Thank You For Your Support

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.

Challenge Submissions
The Sweet Stop — SSS129
Lexi’s Creations — #50 Pink for Boobies
Link Up for Pink

Thank You For Your Support
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps TY For Your Support
Paper: Basic Black, Raspberry Fizz, Me & My Big Ideas Breast Cancer papers
Ink:
Copics:
Other Stuff: rhinestones, ribbon, Cuttlebug Polka Dots & Swiss Dot, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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21 thoughts on “Thank You For Your Support

  1. Gorgeous card, Cammy! So glad you're finished with the super sucky chemo! I keep you in my prayers always and will continue to do so as you fight your fight! As Lori said, “hang in there”! Big hugs!!!

    🙂 Becky

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  2. Just LOVIN' this card Cammy! You have an amazing outlook on all this and the strength you have is inspiring! Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way as you start this next treatment!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    ~Min

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  3. Gorgeous card Cammy, and a truly inspirational post! You are one of the most bravest people I have the honour of knowing. Hang in there, we are all praying for you, and sending you hugs!
    Take care,
    hugs
    Marilyn

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  4. Cammy this is so cool. I just love the way you did the teddie and the trim and the background piece of pink paper. Everything about this is fantastic. Whenever you need more virtual hugs you know where to find them. You are loved by all of us Bugs.

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  5. Aw hell Cammy, you made me go and get all teary-eyed! You know what a cry-baby I am! 😉 I couldn't be prouder of you for the bravery and humor that you've shown through your first round of chemo. And we'll (meaning your family at Bugaboo Stamps) will be with you every step of the way through the next round, surgery, and radiation – Until you're on way to having better boobs than all of the rest of us (Paul excluded, of course. . .;) Much love & many MWAHs!

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  6. Cammy, what a fabulous post! I simply LOVE this card, the image is perfect and the layout is fabulous. As always stunning work lady! You are such a trooper, don't worry we got your back if you need it 🙂

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  7. A beautiful card and such and inspirational personal story you shared. And YOU are such an inspiration. Yes, you are one of the most bravest , positive people I know dealing with all the treatments and I will remember and share all this with family and friends. I share you story and your courage almost every day speaking with friends and family. Yup,,,you are loved by all of us Bugs.

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  8. Oh, Cammy… sorry to hear that you have to go throught that… wish you well… sending you a cyber hug! What a perfect card. Love the pink with black. The blings are perfect! Thank you for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week. :o)

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  9. Cammy–beautiful card and beautiful post! You are such an inspiration. We'll be here for the rest of your trials and tribulations so that we can celebrate with you when this is all just a thing of the past!

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  10. Cammy – your card is lovely. And we really do care. Your message is SO TRUE – for men as well. If you think something is wrong, get checked! You really do have such strength and it shows in your attitude at the DT forum.

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  11. So sorry to hear of your bout with breast cancer..I will be praying for you! Keep a good attitude and before you know it, this will be behind you…take it from one who knows! Your card is beautiful…the colors perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop this week!

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