Today for my Friday Fav’s post, I decided to do things a little different… I typically recap my favorite moments and pictures from the previous week and weekend. However, I wanted to dedicate all of my social media outlets to my dear friend and Blogger Babe Amanda from The Southcoast Movement Blog.
If you have followed my blog for some time now, then you’ve definitely seen her featured many times before (seen here, here, here and here). We have been friends for almost 10 years and most people think that we met through blogging which is not the case. Amanda and I attended the same college and were in the same sorority together. Not only did the sisterhood bring us together but blogging, attending events, visiting her new baby boy and living near one another has made us even closer!
A little while ago, Amanda and I were taking blog pictures and she mentioned to me that she might need to take a break from our weekly shoots. Her mom wasn’t doing too well and she needed to take her doctor appointments. I’ve known her mother Annette for quite some time now, so I knew this was something serious because she’s a very strong, independent and proud woman. Amanda and I are a lot alike when it comes to our relationships with our moms because they’re our best friends. So I couldn’t imagine what her family was going through.
After numerous doctor visits and tests, Amanda broke the news to me that her mom had cancer. I couldn’t believe it…how could someone so close to us really have cancer? It didn’t seem real and I felt so helpless. Even when she was telling me the results she seemed so calm and positive and didn’t cry at all! I was the one tearing up and it wasn’t even my mom! Although Amanda knew this was going to be an uphill battle for her mom, she knew she had to be the strong one.
With the type of cancer that Annette had they knew they had to react quickly before it started to spread. Within five days of finding out, they scheduled her surgery at The City of Hope hospital. I made sure to reach out to Amanda more than usual to see if she was okay as we patiently waited for her mom’s results. After a week or so of waiting, she told me the news that the doctor was able to remove everything and that she was cancer free!!! This was such GREAT news and I couldn’t have been happier for them and their family!
Amanda’s family recently set up a GoFundMe account in honor of their mom to help raise money for her medical bills. Like I mentioned before Annette is a strong, INDEPENDENT and proud individual so asking for money is not easy for her.
With my wedding and recent move, money is tight for me so I’m doing my best to donate what I can and to spread the word to help her raise money. So please check out Amanda’s mom’s journey (here) and if you would like to make a donation to her please check out her GoFundMe account (here).
I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read this post and I hope you can spread the word with me in helping Annette. #prayersforannette