Prepared For Tomorrow’s Mastectomy

inamed40.thumbnail Prepared For Tomorrows MastectomyWell, we’re down to the wire, folks. For the past two weeks, I’ve been preparing myself for tomorrow’s surgery.

I’ve read more information about breast cancer in the past two weeks than I ever thought was possible to read. In fact, I’m pretty sure I could pass a medical exam on the subject by now…

I’ve surfed online for pictures of what a mastectomy looks like, to help shield myself from the absolute shock of seeing what it will look like. It ain’t pretty, but at least I know what I’m in for…

I’ve read countless survivor’s stories and have laughed and cried along with them…

I’ve read each and every comment and thoughts from friends and people I’ve never met, which has helped enormously. Man, I can’t tell you how good it is to know I’m not doing this alone…

I’ve studied pretty much every type of alternative treatment and natural remedy there is so I can be prepared for what happens next…

I’ve even started shopping for wigs, prosthetics, and special clothing. (See, there’s always a bright side! Now I have a really good excuse to shop)…

And you know what…?

I’m still not ready for this, dammit.

If truth be told, I woke up this morning and checked myself, hoping beyond hope that this would have all been just a dream and that I was actually just fine. Or that a miracle had happened overnight and I could excitedly call my doctor and say “Hey doc! Guess what! I’m fine, really. Cancer’s all gone, and you get some time off tomorrow”

(Gee, does anyone else recognize a stage of grief here called “Denial”?)

Alas, my breast was as lumpy as ever. No last minute reprieve. No governor’s pardon. Just reality rearing its ugly head again.

Tomorrow morning, bright and way too early, we have to wake up and call in to find out what time I need to be there. I then have to shower with a special antiseptic soap (comes with its own skin abrading scrubbers) and for the second time since our wedding, remove my wedding and engagement rings and give them to my husband for safekeeping.

Then we drive to the hospital where my husband isn’t allowed to come in with me, drop me off to the surgical assembly line, and I will have a variety of people examine me, poke me with needles, and put me to sleep.

When I wake up, I will be the newest One Boob Wonder Woman, and the cancer that is trying to destroy me will be destroyed.

Tomorrow evening, my husband will be allowed to come visit me for just a couple of hours before he’s shipped home to wait until morning. First thing on Tuesday morning, he will be able to pick me up and we can come home to start our healing journey.

So I have no major plans for the coming week. All my calls have been cancelled. I bought a portable DVD player so I can watch all the episodes of Lost I never had the chance to see. I plan to sleep a whole lot and not feel guilty about spontaneous napping.

And in a few days, we’ll have another appointment with the oncologist who will hopefully have finished his tests on the breast tissue and be able to tell us just how severe the cancer WAS.

From there, we will be able to start living again, planning the next few months of our lives. We’ll know what kind of treatments I will be undergoing, and how often I can expect to be “under the weather”.

The biggest lesson I’m learning out of all this so far is that it’s OK for me to let people take care of me for a change. My wonderful husband has been going out of his way to help me deal with all this emotionally. My fantastic brother has been helping with meals and taking our dog for walks regularly, so I don’t have to worry about the details. My staff have been amazing and handling the business flawlessly. And my kids have been wonderfully supportive, making me laugh and showing me how mature and fabulous they can be.

So many friends have been sending me wonderful messages of hope and total confidence that I will be 100% healthy very soon.

And because of all these wonderful heroes in my life, I am feeling peaceful about tomorrow. I know that I’m in wonderful hands and that everything will be fine.

Thank you all!

See you on the other side…

86 Comments so far »

  1. Karen said on:

    September 10, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Sylvie!

    I first met you through your husband’s newletters. Really
    enjoyed your wedding photos. Was dumbstruck upon
    reading about your breast cancer.

    Please know that good thoughts from the eastern part of
    Canada are flying toward you.

    Godspeed, Sylvie…


  2. Nell Taliercio said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Sylvie, I hold you in my prayers.

  3. Kay and Dave Mitchell said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 1:57 am


    You’re in our prayers as you continue to go forward in your journey.

    Just remember, they may be taking away from you what’s on the outside (the physical), but no one can take away from you what’s on the inside (who you truly are). You’ll always be the beautiful lady God created you to be!

    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

    We love you,

    Kay and Dave

  4. Margaret MacGillivray said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 3:51 am

    Sylvie — I’m going to be saying a prayer for you as you undergo your surgery and as your recovery starts. Keep fighting the good fight!

    Best wishes from Scotland

  5. Jason Moffatt said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 4:47 am


    Much love is coming your way from the Moffatt household.

    We wish you the very best.

    Stay strong.

    You will be in my thoughts all day. Take care.


  6. abdellah said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:43 am


    You will be in my thoughts.
    After the winters come spring.

    Take care.


  7. Michel said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:17 am

    A note. I just returned from the hospital after dropping off Sylvie for her surgery, which is officially scheduled at 9:15 am Eastern. Please keep her in your thoughts at that time. Thank you.

  8. Nary Andriatsolondriaka said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:20 am

    Sylvie and Michel

    Just believe in recovering and nothing can hurt you.

    Keep the faith.

  9. Eric Graham said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:32 am

    Michel and Sylvie,

    My families thoughts and prayers are with you both today. You are each such wonderful and giving individuals. I hope you will be comforted by the healing knowledge that “this too shall pass.”

    Even this blog is an example of your incredible ability to share with and inspire others.

    It is my hope that as you heal and recover over the coming months that the posts you make to this blog will bring comfort to and aid in the healing of thousands of women (and men) who find themselves in your situation.

    God bless you both.

    I wish you rapid and happy healing!


  10. Dr.Mani said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:38 am

    You both have been in my thoughts and prayers all through my blog marathon yesterday. I will look forward to hearing the surgery went off well and that your recovery will be smooth, fast and comfortable. Get well soon, Sylvie. All success. Dr.Mani

  11. Joseph said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Michel and Sylvie,

    You are very wonderful individuals.

    I will pray for Sylvie, and I am sure that God will be healing her very soon.

    God bless you.

    Joseph Guirguis

  12. Dave Thomas said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    My thoughts are with you today and for your future speedy recovery​.My wife Jan has been through Breast cancer, Skin cancer and a few other things, Having read what you have put on your Blog and the support you are getting from Michel and your family I know that your attitude and belief will help you on your road to recovery.

    Dave Thomas

    Aberdeen. Scotland

  13. Mike Paetzold said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:43 am

    Just wanted to leave my best wishes and let you know here are prayers heading north to you from PA.

    Get well soon Sylvie.

    Mike Paetzold

  14. Philip Langley said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:44 am

    Hi Silvie

    I don’t know you, and I don’t know Michael, but I do follow his stuff..

    For what it’s worth, from here in Western Australia, I wish you well. I can’t possibly know what you’re going through, but I’m tossing you some thoughts to help you through.



  15. Laurie Weiss said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:46 am


    I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Your courage and inner beauty and strength shine through all your blog posts.

    With love,


  16. Angela Saul said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:46 am

    I’ll be saying a prayer for you at 9:15 AM. God speed you to a swift recovery.

    Angela Saul
    Columbus, Ohio USA

  17. Michael said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:56 am

    My wife has lost 3 of her sisters to breast cancer. It looks like yours was diagnosed early enough to give you a good chance of a recovery, so please accept our very best wishes and we will be sending out as strong supporting thoughts as we can!

  18. Nancy P Redford said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:59 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    Keep your spirits up and give your husband a good squeeze before you go in
    for your operation.

    I have had two operations myself so I know what you are going through. I sincerely hope you have a speedy recovery with no further complications.

    Keep on enjoying life and live each day to the full is my best non-​​prescription advice.

    You’ll already beaten it somewhat by being open and sharing your experiences with others. Something I couldn’t imagine doing myself.

    Take care,
    Nancy P Redford
    London, UK

  19. Pam said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:02 am

    I’m praying for you. Your attitude couldn’t be better, so you’re going into that surgery from a great position. God bless.

  20. Karen said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:12 am


    You will be in my thoughts and prayers all day.
    Stay strong and keep smiling. This too shall pass.


  21. Lisa said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:15 am

    Sylvie -

    May the Lord keep you through this difficult time. I pray all goes well, and His hand keeps you safe, and that He steadies the hands of the doctors, and for an excellent recovery. I also pray for your peace at what you are facing.

    Lisa Baughn

  22. Ted and Kim Crowder said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:15 am

    9:15am est.

    You are not alone Sylvie, we are right there with you!


    Ted and Kim

  23. Laurie Hayes said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:26 am


    I have never visited your blog before, yet came upon it at 9:10 this morning. I see your surgery is scheduled for 9:15.

    I’m sending you love and best wishes from Sudbury, Ontario.

    If I can offer you anything at this time, it is the recommendation that you and Michel visit http://​www​.thesecret​.tv and watch the movie, “The Secret.”

    Once you meet Cathy Goodman (healed of breast cancer) and Morris Goodman (The Miracle Man), your life and health will be forever changed.

    I promise. ;-)

    Love and Abundance,
    Laurie Hayes

  24. Jennifer Houck said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:31 am

    (((HUGS))) Sylvie. WE are pulling for you and uplifting your name in prayers and good thoughts.

  25. Neill Neill said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Hi Silvie,

    You don’t know me, but my thoughts and prayers are with you on this day.


    Dr. Neill Neill

  26. Anthony Babyska said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Michel and Sylvie,

    Never fear shadows.
    They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.

    My thoughts are with you, from here in South Australia

  27. Shiela said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:40 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    The cookie elves are working fouriously getting treats ready for shipping, as per Sylvies request.

    We love you both and all my angels and prayers are with you all today!

    Much Love!


  28. Lynette said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Sylvie, I talked to the Lord today about you, Michel and your family. He said “Don’t you worry, she’s in good hand” :-)

    Stay strong and yes, I’ll continue to have a conversation with the Man upstairs about you.

  29. sudiin said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:47 am

    hi sylvie,
    i just read an email from michel. his daily newsletter. i am a bit surprise to hear that his wife is struggling of breast cancer! what i can say here is…be brave. i know its hard time for both of you. may all the force be with you..both of you. i do pray hard for you.…i think thats the best thing that i can do far ..far away here.


  30. Eric said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:51 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    You’ll come through this like a bright shining star! You have such a beautiful enegy within… We’ll all be thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers!


  31. Hilary said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:54 am

    We send you so much love and hope and you are right in the middle of our hearts. XXX

  32. J said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Have a speedy recovery. Thinking of you.


  33. LaDawn Hancock said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Sylvie we are all sending well wishes and courageous vibes to you today! Take it easy, rest and relax! Enjoy your “Lost” episodes! We love you!

  34. Andrew Dale and Liz Winstanley said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Sylvie, Liz and I wish you the best at this difficult time. We know you will come through this with courage and determination. Our best wishes and thoughts are with you.

  35. Pam said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:14 am

    I am honored that you have chosen to allow us all to take this path with you,


    And think of all the women out here that you are helping, in one form or another. Your sincerity and honesty is touching.

    I will be keeping you in my prayers and thoughts, especially this morning but certainly throughout this entire process — whatever that turns out to be.

    From my heart to yours -

  36. Greg said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:15 am

    Hey Sylvie,
    My thoughts are with you,

    They say the best medicine is laughter, I hope this brings a smile to your face.…..

    A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died.

    After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, “What’s the story?”

    He replies, “Just crap in the carburetor”

    She asks, “How often do I have to do that?”

  37. Clint Lenard said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:16 am


    Good luck today and hopefully everything goes even better than expected! Have a quick recovery and get back to life as you know it.

    - Clint

  38. Stephanie said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today. You’re about an hour into the surgery now, and will soon start your recovery process.

    I’m sure you’ve heard tons of stories by now, good and bad. I’d like to share one with you too… my friend went through breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiation three years ago (she was your age). Of course, the chemo put her into early menopause, so she used no birth control. Lo and behold, she wasn’t completely through menopause, and is now the proud mama of a healthy two-​​year-​​old baby girl. :)

    Laugh often and hold onto that husband of yours!


  39. Dale Susan Edmonds said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Surrounding you with thoughts of courage, blessing, strength, wholeness. My grandmother and several of my aunts have been through this, as well as several friends. Your mind, your thoughts and taping into the love that surrounds you is key.

    (I love the power of blogs to extend community…)
    Blessings. Dale

  40. Dori said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:32 am


    My mouth just hit the floor as I “just” got this news. WOW, and you knew the whole time at the wedding. Wow, I just can hardly believe this. You both are such an inspiration and a symbol of solidarity in light. I now have two new heros.

    My heart is with you as you are now in surgery as I write this and I look forward to reading about your recovery. As I read your blog, some of your comments really hit home. You are now a teachure in a new forum. :-)

    love you both!!

  41. Joseph Ratliff said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:39 am


    From myself and my family…

    You are in our prayers for a swift and painless recovery.

    Joe Ratliff

  42. Victor said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Be anxious in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)

  43. Kim said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:47 am

    We can live without body parts and we can live with scars but the most important thing is that we live.

    My wish for you is a talented surgeon, an uneventful surgery, a supportive nurse and a quick recovery.

  44. Frank Garon said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:52 am

    Hi Sylvie:

    I will say a prayer for you tonight — I am with you in spirit and I know you will come out of this just fine. With all my best wishes for a full & speedy recovery !

    Frank Garon

  45. Jim Herren said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:00 am

    A Prayer for your healing and revcovery

  46. Heather said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:04 am

    Sylvie & Michel:

    I am thinking about you both today…

    As Dori mentioned, I’m stunned at the news and my thoughts are with you.

    Sylvie — you are a strong and powerful woman and have the unique ability to take things that most people would crumble at the mere thought of and turn them into strength. You are admired for being an incredible mother, a beautiful woman, and now a devoted and dedicated wife of a man who simply adores you.

    Michel — you are the symbol of what love is to a woman. Having just heard the news, I have even more admiration for you and the love that you have for Sylvie. If there’s anyone in this world that she needs beside her right now, it’s you…

    Together, you will both be stronger people and a stronger couple. If you need a shoulder to cry on, a hug, or even more importantly, someone to share a laugh with, let me know.

    I’m with you in spirit and am hoping you have a quick recovery.

    Heather Seitz

  47. Susan Gilbert said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Thank you for your willingness to share this very personal experience with us. As a result, you have a cheering squad across the world!

    As a cancer survivor, and someone who lost a husband to leukemia and a mother to cancer colon, I am no stranger to what you are both experiencing.

    Althought it is hard to feel it initially, this outwardly tramatic experience will deepen your lives individually and as a couple. ‘You can’ and will survive this.

    As I gather my little fur children around me, you are in my prayers — knowing that you will be home both healthy and soon.

    Susan Gilbert

  48. Andy & Shawn Catsimanes said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:10 am

    Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.“
    Sai Baba

    Sylvie, our thoughts and prayers are continuously turned toward your healing.

    And Michel, please look after yourself, as well.

    Andy and Shawn

  49. Ray Edwards said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:11 am


    So many people loving and caring about you, praying and thinking good thoughts for you — there is power in that.

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers, too; if anyone deserves healing and happiness, it’s you.

    Ray Edwards

  50. Robert Lehrer said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Dear Sylvie:
    Since I’m a guy that has not experienced cancer yet, I cannot say “I know how you feel.” But I have gotten to know you through Michel’s blog and my thoughts are with you from the Los Angeles area. I have a dear friend who had a radical masectomy several years ago. She had breast reconstructive surgery about a year later. She is now as healthy and beautiful (inside and out) as ever! You will be too. If you read this Michel. my thoughts are with you too during this challenging time.
    All the best.

  51. Angela Wills said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 11:21 am


    Have a speedy recovery and thank you for sharing your experience with us. You’ll be in my thoughts. :)

    Angela Wills

  52. Gerald Sheppeard said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:01 pm


    Know that you are in our prayers and God’s hands. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


  53. Bethany said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I don’t know you personally but have been really blessed by reading your thoughts as you’ve gone through this journey.

    Your healthy and happy attitude about life, including the positive and the negative parts of it, inspire me and I’m really thankful for YOU. Just know how much of a difference you are making in people’s lives by sharing this part of yourself…

    I’m praying for you today —


  54. Glenn Coleman said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I just got out of a Medicine Buddha retreat and a Medicine Buddha Empowerment where we spent many hours doing chanting to bring in healing, and I sent you vibrant healing energy and millions of translucent medicine buddhas that will be with you in your healing.

    Just imagine all these tiny translucent buddhas, working away to restore your body back to perfect health. I’ve whitnessed miracles with this medicine buddha practice.

    I wish you the best and a speedy recovery.


    Glenn Coleman

  55. Linda D. Sajiw said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    Many blessings and love for your journey..Keeping aligned with
    the loving kindness and thoughts is key. For transmuting any fear and
    unconscious thoughts this is a mantram to work with to remember
    who we are beyond the difficult times.
    I Am the Soul
    I Am the Light Divine
    I Am Divine Love
    I Am Fixed Design
    This gets our Soul to work with healing and aligning the body with our
    Soul’s purpose(that’s the fixed design). I have worked with this and know how it helps to transform, regenerate and rejuvenate physical as well as emotional challenges.
    Many blessings,
    Linda D. Sajiw

  56. COACHLYON said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    The LIGHT has been sent to you for the Highest Good of All Concern.

  57. Meike said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 1:04 pm


    I hope your surgery went well, and I keep my fingers crossed for your healing. My sister in law has recovered from breast cancer and it has changed her life in a very positive way!

    Stay strong!

    Lots of sunshine from California

  58. Kenth said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 1:10 pm


    My thoughts and prayers goes out to you and Michel.

    Always count on the healing powers of love and caring from someone who really keep you in their heart.

    My love and wishes for a full and speedy recovery (and everlasting love)!

    Kenth Nasstrom

  59. Julie said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I can’t wait to read your success story with your secrets about how you’ve beat breast cancer. My mom is a nine-​​year survivor and we’ll keep you in our prayers! Take care!


  60. DK Fynn said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Sylvie and Michel

    Hi. I’ve been looking through your blog for half an hour now, and it seems that you’re doing really well and are in good hands.

    I wanted to recommend a few things to you:

    1. The Cancer Conqueror: An Incredible Journey to Wellness by Greg
    Anderson is a great book I read years ago. I don’t have cancer myself, but it’s great reading for anyone. If I remember properly, it’s essential message is that after the author studied those who survived, he found that those who did each had a sense of purpose.

    2. I used to be big into health and fitness. If you haven’t already, you’ll come across the acid/​alkaline doctrine that’s taught in some health circles. It’s fairly established, and goes back to grade 9 high school science. You remember pH, acids, bases, the pH scale of 1 to 14, and how 7 is neutral?

    Yes, well, our bodies, in a healthy state, are slightly alkaline (like, around 7.3 or something close to that).

    The acid vs alkaline doctrine states that all human illness comes from a state where the body (or some major system of the body) is out of balance.

    Usually, when we’re out of balance, we’re in an acid state.

    (Of course, you can be out of balance when you’re too much in the basic end of the sprectum, too, like more than 7.5, but I think that’s rare, and most people should be more concerned about being in a state of acidosis.)

    NOTE: By the way, I’m not a qualified nutritionist, scientist, or doctor, so I don’t want anyone wo reads this to take my words as final or as qualified medical advice. Instead, use what I’m saying to begin an inquiry into your own research for your own health.

    Okay, so this sets up the context for my next point…

    3. I met a man named Sam Graci (twice, acutually) who’s the one who created the Greens products. (He’s Canadian, like us.) Sam spoke a lot about the acid/​alkaline balance. Basically, in his latest book, The Path to Phenomenal Health, he quotes 4 scientific studies, featured in 4 interesting stories (he made it so interesting when he was explaining them in person).

    One of those stories is for you. I won’t tell you which one it is.

    Also, the studies were done on the Greens+ line of products.

    In fact, I should get some myself again soon. (The daily detox Greens+, green apple flavor is the best tasting one I’ve tried.)

    Will you be running on the 1st?

  61. Nadin Rath said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Sylvie:

    We have never met and I only know you from Michel’s blog and newsletter.

    But I salute your bold and bright outlook to life. I and my wife join to give our love, prayers and best wishes to you.

    Nadin & sonie

  62. Michel said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Sylvie just called at 1:30 pm. She’s out of surgery, and the surgery went as smooth as “budder.” She’s still a little groggy, but surgery went so well that she will be back home tonight instead of being held overnight for observation, as originally planned.

    Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. It meant the world, as you can see.

  63. Ladan Lashkari said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you Michel for keeping us informed. I’m very happy to hear that Sylvie is out of surgery and everything went well.

    Best wishes for you and Sylvie,


  64. Ross Lambert said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 3:37 pm


    We’ve never met, but I’ve been a fan of Michel’s for a long time. I figured that you must be pretty remarkable if he liked you so much. Turns out I was right! :-)

    I will keep you both in my prayers for a long time, well beyond today. I know that God has great plans for you!

    May God bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and may the peace and joy of Christ rule in your hearts forever.

    In Christ’s love,

    Ross W. Lambert

  65. Roger said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 4:32 pm


    I don’t know you or your husband Michael.

    I don’t even know how I got to this site but
    you are damn lucky to have this kind of

    I have had family members deal with this
    challenge and it is always easier with
    support from loved ones.

    You can do anything and you will get
    through this without any problems.

    Everything happens for a reason, and
    as you know faith is driving force at
    times like this.

    We are all with you and our prayers
    go out to you during this time.

    Good Luck!


  66. Nancy Boyd said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    All day long you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    Funny, I don’t even know you. But something in your story has touched me (and many others, as you see here) very deeply. My prayers have all been for the sweetest light and healing love for your body, your spirit, your feelings, and your soul — that you know peace, comfort, quantum healers and powerful healing in every way.

    I know those prayers have been — and are being — and will be answered joyfully.

    May those who attend you give you grace and comfort, hope, courage, inspiration, and peace of mind and heart. May they offer you their very best, always.

    And may you know yourself to be a woman of deep courage and wisdom, who now heals inside a beautiful safe space of peace, love, and light.

    The words — the meaning — everything that cannot be clear now — will come in time.

    Today, simply receive the blessings.

    Michel… hang in there, man. You too will find healing, peace, grace, wisdom, and laughter through this amazing journey together with your beloved.


  67. Ted Crowder said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    That’s great to hear Michel! We’re SO glad everything went well.

  68. Nathan Anderson said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Hello Sylvie!

    Trish and I are in the hospital as well… she had our fourth child yesterday! Jocelyn Rylee Anderson, 7lbs 8oz…

    Trish was on bedrest for 10 weeks… so bummed we couldn’t come to the wedding!

    Words of comfort: My mother and aunt both had the same condition some years ago, only a year apart from each other. They’ve both now crossed the 5-​​year recurrence danger mark… and have been given a clean bill of health!

    My aunt chose an all-​​natural route; having only a lumpectomy and changing her diet to be almost vegan, with lots of naturopathic stuff: with obvious success. My mother went the other route: having a radical mastectomy, chemo and radiation. Again, with great results!

    Being positive about the situation is obviously key… and you’re a VERY positive person! Keep it up.

    Trish sends her love. We’ll send prayers your way. You’re going to do great; I just know it!

    Nathan Anderson

  69. Craig Perrine said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Michel… thanks for the wonderful update… it’s what we’ve all been praying and hoping for. soak in some of this love bro, I know this isn’t easy for you either.

    Sylvie… between who you are, all these prayers, Michel and the docs at your side, your opponent doesn’t stand a chance never did.

    Aimee and I send our love… enjoy those Lost episodes :)


  70. Kevin Newman said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    Hello Sylvie,

    Our prayers and hopes for a quick recovery are with you and your family. I just know you are going to do just fine and recover quickly. Becareful with your diet and do not hesitate to holler if you need to.

    Kevin Newman

  71. Corena said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    Your staff has helped keep my business afloat with the great affiliate I know you have it covered through work.

    Good luck with your surgery. Have a great rest and come back strong.

    I admire you .


  72. Leah Carson said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Sylvie -

    I’m sending you love and healing energy from the desert southwest.
    I even lit a very special candle for you this morning and let it burn
    through the day.


    Michel, we’re sending you love and “energy” energy so you can pamper
    Sylvie now that she’s home.

    Best wishes for a smooth journey!


  73. Howard Tiano said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    Our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

    My mom also had a mastectomy and is still around to talk about it — 30 years later!

    I am certain the two of you together will not only pull through this — your story will be inspiration to many others.

    Sylvie — I hope you will explore some alternative/​natural healing methods for your recovery. Mother nature has created some marvelous medicines!

  74. Myra Love (Alexa Peters - pen name) said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 6:36 pm


    I met Michael thru his informative newsletter. I just read about your surgery. I am a Hodgkins Cancer Survivor since my last chemo and radiation treatment in March 2002. I capitalize it because I am proud! I was only married 6 months before I was diagnosed in June 2001. My husband was and still is my greatest and strongest supporter (and my family members are not be discounted).

    9/​11 will have additional meaning to you now. For me it is bittersweet also.
    You see I went to an offsite meeting on that day instead of my office in Tower One of the World Trade Center. I am grateful that I am alive today. But I mourn my colleagues and office mates in Suite 7967 Tower One of the World Trade Center.

    Be joyful and thankful for everything that you have today and hope for all that you will be tomorrow.

    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.


  75. Tom Justin said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    By now you’re in recovery. I just read your post for the first time. You’re inspirational in how you’re handling everything.

    I once fell in love with a lovely woman after she’d had a mastectomy. I didn’t know her before that and I didn’t know until our second date what had happened. It didn’t matter, she was great.

    We enjoyed some wonderful times and spent a lot of time together. While it didn’t work out between us, she went on to live a happy life, which I know as we stayed in touch and then mutual friends have kept me up to date.

    My prayers are with you and Michael.

    Many blessings and quick healing!
    Tom Justin

  76. Maria Madeira said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I could say a lot of things, but instead I will only say this to you : “Portugal is with you, all the world is with you, and my heart is with you”.

    Maria Maria — “The Angel Of Distance Loving Help”

    P.S. Ah, and Sylvie, you are an angel too!

  77. Allison said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 7:59 pm


    When I heard YOU called Michel from the hospital…wasn’t surprised in the least ;) You are someone to be admired, lady…sending many positive vibes your way (and some treats, too!!! :)


  78. Chris Leech said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    In a very materialistic world,the only two things that really matter are
    health and happiness … everything else is a bonus. Two things
    that you need and have are a positive attitude and loving support.
    Take care.

  79. Kerry said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    We met at Big Seminar and SMART. When I returned from this weekend and read Craig’s blog, I was stunned. Your surgery is over, but I will still be praying for both of you. Thank God for a successful surgery!!

    Casting ALL your care on Him, for He cares for You. I Peter 5:7

    I know God will see you through all of this and you will live a fruitful and happy life together. I pray for a speedy recovery for you, Sylvie, and peace for you, Michel, as you take care of Sylvie.

    Kerry Beck

  80. Kris Chrisman said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:45 pm


    I just checked my email and by now the surgery is over. We met at The Internet Marketing Main event in Phoenix in Deptember 2005. I still get goose bumps when I think of Michel proposing to you live at the event. Even now thinking of that moment brings tears to my eyes.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and my thoughts are with you.

    Kris Chrisman

  81. Mikki said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Silvie & Michel,

    I don’t get to read your blog much (it’s been a while) but I’m glad I did today. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer too. Mine is a single lump (as far as is known so far) in my left breast. I’ve been told by my surgeon that I am a good candidate for a “lumpectomy”. The surgeon will be removing the lump & it’s perimeter (to make sure they get it all). I go for pre-​​op tests tomorrow, Sept. 12th. My surgery is set for September 18th.
    I applaud you for your bravery & thank you for sharing your experiences.
    I have also had great support both online & off. It has made all the difference, along with my faith in God, in my ability to keep in good spirits.

    I am going to watch your blog closely now, to see how you are doing. Not just for myself, but to support you also.

    I’m glad to see that you are doing well so far, according to Michels update.

    You are in my prayers & good thoughts. God & His Angels are watching over you.

    God Bless you Both,

  82. Skip and Karen Stewart said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:33 pm


    We are so pleased to know that your surgery was successful.

    Karen and I haved talked several times about first meeting
    you in L.A. at BS#6. You were so pretty and seeing you
    and Michel together with great smiles and Michel constantly
    stealing little kisses put huge smiles on our faces.

    Our prayers go with you in the coming months.

    You are both Cool Dudes. We know your love for each other
    is magic.

    We have many pictures of you and Michel, Karen and I,
    and I have to say the 4 of us make for looking photos.

    I hope this also puts a smile on your face.

    If we can help in any way, let us know. If you need a good
    laugh, I’ll have one for you.

    God bless you and your family. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Skip and Karen

  83. Ryan Bessling said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 10:55 pm

    Sylvia, I have prayed for you today. I hope you get well soon!
    Once you are feeling better, keep us up to date on how you are doing.

    God Bless You!
    Ryan Bessling

  84. Terry Davis said on:

    September 12, 2006 at 12:52 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Were so glad to hear your surgery was a success, You have been on our mind and in our prayers all day and will continue to be in the upcoming months.

    All our love,

    Terry and Dean

  85. Marla LaRue said on:

    September 12, 2006 at 5:15 am

    Dear Sylvie,
    I send you lots of love, healing energy
    and prayers.
    May all the joy you bring to others be magnified
    one million fold and returned to you.

    many blesings and hugs,
    Marla LaRue

  86. Sen Ze said on:

    September 12, 2006 at 5:28 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I would like to wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery!

    With your steely determination, very positive outlook and Michel’s solid support, you have everything in your favor to totally beat this thing — and YOU WILL.

    BTW, try mixing some “Whose Line Is It Anyway” episodes with what you’re planning to watch — because you’ll heal a lot faster! ;-)

    Sen Ze

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