and so it begins…

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Author: ianmn

FOX 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard...love my life, love my wife, love my daughters and love my dog...kinda like the cat. I am the #stayskyaware dude.

27 thoughts on “and so it begins…”

  1. My heart goes out to you! I love you sharing your journey… I pray it’s not difficult. Your a very brave man. I’m lighting an Ian candle in my home to remind me to pray for you and give you strength.

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  2. Ian…I have been in your shoes. It was surreal when the nurse said so casually ” So you’ve just been diagnosed?” as she continued writing her notes. I think my daughter answered her. My diagnosis was breast cancer but its all the same when it comes to how it hits us! It’s surreal, scary, unfamiliar, and we just plain dont want this! You are taking all the right steps to full recovery and you WILL fully recover! God is with you every step of the way and don’t be afraid to ask him always for perfect health. He will hear you and heal you! Prayers and love are sent your way, Ian. You can do this!

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  3. One day at a time…
    Lots of deep Breathes…
    Accept the pampering your family gives you with gladness and not guilt…
    Think of it as your Polar bear plunge, lots of anticipating what will be and when you are done you realized you worried to much…
    Hugs and Prayers Ian, to you and your family!
    Thank You for sharing through your Blog.

    Danita Jo

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  4. Ian,
    It is a bit, scratch that, it is scary. I had a lump removed from my breast in my very early 30’s. It wasn’t cancer (thank god). I recently, (2weeks ago) had 2 moles looked at by my Dermotologist. They are fine. But once you’ve gone through a lump removal, it’s always on your mind when you find something. I’m praying for you and your loved ones. You’ve faced and gone through all that you have so far. You can get through this too. We’re all on your team! We’re rooting for you!
    TEAM IAN
    Now go kick some butt!!!

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  5. ian,
    How strong of you to take us on your journey. It may be scary but each day remember your beautiful children are going to have there daddy while they grow up.My sister has had bone cancer for many years and she take all New trails and it has help her stay with us for 15yrs more than they told her she had.A lot it’s stubornness, courage,strength and knowing she had kids depending on her to be here.
    I hope that helps A little.
    You got this Ian. Hang in there.

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  6. You and your family are loved. You and your family are prayed for. Takes a very strong man to share life when it’s low. Takes a man of faith. Hugs to you all.

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  7. Ian, my dad had a couple of biopsies done on some spots on his face and he was told most likely skin cancer. This was just before Christmas. I’m not sure if he has heard yet on the biopsies but I am praying that it will be good news. I am happy that you will be documenting your journey with this part of your treatment. Praying it goes smoothly and clears everything up permanently for you. God bless.

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  8. You have many friends and family to support you. Take time to read, catch up on family fun. Glad you set up a blog for us to keep in touch with you

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  9. I am a melanoma survivor. I was first diagnosed in 2006 with recurrences in 2011, 2013 & 2016. Love your skin, protect it, be kind to it, protect the one thing that protects you. Stay strong.. you’ve got this.

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  10. Hey. As we go through times in life, be they a function of disease, stress or aging, They may impact our appearance. But that is not who we are. Stay positive and reach out for support, cause you have lots. For those of us raised to “suck it up buttercup,” accepting support can be uncomfortable. That being said, know that you have a village. LMK when I can bring you coffee and talk (in a Brooklyn accent).

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  11. I have not gone through anything like you are, so I can’t say what will or won’t happen. Im praying for you and your family though. Keep up the fight, and keep us all updated… As we are all here for support.

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  12. I’m truly sorry you’re going through this. I have faith in you. You can do it. You’re a strong willed man, that has put on happy face to brighten everyone else’s. I know there are obstacles to go through but you can do it. By the way you’re great person and my favorite person on the news. Good luck. 🙂
    Sincerely, Ashley Gassett

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  13. I hear your pain and will feel it along with you as the cream does its work. Stay tough through this fluorouracil chemo cream treatment….ouch! I’m going through it now on head, neck, arms and right side of face. It does work, my left side of face is proof…it looks better (younger) then before. Keep skin moist when healing. Had mohs surgery on hands. Thinking of you through this process.

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  14. Ian, I hope your current treatments continue to beat that stupid cancer. I too adored the sun as a teen, and sun tan oil was my friend! I was diagnosed with cancer Not skin) last January, had surgery in February and it returned to a different area now. Having chemotherapy and radiation treatments recently I know it can be very scary. I do not know the results of the treatments yet, but will find out in a few weeks.
    I pray that everything goes smoothly for you, and rest as much as possible!

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  15. Ian,
    Wishing you all the best as you conquer the Big “C”. Did you know that Greg H also had a big chunk of his lip removed last year with a cancer? He too is dealing with the next steps. Family ties. You are in our thoughts and on the Prayer Vine.

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  16. Good luck to you. I also have skin cancer, on my scalp. I had a silver dollar size cut out and stitched. They did not get it all so I will be using Aldara which I understand is a chemo type cream. Thankfully it is basal cell and I was told it will not go into the skull or brain. I will be very interested in your progress and hopefully it will go quickly and the side effects will not get any worse. Terrible about the taste buds tho….I love to eat also so would hate to lose those. Hopefully they will come back soon.

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  17. Ian, when my mother died 4 years ago, I threw myself into my photography and started my blog. It was the most therapeutic thing for me. I stopped writing about two years ago, but recently decided to start again with a clean slate. My daughter is going through a bad time right now, chronic illness, and I keep going back to how my blog was very helpful in getting me through some tough times. I am hoping it will once again heal me. As I sincerely hope your blog will help with yours. God Bless you and take care of yourself. I’ll be following along. Sheila Skogen

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  18. Wishing you the best Ian in your treatment and healing. I have had Thyroid Cancer and it is scarey to hear the word cancer when it is referring to what you have. Thank you for your blog as to your experiences and feelings. You have a positive attitude and that will carry you through. I will remember you in my prayers. Keep on thinking positive thoughts. You can do it..

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  19. My husband has been thru 2 kinds of cancer and I call him my brave warrior, you to are a brave warrior….thank you for sharing your journey…I pray for you and your family…

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  20. Ugh. Ugh, UGH! This hits too close to home. First, I am so sorry you are in pain. Praying you get relief soon. Keep fighting, stay strong. I feel sad…. I can’t help but feel scared also. I too, was an 80’s sun worshipper. The horrible sunburns! We would lay in the sun all day, on tin foil with baby oil. (WHAT!!!???) Idiots! But then, even better, we got our own sun tanning bed in our home! Every. Single. Day. I would lay in it. I am blue eyed, blonde, so the burns came easy. But no one told me to stop. I just wanted to be tan. Well, now I am keeping my dermatologist busy. Every 6 months I go now in… after they found Squamous Cell skin cancer. I remember the nurse calling me and saying “you have cancer”. Whoa. I had one on my chest, and one on my arm. I had surgery to remove both, with huge scars from huge incisions…from the most tiniest of a little red spot. So tiny. And yet my scar on my chest is over 3 inches…so they could get clean margins. This is scary sh*t. Thank you for reminding me how serious this is. I am still not great about sunscreen…Going on vacation next week and was thinking how excited I was to get a nice glowing tan. But this was my reminder. Thank you. Healing thoughts being sent your way.

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