There’s a hitch in my giddyup

by Julie Frayn on August 14, 2012 in  Bird series

Sometimes you hit a snag. Life throws you off course, takes the wind out of your sails and throws a spanner in the works. A doozy of a damn spanner.

Hell, sometimes life just plain blows.

When worse comes to worst, when you’ve been handed the short straw, it’s time to open a can of whoop ass. Because when it comes down to brass tacks, my family has hoed our share of tough rows. We’ve hit the bump in the road and sailed right over it.

If it’s not one thing it’s another. But just when you think you’re ass out, you decide to turn the other cheek. To look at the bright side. To fight the good fight. And knock on wood, I’ve got a good feeling that beating it is in the bag.

Is it a blessing in disguise?

Hell no.

Will it be a piece of cake?

Not in a million years.

Time to cut to the chase. No more beating around the bush. It’s no cock and bull. Here’s the rub.

My sister has been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer.

To make a long story short, sometimes life blows. It blows chunks. No wonder I drink like a fish.


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Mikalee Byerman August 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

Sending healing thoughts to your entire family, Julie — sometimes when life sends you lemons, it just plain sucks. :(


Julie August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thank you Mikalee. Yes, it can do that. I’d rather have lemonade…

Jo Anne August 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

So sorry about your family tragedy. And Stage 4. Bah! :-(
Keep us updated on how she/you manage things.


Julie August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Jo Anne. I’ll do that.

Jester Queen August 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

That’s worse than sucks. That’s worse than blows. I’ve got no words at all, but I am so very saddened to hear it.


Julie August 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

It’s like a very bad vacuum. Sucks and blows at the same time. Thanks Jessie.

Megan Broutian August 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

That is horrible news… I am so sorry! Sending good thoughts and healing vibes yours and your sister’s way.


Julie August 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

We’ll take all the positive stuff we can get Megan. Thanks so much.

Jen Chatfield August 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Oh, Julie. I was beginning to wonder why you hadn’t blogged in a while. So sorry to hear that. Sending tons of good vibes.


Julie August 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Jen. Appreciate good vibrations… And I haven’t forgotten your book.

mj monaghan August 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

JB, that is seriously tough news. How is sis doing? I’m sure you all are supporting her.

Thoughts and prayers, my friend!


Julie August 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thanks MJ. She is determined to fight. And yes, she is supported from all angles, family and friends and the medical community. Which she should be, since they dropped the ball initially.

Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom) August 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Julie, what horrible news. I cannot imagine this. It sucks. I’m holding you all in the Light, as the Shakers used to say. And let me know if you’re up for some wine at Chop…


Julie August 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Leanne. Wine at Chop (and onion rings) sounds great, but maybe in September. I am eyeball deep in writing camp in August.

Heather September 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

I’m so sorry I missed this post – sending you my love and support now, as I’m sure it’s still needed. ((HUGS))


Julie September 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

Thanks, Heather. Yes, still needed. Always needed :)

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