Monday, June 15, 2009


Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. Winston Churchill

A storm is brewing. It is directly over the Gardner house. How I wish it were merely a blustery day that would last a few hours but I believe we may be facing a full blown hurricane. But instead of letting the current force her down and "pull her under" Cindy has chosen to once again resist. And in doing so, she soars.

Last week Cindy was confirmed with the diagnosis of breast cancer. Surgery will be required, along with radiation and chemotherapy. Tests after tests have been and will continue to be performed. Numerous appointments with numerous doctors have been scheduled. It is all still very new and we are hoping that by tomorrow we will have a clear picture of exactly what we are facing. (I say we because although Cindy is the one physically and emotionally going through all of this, the rest of us as her family and friends are in the storm as well. She is not alone!)

We are researching and attempting to become better educated in this disease. We are grateful for brilliant minds and skilled hands and modern medicine and technology. But most of all we are grateful for faith. It might be a bumpy ride. Rougher times are ahead. I personally plan on following Cindy's example to resist all that is bad. To fight for the good. And in doing so rise above all these trials.

Cindy will be posting her journey on this blog, along with updates from me as her designated scribe! It will be our way of keeping everyone informed without having to make countless calls, for she has countless loved ones who care! This way you can follow the technical progress and such, leaving you the ability to talk about other things with Cindy when you see her. Love to Reed and the kids as well. We encourage communication!

Comments on this blog are welcomed and encouraged! We will all get through this - together!

(posted by designated scribe - auntie libby )


  1. Let us sound our barbaric yop! Onward!

  2. Yea! I am so grateful for this blog - what a great idea. We are with you each step of the way Cindy and Reed, and love you so dearly. You are SO not alone through this storm and on the otherside of the storm are some smooth waters much deserved. You are Dave and my heroes. Love, Becky

  3. When my friend Connie was diagnosed with cancer, we as friends, had the privilege of being by her side and she called us her "Buffalo Girls". So now the Buffalo Girls will round up for Cindy. The "C" word (cancer) is very scary, but heaven knows Cindy Gardner. . .and so do we....and heaven loves Cindy Gardner...and so do we. Life seems to hand us such hard challenges but all of us who know Cindy know that Cindy Gardner "can do hard". We are rooting for you Cindy...and for your family too. Much love from California...Ann Marie and Family

  4. oh how we love cindy! lucky for me I get to have three mother in laws- cori, lib and cindy!! Cindy- we are rooting for you and praying for you and hoping for the very very best. we sure love you !! hang in there and let us know how we can help! all of our love. ash, john and kiddos

  5. We love you Cindy! We are all praying our hearts out for you.

    Annie and Jordon

  6. My Dear Cindy,
    I was so taken back by the news. I love you so much and know that your are a trooper among troopers. Your name will remain in the Az temple and my prayers will be for this to turn into an incredible blessing in your life and family. I am so glad you are surrounded by great friends and people who care so much about you. Heavenly Father is watching over you.
    love you

  7. Cindy,
    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you and your family so much. Good luck with everything.

  8. Cindy-
    Love you and your family! We will continue to remember you in our thoughts and prayers!

  9. Cindy-
    We Love YOU!!!

    David and AnnaLisa Gardner

  10. Cindy,
    I am still shocked by the news, I don't know what to say. The Lord knows you and is in charge. Trust Him and give your life to Him-He always knows best. I won't even pretend to know how hard this must be for you or your family. I wish there was something I could do-you've always done everything for me and my family. I feel so helpless, but I do know many people who have recovered successfully from breast cancer. I know if it's the Lord's will, that you will too, and you will be all the better person for it. You are always in my prayers. I love you!
    Dianna Hunt

  11. Cindy, My beautiful sister, I love you, love Libby for being there for you, and love this blog. What a good idea! What an inspiration for you and others.I have a roommate that is going through this also. Darlis has already gained strength from you. Today is her first appt. She read your blog,and knows she is not alone also,and has many friends and family as you do that care and love her and you. We're there for you, with all our prayers, and nothing but positive thoughts, and lots and lots of love! I know we have a Father in Heaven who cares,and is interested in every detail of our lives and is watching over us and listens to our prayers.I know he will help you and others,and I am praying for you. Luv ya, TONI

  12. Cindy,
    My thoughts have been with you all day since hearing this. I hope you have been granted some peace, and know you are loved!
    Jenny (Payne) Howe

  13. Gardner Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. You are SO loved and we appreciate the wonderful example and support you have been for our little family in our times of trial.