August 6, 2022


I just read an article about friends and family ghosting people with cancer. We are so fortunate that we have not experienced this. In fact, with the continued support we receive, I sometimes think oh they must be getting sick of us yapping about cancer and how it makes us feel, blah, blah, blah. Haha! Instead, we continue to receive encouragement. Beyond blessed.

Every time we have put out the call for help…

no matter what that might be, people far and near have stepped up to the plate. I refer to our home as the Community House because we had an abundant amount of people who came to put in flooring, tile, put in the HEAVY beam that spans the width of the house, moving, unpacking, painting, cleaning, and the list goes on.

When it came time for your daily three-hour round trips to Minot for your radiation treatments, numerous people volunteered to drive you because I did not want you alone in case a side effect came on strong.

We received a touching letter from my cousin…

Brian Giesinger, which sums up the incredible people pulling for us.

Dear Mitch and Nicole,

Usually, I would start a letter by asking how you are doing, but I think we know the answer to that. We can’t imagine what you are going through… and no words I could write in this letter would be able to provide any relief from your burdens. All I can say is that we are thinking of you and praying for you. We believe in miracles and will continue to pray for one!!

With Love and Prayers.

I can almost imagine how hard…

it was for Brian to write this. I love how he just called out the elephant in the room by stating it. So many times, we don’t know what to say to someone in a gut-wrenching situation, when just the simple act of reaching out is all that is needed.

We are beyond blessed for all who have decided to go on this journey with us!

With all my love –


PS This letter was written prior to Mitch’s passing.

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  1. There is no one word that describes learning someone who you love dearly has cancer. The word itself is gut wrenching. I truly believe Nicole found a way she could express herself through her journal. Those of us who read her entries could feel the love and pain at the same time and she showed us all how to be human and try and get through each day, one day at a time.💖

    1. Lori,
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. I am grateful my words have touched you. Thank you for continuing taking this journey with me.

  2. People like you and Mitch are like candles to moths. Others can’t help but respond to your warmth, your goodness. You have blessed others on this journey.

    1. Chris,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am happy to hear that our love and all we have endured together is coming through in my words.

  3. It so resonated with me and I keep thinking what an incredible strong woman Nicole is and i think about the strong love between Mitch and Nicole that got them through the tough journey and is still guiding Nicole. She is so blessed with a dear twin sister, supportive friends and family. ♥️🙏♥️

    1. Marianne,
      You give me too much credit. If you would have seen me this weekend after the car show, I was a mess. The grief came on as strong as it was in the beginning – suffocating! I am blessed with all the support I have, including you, Marianne. Thank God for people like you to have in my corner!

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