June has definitely been a roller-coaster month, having one of the lowest points in the past 4.5 years with major progression. Maybe that is why there were not one, but TWO June Delights as part of the Delightful Dozen!
First was an incredible evening with one of my favorite celebrities, Giuliana Rancic! She hosts E! News and the red carpet shows, but I relate to her because of her infertility struggles, miscarriage, and breast cancer diagnosis. Giuliana’s husband, Bill Rancic, was the first winner of The Apprentice. They’ve had a reality show the past couple of years and this year opened RPM Italian restaurant in Chicago. The amazing Erica Strama, a friend from college, had a connection to the restaurant. She was able to get me two tickets to watch the season finale of Giuliana and Bill at RPM Italian *with* Giuliana and Bill (and Papa DePandi!). Kathleen Henson was truly wonderful in making sure I got my picture taken with Giuliana and Bill! I was able to speak with both of them briefly. They were incredible kind and sincere when I shared I had been down a similar path. It was a LEGENDARY evening that will forever be one of my favorites!!!
As if that wasn’t enough, as of today, I can call myself a “cover girl!” There is a new magazine in Champaign Urbana called Her-Lifestyle and yours truly is on the July cover! You can find the magazine at Bella, Findings, Circles, almost any hair salon, Meijer (in the area between the two sets of doors), Expresso Royale, El Toro. The family joke is I can’t go anywhere without knowing someone. Now the joke is on you…you can’t go anywhere in CU without seeing me! And, I’m truly laughing in that picture; Corbin was doing a “dance dare” behind the photographer. Youtube “Ellen dance dare” if you aren’t familiar with it; it’s one of our favorite things to do. If you aren’t in CU, you can “like” Her-Lifestyle on FB and see the entire magazine online!! I’ve added the cover shot to the photo gallery as well.
I’ve been very confident in my decision to not have reconstruction after my bilateral mastectomy. What I love about it is I have choices, or as I like to call them, “accessories.” When getting dressed, most women choose between gold vs silver, heels vs flats. I also get to choose foobs (fake boobs/prosthesis) or flat. You may notice the picture with Giuliana and Bill I have nothing, but the cover of Her-Lifestyle I am wearing them. I feel completely comfortable either way.
Lastly, thank you for all the prayers, well-wishes, warm fuzzies, cards, thoughtful texts, voicemails, etc. The past month with the loss of 3 friends and dealing with my own progression has been emotionally exhausting. I truly appreciate each kind word that you’ve taken time to whisper, speak, or yell on my behalf.