The first slap

The first slap
This photo was taken the day after I was diagnosed, and it is my first bitch slap at cancer. I'm the one with the icepack symbolically placed on my boob. My teammates changed our team's uniform to pink at the last minute, and I came off the soccer field that night with one goal and a whole lot of love. Several of these women are my close friends, but they are all warriors, and they all helped me set the tone for this fight.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Thank You to My Students

Had to share this selfie of me in my new "Cancer Sucks" t-shirt and "Fight like a Girl" pin, both given to me by my students today on our last day of the semester, along with several cards with their kind and heartfelt words. Thanks, 208 peeps! You inspire me! I can already visualize the lucky children who will have the great fortune of having you as their teachers in a couple of short years. Teach on!


  1. That t-shirt sure says it like it is! . . . and that's a great color on you!
    Hope you're having a nice time in Dallas!

  2. Betsy Evans SullivanDecember 10, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Hi Lara, I was "thumbing" though FB which I hardly ever do and happened upon this. I think it was a sign. I'm so sorry you are going through this. you may not know but 4 short years ago I was diagnosed with stage IIIa uterine cancer and I went through surgery and 6 months of chemo which is very similar to breast cancer chemo. Everyone's ride is different but I can relate to your ride. I'd love to be a support person for you! Please reach out and send me your email address. Mine is I'll send you my cell number and I'd be happy to talk with you any time or just listen to you. It is an insidious disease but it can be beat. That pit in your stomach will go away. It's all about getting started and then you will find you will relax into the process. Please be in touch!!!

    (BTW...that Benedryl-buzz is the best! Relax and enjoy)

    Hugs to you!!!!!

  3. Betsy Evans SullivanDecember 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM's a link to my "blog" if you want to read about my journey. I hope that yours is as "uneventful" as mine's weird that 3 of us from our class have had cancer. We're too damn young!


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