Jul 31, 2011

2 years!

July 31, 2009.
Two years ago today.
My family changed forever.
The day my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was a day that I will never forget. I had just dropped Blake off at the airport and I was gonna go meet a friend for lunch when my dad called me and told me to come straight home. I gave him a little attitude telling him that I had plans and wondering why I needed to come home. It was friday. I didnt want to go home. Then I could tell he was serious, he sounded stressed. So I didnt ask anymore questions and just did what he said. When I got home, the rest of my family was waiting for me at the dinner table. Kaitlyn and Blake were both in Utah so it was just my mom, dad, Kayla and Jeremy. I took a seat and then my dad began talking. He started informing us that my mom had a doctors appointment earlier that day. He kept rambling on about things that I didnt understand. I could tell that he was avoiding telling us something. That was when my mom interrupted him and got to the point, "They found a lump in my boob, and diagnosed me breast cancer."
My heart dropped. It didnt seem real. I was just waiting for my mom to say "Just Kidding" or "Its nothing serious though, they can remove it right away." I was waiting for anything. But it never came. I kinda zoned out everything after that point.
I didnt want to talk about it, think about it or tell anyone cause I knew thats what would make it real. After the talk I went up to my room and my friend emily came over to drop off some borrowed clothes. She instantly knew something was wrong. She kept asking and I said nothing. Until my eyes started to tear up. Im not one to cry, sometimes my family wonders if my tear ducts work. So when I do, everyone knows its something very serious. She finally got it out of me and I broke down. Instantly everything seemed real. It was true. This was really happening. Our family would be changed forever. Every fear rushed over me. I spent the rest of that night with my friends feeling loved. I tried my best to be bottled up but my friends knew me too well. I remember laying in between two of my best friends, chad and chase, and them just hugging me telling me everything would be ok and bearing their testimonies to me. I am so lucky that I have always been blessed with such amazing friends and family in my life. This experience has completely changed my mom, my dad, me, and our whole family. In these past two years, our family has experienced my mom battling cancer, my brother leaving on a mission, my nephew being born, Kaitlyn getting married, Recker being diagnosed with autism, along with many other personal battles. Obviously these past two years have been very hard for everyone but honestly I wouldnt change a thing. Our family has grown so much closer to not only eachother but the Lord.

Two years later, my beautiful Mom lives life to the fullest everyday. Right now she is traveling around Europe with my amazing dad. She is the most incredible person I have ever met and I am so proud of her. She is such a fighter and I look up to her so much. Two years down, fifty more to go. Love you mama!


  1. My goodness, Haleigh I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an attitude. Props girl. You know I’m here for you :)

  2. Haleigh your awesome girl. So is your mama. Congrats to you both!

  3. Haleigh Bear--thank you--thank you for being here through every bit of my pain, you saw it all--I wish your senior year could of been different but the Lord knows what is best and we have all been blessed--I love you so much and teared up when I read this post--I know how hard this has been on you--xoxo love you always and forever mama

  4. What a sweet daughter! Unfortunately, those darn trails are what seem to force us to grow and become better people!
    Your mom is blessed to have you.