About Pat

patfaceboolI am a 59 year old wife and mother of five, grandmother of one and a half 🙂  Today is September 5, 2009.  I work at Mt. San Jacinto College as a dean and my job is demanding and rewarding.  I have breast cancer and have never had anything wrong with me that a good joke and a glass of wine couldn’t cure.  It’s startling and daunting and scary.  This blog will be my way of communicating and reflecting during my treatment and journey to a cure.



  1. Pat,

    I’m glad you’re journaling/blogging through this experience. I hope you find strength in sharing your experience and hearing from others who have faced the same fight.


  2. Hi Pat,

    From one survivor to another — ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOU; get good, regular sleep and learn how to REST EASILY; take it one minute at a time tomorrow (and every day there after :O))

    Chemo has come a long way since I was diagnosed at age 41, ten years ago. Radiation is not a cake walk either, but you are strong and have a solid support network, which is SO important to your wellbeing.

    Good luck tomorrow and God bless, I will be thinking of you and praying for you all day tomorrow. You will not only survive this, but you will thrive………


  3. All I can say is WOW – Pat, what an amazing woman you are! I was sitting up doing work – what a surpise – and a little note fell out of my bag – next thing I knew I was flipping through your blog and as I sat here tonight I got chills, I got choked up, I giggled, I even laughed for you. I am soo happy to hear you made a connection with Michelle’s Place and Susan G. Komen’s info. What powerful women! I cherish both of the organizations and hold them in my heart. Your blog is amazing…what a gift for everyone touched by BC. Keep up the strength – I send you all my good mo-jo!!! 🙂

  4. Hi Pat,

    My wife just completed her last treatment in September, and physically and spiritually, she, I believe, is doing fine. I just want to send you my best.

    Keep the faith


    • Thanks Keith,
      I love hearing about survivors! At Michelle’s Place, a support network for BC folks, they that everyone is a survivor of something. I will hold positive energy in my heart for your wife’s continued good health, and for yours.

  5. Pat,

    Thinking and praying for you. In my prayers I have asked for God to give you Complete Response and Healthy Blood!

    I do think of you often and via Shelley she keeps me informed of how you are. Keep up the good fight. By the way, you not only have a healthy, strong heart, but a good one.

    Kathryn DeCecio

    • Thanks Kathryn,
      We miss you so much! I appreciate your prayers and loving thoughts.

  6. You are amazing….i think this journal/blog is an awesome idea. I am sharing this with my special friend who also has Breast Cancer.
    Here if you need anything…..


    • Thanks Lesley! Writing helps me cope.

  7. Hi Pat, don’t know if you remember me or not. I was your airline partner on a flight, (I believe last year – my how time flies!) I just read your updates and you are one strong lady!!! I am so proud of you! Wishing you the very best and a thankful, joyous holiday season! :))

    • Hi Brenda!
      I so remember you! You took my picture and it ended up in this blog. I think I had your name wrong in the beginning. It has been a long year, but I am good. My trip then was wonderful and it started its greatness by sitting with you on the way to see the girls. I also now have a 9 month old grandson and am hoping to get back to Raleigh to see him soon. I hope you are well.

  8. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?



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