"I BELIEVE IN PINK! I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."— Audrey Hepburn

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every night, friends. You have done what you could. Let it go.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 2016 continues...

So as 2016 continues to begin, I continue to wish things would get better...Monday was the kidney surgery...I suppose it went well, but of course the aftermath is still with me and I am still off...At the risk of TMI(hey this is my blog) I cannot hold it at all...Luckily I already had 2 days scheduled off...The kidneys are throbbing...and even though it was not done at GBMC I still was able to run into a nurse that I know:)

I have looked at many pictures of cute puppies and pinned a lot of pink stuff...read a little...and oh...have I mentioned the three day migraine...I don't know what that is about but I am so over it! The Maxalt isn't working...and while the Hydrocodone/acetaminophen does wonders for the throbbing kidneys it does nothing for the migraine...

Ah well...the sun is out and I am alive...

I see the Plastic tomorrow and Vered has offered to arrange a second opinion...

I received these from my parents...very cheerful:)

Love in the Light: Release Week

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We cannot tell you how excited we are to bring you the Release Week Blitz for LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye! LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. This much anticipated follow-up is finally here! Make sure you grab your copy of this sexy novel today, and if you're new to the series you can grab the first novella HEARTS IN DARKNESS for just $.99 for a limited time!

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  About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2): Two hearts in the darkness… Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers. Must fight for love in the light… Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…   Love in the Light - Teaser 1   Praise for LOVE IN THE LIGHT: "Readers that have been anxiously waiting for more of this story will be thrilled with the passionate and poignant way Kaye dives back in with this complicated and much loved couple. Love in the Light will have readers falling in love with Caden and Makenna all over again!" ~ Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Marked Men Series "Sexy, emotional and incredibly heartwarming, fans of Laura Kaye won't be disappointed!" ~ Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling Author of the One Week Girlfriend Quartet "Laura Kaye has a gift for writing beautifully damaged men and Caden Grayson leads the pack with enough vulnerability to twist your heart in knots." ~ Tessa Bailey, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Line of Duty Series "This book delivers - sweet romance, smoking hot sex, an entire tissue box full of angsty drama, and such love shining off the pages that it will blind you." ~ Christi Barth, Author of the Shore Secrets Series "This follow up to one of the most beloved couples in romance is delivered in the emotional and touching way that only Laura Kaye can do. Love in the Light is everything I could have wanted for Makenna and Caden--and more!" ~ Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog   Love in the Light - Teaser 2      Here is an excerpt:“Do you want to get changed and I’ll set dinner out?” Caden asked.

“Yeah,” Makenna said. “Sounds great.” The kitchen, dining area, and living room were one big room, with her bedroom door toward the far end. She paused there and looked back. Caden moved around her little kitchen, comfortably and familiarly, and he just looked so freaking good there. In her space. Well, their space now.

He still had his townhouse in Fairlington, but he rarely slept there anymore. And it was so bare bones in furnishings that he preferred they not sleep there because he feared she’d be uncomfortable. A part of her wasn’t sure why he even kept it at this point.

“What?” he asked, giving her a skeptical look.

She grinned and leaned against the door jamb. “I rode our elevator today.”

He shook his head. “Anything interesting happen?”

“Oh, I got trapped with a smoking hot stranger and made out with him in the dark. The usual,” she said.

He smirked. “That never happens.”

Makenna threw her head back and laughed. Still smiling, she changed into jeans and a pink camisole with a low back, and then she threw a warm, chunky caramel-colored cardigan over that.

She found Caden sitting at the set table, containers of food overflowing with several types of noodles. It smelled amazing—savory and spicy and like she could eat everything she saw.

For a moment, the look on his face made her think he was upset about something, but then he saw her and his expression transformed into a sexy smirk. “Smoking hot, huh?”

Laughing, she took the seat next to him. “You fishing for compliments, Grayson? I already said you were freaking gorgeous.”

“Yeah, but that’s not the same as smoking hot.” He arched a brow, and damn if his playfully smug, expectant expression wasn’t hot as hell with his brow piercing and the widow’s peak of his dark hair.

She picked up her fork. “Okay, then how about this? You are so freaking gorgeous and so smoking hot that you make my heart race and my mouth water and my panties melt. Every time I see you. How’s that for a compliment?”

Caden’s smile was slow coming but so damn sexy. “I like tattoo night.”

She laughed and shook her head. “So do I.”

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    Hearts in Darkness -99 sale       Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        

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Sunday, January 3, 2016


Happy New Year! At least I sure hope so...because as some of you may know 2015 has not been my friend:(  I try not to make this a sad pink place but jeeze...the year started out with some of us losing a very special woman. Sue was a genuinely good person who brought goodness and light where ever she went and she will be forever missed...we begin 2016 remembering that at this time last year we lost her... Things could only get better from there right!?! well, one would think so...She and I would have celebrated an anniversary together. It was on New Years Eve in 1994 that I found my lump and went through all that followed. And so it had been 20 years in January 2015 since my diagnosis of breast cancer...20 years! And while I would not have wished for such a thing, many things have happened to me as a result of that fateful day that cannot be denied, both good and bad. I am not the person that I would have been...A story for another day...

Fast forward to May of 2015 and it is time for my yearly mammogram. You guessed it...I am now a two time breast cancer survivor, as I was diagnosed for the second time following a stereotactic biopsy. 
July 1, 2015 I had bilateral mastectomies. After being out of work an unprojected 11 weeks, I headed back to work. Not completely healed. But with the Dr. OK.
I had not particularly favored reconstruction but went ahead with that. It is not going well. One expander was destroyed before heading back to work and it is now becoming clear that the other is not retaining fluid as it should be and therefore not expanding.

Just last week my plastic surgeon had the nerve to ask me if I had ever considered gastric bypass surgery as, if I were smaller, she would not have to make my breasts as big...let that sink in for a minute...

Just typing that sends my BP up...Let me get this straight...You, who have no idea if I am even a candidate and have no idea what my eating habits are...in order to make your job a little easier...think I might want to get gastric bypass surgery...Gee, let me think about that for just a tiny little minute...Um...NO!!!

First of all, I will not go into detail here, but I and my primary care know what I put in my mouth each day and there is not enough food to bypass my stomach unless you need me to starve. When I walked every single day I lost nothing at all...

So, I have breast cancer and the treatment for same to thank for this...don't get me wrong, I am thankful for the treatment and happy to be here:) Just not so much for the metabolism I am left with and people like her...She will just have to work harder...I also have some news for the little Dr. I, even as a perfect size 2, had a C cup...so you have your work cut out for you no matter what!  

Sorry, did I mention the whole thing brings the rage out in me..."just breathe"

OK, so anyway, just recently I have found out that in the next two weeks I have to make a decision about what to do about all of this...I will be seeing My PCP tomorrow in order to have presurgical testing for the bilateral cystoscopy with laser lithotripsy on the 11th. Both of my kidneys have many large kidney stones Oh joy...

SO it looks like 2016 will have to finish up some things from 2015 before we can begin anew. But I think my word for this new year is going to have to be Adapt...More on that later...Also my new mantra will be...What would Sue Do?...WWSD?  

Now of course there were some good things in there...I reread the entire JD Robb In Death series while I was recovering:) Loved that!

My Daughter has been a Godsend and my Husband and My Parents have rallied around me to show me much love and support...

I have had the last two and a half weeks of the year off for the first time ever and that has been nice...although I did work Christmas and the weekend...I cannot complain though, as it was the first time in over 26 years that I had had to do so...

I go back to work tomorrow and have to let them know about the little surgery...so wish me a little luck...

Oh and hopefully you will see me here at TrulySimplyPink a little more often in 2016:)