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The Strength Beneath the Pink – Lyndsie’s Story – St. Louis Family Photographer

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18

Part 1: The Strength Beneath the Pink

Part 2: Releasing Vanity

Part 3: Beneath the Beautiful

Part 4: The Red Savior

Part 5: Story of her life

For updates, follow her story on Facebook

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Pink. Why do girls love pink. Some say it was a learned thing from picking berries for survival.  Some say its been engrained in our brains since birth.  We will never know.  As little girls, you didn’t think of NEEDING pink. You loved pink. You loved pink sparkly shoes, pink flowers in your hair. Never in a million years, as just a girl, did you think you would have to one day, find strength beneath all that pink.

People always say, how come horrible things always happen to good people. It really is the truth. But why does breast cancer tend to happen to STRONG people.  Haven’t you noticed, when people are diagnosed with breast cancer, they instantly start to rally.

It’s now Lyndsie’s turn to rally.  She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer (IDC) the beginning of July.  She is a 31 year old, beautiful young woman, who is so much to so many people.   She’s a daughter to her mom and dad. She called them Mommy and Daddy. They adore her. She is a part of them.  They need her to be strong.  She’s got an older sister. They are part of each other. They are bonded for life. She needs her to be strong. She now has two littles of her own to call her mommy, a daughter, Cambrie, 8months old and her first born son, Tobin, 2 years old.   They need to hug her. They need her to kiss their boo-boos, they need to learn from her,  they need her to be there.  They need her to be strong.  She is a loving wife to a husband whom adores her. He needs her to help him be the best dad possible. He needs her to be there every evening to kiss goodnight. He needs his best friend.  He needs her to be strong.

This is not the first time Lyndsie has had to be strong.  Growing up in Downers Grove, IL, Lyndsie went on to graduate in broadcast journalism, but ended up pursuing her love of baking, becoming a pastry chef.  She met her husband, Jared, in college and after falling in love with him later in Boston, settled in the St. Louis area to be near her mom.  When trying to get pregnant, her first try ended in an ectopic pregnancy and the fetus had to be removed.  Her second pregnancy ended in miscarriage.  During her third pregnancy, her baby’s heartbeat stopped.  At that moment, her and Jared promised each other they would never give up their fight to have children.  Two beautiful babies later, her struggles resulted in two miracles.   Lyndsie told me, “Maybe it was then that we developed our tougher than nails never stop fighting for what you want attitude (which we didn’t know at the time but was gonna play into effect with cancer).”

I strongly believe God has a plan for all of us.   There is a reason all the bad stuff happens to people who can handle it. I see it all the time, in my own immediate family, in my friends families and now with Lyndsie.  There is a reason she and I met.  When she contacted me to take photographs of her family prior to her loosing her hair through chemotherapy, I knew that was not enough. I knew in my gut I needed to do something for this young beautiful person to help her get through this.  She needed something to cling to.  What’s the best thing to cling to? Family. So Lyndsie, Jared and I have decided to document her story.  I will be joining her for some of the milestones.  We pray this will bring awareness to anyone reading this, as well as a good happy distraction for Lyndsie :).  Again, I can’t explain it. I feel like she and I were always supposed to meet.  While I write this, I have a strange floaty feeling all over me. I’m content. I know what we are doing is the right thing to do. So thank you Lyndsie for letting me in, and letting in the world to help keep you stay strong through what will be a journey you WILL look back on and say, “see, cancer told ya I’m stronger than you”.

 

The Strength Beneath the Pink

 

Meet Lyndsie:

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(Make sure your sound is on for the video below)

 

https://vimeo.com/70554764

 

I will let Lyndsie tell her story about her cancer diagnosis:

 

“After Jareds grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year it made me start to think, hmm…, I wonder if I have any lumps. For a person who never really felt the need to check myself, that night I did, and low and behold found a lump. I went in to have it looked at they told me it was a benign cyst. A few months later I found another lump in the same breast and was told it was probably from breast feeding, had another ultra sound and was sent home being told it was probably a calcium deposit. A few months later I asked again for another exam, which I am forever grateful. My lump was growing in my eyes at a rapid pace and I was sent to a specialist. When they gave me my 3rd ultra sound at this point, and asked me how old I was, I knew I was in trouble. They then gave me a mammogram and that is where they saw the cancer. On the x-ray it looked like a billion crushed up rocks on the screen. That was the day my world was turned upside down. My legs went numb and I about passed out after I was told. It was so much to take in. My first thoughts weren’t even the cancer but my children. “I have a 7 month old and a 22 month old at home, and am 31 with no breast cancer history in my family. “This can’t be happening” was my exact thought. My next thought was “omg, I am going to be the start of something horrible for my family line now. Poor Cambrie and the things she will now have to worry about and her children and their children and so on.” I was diagnoised with stage 3 invasive breast cancer. IDC to be exact. With testing it is believed to have spread a little into my lymphnoids under my right armpit. But they are not 100 % sure of this yet. Because they are swollen it is hard to tell if they are just inflamed or actually infected with the cancer cells. They will know when I have have my double mastectomy for sure. My plans from my doctors are chemotherapy first, double mastectomy and then radiation. I have been tested for the brca strain to see if I carry the cancer gene and am hopeful I do not carry it. If I do, there is a 50 % chance I could get ovarian cancer. SO we are in high spirits I am not a carrier. I just started my first treatment on Wednesday the 17th of July, and will have 12 weeks of this chemo. Then I will start a more harsher round of treatment after.”

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This Sunday, Lyndsie will cut her hair as short as she can. When she start’s to loose it, she plans on shaving it.   When I first met Lyndsie, she told me her hair is one of the things that makes her feel like a woman.  She is right, she has some beautiful hair.  She expressed to  me during our time together, “Im about to be totally stripped  of feeling like a woman.  Everything that makes me feel like a woman will be gone.”

 I’m starting to think PINK= WOMAN=STRENGTH

 “I’m already looking into cute scarfs that will keep my new bald head warm! Any tips on how to make a cute wrap is welcome!  I’m currently looking into the possibility of donating my hair to locks of love, or making it into a wig for myself. Although I am unsure I want to do this because I know that someone else would love to have my hair. It is really thick and beautiful and if I can make someone else feel as amazing as I do in it then I think it is worth passing it along and not keeping it all to myself! I keep telling myself, it will grow back right!?”

 

Isn’t she amazing?  Make sure to come back and visit for “hair cutting day” next week.  Also, if you are reading this and have any ideas on scarfs, or ideas for her hair, please feel free to comment on this post. She will be reading all of your comments 🙂

 

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Something happened at our shoot.  Call it what you want, but Lyndsie and I have decided these are both signs from God.  I have never, in my career, encountered a rainbow at a shoot, ESPECIALLY a rainbow when there was NO rain. Magic? No way. This was all God.

This shot was taken at sunset. This image is right out of my camera. All I did was sharpen it. You can even still see the bugs that were around us, the WHOLE shoot 🙂  Angels are shining down on this pretty lady!

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Jared Blythe

 

After her first chemotherapy session just yesterday, she text me ” Im’ glowing! 🙂 Radiating! My innerds are toxic! May be a good day to sit outside and let the mosquitoes eat me! hahaha”    For real! Love this girl!!!!!!!

 

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Lyndsie has a song in her heart and is taking this fight head on. The fire and strength in this woman are unreal. They fill her soul with the ability to feel some control in this horribly awful and unfair disease.  Her repertoire is only filled with thoughts and ideas that will lift her up.  Surrounding herself with people that love her.   Lord, keep her strong.  Keep her in this for everyone who loves her.  Someday, she will look back on all of the struggles she endured and moments she had to go through to get  to where she WILL be. But not yet. Right now, Lyndsie will do all that she can, for the love of her family and children, to stay strong.

 

Ultimately, she is the incredible strength beneath all this pink.

Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Part 2: Releasing Vanity

Part 3: Beneath the Beautiful

Emily Lucarz is a family photographer in St. Louis, MO.  She specializes in newborn, baby, child, senior and family photography.  She also teaches online and in-person beginner photography workshops and is the creator of the Dream in Color/BW and Enchantment photoshop action sets.

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Emily Lucarz Photography specializes in newborn, child, baby, maternity, family and senior photography in Saint Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas. St. Louis newborn photographer.

 

 

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  1. You and your family will be in my prayers Lyndsie! One of my best friends will finish her radiation next week. She had a mastectomy, followed by chemo and now radiation. It’s very true that you don’t know how strong you are until you have no choice. I am so happy you and Emily (isn’t she a gem?!?)connected and we will get to follow your journey. Stay strong and upbeat! Yet, let yourself have bad days and hide under the covers and be angry at the world. The beauty of it is, the next day you get to start fresh all over again! Looks like you have great support and family. Lean on them, let them help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed. It doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. Focus the energy you have through this on being with your kids. Let others help with the mundane “to do” lists of everyday life. Let others spoil you!
    God bless you! I hope you can feel all of the love and prayers that are coming your way. Soak them all in! <3

  2. Heather says:

    I bet pintrest has a ton of scarf ideas and how to do it. Keep strong!

  3. Praying for you and your family dear Lindsey! You and Emily will touch so many lives through sharing your story. I have no doubt that God will be with you every step of the way.

    Love,
    Britneye

  4. pat germain says:

    This is a wonderful idea to do the website. I have another friend who is going through colon cancer treatment – she did a blog where she writes about her experiences. The pictures are beautiful and the kids are sooooo big. Miss seeing you all.

  5. Kirsten Lee says:

    Praying for you Lyndsie as you start your journey and battle. I pray for strength, courage, peace, and for your family. Blessings. 🙂 Kirsten

  6. Lindsay says:

    Believing with you for the day you are cancer-free! I feel like I get to know you just through this blog. Even when you’re not strong, God is. And you can hang on to Him as often as you need to. Praying for you…

  7. Marina Tiberi says:

    I am a survivor 2 years! I wish you all the best and you will be in my prayers! You have a beautiful family and so much to live for! Always keep your thoughts positive. It will be hard to do, but trust me, it will be worth it! Thank you for sharing your story. I hope it will help others, I know it will help others. God Bless you!

  8. I know this story all too well. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at age 27. I had a 2 year old son and just given birth to my daughter! Just like you I did adjuvant chemotherapy, followed by Bi-lateral mastectomy with placement of expanders for implants and lastly radiation. I am coming up on 6 years cancer free and am healthier than I’ve ever been! Never give up hope and fight for those beautiful children! They need you and that is what will get you through your worst days. God knew you needed a distraction and focusing on your family will be that distraction! I will keep you in my prayers and know there are many of us survivors out there rooting for you and cheering you on!!

  9. Natalie says:

    Will say a prayer and keep her and her precious family in my thoughts!

  10. Ellie says:

    Thinking of you Lyndsie as you start your journey. Sending you love and prayers all the way from Arizona! You and your sweet family will be in our prayers every night! Wishing you that special, sacred peace that comes from knowing that you are not alone. God is with you every step of the way! May his angels always surround you!

  11. Lindsie, your story was shared with us today way over here in Montana. We are thinking of you and your family and we are SURE you are going to pull through this with flying colors. We are cheering for you!
    Shannone Hart
    Co-President and Founder,
    Chicks n Chaps Women’s Only Rodeo Clinics
    Teaching women about rodeo and raising money for local breast cancer patients.

  12. Brooks says:

    Lyndsie you are a beautiful person inside and out! Keep strong and know my family will be praying for yours! HUGS!!

  13. Debbie says:

    We love you Lyndsie. We pray for you and Jared every day! God is holding you in His hands and has sent His angels to surround you and your family. He will never leave you…. A. Debbie & U Lindsay

  14. Lindsey Burke says:

    Amazing video- your family is adorable and you look fantastic. Praying for you everyday. You will for sure rock any scarf, wig, hat or bald head beautifully! Pink wigs? Purple wigs? Go for it girl.:)xoxo

  15. Vicki says:

    I was 35 when I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. I discovered my lump the day my second daughter was born. I had my cancer treatment at Siteman in St Louis. I’m two years out from cancer treatment, several surgeries later and I’m cancer free!! Just wanted to share a positive story with you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, God bless you. 🙂

  16. Emily says:

    Tears are running down my face as I read those words and look at those lovely pictures. I will follow your story and send strong vibes and healing prayers your way. I’ve had breast lumps too, and though I have been lucky, I do know the fear. And I try now to support cancer research and treatment as much as I can for all the wonderful women who don’t receive such good news. My mother was recently diagnosed with uterine cancer, and it definitely shook up the family. But, strangely, in a very positive way. The power of family and positive thinking: she is now cancer free. 🙂 And you will be too. And I think you’ll also realize there’s so much more to feeling like a woman than hair and boobs. 🙂 All the real magic is in the heart, the eyes, the words, the feelings. And you’ll certainly keep all of those. I’m sending good karma from Montana, and wishing you strength and peace. Keep your chin up and fight, fight, fight. You will be victorious. EW

  17. Katie says:

    I don’t know you at all, but your story has touched my heart. Because you are a woman, and you are strong, and that matters. That makes all of us women family, in a way! Praying for you and your family, Lyndsie. God is a God who loves, cares, comforts, holds, and heals. Fight through this battle, this trial! Praying for quick healing, strength, and peace at all times for you! Your family is beautiful, your soul is too! And He works all things to the good of those who love Him. <3

  18. Kathy W says:

    What a wonderful woman. We will keep you in our prayers. Thanks for sharing Emily and for taking such amazing pictures.

  19. Jen says:

    Your story is so powerful and beautiful. Keep on fighting!! I would love to make a hat for you. What color would you like and would you email me your address?

  20. Charity Powell says:

    Stay positive, Lyndsie! It is so important. Big prayers & good vibes are coming your way. My youngest sister just went through this & totally rocked a bald head & scarf 🙂 Look her up on FB…Andrea Temple Matray. Could be a good thing…for both of you.

  21. Corey says:

    Thank you, Emily, for doing this. I know I was meant to meet Lyndsie as well. She’s an Angel on Earth. It’s hard for me not to be near her during this. I’m so grateful for your blog. Xoxo

  22. Jeanne says:

    Will be praying for you Lyndsie!!!
    On a side note, I will also be going back for another exam..Your beginning story sounds way tooooo familiar.
    Same thing, found a lump was told it was nothing, most likely a cyst. You have an amazingly beautiful family,
    prayers from Indiana <3

  23. Wendy Watts says:

    I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor. I had stage 2B IDC that was HER2 positive, and it had spread into my lymph nodes. I was 37. My kids at the time were 12 and 13 and i had people tell me they were old enough to be okay if i died. Horrible! But you know what? Attitude is 110% of the fight. I made it through 5 surgeries, 16 rounds of chemo, 36 rounds of radiation and 52 weekly treatments of Herceptin to fight the HER2.
    I made it with support of family and friends and my faith in God. You can do this too!!
    Love and pink ribbons,
    Wendy Watts

  24. Veronica T says:

    With tears falling from my eyes I’m so amazed by your strength power of love and your determination for life that you have. I will be praying for you and reading your post and watching you beat this horrible disease. Shared your story in Chicago also.

  25. Danielle says:

    Lyndsie. I know EXACTLY how you are feeling. I am 34 years old with a 4 year old daughter. I found a lump last August right before I found out I was pregnant with our second child. Long story short…I had a lumectomy that confirmed the cancer it was stage one DCIS with sarcoma features. On Sept 14, I had to choose to end my pregnancy. One Oct 5th I started chemotherapy that lasted until Feb 19th (6 rounds of TAC). I am now cancer free and completed the last stage of my breast reconstruction last Friday. What I learned from this journey is that I CAN DO ANYTHING!!! You can too. You will be a stronger woman at the end of this whole battle and will inspire everyone around you. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me if you need to talk or have questions. It’s hard to sometimes find other younger women to talk to about this. Hang in there!!!!

  26. Jenna Koenigsfeld says:

    Read your story after seeing a post from my cousin and your cousin Tanya. You are so beautiful and the pictures of you and your family are amazing. I know part of the Blythe family and they are the best so I know you will have a great support system. Stay strong and keep up the fight! Hopefully knowing how many people are behind you will give you strength. I know it will be hard to lose your hair but just remember-YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!! :)Prayers for you all from Iowa!!!

  27. Jennifer says:

    Lyndsie, you and your family are so beautiful, I just know you will be ok. Be strong! We are all praying for you!

  28. Lyndsie, I do not know you but you will be in our prayers! You are a beautiful person with an adorable family and your story touched my heart! Love and prayers! BEAUTIFUL IMAGES BTW!!

  29. Michele Blythe Powell says:

    Praying for you & your beautiful family. What wonderful pictures & video. I actually grew up with Jared & his family. I look forward to hearing you beat this awful disease. Stay strong! The Lord is with you and may He bless you!

  30. Leslie Blythe Boyer says:

    To Jared and Lyndsie~ it’s been years since I’ve seen you Jared and every once in awhile I ask your parents how your doing when I run into them when I’m back. Lyndsie….since Jared married you I know you have to be a strong and determined person..I will be following you and keeping you and your family in my prayers. Stay strong and know people love you. You have a beautiful family!!!

  31. Jane Koboylarz says:

    Good Luck Lyndsie!! Rely on your family and friends for help and support. Remember, they feel better helping you!! I have been breast cancer free for 12 years. It really DOES make you stronger.

  32. Debra Ann Raban says:

    I am a 19 years 4th stage Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor. It had spread to 19 nodes, spleen & bone marrow. They gave me a 30% chance. I just wanted to tell you that yes, it does hurt inside to lose your hair. But it is such a small part of the real women inside you & it will grow back! I did not lose my breasts, so I can not compare my story to that part of yours. But my main concern was surviving for my 3 boys who were 3, 4 & 9 at the time. Prayer, positivity, wonderful doctors, family & a great sense of humor helped me to survive! You can do this! Keep laughing & smiling!!!

  33. Lindsay says:

    Lyndsie- you have an absolutely beautiful family and so much to look forward to while and once you beat this for good!! You’re in my thoughts and prayers, and while I don’t know you personally I believe in your strength and wish you all the best!!

  34. sarah says:

    I am so touched by your story Lyndsie! Sending lots of love & light from MN. Kick this cancer in the butt!! You can do it!!

  35. Keri says:

    Lyndsie! I pray that God’s keeps the fire lit in your heart to fight, keep living, keep loving, and don’t lose faith! My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 as well. She is 10 years cancer free! You’ve got this girlfriend.

  36. Amber (Anell) Dickey says:

    Lyndsie & Jared,
    Thank you for sharing your story. You are such a beautiful couple. I went to school with Jared and think of him often. I will continuously pray for you and your entire family. Love to you all.
    ~amber

  37. Melissa Blythe Rhode says:

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You are a beautiful young lady and I enjoyed your amazing video! Looking forward to watching you beat this cancer!

  38. nancy justis says:

    Lyndsie, My thoughts and prayers are with you, I know you can get through all of this. I know because I had stage 3 uterine cancer last year, had a complete hysterectomy, chemo and radiation so I know where you are going. I also had my head shaved right after we were on the golf course and Joel saw my hair flying off in the wind, we laughed and off came my hair. Make sure you call your local cancer society, they will fit you and give you a free wig. The choices are great and the people that help you are wonderful. There is also a program through them call look good feel better that shows you how to use makeup during this time, very helpful. By the way your hair will grow back, mine came in same color and curly, but after 3 hair cuts its back to being the same old straight. I was getting use to my Chemo curl as I called it. Use humor as much as possible, it really helps! Enjoy your beautiful family and stay strong. If you ever feel you need to talk please email me. Love, nancy

  39. Karri Brewer says:

    Lyndsie-you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I do not know you but I went to school with Jared and I know him pretty well. I saw him a few weeks ago and his love for you and your children radiated through every pore. I wish you all the strength possible and for your will to fight to continue.

  40. Charity Reische Allaman says:

    Lyndsie, I was moved reading your story. I can only imagine how you feel, for there is a history of breast cancer in my family and I worry about it happening to myself daily. I have no doubt that you will continue to be strong during all of this and that you have a wonderful family supporting you (I have known Jared and his family all of my life)!!! Keep your chin held high!!!

    You may find that if your hair is thick enough you can donate part and still have enough to make a wig for yourelf, if you want. My daughter who is now 13 started donating to Locks of Love when she was 6 and has donated 4 times.

    You and your family will be in our prayers daily. God Bless

  41. Liz says:

    Praying for you, Lyndsie, and your beautiful family!! You are such a strong woman. Fight the fight!

  42. Robin says:

    Seriously, speechless. This is the most touching story that is captured so beautifully, Emily. Everything from your powerful words, gorgeous images, and heartfelt video…it’s beyond inspiring. Positive thoughts to Lyndsie’s strong family.

  43. Francesca says:

    Lindsey, your story hits close to home. I am a one year survivor, diagnosed at 42 with two young boys who need their mom. Prayer and positivity and so much support from everyone I know helped me through. I kept a blog of my journey hoping it will help others fighting cancer. You obviously are planning to fight this with a smile on your face and with that attitude you will be a survivor! Cancer hates fighters, so fight like a girl. I’ll be in your corner.

  44. Jennifer says:

    I was diagnosed at 30 with stage 3b invasive duct all carcinoma. Now almost 3 years later I am cancer free and was actually able to conceive (and successfully carry) my 3rd child. It’s a long hard road, and I wish her the best

  45. Sue Ellen Smith says:

    Lyndsie, I would love to visit with you, strength in numbers. I was where you are 23 years ago. Mine was found earlier, but the road is scary and I would love to help you any way I can. Email me if you want to talk, anytime. My prayers are with you and your precious family.

  46. Bert says:

    You are a beautiful lady, and a strong one. You will beat this.
    Will keep you in my prayers.

  47. Was this meant to make me sob like a baby and smile and laugh?! Lyndsie you are a beautiful woman and no amount or lack their of hair will change that, cancer won’t change it and know that you are Gods child and He has a plan for you. I pray for strength for you, your husband and family. I pray that your journey takes you where you need to be and that cancer can take a bus back where it came from. You are a precious child of God and I weep for you in these toughest of times. Prayers and love

    -Olivia

  48. Lisa Kahlow says:

    What an amazing story, I will be following with you throughout this journey. You did an extraordinary job capturing this beautiful woman and her family! Lyndsie I can see the strength in you! What an amazing woman you are. I would also like to say the image with the rainbow did you all notice that it is a double rainbow. the second one very faint, but it is there.

    {Hugs to you all thru this journey}

    Lisa

  49. Natalie Moskoff says:

    Lyndsie your story is so touching. The love you have for your husband and children is all in your eyes. I also believe the rainbow is sent from up above, God is watching you. Show him your strength, yes the cancer may fight back..but your willingness to be here for your family is much stronger. I will be following this blog and praying for you and your loved ones. Know we are all fighting with you. I know its easier said then done, stay STRONG. xoxo

  50. Vanessa says:

    I have no words, I cried, I smiled,, you’ve moved me! As a mother of a one year old and three year old you’ve touched me. Following your road to recovery, xo

  51. Lyndsie Blythe says:

    Thank you SO very much everyone. I am not sure if everyone is scrolling through all of the feeds but I hope everyone sees this. All of your kind words, prayer and support mean the world to me. My families world has obviously been completely turned upside down in a matter of days. We are learning to cope now with everything that is going on and are ready to ‘B’ line it to the finish line! With the help of PERFECT, amazing stranger, like you, it makes it all that more easy. I know I have a hard up and down battle ahead of me, but I also know my God is a strong God and if he is with me no one, even cancer can be against me. I truly hope he uses me during this trying to to be an inspirational person who can help others. If I can help even just ONE person become more aware about cancer, how to get themselves checked out, how to find more inner peace ever throughout the day etc, then all of this will be well worth it. That’s why I am so thankful for Emily. Not only for the wonderful thing she is doing for me and my family, but for other families too. Together I hope to touch many people.

    So much love and respect to each and every one of you!

    Always, X’s and O’o.

  52. Tracy Sobers says:

    Someone at our mom’s group posted your story. My girl friend (mother of 2 boys) had a really top notch oncologist that lives in Anchorage Alaska. She participated in breast cancer trials for new medications to help others like you. She is a survivor and I hope and pray that years and years from now you will be telling your “survivor” story to others to give them the hope that kept you strong during this time! Your in prayers my prayers, from Arizona to you!
    My friend Cheri….She worked her job Monday through Thursday and took Chemo on Fridays and went back to work on Monday. You will find the strength and the love you will need through this. Our hearts are with you! XX and OO’s back, dear one.

  53. Brea says:

    Even something as ugly as cancer cannot beat the strength of this kind of inner beauty. Keep fighting… victory is inevitable 🙂

  54. Jean Allen says:

    A true inspiration!

  55. Natasja Brattinga says:

    Dearest Lindsie,

    Your story is one that surely speaks of many things, Love, Strength, Courage, Will Power, Beauty, Kindness and being human. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I pray for your healing and Peace throughout all of this.
    You are a beautiful woman and you will always be beautiful inside and outside!

  56. Marcia says:

    Beautiful family, pictures, video and story. Praying for you. May the Joy of The Lord be your strength as you travel through this journey. I have 4 friends that have experienced this at different stages and all are cancer free today.

  57. Heather Parker says:

    Hi Lyndsie, I am an 18 year old college student with breast cancer and all sorts of other cancer running in my family. You are such a strong women from what I have read and I totally agree that cancer occurs in good people, which really seems unfair…. I have been researching this medicine; I would even go as far as calling it a miracle medicine! There are studies to prove this as well, it is just really well hidden by pharma.I normally do not talk openly to people about this, but you are so strong and I hope very open minded.
    This medication stops new blood vessels from forming to the existing tumor while preventing it from spreading to the rest of the body. I don’t want to name what it is right here because many people are still against the use of it, BUT IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS SAVING PEOPLE’S LIVES SHOULDNT WE BE FOR IT?
    It won’t cost you a fortune either.
    Please email me so that I can give you more information on it. I have seen MIRACLES with this medicine, and I use it for my severe back pain. It litterally works for everything!
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  58. Dina Royal says:

    In July 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Also the first in my family. After surgery and radiation treatment, I’m now cancer free. I was blessed immensely by God to have not had to go through chemo. A co-workers mother is going through chemo right now…a lady in my Sunday School class is on her 6th round..if we think about it, I’m sure we can think of many who are or have made this journey. We are Survivors…We are Strong…and Yes, there is strength in Pink. My prayer is that as you take each step of this journey, you will know you are not alone. We are out here, encouraging you to go on, to continue to fight when you really don’t think you can, praying for you and waiting for the day when you can tell us, “I did it…I beat cancer’s butt”!! You are Strong…you are a Survivor….you are a Pink Warrior!!

  59. Sarah T says:

    This was absolutely beautiful. You have an amazing talent and I know that this family will cherish these memories forever. And for Mrs Lyndsie and her beautiful family, I wish you all the best and will be praying for you.

  60. Corey says:

    Emily, I know I was meant to have Lyndsie in my life as well. Thank you for telling us her story so well. Xoxo

  61. Katie says:

    I pray for you sweet child. It was just a short year ago that I started my battle with stage 2 breast cancer. Be strong and one day at a time.

  62. Whitney Kash says:

    May I share this…..to everyone I know!! Wow, I’m speechless. What a beautiful family. I was meant to come across her story. I lost a friend to an right year stage four metastatic breast cancer fight last July. She found lumps as well and was sent home, and had to push for further testing as well. She was 23 and also had two children. She was my sister’s best friend, she was like family, my mother held her hand through her last breath. My sister felt like her world was flipped upside down after her passing, and my heart broke for her as well as Amanda’s children and family. This is so inspiring and I can’t wait to share this with my sister and all of Amanda’s friends. Stay strong!! You are amazing and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  63. Melissa says:

    Lyndsie: I just randomly came across this blog post, and I have to say that I am so in awe of your strength and positive attitude! I’ve read this post 3 times and you will continue to be in my prayers every day. Your story has inspired so many already and will continue to do so. I will continue to follow your story and pray for you specifically! much love, Melissa Pagnozzi

  64. Brandy says:

    You are an amazingly strong and beautiful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. <3

  65. Vicky Gabel says:

    I am just so Totally blown away. How something so devastating could be made into something so beautiful! My thoughts and prayers are with you Lyndsie and your family. Stay strong and keep the faith. I am so glad Emily is documenting every step for you! I Pray for the day you get to look back and say I kicked cancers butt! It isn’t your hair that makes you a beautiful woman. It is the eyes to your loving soul. Your Smile that lights up a room. The way you love that you can feel in a video from 1000’s of miles away. You can feel it ooze from every pore in your body. I will be checking back to keep up with your story Thank You so much for sharing. If this helps any woman and their family it is worth it! May God bless you and keep you safe!

  66. Brandi Runyon says:

    I’m praying for you Lyndsie and your family! You are such an inspiration to so many. I can’t imagine the strength it takes to get through each day.

  67. Jessie Miner says:

    Lyndsie, this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! You are a beautiful person inside and out! You and your family will be in my prayers! I wish you the best! Your strength amazes me! You are a fighter and it shows! Keep smiling girl! 🙂

  68. Stacy Smith says:

    I was moved to tears …. prayers to you Lyndsie! And what a blessing you are Emily! Beautiful images!

  69. Cassi Marler says:

    Lyndsie, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 IDC breast cancer last year. I was a sophomore in college and learned over a phone call. Almost every woman in our family has had breast cancer but I don’t think I ever thought of the possibility of that call. She had 12 weeks of chemo, a double mastectomy, and 8 weeks of radiation. As of 2 weeks ago, she is cancer free. Tomorrow we both are walking in the 3-day Susan G Koman walk for a cure, and boy am I proud of my mom! I believe God only gives cancer to the strongest of us, and I know you will take this journey as something that will only make you a more mature and dignified woman. Your children are so beautiful and although they don’t understand now what is going on, when they are older they will realize just how incredible you are! Prayers to you and your family and I wish you the best of luck- don’t ever give up!

  70. Katie Grossart says:

    Keep fighting the good fight. You are a Mom, YOU ARE AMAZING. You are NOT cancer. It doesn’t define WHO YOU ARE, it only goes to prove what you are made of. And you Lyndsie, are made of steel…tough as nails, you are a WARRIOR.

  71. Holly Geisler says:

    Lyndsie, I just finished my second surgery for thyroid cancer a month ago and am about to soon begin radioactive iodine treatment that will apparently make my pets glow if they get too close. I wanted to share something with you another cancer survivor said to me that just kind of stuck. She said…. scars are our badges of survival. Maybe that is an old saying, but I am new to this cancer stuff so it was new to me. Keep smiling, cry when needed, and remember how strong you are through the hard stuff. You got this!!!

  72. I read through the story, but have not read the comments yet. My daughter’s best friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has a boy and a girl as well. This really touched close to home. I have included my Facebook fan page for my business under the website. I am not posting it here because I am not searching for orders from this comment. I would like to make this amazing young woman at least one hat to wear with the colder weather upon us. I live about 50 miles outside of St. Louis straight down Hwy 44.
    Please forward my page to her so she can see the quality of my crochet. Mostly what I have posted is for infants, but I can do any size without a pattern. I also sew and can work up something that way if she likes. Maybe a hooded scarf for winter. She can contact me through the email I entered. Or you can on her behalf.
    God’s blessings for her and her beautiful family.
    Love, Becca

  73. Vanessa Schoeps says:

    I was just thinking about you today, I’ve never met you but your well being is in my thoughts, just so you know !

  74. Mishalyn says:

    I am praying for her, her children, and her husband! This beautiful woman has such amazing strength! God has his hands on her and her family. I admire the strength she has to get through such difficult things! May God bless her and her family! <3

  75. Nicole Shubalis says:

    Love ya, Lynds. This was so inspiring. You’re amazing.

  76. Lara Owens says:

    Love Lyndsies beauty and puctures.

    I am a 40 year old health freak with no family history that was also diagnosed with breast cancer in July of this year. Like Lyndsie, I love my long curls, but I found an amazing brand of wigs! When I say that no one will know its a wig, I mean it no one!!! If you’re interested in knowing which ones they are, send me an email. Until then, I will add you to my prayers. 🙂

  77. Debbie says:

    Lyndsie. Lovely pictures for a lovely lady. Your love and beauty radiate throughout the pictures your love for you family will be the cure to this all! Luv u !

  78. Holly says:

    As a photographer, I pray that one day I will get to use my passion to do something like this, to connect with someone on this level. This is what photography is about. I will pray for Lyndsie and her family while they continue this journey. She is an amazing, beautiful, and strong woman! Keep showing off that beautiful smile Lyndsie!

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