Monday, January 31, 2011

14 Days of Valentines Freebies

I stumbled upon this great blog at Wants and Wishes
She offers not only 14 FREE printables, but also a simple and handmade gift ideas for 14 days of valentines!
 These can be given to your sweetheart or anyone to show someone that they are loved!
What a fantastic idea and great tradition.

Photo belongs to Wants and Wishes

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Free Printable Valentines

There are so many resources out there it baffles my mind.  Check out these free printable valentines:

These are designed and offered by Secret Agent Josephine!  Too Cute!

And these elegant ones are gifted by The Rubber Punkin

Stop by both the talented ladies blogs to download them!

Friday, January 28, 2011

My new Siggy

Like my new signature, courtesy of My Live Signature?


Yeah, I know It is odd that I change it so often but,
I like to mix it up a bit!

Follow up time

Tuesday I will have my six-month follow up from last summer's cancer scare.  I feel confident that there will be good news.  I am feeling very blessed to be gifted the opportunity to be blessed my the giving of others!!!

Click on over and visit The Rose:
The Rose is the Houston area's leading 501(c)(3) non-profit breast cancer organization providing mammography screening, diagnosis, access to treatment and support to all women regardless of their ability to pay. Last year, The Rose provided 27,837 screening and diagnostic procedures for those able to pay; 15,680 screening and diagnostic procedures at no charge to low income, uninsured women;7,621 free patient navigation services to other treatment patients without insurance.

Back Soon

Photo courtesy
It sure has been a while hasn't it? Life has been just all hustle and bustle. I am hoping to get some thoughts on here again pretty soon. But no promises. Just don't give up on me.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Five Year Cancerversary

We all have milestone dates in our lives, specific dates of each year that mean something important to us, birthdays, anniversaries, date of a loved ones passing.  Cancer survivors have an additional date that is permanently etched in our memory, our cancerversary. For many of us, we use the date we were diagnosed, surgery date or date of our last treatment (Chemotherapy or Radiation).  You never forget where you were or what you were doing when you hear those words, "You have cancer."

I like to use the date of my biopsy.  My date is January 13th, and I'm now a 5-year cancer survivor.  I remember it very clearly. I was 27 weeks pregnant with my fifth child.  I was having my biopsy on Friday the 13th of January.   I consider this date more meaningful than any other date that passes in my calendar year. It is the day that life as I knew it ended, and I was given another chance.  Life is never the same after a cancer diagnosis. No matter the outcome. It has been a very rough ride these last five years, but I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to live through it.  Long ago, without medical technology, I probably would have passed away shortly after giving birth to Kiera that next April.

I can now proudly say, "I'm a 5 year survivor."  After all, the five-year mark is universally known as the "all clear" mark, it often considered the closest to a cure as you can get with breast cancer.  My oncologist does not recognize it as a benchmark though.  There are plenty “survivors” who made it 5, 10, 15 years only to hear of cancer recurrence.  I celebrate tentatively, but with a great deal gratitude. 

I no longer complain about birthdays and getting older.  I rejoice in the privilege that I have had an extended time to celebrate life with my family and friends.  I am 42 now and I feel honored that my oldest son is in his senior year in high school.   I am much more patient, sympathetic and understanding of others.   Every single person has struggles and difficult circumstances they must walk through in life.  Only through walking through adversity will we become stronger.  I feel I am stronger now. I am stronger and I believe I still have a lot of fight left in me.

What am I going to do on my cancerversary? I will celebrate that I got to wake up this morning. And that's more than enough for me!