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    Kathryn

    That’s one amazing lady you have, ‘Dude!!

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      Thx Kathryn

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    Shannon

    Mrs. Dude, thank you for sharing your story. I think you are amazing and will kick cancers a** . I will be sending prayers up for you. Don’t forget to lean when you need to. It sounds like you have an awesome support team.

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      The people are around me are why i’m so strong!
      xo

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    Emily

    I had a double mastectomy at 28 in March 2012 – you won’t regret the decision! I was also stage 0 DCIS (but I am BRCA2+), and I can’t tell you the peace of mind I finally experienced when I had my first post-mastectomy MRI last year and everything was crystal clear A-OK. You will get through it, and you will come out stronger on the other end; I PROMISE! There are tons of awesome BC Facebook support groups (“Beyond the Pink Moon” is one of my favorites!) and I can say from experience that it’s helpful to talk to others going through the same thing – be sure to reach out when you are able! Best wishes, and please know we are all cheering for you – the worst will be over before you know it! <3

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      Thank u-thank u-
      I just joined the group.
      Stay well!!
      xoxox

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    Cousin Aaron

    You are definitely one of the strongest couples I know, and you handle diversity in such an amazing way. Love you both

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      I have always been a huge fan of diversity ;)

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    Cousin Aaron

    I meant adversity, duh :-)

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      I love you Him!
      Hugs to Her!
      XOXOXO

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    Kathy

    Bless you, Mrs. Dude. Bless you all. My darling SIL was just dx’d with breast and bone cancer. It’s not an easy fight, but with love and support from family and community, you are not alone.
    Now go and kick some ass!!!

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      Gentle hugs to your SIL. Wish her well from me xoxox

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    Hap

    Mrs Dude (and Dude)

    Our continuous hopes & prayers are with you & your family – we know you’ll keep up the strong fight! Thanks for your update so we know how you are doing along the journey.

    As one of Dude’s 10% male posse members, I love the last picture of you going in one direction and Dude facing another direction – reminds me of my wife and I walking. She constantly circles back around to me – cause she can literally walk circles around me (she’s a Thoroughbred & I’m a Clydesdale – give me something to pull – I’ll only run if a grizzley is chasing me). When she & the neighbors tease me about being her boat anchor – my only reply is see if she can keep up with me with a 50lb sack of dogfood under each arm cause I weigh 100lbs more than she does. Gravity is not my friend.

    HOPE for the journey ahead and we’ll look forward to hearing good news along the way!!!

    Hap

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      Hap- thanks for the laugh!!!!
      It took me YEARS to get Dude to walk with me!

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    Lou

    Best wishes Mrs Dude! Huge thanks for sharing your story – so good that they spotted the stage 1 tumour. Found is an excellent start on your found, treated, sorted journey.
    Good luck for a speedy complete recovery! Just don’t let GD play in the garden the day before your surgery…….

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      Mrs. Dude aka doodles

      HA! Dude is not allowed to play outside!!
      XO

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    IrishHeart

    I know I have said this a dozen times to you guys in the last few weeks via email, but I will say it again: You got this! you’re going to beat cancer’s ass and get on with the business of living.

    I admire your strength and courage for sharing your story, D.

    By doing so, you give others hope and strength and you allow others to lift you both up with their loving support and concern.

    “Hope is patience with the lamp lit”. – Tertullian

    Hope gave me the courage to fight for my life. It continues to propel me through my days. Hope looks forward, never backwards.

    Soon, this will all be in your rear view mirror.

    Never give in to fear. Believe you will get well!.
    I believe in you.

    Love and tons of hugs to you both.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you!!!!
      Your words give me hope and strength.
      xoxoxoxox

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    thetxlady

    No one said the new perky boobs couldn’t be “store bought” ;) sound like you have the right attitude…that family is most important.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Im ok with store bought ;)
      Xoxo

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    Hulda Smith

    You are brave and amazing…Thank you for sharing your journey. You and Gluten Dude are the best couple…I love seeing how much you love and support each other! (((Hugs)))

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you Hulda!
      Hugs back!
      Xxxx

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    peacefuldb

    Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds me to savor every day that I have with my family and friends…as I know you are. We will all be thinking of you! Keep us posted.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      XOXOXOXO!!!

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    Lisa Mims

    Thank you for sharing your story. You’re amazing!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thx Lisa :)
      Xo

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    The Atomic Mom

    Thank you for sharing your story, and I hope you share more. I think every one needs to hear these stories. I had my first mammo last year, there were problems, that turned out to be nothing, but it was still a scary experience. I’ve been preaching the mammogram to all my friends since then. All the best in your recovery! :)

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Glad everything was ok for you. It sure can be scary.
      Xoxo

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    Beth R

    Mrs. Dude… you are amazing.. keep fighting the fight, and we will keep praying and cheering you on. <3

    justplainbeth

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u!!!!!!

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    Alysa (InspiredRD)

    Proud of you both for sharing your journey. Much love from the Baj’s ;)

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      I have been inspired by you! Thank you for your friendship. I love the middle of the night chats:)

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    Julie BK

    Mrs. Dude, I can’t begin to thank you enough for sharing your story. All of the exams on our “lady parts” are so important! You will continue to be in my prayers!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Those darn lady parts!! Arg!!!
      Xoxoxo

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    Betsy

    You are going to be fine, Mrs. Dude and the whole Dude family. You have each other, and a positive and educated outlook on health. Best to you all.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you Betsy xoxox

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    Stephanie

    Mrs. Dude,

    Thank you for sharing your story.Best wishes to you, your family and support team!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you stephanie!!!

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    Michele

    Many prayers for each day of this journey. I have two friends dealing with breast cancer right now….on different levels. So hard to watch and I can’t even imagine what it is like to go through.,,,

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Healthy thoughts to your friends xoxo

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    Martha Spiegel

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You’re a strong lady with a strong family, and I have great faith that you will overcome this. My whole church will be praying for you. I miss you!! Big (but gentle!) hugs!!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Martha!!!!
      I miss u!
      Hugs back!
      Xxoo

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    Sue in Alberta

    You are truly inspirational. Now, I bet there are times you’re thinking, “inspirational, my ass” but your courage to tell your story with such honesty is just that and I bet there are times when you’re thinking “enough already with the character building” but you continue on.
    I am grateful on your behalf that you have such loving support. Go easy on yourself, Mrs. D. Your days of one sports bra await!

    Sending positive energy you way,

    Sue

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Ah Sue thank u! I love it!
      I am way over the character building! In need of some plain old boring!
      Xoxox

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    Julie

    Thank you for sharing your journey! All the best in your recovery.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Julie!
      Xo

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    Christine Gill

    Thank you so much, Mrs. Gluten Dude, for sharing your journey here.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you. We are all in this together. Your husband helped me so much in the beginning with my celiac journey and my Father’s (who nearly died during TPN treatment to heal him). Thankfully, we are just fine. Your husband responded to my sharing and made a difference in my life. Grateful! I wish you the best as you recover.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      I’m so glad to hear this!
      Thank u!
      Xo

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    Kara

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Kara!
      Xo

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    Cindy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Cindy!
      Xxooo

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    Mary

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Mrs. Dude and the update.
    You’ve been in my thought, concerns and prayers.
    Focusing on dealing/healing the effects of Celiac over the past few years and the other conditions I’ve developed, I’ve neglected my GYN health and getting a mammo. Losing a ton of weight, going from being large breasted to having teeny tiny breasts made me “feel safer”. Ridiculous I know. You drove the importance home of having a mammogram.
    Mush love to you to you…amazing woman that you are, and your equally amazing husband, family and support system. You’ve got this!
    Go woman go!
    ~Mary

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thx Mary!!!!
      Go woman go- I love that!!

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    Jennifer

    You’ve inspired me to make an appointment for a mammogram. No more procrastination. I appreciate your courage and openness. It takes a strong person to help others amid your own challenges. Best wishes!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thanks Jennifer!
      Best wishes back!
      Xo

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    Donna

    Fight like a GIRL Mrs Dude! And thanks for sharing your story here! You are absolutely right that we, the Celiac community, are a compassionate bunch and will definitely be here to support you!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      I’m feeling the love Donna – thank u!!

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    Lydia

    Thank you for sharing your story. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You can do this! You have a wonderful support system. God bless.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you Lydia!!

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    Miss Dee Meanor

    Thank you for sharing this and please continue to post updates. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. I saw Dude’s FB post concerning a setback for you and wanted to ask about your diagnosis/treatment, but felt that you would discuss it when and if you were ready and didn’t want to invade your privacy. (I know that I need to think things through, talk with friends/family, weigh my options, do my research, and make my own decisions before discussing health decisions publicly.)

    You have earned a tee-shirt that says “I kicked breast cancer AND survived my Dude’s nursing skills”.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Miss Dee!
      Now that’s a t shirt I would wear proudly! :)
      Xo

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    Sani

    Okay, I have been lazy about mammos, my doc yelled at me over a week ago for neglecting myself, I was sick of doctors, etc….
    Now, I will schedule it.
    Lots of extended love to you and the Mr.
    Bethesda MD mom!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thanks for the love!
      Be healthy!!
      Xoxoxo

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    Thankful for Whole Foods

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and being an advocate for mammograms! I am a fairly new to the celiac community (about a year ago I was in terrible shape and was diagnosed in September) and have a history of DCIS (Stage 0 Cancer). My DCIS was discovered not through mammogram but the physical exam performed by my OB/GYN. I have lumpy breasts and she referred me for screening. So ladies, please be sure to see your OB/GYN regularly too!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Great reminder- thank u!!
      Xoxo

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    Dawn K.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us ! Your story kinda hit me hard ..I am long over due for a check up and ( long sigh ) I’ve never had a mammogram ( don’t hit me ! ) I am taking these double D’s in soon , I promise !
    You amaze me , so strong and brave !

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Each day is a new beginning. Don’t be afraid. Go get screened. We only have one body. The good thing is it’s a quick smush, then u are done! Let me know how it goes. It will be holding your hand virtually.

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    amy

    What an amazing tale of optimism and strength you provide Mrs. Dude. Much like Dude himself, sending out helpful and hopeful vibes showing us to all pull our Sh*t together, to work together, and keep moving forward. Best wishes for quick recovery!

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      One foot in front of the other. Dude inspired me to share my journey. I thought if he can, I can.
      Thanks u for your kind words.
      Xo

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    Claudia

    Thank you for sharing your story Mrs. Dude. Breast cancer does not run in my family either. I kept scheduling and rescheduling my mammogram. Finally did it and it was normal. Breast cancer is nothing to sniff at. Now that I’m older, I get my regular exams done. Since I found out 2 years ago that I have Celiac disease, I realized that I am not bulletproof. I used to have a devil may care towards my health because I really thought I was invincible—NOT! God bless and may you have a long and healthy life. I will be thinking of you and the progress you make.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      I think we all fall in that invincible mode. I thought I was bullet proof as well. Sadly, that’s not the case.
      Be well!
      Xo

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    Paula @CeliacCorner

    You are an inspiration Mrs. Dude, thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you an abundance of hope, courage, family support and strength to continue to “clear those hurdles”! Paula

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank you Paula!!!
      Xo

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    Anne @ EZGlutenFree

    Thanks for sharing your story Mrs Dude. Your strength is absolutely palpable. You’re in my prayers.

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Thank u Anne!
      Be well xo

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    Theresa

    Mrs Dude, walking 4 miles after 5 days post-op? You go girl!
    My friend had a double mastectomy a few years ago for the same reason, she is doing great and is really into kickboxing now…. her motto is fight like a girl! :-) … Now if you can just keep Dude out of the poison ivy… ;-)

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Great to hear about your friend! I love that motto- fight like a girl!!!
      Dude is not allowed to play outside anymore ;)

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    Aloha Julie

    Mrs. Dude, I am in awe of your courage and your brutal honesty. It is people like you and GD that make a difference in this world. Sharing your story will save someone else’s life. How many of us can say that we have made a difference. You are an inspiration to all.

    Aloha

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      Mrs. Dude aka Doodles

      Wow Julie!! I have the chills! Thank u!
      Now when are we coming to visit you??!! ;)

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        Aloha Julie

        To meet the both of you would be just awesome. You undoubtedly will need some R&R!! http://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/photo_and_video/

        My recommendation would be the Four Seasons at Hualalai

        :-)

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          Aloha Julie

          oh and of course e komo mai “welcome to my home.”

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    Galwayfan

    Dear Mrs Dude,

    You’re a brave lady! I know you will win this battle. My neighbor lost both of her sisters to breast cancer. She decided to have a preventive double mastectomy and hasn’t regretted her choice for even a minute. She has a husband and three kids she wants to be here for. Shortly after her 2nd sister died, her mom died of a broken heart. They have shared their story through a foundation they started called The Oldham Project. You can find it on Facebook.

    You are in my prayers Mrs Dude

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    kimbopaloopa

    Thank you for trusting us by sharing your journey….Praying <3 …

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    michelle

    I am new to this blog but i am not new to breast cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer with 7 lymp nodes positive. ER,PR + HER2-. I also opted for a double masct which was a good thing as they found microcalcifications on the other. I also opted to do radiation but i refused chemo and tamoxifin. I went on a search of why isnt my body functioning right. I in turn found out quite a few things that i have been working on correcting, one of which is celiac’s. Mrs Dude I don’t know any more about you than this story but are you gluten free also? I have found that by correcting and trying to make my body in tune that I have been able to survive. I am now over 6 years cancer free when they told me I would be dead in 6 months. I honestly believe all diseases start in the gut and i will never give up trying to improve me as an individual and not the me as a number the medical community labeled me as. Good luck to you both and God Bless.

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    erin

    Thank you so much for posting your stories.
    Wishing you health and happiness.

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    lynn

    thank you for sharing your story, doodles!
    i was the primary caregiver for my mother, for her last 3 years dealing with metastatic DCIS, but her philosophy was so different than yours — re-active, instead of pro-active, is a mild way to describe it. i support your courage to opt for double mastectomy, and i wish you successful surgery, with never a recurrance or metastasis, and i look forward to following the rest of your story.
    and yes, i’m celiac, it tracks thru my family for at least 4 generations, but few are formally diagnosed (including me.) i don’t need invasive procedures to tell me how much better i feel without gluten, but then i’m horribly doctor-phobic, after multiple breast cancer scares and biopsies (and painful procedures) resulting in “benign” pathology reports.

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