Monday, March 21, 2011


Hello to all of you Westra World followers...
This is Vicky’s friend Gitz {Sara}, and I’m going to be filling in here for Vicky from time to time as she needs me. There have been some drastic changes in her world, and as much as I’d love to find an easy way to coax us all into it, there just isn’t one. So as Vicky walks forward so will we...
A few days ago, Vicky received a diagnosis of breast cancer from her doctors. I know, that sentence is going to take a moment to really sink in. It did for all of us. She found out late last week that it was cancer, but didn’t have any real information about it until today. Vicky met with her doctor early this morning and right now they are calling it an aggressive and invasive stage three cancer.
As much as we all would like a minute to process this, even try to deny it’s possible, we are all now on cancer’s timeline, and on the doctor’s timeline to beat it. Things are moving rapidly, and we are so grateful that the medical professionals are moving whatever mountains necessary to treat her as quickly as possible. Vicky will have a PET scan on Wednesday so they can be fully informed about where the cancer is, and if it has gone beyond stage three or not. On Thursday she’ll have a port placed in her chest and Friday she begins chemotherapy, and should also get a full report on the PET scan that day.
Vicky is amazing. She probably thinks she’s a mess, but she’s wrong. She is standing on her own two feet, she is being faithful and transparent and is measuring her steps so she is walking forward intentionally. She chose "Alive" as her one word for the year, and she is going to live through this diagnosis with all of us by her, loving her and holding her up.
She will blog here when she has words. She knows it will be a therapy for her, but for now, she has a whirlwind week of learning the language of medicine and focusing on making sure she and her family are ready for what lies ahead. So sometimes she’ll show up here, and when she can’t I’ll be here so you never have to wonder how she is. Vicky is one of my very first blog friends, and has become like a sister to me. I promise that as soon as I know something, you’ll know it too so we can all love her well and love her together.
For now, prayer is huge. Please be praying for Rick and Vicky as they meet about chemotherapy tomorrow and learn a new language that’s coming at them. Pray for the PET scan on Wednesday, that this cancer hasn’t spread any farther than they think.
The plan for right now is for Vicky to undergo chemo for a month and then surgery and recovery time. After that will be more chemo, a round of radiation and then chemo again. Of course, any of that can change at any time, and she will get a different combination for the last phase through the end of the year.
Vicky is asking for prayers not just for her, but for her family, for her mom, Rick, Nolan and Colton. They all will need patience and peace and strength and fortitude. I know, even if she can’t reply to everyone right now, that hearing from you in the comments is going to help keep her going... so please let her know how much she is loved.
I’ll be back during the week to update you more. Thank you all for loving Vicky the way you do. She’s one of a kind.


  1. Prayers to you Vicky and your family. I will be thinking of you constantly.

  2. I'm SO sorry to hear that you are going through this Vicky. I remember when my daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago how shocked and confused and scared we all were. It's okay to be all of those things - and allow yourself to lean on family, friends and your medical team.

    Thinking of you and your family. Big (((hug))),

  3. A prayer everyday for you, and your family, Vicky.

  4. Vicky, As tears are falling and my heart is breaking I wish I could be near you. I feel so horrible - I haven't been around - I've been a bad friend when you've always always always been there for me during my struggles. Sending love your way Vicky - what a dear blog friend you have become. I wish I could be by your side - please know that I'm here if you need anything!!!! Hugs my dear dear friend!!!! Love you!

  5. Dear Vicky
    I will be thinking of you every day and sending you love and the best of wishes.

  6. Ohhhhhhh NO !!
    I can't believe it, I can't process it, I can't digest it. How would this happen with a woman of substance,courage & sporting spirits. Vicky,I know you are one of those women having remarkable fighting spirits,disciplined sporting and positive attitude, and an ever smiling inlooks and outlooks towards life.

    I would be sincerly and continuously praying for you and your most beautiful family.. I have ever met. I'm not only sure but confident and certain of my Lord Krishna and Wahe Guru that THEY will bless you with complete cure and more happiness thereafter. I'm sure HE can't betray a woman having a great faith in HIM with an ideology of "Thankful in everything HE does".
    Praying every moment now on for you and your(my) family.....
    Love and Regards !!
    dr. s.s. yadav.

  7. Vicky...I'm shocked and speechless. when you are able or willing, email me. I have a dear friend who I believe went to your church until they moved.
    She also had this at your age, aggressive, etc. She will be a wonderful wealth of information, and I am sure you would love all the information and people who understand this better than others to guide you.
    You are an amazing woman and I adore you. You are in our prayers.

  8. You will be in my prayers every single day. But I feel sorry for the cancer because it really chose the wrong person and family to mess with. You are strong, beautiful, and will kick this cancers a@#. We will all be right next to you cheering you on. Much love Vicky!

  9. Oh Vicky, I am praying for a complete and full recovery for you. God is great. You are loved.

  10. Vicky, please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May you feel God's healing power and His love be your comfort during the difficult days ahead.

  11. Vicky,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Rick, Nolan and Colton. As shocked as I was to hear this, I do know that prayers, a positive attitude and a fighting spirit can do wonders at healing your body.

    Hugs my friend! I am praying.


  12. I have a prayer equivalent meditation list and now you're name is on it too. As I light a candle and ease myself into position and run through the Metta Bhavana may you in some way benefit from mine and everyone else's method of sending love and prayer ♥

  13. Oh no, I been away from blogging and I can't believe the news I am coming back to. I am so shocked I Have no words. You are in my prayers, I know you are a strong woman and with the love of your family and friends around you, I pray you kick this to the kerb and get better.


  14. My heart aches for her, her husband and the boys. I'll be keeping them all in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  15. Oh sweet, Vicky. I am on my knees for you and your family. Fight hard! You can do this!!!

    Praying constantly!

  16. I will be praying for your entire family!
    Keep Positive Thoughts!

  17. Our dear Vicky ... we hold you and your family in prayer and fight the good fight with you. May His peace embrace you as you walk through this.

  18. Oh my goodness!! I am so sorry to hear about all this.
    Vicky be strong and fight hard.
    This is such a shock and its bringing tears to my eyes, moreso because it was one of my readers who brought this to my attention this morning.
    Vicky will have many prayers from this end of the internet for her health and for the family. I can't believe this is happening to her.

  19. Dear sweet Vicky, I am so sorry that you are going through this but I know with all my being that you will come out on top of this and an even stronger, beautiful, and more inspirational person than you already are.

    Many thoughts and prayers to you, Rick, Nolan and Colton.

    I'll see you soon!

    Sending you much love!
    Becky K.

  20. Vicky... I'm a friend of Gitz. She told me about your diagnosis the other day. I will pray for you and your family. God will take care of you! Bless you and your family - Susie

  21. Vicky, Rick & kids, we are thinking of all of you. Strength and resilience are gifts that you have in abundance Vicky and you will be an amazing fighter. Know we are here for you all should you need anything.

  22. Vicky, please know that I will be praying for you and your family. God bless you my friend and we all hope to hear from you soon.

  23. I wish I could thank each of you individually, but please know that your heartfelt words and your prayers mean so much to us. Its comforting and reassuring to see you all here holding us up like you are- thank you.

  24. Vicky, I will be praying every day for you and your family. I feel awful that you are having to deal with this. Here is a big hug. I know I have only known you for a short time. you are beautiful inside and out and you have a lot of people in your corner. Prayer, love and faith surround you now. c

  25. Oh Vicky! Craig and I have you and your family in our thoughts. If you hear murmurs coming from the west coast, that is us cheering for the Westras to get through this!

  26. Love you you you Vicky

    I'm praying for you with all my heart and soul my friend. - Kelly

  27. Vicky, I am here through Robin at "All Things Heart and Home", joining in this chain of prayer for you and your family. You have quite the mountain to climb, but you can do it. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". You're in my mind and heart along with many many others. "Faith can move mountains, mountains of fear and of doubt. Faith can move mountains, so why don't you try your faith out". (song from my youth) God Bless.


  28. Vicky, I think it is all right to be scared, angry, frustrated and sad. But through all those feelings, know that you are going to emerge a winner. All of us are with you every step of the way. It is curable and you will be cured. Period. Don't worry. Stay as positive as possible and stay active. God bless and sincere prayers to God to heal everyone afflicted with this.

  29. Sara, who could say this more beautifully or eloquently than you? Thank you for doing this for Vicky and my heart is aching at God's goodness in bringing you two together through the blogging world.

    I am praying and will BE praying.

    Love to you both.


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