A little over a week ago we got shocking news, I have lung cancer. I have focused on being the healthiest version of myself for so long, that this feels like a dream, a very bad dream. Unfortunately cancer doesn't care what our intentions are. We have learned so much about this slow growing non-smoking cancer that is found in women under 40 called an adenocarcinoma. I have had what was thought to be a benign nodule in my right lower lung for two years. But since I was pregnant last year it grew significantly and is now 3x3cm. We think it is a stage 1 meaning it has not spread to my lymph nodes or other areas in my lungs. We are hoping to confirm that it has not spread in the next couple weeks with additional tests. Treatment for stage 1 is a lung lobectomy to remove the lung lobe. Treatment if it has spread is more complicated and involves radiation maybe chemo. We are hoping for surgery alone. I know I can beat this...I know people fighting much more difficult battles they are my heroes. I am resilient and have the best support network! As many of you know I hate asking for help. Damon and I have become very good at digging in and getting through difficult things with minimal help from others. But after four difficult years behind us with a strenuous contested Foster care adoption, Malachi's open heart surgeries and subsequent complications, and the miracle birth of our sweet Hope, I feel like we need some help. We used all our financial reserves this last year, and our time off had been maxed out. This surgery is going to be a difficult recovery, one I know I am strong enough for but difficult regardless. I'm not sure how long I will be out of work. Any support any one can give is greatly appreciated. I will be making a caring bridge to keep everyone up to date. Once we have a surgery date (likely beginning of June if all goes well) then we will let everyone know. Our wonderful mothers are both going to come to help with the kiddos during the surgery so Damon can stay with me. I am so lucky to have Damon by my side in this, I know it is just as scary for him as it is for me. We both feel blessed this was caught early and can hopefully be cured. I also know many of you are worried about me and my little family. But just remember who I am and what I have accomplished! And how hard Damon and I have fought to build this family. We've got this! We just need a little help!