Woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend... Just when I thought life could not get any better I heard a knock on my door, it was Cancer.
It changed everything but not for the worse. I choose Life and Hope .
BACK OFF CANCER is what I say!

The beginning of this journey...shaving my head

The beginning of this journey...shaving my head
Me, Francesca, on April 1st 2007, the day I shaved my head....

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Now is Maintenance!

After 5 long months, I am officially done with treatment and in the new stage called Maintenance.

I guess doctors never say you are cancer free but I am as free as it gets right now. An overwhelming feeling takes over me as I sit here and share this wonderful news with you, who have been there in good and bad times.

Weather was a hospital visit to cheer me up, an email to show that you cared or a great fun-laughter filled dinner that made me forget what I was going through. I will always be grateful for all that you have done and the friendship that you gave me. As I said a while back: I feel very lucky! and wish nothing but the best of health for all of us. Please count your blessings everyday and don't take anything for granted as you NEVER know when things (and I certainly don't mean material) will be taken away from you. Cherish every moment and make every day count; even the hard ones.

Now is celebration time. Lots of sushi, manicures, spa treatments, and goodbyes as we prepare to make the long awaited move to beautiful Switzerland.

Many , many kisses and a warm hug and once again: many, many thanks.

lots of love


Francesca Giessmann


Sabine said...

Dear Francesca,
CARPE DIEM - thanks god, it's over! We are so happy and greatful that you are healthy now and that the terrible cancer is gone! Enjoy every day!!! We wish you a good move to Switzerland! See you soon ;-))
Sabine and family from France

Sabine said...


Angela said...

Frannie, you have made my day, week, month year!!! You will have a visit from me when my boys start school, very soon. I love you and believe me, you are in my thoughts every day. I will be brave and drive to New Jersey, tanti bacioni, tua amica, Angelina!!!!!!

neila said...

Estamos todos felizes com você...espero te encontrar em breve e para darmos muitas risadas juntas...vc ainda lembra do Ciro Pizzaiolo? onde será que ele foi bater?



gisella said...

Oi Fran,

Aqui é a Gi Comini, só passei para de dar um beijo e um abraço bem forte!!!Queria te dizer que apesar de tanto tempo afastada, vc pode contar comigo para o que for. Te desejo muita força!!!
Mil beijos e saudades das nossas bagunças no Brasil.

Ana Stecca said...

Que excelente notícia !!!
Fico muito feliz por você, Parabéns !!!

Ana Stecca said...
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neila said...


Vamos fazer spa juntas...



Jul said...

What a beautiful message. Looking forward to meeting you in CH!

Suzanne said...

Hi Francesca,

It's been on my mind to comment on your blog for a while now. I've finally gotten back in town and got some quiet time to catch up.
I'm so thrilled about the terrific news. Your story has been inspirational to say the least. I did have a drink in Beijing in your honor when I heard the good news:)

I wish you nothing but the best for you as you settle into your new life in Zurich. I will admit that I wish you were staying. I'm going to miss working with Carsten. He has been very good to me - best boss ever! But I'll find a way to make it to Zurich and hang out with you guys:)


Vampdaddy said...

It is a good day for you.

Thank you for sharing your strength, and the precious gift of your experience.

Good luck in the move!


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