Holding Space

With Shelly Vaughn


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January 11, 2017..

January 11, 2017… I was so scared because I knew I had a lump in my breast but was still waiting to have a biopsy. Those days feel like eternity when you have to wait. But then my world stopped and my concerns were overshadowed by my friend’s sudden grief- for her daughter had just passed away. It was sudden and unexpected and shocking when I heard it. And my friend dealt with it with an amazing demonstration of grace and love that I admired so deeply (the kind that we think of when we read about Jesus). I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child… I am so sad for my friends who have carried that in their lives. You know who you are… and I pray for you often. It was a strange thing to go a funeral of a young child- so peaceful but so sad for us on this side of heaven. I remember her sparkly shoes and painted fingernails… striking me uncomfortably close having my own girls close to her age. Perhaps it put me in the right place mentally- about to deal with my own challenge that would never seem as hard as what I had just witnessed. Hug your babies a little extra tonight. And say a prayer for my friend- God will know who mean.  💕

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Normal-ish

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“Dress up like a book character day” for the girls at school. Liana was an orange crayon from “The Day the Crayons Quit” and Olivia was Olivia the pig. Notice the ribbons she put on the ears she made. 💗 It was a nice evening to have their friend over, too. These “normal-ish” evenings feel so good.


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Cover Photo

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I didn’t think to tell everyone that the cover photo for this page was taken by Rob. He has such talent for photography. He went out the morning after we learned my diagnosis, to a part of the CVNP that we frequent. He took this beautifully serene photo without knowing I would even be starting this page. It perfectly represents the start of my walk- foggy; unknown yet familiar; I know what’s at the end of that path when it’s clear- it’s just hard to see right now. I love my husband!


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Overwhelming Support

Originally posted on 1.26.17

The overwhelming feelings of worry and anxiety this week have been shadowed by the overwhelming support from all of you. I cannot thank everyone enough. I’m so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. It’s so strange to be going through these medical procedures and sitting in waiting rooms with sick, elderly people when I feel so well. But I guess this par for the course.
Tomorrow we get the results of the CT scan, bone scan, and MRI. We’ll also have a better idea of what to expect for treatment. So I ask that you all pray hard tomorrow morning. Best case scenario that we’re hoping for is that it hasn’t spread beyond the one lymph node that we know of.

Lots of love
-Shelly.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul… Hebrews 6:19