Good Morning! I have a special post today — as many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ve likely heard the astounding statistic that 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 70-80% have no family history. Unfortunately, I became a statistic this July. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have no family history of breast cancer.
I discovered the lump through self-examination, as well as feeling something that wasn’t quite right. I had a mammogram when I was 36 as a baseline and hadn’t had one since — because I had no family history. I am 39 now.
I have been undergoing chemotherapy since mid-August. Thankfully, I have completed the “super sucky” chemo. It took approximately a week for me to recover from each treatment, which is why I have not been around as much. This week, I begin yet another form of chemo, which I will have weekly for 12 weeks. It is a bit daunting to consider that I will have it through the last week of the year. Surgery will follow in 2012, along with radiation. It is a long road, but the prognosis is good. I’m being treated aggressively as I am only 39 and they (my doctors) want to lower the risk of recurrence as much as possible.
When you listen to the awareness campaigns and PSAs, they all say if you are over 40 to do annual screening. I’ve heard far too many stories of women under 40 being diagnosed, as well as being one. Please, if you think there might be something there, don’t wait — see your doctor.
Since diagnosis, I have received some of the most wonderful support from my online family at Bugaboo Stamps. My card today is dedicated to all of these wonderful ladies & Paul — thank you for all of your wonderful support & virtual hugs — as well as all of the wonderful happy mail I’ve received from you all! Hugs to you all!
I picked out the teddy from Jodie’s Some Support collection. It’s paper pieced with pink ribbon paper from the Me & My Big Ideas stack of breast cancer papers. The pattern on this piece is nice and small, making it perfect for this. I cut out the teddy and chose to cut off the straps. The ruffle trim has charcoal Stickles on it. The layout is from The Sweet Stop this week and worked really well here. After getting everything lined up, I added in lots of bling — clear rhinestones in the lacey circle and black rhinestones on the laces of the teddy.
Thank You For Your Support
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps TY For Your Support
Paper: Basic Black, Raspberry Fizz, Me & My Big Ideas Breast Cancer papers
Other Stuff: rhinestones, ribbon, Cuttlebug Polka Dots & Swiss Dot, Nesties
Thanks so much for stopping by today!