Thank you & the Vintage Contessa




A thank you to everyone who took the time to send an email or comment here with your well wishes for Larry.  You have no idea what it feels like to have gotten (and still getting) your prayers and well wishes.  They have lifted me up in so many ways.  I would ask that you continue your good thoughts and prayers for us as they will be needed.  Yesterday he had his first chemo treatment and it went way better than expected.  This morning we go for another cat scan.  When things settle down I will post more about this but right now I'm pretty consumed with just keeps meds and appts. straight.

Please click over to the The Vintage Contessa and read her style series post on moi.  She has worked with me this last month knowing what we are going through.  She is such a sweetheart!  I hope you enjoy it, I'm clicking over now to read it for the first time.  xo



59 comments

  1. I just read the blog article on The Vintage Contessa...it is wonderful & seems to capture you perfectly. I loved what she said about so many of us who feel that we "know" you...I believe that is a result of your openness & honesty on your blog. I can't remember when I first started following you, but I do know it has been over 6 years ago.

    I will certainly continue to lift you & Larry up in prayer. Life is not fair, but it's usually through a crisis that we grow spiritually & become stronger than we could have imagined. God speed.

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek

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  2. Huge hugs and tons of prayers for you and Larry, with all my love, Antonia xxx

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  3. Love your sense of style and adore your home. It is one of the cutest cottages I have seen and I admire it. Sending lots of prayers from CT to you.

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  4. You look so elegant, Janet. All the best to you and Larry.

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  5. Praying for you and Larry and loved the post on you you have such a great style!!!

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  6. I've been thinking of you and Larry and wondering how it's going. My prayers are with you both as you walk through this together.

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  7. Praying for you and Larry. Karen

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  8. Your and Larry's love and respect for one another have always shown through to your readers. May it give you strength, hope, and grace throughout this journey.

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  9. Hi Janet, I think of you&Larry every day and hope that in challenging times you feel the love and support we are all sending. Thank you for taking the time to do Elizabeth’s post-so simple yet glamorous. I guess the first rule of fashion is to know and accept oneself and that comes thru in your style. Hugs. XO, Allegra

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  10. My first husband was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, so I have an idea what you and Larry are experiencing. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago. By then I was a woman of faith, and my faith and the prayers of so many got me through. I'll be lifting you and Larry up in prayer. Take comfort and know you are loved by so many. Brenda

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  11. Janet I'm thinking of you and Larry every day. I really believe in positive thoughts and energy and I hope you can feel it all coming your way. I loved your interview with Dear Contessa, thank you for that. BIG HUGS xxx

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  12. Dear Janet - You look so beautiful in the bedroom photograph in your camel coat! I loved the Country Home article. I have been a reader of your blog almost since it began and it was nice to have a bit more information on the house, your purchase, the DIY history etc. So many times I was going to ask you if you could give us a floor plan of the house - I love it so much but couldn't envisage how it sat together - and how it was situated in the garden. Maybe, one day soon you could do that - if you feel it would be OK.

    Anyway, thinking of you and Larry from across the Atlantic. Sending happy, loving vibes for a calm and clear path ahead. x

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  13. Janet, I am so sorry to hear this about Larry. I have been behind on my blogs and when I saw Elizabeth posted on you I was so excited. I had no idea what you've been going through. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and Larry and wishing him to beat this thing. Take care of yourself too. xo Kim

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  14. I loved the interview and am always so impressed in how effortlessly you make looking so beautiful seem. I have been thinking about you and Larry since your last post and will continue to pray for healing.
    Darby

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  15. I’ve been thinking about you and sending prayers..you have a lot of supporters who wish you well.🙏🏻🦋

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  16. darling AJJ. I too have been thinking of you and Larry so much. and definitely in my every prayer.
    one of my dearest blogging friends and her daughter and son in law went through this when he was diagnosed the same as Larry only of the mouth. for the better part of last year it was like living in another world. chemo. stomach tube. meds. and the nightmare that is healing with that disease. but such strides are now being made! and finally last week they just got the news that he is now cancer free. no signs of it. stay strong darling. and take care of YOU as well as your best boy.
    keep hearing the GOOD NEWS that's out there darling bean! sending love to you!
    if you get a chance an excellent source for now is Key to Yourself by Dr. Venice Bloodworth.
    I just heard audio of it. and the little book of it is on Amazon of course. it works and is worth checking on if you ever have the chance.
    and it reminds me of you. and your way of living.
    and now off to read the Contessa's post! XOXO

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  17. Janet, My heart goes out to you and yours. My daughter is also doing Chemo. I had surgery last week and I literally felt the prayers for me. Praying for a positive future for you and Larry. Trust God.

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  18. My husband is a 17 year survivor of colon cancer and made a strong recovery - enjoyed paying Tennis well into his 80s. My daughter has also made a strong recovery from breast cancer after a year of surgery, chemo and radiation. We are grateful that we were able to be with her every day and provide support. I am hoping you will be extra kind to yourself, Janet, as you help your husband through his treatment. And of course I am hoping and praying for strength for you both, and for his recovery. Your blog is a treasure; thank you for continuing to stay in touch.

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  19. Haven't read Contessa's post yet, but I will very soon. Just want you to know I continue to pray and send positive energy your way. Peace, love, comfort, and healing to you both.

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  20. This is what I enjoy about social media....People lifting each other up in prayer and good thoughts during tough times. There are so very many wonderful people out there and I love that your readers (including me) care about you and Larry although the majority of us will never meet. I know you will keep us posted so we can pray for your specific needs.

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  21. Well look at you Pretty Lady!! Of course you’re both in my daily prayers. I’m sure your organizational skills are a huge a asset keeping appointments and medications straight. Remember to take the time for meditation and deep breathing. I’ll pop over and read the post. This Sunday I will be lighting a candle for you and Larry for good health and peace. “Be not afraid for I am with you always.” Cyber hug
    Kathy
    Kcarr Instagram

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  22. DID YOU "FEEL" ME when I saw THE PHOTO of YOU HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I GOT A GREAT BIG WONDERFUL SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The last PHOTO REQUEST came through BETTER than I COLD EVER IMAGINE!!
    YOU ARE LOVED.
    THE VINTAGE CONTESSA.NET will HIT an ALL TIME HIGH TODAY with her VIEWERS!!!!!!!!!!!
    BLESS YOU and JUST KNOW WE ARE HERE for YOU!!!!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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  23. I am sad to read of your news. I am praying for you both.

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  24. I saw Larrys picture on instagram. I agree with you, kick the shit out of cancer! Fight hard and get well. Praying for both of you and your family.

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  25. Still keeping you and your husband in my thoughts. What a lovely profile of you—a treat to read on a rainy evening. All the best—

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  26. Last May I got what I thought was a sore throat. Throughout spring and summer, traveling, enjoying a newly earned retirement, I kept going for tests. In late July, I was diagnosed with fourth stage lymphoma and started therapy. I finished in November, and for now, am in remission.
    People ask me about cancer. I tell them it's hundreds of diseases, each with it's own set of treatments. Everyone responds differently; no two experiences are alike. Follow your medical team's instructions and advice, but listen to your instincts. Accept help. Susan Gubar's NY Times column "Living with Cancer" is informative and comforting.
    My thoughts, like those of your friends and followers, are with you, Janet.

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  27. Such a good portrayal of your style. Very simple but elegant, and your closet never ceases to amaze. Prayers for you and your husband...my heart hurts for you, but I am hoping for a good report and an excellent response to treatment.

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  28. You always get it right Janet. Loved this interview, and I love your style! Continuing to hold you and Larry close...

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  29. Such a terrific interview and a joy to read. I've alway admired your great style Janet. Whether it's your home, garden, or clothing. You have that great ease and confidence that I love. You won what you wear.

    I will pray hard for Larry and for you, and all your loved ones. I wish no one had to go through what you two are. Cancer has affect our family five times thus far. I have a good idea how it devastates everyone who loves the person who's fighting the battle. It's tough to be strong and at times it takes a village to hold you up. I wish you strength, and I hope you & Larry can feel the power from those who care.

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  30. Sending love n prayers to u n dear Larry. Having received a recent breast cancer diagnosis, undergoing two surgeries n radiation, the diagnosis was unimaginable n my husband n I feel ur pain. Hoping good thoughts n the power of prayer lift u up today n in the days ahead. Kick cancer’s A—!

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  31. The highest purpose of a home is to provide comfort to those who inhabit it, and never more so than now. All good wishes to you both.

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  32. Continued prayers for your Larry. Heading over to read The Contessa now. xo

    ~suburbanmom2

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  33. Oh, I enjoyed reading your piece for the Contessa; terrific photos, too. Ahhhh, that incredible new closet of yours; I have closet envy.

    I've been thinking about you and Larry a lot. What you're going thru is so...consuming. I do know what that is, to be helping somebody hands-on, as I did it for both of my ailing, elderly parents as their only child. I mean, I actually physically moved back into their house even though I had my own (and a husband) but it was just necessary for, well, close to a year (before I brought in the paid help). You and Larry did this of course for your FIL that time, too. I remember trying to juggle seventeen diff daily meds for my dad, exhausted from giving him breathing treatments in the night, and barely being able to concentrate; so afraid I'd mix up the meds, get it wrong. It's a lot of responsibility when you're already highly stressed and worried.

    This is when you have to take good care of your own self, too, Janet. Larry is being closely monitored by his doctors, but who's monitoring you? I don't want you to get run down. It's great you're such a long-time healthy cook in the kitchen, which will of course help both of you. Try to get in enough sleep if you can. Maybe when Larry is resting, you can rest a bit, too; like a daytime time-out. I hope you can still take a daily walk but I know your routine is probably quite altered. The walking can rid you of negative energy, keep you limbered up if you're doing a lot of sitting lately, like at the medical facilities.

    You are both in my daily prayers and I feel there's such promise/hope at Easter and, now, with Spring. My continued best/healing thoughts to you at such a really hard time in your lives. Any of us who've 'read' you for awhile know that you and Larry have been thru some other tough stuff and my impression is that you're strong people who will navigate this new journey in a sensible, intelligent, positive way. You have it in you to meet the challenges. I know you do. I believe it.

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  34. Lovely Q&A Janet , you are the epitome of elegance and simplicity. You and Larry will always be in my daily prayers ❤️

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  35. I am sooooo sooooo sorry to hear what you are going through. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping this will be resolved and over quickly and you both will back to your regular routine.

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  36. It was so nice to read your most recent post & to learn that your husband tolerated well his 1st chemo treatment. I think of you both every morning & send healing prayers & warm wishes your way. It is wonderful that so many people are thinking of you both. You probably never thought when you started your blog that so many people around the world would come to care for you so much! Sending lots of love & a big hug to you!

    Warmly, Kathy Bunge

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  37. When the world you knew shifts under your feet, plant and anchor yourself in the things you know and continue to love. This is still-life, this what you create in every passage, every post as you find your way. You are beautiful, much love to you and your husband at this time, E xo

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  38. Janet, today it's Easter Sunday. I'm sending prayers to you and Larry. Hopefully you can find time and peace to recharge, to refuel YOURSELF with the energy you give. xo Paula

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  39. I was thinking of you and your Larry this Easter day. Praying for him as you go through this journey.
    Praying for extra strength and
    Comfort your way. ❤

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  40. Janet, it warmed my heart to read that Larry's first treatment went well. My only experience with what you and he now are managing was long ago but I still clearly recall the comfort brought about simply by having and enacting a plan and being once again to some degree in control of it. This seems a good beginning. I never will stop thinking of you two and your family day by day . . . may that help in its own way to bring energy and of course my love

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  41. Lovely interview Janet and you look gorgeous as usual in this photo against your fabulous wallpaper. You and Larry remain in my daily prayers and thoughts. May you gain strength and peace from all those who are on your team.

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  42. Praying for your dear family, wishing healing, comfort, calm, fortitude, tenderness, love, t

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  43. Dear Janet, {and Larry},
    My thoughts and prayers are going out to you, so far away.
    Lots of love, Robin

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  44. Janet, I just checked into the blog after a break and I'm so sorry to hear this terrible news. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoy your blog so much and I hope that you find comfort and support in the lovely community you've created. I look forward to your posts, if you wish to post, and support you and your husband on your journey. J.

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  45. Dear Janet, like the previous person wrote above, I just learned this news. You and your husband are heavy on my heart. I'll be joining those who are praying for your family.
    Thank you for sharing - and the interview was very nice.
    Sincerely,
    Julie

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  46. Hi Janet - thinking of you and Larry today. hope he's handling his medicine that is curing him. My daughter had leukemia and it was in her blood and they got rid of that AMAZING and now she's considered cured so I'm sure they can get rid of his. xoxoxoxox

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  47. Janet, still thinking and sending prayers for you and your Mr. Andrea in Illinois

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  48. Sending good vibes to you and Larry. As others have said, do remember to take care of yourself too. Lots of love, Ann

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  49. Sending a heartfelt hug and all my very best positive vibes from Austin.
    Just so you know, when things are difficult in my complicated little neck of the woods, I head over to your blog. Oasis of beauty. You have been my style/home/beauty inspiration for years now. Many thanks for that.

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  50. Thought of you and your family today and said a prayer.

    Rondi

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  51. Big hugs today to you. 💕💕💕

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  52. Thinking of you both. Strangers connected by hearts. xo

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  53. I just wanted you to know that I think about you and Larry everyday and I pray for you every day too. May you both continue to have courage, strength and most importantly, peace.

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  54. My heart is with you as I have shared the experience you are going through. Surrounding you both with warm thoughts.

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  55. I recently discovered your blog and binge read it in one weekend. It was wonderful reading about life lived fully in a small home like mine. I wish you and your family peace and love.

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  56. Think of you daily. Prayers have been coming your way.

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  57. Thinking of you, and remembering you and your family in my prayers - hope you're well and getting some sunshine. Peace be with you.

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