your family warmth, love, and togetherness during this time.

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  24. So sorry to hear this news...my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. x

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear this, Audrey. Prayers and love to you and your family.

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear this! You'll be in my prayers.

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  27. Thank you for sharing the sad news. Think of us online supporters as your extended family. We care about you and the people and things that YOU care about. Prayers for you and your family.

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  28. I'm really sorry to hear you're dealing with this. My mom has been in and out of the hospital for the some time now and it's been a struggle for me. I pray for miracles, healing, and peace for you!


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  29. I'm so sorry to hear that ! My prayers are for you and your family. Sending some love from Canada !

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  30. I unfortunately know exactly what you're feeling. :( I am at the end of this road with my loved one. She has just gone into hospice and this last week has been filled with more emotions than a season of the real housewives. Praying for you!

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  31. Sending a hug and prayers for your dad and your family.

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  32. Definitely praying for you and your family. Thanks for being willing to share with us even though a fashion blog doesn't seem like the best place to do that. I had to stumble my way through that last year as my boyfriend battled cancer. It's a tricky place for a fashion blogger to start talking about intimate details of life but I can share from experience that the blogging community is fantastic and I hope you are met with the same encouragement and love I received!

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  33. Praying already. I'm so sorry you all are having to go through this. May the Lord's closeness feel very real to you through this season.

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  34. Sending you lots and lots of peaceful, healing energy.

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  35. So sorry you're going through this. I lost my Dad this past November 25th, just a few days before Thanksgiving. He was feeling lousy and went into the hospital 10 days prior. He had pneumonia, and it took him pretty quickly. Spend the time with your Dad, listen to him carefully, hold his hand. Every minute is precious.

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  36. Praying for your father and your family! Please keep us updated on how he is (and you are) doing.

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  37. I have been where you are. Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

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  38. Audrey, Thank you for sharing. I know that this is very personal news, but cancer affects a lot of families, mine included. Know that you are not alone and that you and your family will be in our prayers! Hugs & much love <3

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  39. I know this is really personal and painful, so thank you for sharing with us. I will be praying for your dad and your entire family. This is a tough time for all.

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  40. Thank you so much for opening up to us about what has been going on in your life. I cannot imagine how hard it must be for you and your family right now, and I admire your positive perspective and attitude toward the situation. You will be in my prayers!

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  41. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family.

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  42. Well done. I have to say that you did a great job addressing this in a sensitive and mature way. There are Big Serious Blog Writers out there who wouldn't have handled this with half your class and finesse.

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  43. Thank you for your genuine post. We love and support you. Just know God makes no mistakes and even though it may not makes sense to us at times his plan has a purpose. I will pray for you.

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  44. Wow, Audrey, I'm SO sorry to hear this. But it seems like you and your dad have a lot of support, which is just as important as the medicine. Make the most of every moment. *hugs* for you and prayers for your dad.

    -AJ

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  45. My prayers go out for you and your family.

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  46. I'm so sorry to hear that, Audrey. You bring so much sunshine into our lives, hopefully we can give you some back in this troubled time. Sending you and your family lots of love from Chicagoland~

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  47. I'm so sorry, Audrey. Sending good thoughts your way.
    ~Sara

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  48. This post is great and I really love this blog.

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  49. I am praying for your Dad and your whole family. And you are RIGHT! - even horrible situations can be used by God for good.

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  50. Audrey, my heart is with you and your family. I'm so sorry to hear this and hope only the best of things for you, your family and your father. Ssending good thoughts & love your way during this difficult time <3

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  51. I just started reading your blog, but I just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry you had to deal with that over the holidays. It makes everything so bitter sweet, doesn't it? We are dealing with our own bad news as well, nothing like a terminal prognosis, but something that makes you feel like there is a weight on your back that you just can't shake. Your family will be in my prayers.

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  52. Aww, so sorry to that. My prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed!

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  53. My prayers go ou to you and your family...
    Bethany

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  54. i'm so sorry to hear about your dad. my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  55. You have such a beautiful heart and inspiring attitude, Audrey. Your Dad is a very lucky man to call you his daughter. Sending big hugs and kisses to the sky in your and your family's name.

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  56. Prayers being sent your way!

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  57. Praying for you and your family, Audrey.

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  58. HappinessatmidlifeSunday, January 19, 2014

    Prayers out to your family Audrey. I almost lost my day right before Thanksgiving without any warning (he's in rehab now learning to walk and eat and all that stuff again)....so I can imagine what you are feeling. Your dad is lucky to have raised such a great daughter...enjoy the time that you do have with your day!


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  59. Praying for your family, Audrey. XXOO

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  60. I'm so sorry to hear about your father, I cant imagine how you deal with something like that. You might try watching the documentary called The Beautiful Truth
    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/beautiful-truth/
    Who knows- maybe it can buy your father more time. Best wishes, and enjoy every day you have.
    kendrrat

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  61. So sorry, Audrey. I lost my dad a year and a half ago and it is so hard. Our dads are supposed to be invincible, right? Prayers for you and your family. Make lots of precious memories with your dad with the time you have left, and spend as much time as possible listening to him talk about his life and history.

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  62. May God bless you and your family, I must definitely will be praying for your dad and you.
    xo
    Carelia

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  63. I'm praying for you and your family! xo

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  64. Fab post, Audrey! :)
    You're right about the teaching bit. I really do enjoy your 'how to' posts. They are written with such simplicity, yet make for an interesting read.
    I think the unique thing about mu blog would be that although I love fashion and dressing up, I try to do so on budget.

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  65. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's diagnosis! Thinking of you and your family.

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  66. Audrey, you put that very sensitively and you have touched many people so you hopefully can feel the positive vibes reflected back to you in all the comments. Thinking of you and your family from over here in Hong Kong.

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  67. So sorry to hear your news and we hold you and your family in my prayers.


    X x

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  68. Just prayed for you and your family. So sorry to hear about this news.

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  69. Oh friend I am really sorry to hear the news about your dad. There are really no words to say except to tell you that your family will remain in my prayers. Blessings. Susan

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  70. Prayers for you and your family Audrey. So sorry to hear about this news.

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  71. Naturally, praying for you and your whole family.

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  72. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. I lost my mom to prostate cancer almost two years ago. We found out right after Christmas. I just want to tell you to make sure you have no regrets. It happened so quickly with my mom (3 weeks)...we aren't a really affectionate family and I didn't want to scare her so I never really took the time to tell her how much I loved her. That's the only thing I wish I had done differently. Try not to be petty with family members (it's hard when everyone is dealing with so much) and do as much as you can to help care for your dad. Prayers.

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  73. Stay positive. My own father somehow beat stage 4 lymphoma. Not as scary by any means as lung cancer, but still.... Don't give up the fight. I follow your outfits daily.... Sending huge hugs and prayers your way each time I check in to see your fashion tips. You are awesome!!!

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  74. Yes! I agree, it is confusing. At the same time too I worry that I'm going to bore people..probably not a good idea! x

    www.travelstylefood.com

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  75. So sorry to hear this news. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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  76. I was recently in your shoes and I made the decision to embrace everyday with my daddy. I felt honored to care for him. The day he passed away he told me how grateful he was to have me. How much he appreciated me giving up my life to care for him and how God was truly going to bless me for doing so. I lost my dad in September. He passed away in my arms. That last day I will cherish forever. I have no regrets and I honestly don't think he did either. Praying for you and your family.

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  77. I definitely needed to read this! After re-doing my blog and starting completely from scratch on a new domain, it's a little bit daunting but you've given me some new found confidence in myself and my blog!!


    Thank you! :)


    x
    Phoebe
    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  78. Audrey, I'm really sorry to hear this - our thoughts will definitely be with you and your family.

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  79. Audrey, this post was very well written and I think it says so much about your spirit and humility. I wish only the best to you and your family; and can only hope you continue to see lots more color amongst the grey and black during this difficult time.

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  80. pretty little thingsMonday, January 20, 2014

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father -- I'll be thinking about you and sending you and your family positive thoughts.

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  81. Kelechi EvuleochaMonday, January 20, 2014

    Audrey I am in awe of your strength shown in writing this post! I can see that even now God is doing something wonderful in your life and in the life of your family. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers! :)

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  82. Just wanted to let you know that you and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what you are going through right now. You are obviously a very strong person and have a good outlook on things. Keep up the positivity!

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  83. I'm very sorry Audrey to hear about your dad. That is just awful and yes it will be very hard for your half siblings. bEcause like you said losing a parent is always hard but to lose someone at 3 is incomprehensible. I hope that this next year with him is filled with fun and loving memories and that you get a chance to say and do everything you need. God bless you and your family and you will be in my prayers.

    Agi:)

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  84. Awesome post, very inspiring. I have also felt ( or still do ) like that...it's hard, because you get inspired by others but then you think '' Am I going to inspire like that ? '' and at the end you just gotta be you and stop trying to be like someone else, and something important is that you don't have to be scared to be you or care about what others will think about you :)

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  85. i think this was such a great post - it's one of the pitfalls all of us bloggers sometimes fall into - comparing ourselves to other bloggers or even friends of ours and rating our success against theirs. i think though, it all comes from the fact that as bloggers we are oftentimes overachievers and therefore waaaay to hard on ourselves. you are totally right in that we need to remind ourselves why we blog, what makes us us, and incorporate that into our blogging!

    rae at love from berlin

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  86. I'm only 2 years older than you, and so far have only had to deal with the death of my grandpas (and that was a while ago now). The idea of losing one of my parents is a genuine fear, and I admire how strong you appear to be in this post. I hope your family is able to absorb all the time you can with him, and that things work out so that he gets as much time as possible with his loved ones.

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  87. I'm so sorry to hear this. I have not gone through anything similar, but I did have a friend who went through something similar. I will be thinking of you and your family...

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  88. I love this! This is the first time I have explored your blog & I really appreciate you encouraging bloggers to be authentic & to use their strengths to their advantage. I am new to the blogging world so these tips & tricks are extremely helpful :) Thank you for sharing!

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  89. My dad went home to be with Jesus 2 years ago after 5 years of cancer that started as Colon cancer and eventually spread to his liver and his lungs. I was 28 and definitely not ready to be separated from him (I don't think you're ever ready) so I can definitely relate. The only thing that has kept me out of the dumps is knowing he is finally home and one day I will be there, too. Cancer sucks, but I'm saying a prayer right now that you'll get much more time on earth with your dad and that through the treatments he will be healthy enough to still enjoy life and time with his family, taking it one day at a time. We were blessed that up until the last 6 months of my dad's battle that he handled the chemo very well and could still do the things he loved. Virtual hugs to you as you ride the wave of this earthly trial! One of our favorite quotes to encourage you: "I have learned to kiss the wave that strikes me upon the Rock of Ages" -Charles Spurgeon

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  90. Much love & prayers to you and all your family, Audrey! Wishing you happy & cherishable moments together.

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  91. Praying for you and your family, Audrey! Thanks for all you share on this blog.

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  92. I will keep your family in my prayers, Audrey! I love your outlook though, I feel like your family is making the most of a terrible (unimaginable) situation. A lot of people don't get to know when their last day on this earth will be, it seems as if your family is taking the fact that you have a ballpark idea and using it to your advantage. What an inspiration you must be to your younger siblings. Take care.

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  93. You have my prayers, sweetie. <3 For sure.

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  94. I am so sorry, Audrey. My husband just lost his dad to pancreatic cancer and it was one of the hardest years of our lives. We were so grateful to have extra time to spend with him, but it is heartbreaking to watch someone you love suffer and not be able to do anything about it. It can bring out the best and unfortunately the worst in family, but hopefully you will all be able to be there for each other. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  95. I'm very sorry for you and your family. I've lost many people in my life (I'm also 30) and you're right about that lesson in life. I wish you all a lot of strength.

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  96. i'm so sorry audrey! praying for you & your family.

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  97. Hi Audrey!

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  98. Hi Audrey! I'm from Brasil and this is my first visit to your blog. I liked your text very much! I have a blog called Um Dia Serei Diva and I'm finally realizing that all those things you said are true: to find our own voices is the best thing to do! Best wishes, Tatiana D.

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  99. Audrey, so sorry to hear this news about your Dad. I lost my father to prostate cancer in July and I wouldn't wish that type of loss on anyone. We found out how sick he was only four months before he passed away. I spent as much time as possible at home and my siblings all did the same. His last days were filled with love and family. As much as I miss him, I try to be at peace knowing that he's not suffering anymore ......

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  100. Oh, Audrey. You have internet strangers who care about you. You will make it through this. When the suffering threatens to break you, embrace it and bend instead. (Bend the budget and buy something nice. Bend space-time and stay up all night painting or playing a game. Bend the knee and pray.) Sending you love and light.

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  101. My father passed away from stage 4 lung cancer 7 years this April. He was only 53. I hate that disease. so. much. We were all grown and in our 20s so that was a blessing and my heart goes out to his little ones. I do know some people who lived beyond 5 years with stage 4, it really does happen. I hope your dad will be one of the lucky ones. Regardless, cancer is a beast and my heart goes out to your family.

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  102. So sorry to hear this. Sending hugs your way during this tough time!


    xo.

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  103. Audrey, been thinking about you since I saw this when I woke up this morning. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with as I know how hard it is to see the people we love go through such tough medical times. Cherish the time together and be strong.

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  104. I hope for you that it won't be his last birthday and that he'll be
    better again. Don't give up easily, hope is so important and a human
    body often proves to be stronger than expected! I currently have a
    family member suffering from small cell lung cancer and against all odds
    she got better and can have an almost normal life in these days. Maybe
    you're interested in reading the books of David Servan Schreiber
    http://www.amazon.com/David-Servan-Schreiber/e/B001JS6PTW . I read them
    and found them motivating and full of hope.

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  105. Love you Audrey!!! I'm always here for you for anything! Hugs :)

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  106. Prayers to you and your family! Cancer sucks so much! I hope your dad does well with treatment so that his life can be prolonged as long as possible.

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  107. Audrey, I am so sorry that your family is going such a hard time. I just lost my Grandma and although she was old the pain is still almost too much. I hope you and your family can find strength and comfort together. Wishing you all the best!

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  108. Dear Audrey, Ever since I started following your blog, you have felt like a friend and a daughter to me. (My daughter, who is 26 and works in full-time college ministry too, told me about your blog about a year ago.) What I love about you: You love Jesus, you are funny, you are honest, you dress stylishly, modestly, practically and inexpensively, you are positive, you are fun, you love to eat, and you live in the city of my birth! I am so sorry about your dad. You have a good plan and you are in my prayers.

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  109. I'm so sorry for what you and your family are going through! I lost my mom suddenly to lung cancer when I was 16. Losing a parent is never "okay". I'm so glad to hear that you are able to spend time with your dad and be there for your younger siblings too! They will need all the support and comfort, especially as they likely can't imagine what this means for their future. Thinking of you!!

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  110. I am late reading this post but I just wanted to let you know that you and your family will be in my prayers!

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  111. Audrey, please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

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  112. Audrey, I don't think I've ever posted on your blog before though I've been reading it for the last coupe of years or so. I am sorry about this news and I hope you folks get to spend more time with your dad than you think you have. Your posts have always been so cheery with a picture of you always with a sunny smile - I am sure this attitude of your tides you through tough times. You will always be an inspiration - sartorially and otherwise! Take care and hugs!

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  113. My thoughts are with you, your father, and the rest of your family. My father had lung cancer too and we had much more time with him than anyone had predicted. There is an Eskimo saying that I heard in an inspirational talk by Tara Brach that has helped me through difficult times lately - "Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly."

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  114. Audrey, I am deeply saddened by the news of your father diagnosis. I will be praying for you and your family. Take good care. I thoughts are with you. hugs and love. -Amy

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  115. I am so sad to read this Audrey. I can't imagine all that you've been going through these past few months. I will pray for you and your family. I am thankful that you know your Heavenly Father and I trust that he will carry you and your family through this trying time. Thank you for sharing this with your readers. My thoughts are with you.

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  116. I'm so sorry. Prayers for your dad.

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  117. I'm just catching up on commenting, even though I read this on Monday. I'm so so sorry, Audrey. I hope you get lots of time with him in the near future; sending lots of prayers your way.

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  118. Sending my thoughts and prayers to your dad and family!

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  119. Lost my dad the same way at my 30s, may all the force be with you, and as you already have begun to do, spent with him every single moment you can. Also need to say that, when the time comes, don't let him suffer more than needed for just a week more (it really hurts, but you're not conscious until it happens). Send you love, luck and strength.

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  120. I'm so very sorry Audrey. Your father and your family will be in my prayers.

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  121. I love your take on offering your unique gifts through your blog. It is a refreshing explanation to the "find your voice" cliche. Keep these behind the blog posts coming :)

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  122. I totally needed to hear this today! Thank you!!! As a just starting out travel blogger, I often have the "well, everyone else does 'x' so maybe I should too?" problem. I definitely need to stick with what's me!

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  123. Just discovered this blog yesterday. I would agree with your assessment of what you're good at - what I love about your blog so far is that you do such a good job of organizing information into ideas that are accessible for people who are brand new to the process of trying to look like they didn't just roll out of bed and pull a shirt and pants from their closet at random (like me). I even wore a blazer today! Fashion has always scared me, but that's just because I don't get it - and having someone break it down for me in a very accessible way makes it suddenly seem very do-able.

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  124. I love what you wrote. I have been wanting to start a style blog for the longest. I also have the same thought as you did, "I'm not stylish enough to have a style blog." You have given me hope and maybe I would start one real soon. I really love your Behind the Blog series, they are very informative and help me out a lot. Thanks for doing what you do.
    -Jessica

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