Let the Countdown Begin

I must first thank everyone who has taken the time to call, write, send me a text, email, facebook and/or twitter post to wish me well on this journey. Your comments, prayers, and words have truly meant the world and kept this journey just a little easier to bear.

 I must give extra thanks to a few:

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Debi Fashion has items to help you look and feel even better. Just a little over a year ago Deb traveled the same journey. She has provided me has provided countless support and answers to my questions while keeping me styling.
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These gloves were given to Shana Chimpky by another Survivor as a reminder to keep fighting. She was in the midst of her journey but never stopped checking and encouraging me. Now I have the gloves to keep fighting!
Jamila Rose who still has a few stops to complete but has kept her head up every step of the way while she continues to raise money for mammograms.
Jamila Rose who still has a few stops to complete but has kept her head up every step of the way while she continues to raise money for mammograms.
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This was knitted by a survivor who asked that it be passed to the next person starting the journey. The kindness of others makes this journey a lot easier to bear.

July 26th, I will check into the University of Pennsylvania hospital for a 12 hour (minimum) surgery. I will be having a double mastectomy followed by a free flap reconstruction.  The recovery time (approximately 6 weeks) will be longer than some other procedures but this seemed to be the best option to avoid a reoccurrence.  It will require a hospital stay of five days.  I guess God and my body was telling me that I needed a break. I sure wish I would have listened sooner. Never in a million years did I expect to be on this journey but I know that God has something greater in store for me so I will not complain.

What's your body telling you? Whatever it is please listen…


Welcome to my home on the web... I’m Tomika, the thought leader behind Life in Pumps. I love all things fashion, fun & travel! I’m a wife and mother of two very active teenagers. I'm a social butterfly and passionate about advocating for breast cancer disparities and the benefits of organics. Follow along as I believe life is more fun when you actually live it!

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  1. May God bless you on this journey. I believe God has great things in store for you even if we don’t know what they are right now. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Posted 7.23.13
  2. I will be praying for you. Your positive attitued is inspiring. I love the gloves the most. Being there with my mom through her chemo and radiion for lung cancer, I know that cancer is a tough opponet but you can/will win the fight.

    My body is telling me to lose weight. I need to listen.

    Posted 7.24.13
  3. Christine wrote:

    OMG so sorry I’m just now hearing about this! Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have a family friend who went through this at the beginning of this year. She is perfectly healthy now and I know you will be too. Keep fighting and know you’ve got a lot of people in your corner. Thanks for being brave enough to share your journey with us.

    Posted 7.24.13
  4. Heather M wrote:

    Praying for you and your family.

    Posted 7.25.13
  5. Tomika, you will be in my prayers and I will be thinking of you and sending you strength and love.

    Posted 7.25.13
  6. Nichole wrote:

    Sending lots of positive vibes your way for an as speedy as possible & uncomplicated recovery. Keep those fighting gloves handy!

    Posted 7.25.13
  7. Lauryn wrote:

    Prayers, thoughts, all of it coming your way…

    Posted 7.25.13
  8. Dear Tamika, I will be praying for you. I am so sorry for this difficult journey you are on. I am praying you will heal quickly. Sending love.

    Posted 7.25.13
  9. Kelly wrote:

    You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers today and as you recover.

    Posted 7.26.13
  10. Lisa wrote:

    Hey, you got this! You can do this! Good luck and keep us posted with your news and updates.

    Posted 7.26.13
  11. Prayers and comfort to you and your family.
    My aunt is a breast cancer survivor who’s found an amazing support network.
    I hope you find the same in your community.

    Posted 7.27.13
  12. Carrie wrote:

    Tomika, I’m just hearing this now and want you to know I’m cheering you on. It’s a great reminder to listen to our bodies, and I pray yours will heal quickly and fully. Your PSMM friends are here for you, please let us know what you need.

    Posted 7.28.13
  13. Heather wrote:

    Tomika, I’m sorry you have to go through this. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the best health as you move forward!

    – Heather

    Posted 8.14.13

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