Kicking Breast Cancer's %#$ With Romance...
And A Healthy Dose of Laughter
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When I think back to all that has happened since my breast cancer diagnosis last October 2015, one of the constants has been my little brother, Patrick's, ability to make me laugh. When I started losing my hair, he reminded me that I still had more than him.
During Thanksgiving, when I gifted the men in my life - my husband, brother-in-law’s and brothers each a pink tie in honor of breast cancer awareness, Patrick was the only one that tied it around his head and wore it like a headdress during dinner.
The next morning, Patrick woke early to run beside my husband and me in a 5k race because he knew I started training for it before I was diagnosed. He knew how much it meant to me to finish what I had started.
And when I shared my fear of dying and leaving my husband and children, my baby brother, assured me, even promised, that I would live to grow old with Ron, see my twins graduate collage, my daughter finish high school and my youngest son begin the fourth grade. Patrick was the voice of reason when I had none.
There is no way to ever adequately thank him for being there when I fell apart. So I wrote a book to celebrate what I treasure most about our relationship – the laughter.
"Do Not Disturb" is the result of writing despite how I felt and finding the good. And in respects to my little brother, there is always an abundance of good.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It will mark a year since my diagnosis. It also happily coincides with the release of the book I wrote for my brother. "Do Not Disturb" will be featured on USA Today's Happily Ever After on October 3, 2016.

Life is good. I'm still battling to kick cancer's @!$  And I'll keep trudging along until it is no longer a threat.

If you’re a woman and you haven’t had a mammogram,
please don’t wait.
Schedule one today.

Thank you for all your love and support.
With all my love,
Mary xoxoxxo

With each treatment, procedure, and stage of my diagnosis, there have been moments of humor and times of heartache. But at each juncture, I committed to write my weekly newspaper column for the Casper Star-Tribune with honesty and without reservation. It was raw, real, and, the most exposed I’ve ever been in my professional career.

But week after week, men and women across Wyoming sent emails and wrote letters sharing their breast cancer stories with me. Ranchers wrote about how they drove their wives 70 miles each way for radiation treatments. Or shaved their heads in support of their wives. Women mailed me hats and scarves when I cut my hair in preparation for chemo prevention. Wyoming is The Cowboy State. Folks here are Wyoming Proud and for good reason. Talking about difficulties isn't part of the Cowboy Code, but something changed and people connected with my plight. I've never been more grateful. From Assignment to Personal Story - I shared and will continue to share my Breast Cancer Battle so that the conversation may continue.
Copyright © 2016 M. Billiter, All rights reserved.

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