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Friday, February 25, 2011


If you're reading this (and it's still Friday morning),

Can I get an AMENNNNNNN-ah!
Can I get a HALLELUIA!
Can I get a PRAISE BE-ah!
(let that inner preacher man out!)

'Cause my sister and my brothers,
I have made it through.
I've made it through two surgeries, months and months of chemotherapy, seven weeks of radiation, biopsies, scans, mamagrams, MRIs, so many needle pokes I couldn't count them if I tried and today,
marks the end of the massive hoops and major deals.*

And so I'm getting outta dodge.
I'm heading down the coast and into the central valley to bask in the warmth of my parent's home, to take a class (adding to my tool chest of knowledge and abilities... I'll fill you in later), to visit with friends old and new, and just,

So grab whatever you have nearby, coffee, tea, champagne, or a smooth shot of scotch and let's toast to ALL our health!

See you soon lovey doves!
~ Umber

* From here out, I have a plethora of checkup appointments, a list of scans and tests to run (after I heal from the radiation), and this little drug I'll be taking for the next five years.  And God willing, I'll just look back and remember that one crazy year that I had cancer.
** I'll be flitting about on the interwebs as it suits my soul, but know that I'll be back in town and ready to answer all emails and convos two weeks from now.


Janel said...

Amen and Hallelujah! Congratulations on making it through a long, tough journey. You are still beautiful!

Have fun celebrating you! xo

Pat in east TN said...

HOOray! Have a good time.

Lizzy Derksen said...

I am so, so glad.

John said...


We'll be celebrating today!!

Love you

Em in SF said...

Well, thank God for that!

I love you and can't to see you on the upswing back home!

A ridiculously fast gallop down the beach is in order! Thunder filling your ears is a glorious celebration!

Buffalo Lucy said...

Just a lurker who had to come out to say YIPPPEEEEEE!!!! :)

Jaime/Bella-Bijou Jewellery said...

I am saluting you with my bowl of Cheerios ( since that is all that is in front of me!)

Indigo Swallow said...


Clare said...

Truly something to celebrate! I hope you continue down this road of health and never have to look back!

resolute twig said...

Congrats and AMEN.
You are amazing and so so beautiful. :) Have a wonderful couple of weeks away.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Woohoo, I gulped my coffee to you...hallelujah indeed you gorgeous warrior you!


tattooedblogger said...

Here is a toast to an AMAZING WOMAN....Hallelujah and Amen. Such an ASS KICKIN job you body, mind and spirit have done...Here is to YOU, and GREAT days ahead!

Snailentina said...

I am spinning in circles on my office chair, Ye Hawww! Radiation begone!

Also, I love your Sinead O'Connor circa 1990s look :D

d.rola said...

So stoked for your KC!! This is definitely something to celebrate!!

Cat said...

awesome awesome awesome
tears of joy flow as I type this...damn it is hard to see...
You have done soooooooooooo good K so so very very good.
I have loved, been moved and inspired by the way you have chosen to walk through this dark time...
Cancer is not a friendly sort and yet you chose grace over and over and over again....taking each moment and learning, growing, filling yourself..and I know that it was not always easy..

I want to leave you with a blessing:
" Because you, Kelly, have guarded and kept God's word of Patient Endurance (have held fast the lesson of Her patience with the expectant endurance that She gave you) God also will keep you (safe) from the hour of trial (testing) which will come to all who dwell upon the earth. -Rev. 3:10

okay now I have to go and do a happy dance!
Have a wonderful time back home!

Love and Light

reconstructing sarah said...


this bottle of soy milk baby formula is for you ;)

congratulations, beautiful!

Cristen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is great news to hear and have a GREAT time on your getaway!

mme. bookling said...

Girl, you look good. Real Real GOOD.

cheers from my shitty Microsoft know the one, i may have "complained" about it in one too many letters.

be safe this weekend.

kerin rose said...

gorgeous photo of your glorious soul....inside and out...

congrats, praise-be, salut, mazel tov, migwetch, namaste...

may it all shine on you....


The Noisy Plume: said...

Thank God you made it through!
Lurv you!

Amanda said...

Congratulations! May your 2011 be filled with health, energy, and joy! Cheers from Los Angeles with a cup of soy chai. :)

lulu said...

you bask in that light, love!

Pouring a glass of red now - here's to good health and bright futures!

happy 'homeward bound!'

Kathleen said...

Wonderful new! So glad and congrats!

Sunny Rising Leather said...





Abigail Jasmine said...

Praise God!
I am so thankful!

Still in my prayers!

You are gorgeous, friend ~

Joyful said...

Such ridiculously wonderful news for you and all of us on a Friday :-) Well done, amen and halleluia. Have a wonderful and safe weekend away. See you when you back. Hugs. xx

Shell (aka Songsmith) said...

I just want to say, bless you!

And maybe also, YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!

That's all.

& all my love and best wishes to you, sweet woman.

{that's really all, I promise}!

firepan54 said...

I was very happy to hear this! Upward and onward....

Andrea~CrowNology~ said...

amen lovely Umber...

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Elly Rarg said...

!!! Congratulations, lady! That's brilliant news! I hold my oreo shake high, and toast 'Santé!' to you + yours :)

CynHunt said...

We will raise a toast to you, over and over.
Let the joy envelop you!

Carrie said...


calamityjane(t) said...

i am so very happy for you and so amazed by how you have traveled that rough road with such grace and beauty.

Kathleen said...

I'm a new fan of your work! Beautiful! Your post brought tears to my eyes and I raised my cup of tea in your honor. May you be blessed with excellent health from here on out.

marie bell said...

beautiful: your image. your words.

thewindhover said...

So happy and glad and proud and moved by you all the way.

Sandi/sassyglassdesigns said...

SALUT and congratulations...been there, done that so I understand the need to celebrate. Enjoy your time away and all the best!

Nancy*McKay said...




amen, i say...AMEN!

jordan said...

you're so beautiful...huge congrats, i've been meaning to comment on this (and other posts) for awhile but have had a tiny human attached to me so everything interwebular is a bit delayed ;). hope you're feeling well, big big hugs from the great white FREEZING north!

Emma O said...

this silent admirer will be silent no more, this calls for a big AMEN! I admire your strength.

Devon said...

Halle-frekin-luia is right girlfriend! You did it.

(But we all knew you would)

UmberDove said...



I have savored these comments like cheese and wine in the bath, celebrating every single one.

And so again, THANK YOU ten million times from the deepest depths of my heart and soul!