Today Jen had her CT and bone scan. We spent most of the day at the hospital. There was a lot of waiting, and between the tests, Jen said she had seen Tripler Hospital up the hill when we drove in and wanted to take a picture of it. So we walked out and across the parking lot so she could. She processed her shot with Camera+ and posted it to Instagram.

I posted this to Twitter, and Caitlin observed, “Even in a scary time, she sees beauty.” That’s my girl!

We also walked up the street to the First Assembly of God. But Jen deemed it not particularly photogenic, save for a plumeria tree in the parking lot.


Flashback. Though we got an official diagnosis on March 8, 2012, it comes after several nerve-wracking phone calls and an escalating series of doctor visits. We were hesitant to share what was happing, given the constant hope that nothing was happening, but it was definitely a challenge given our usual habit of oversharing. The only signs we’d shared publicly (which did not go unnoticed by some friends) were a distinct uptick in geolocation app checkins at medical facilities. I think this March 2 checkin and photo on Path is probably the first digital artifact of this experience.


We set up this blog to help family and friends learn about, and keep up with, Jen’s fight with breast cancer. We also wanted a space to document and track everything for ourselves. If this is the first time you’ve visited this site, we know it might be overwhelming. We were overwhelmed, too! But most of all, we’re grateful that you’re interested in learning more, and might follow this journey. Read more about this blog.

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