• Crafts,  Creative,  Faith,  Fashion,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media

    Breast Cancer Awareness, Gel Press & An Altered Hat

    I’m thrilled to be a new member of the Gel Press Creative team. I so love my Gel Press plates! Love them! Gel Press has wonderful, creative and caring team members and staff on board, as well as amazing products to create with! I’m thrilled to share more about the Art of Well Being in the future. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as many of you know, I am a survivor and I love the color pink. Did you know that this month Gel Press came out with an awareness ribbon plate? Of course you can use it during the month of October and create with hues of…

  • Faith,  Life,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Thoughts

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    As a survivor of Breast Cancer, I want to thank you each for the role you’ve played in my life. Thank you for the way you supported me when I was in the thick of fighting. Thank you for the love and support you’ve shown me. I always hold you close to my heart, and as I think back at all the ways then and now that you’ve touched my life, my heart explodes with gratitude. Because I care, I want to encourage you to please take steps to detecting cancer early. Do those self-exams and make those mammogram appointments. Don’t delay. Do it for those that love you, and…

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    Today Marks 5 Years – Thank You! Hope and Love Always Wins

    It’s 2:30 in the morning and I just awoke with an overwhelming thankful heart! First, thank you! Thank you! Again, thank you! I still get overwhelmed with gratitude in my heart and tears in my eyes. While a little lengthy, please read. I have something I want to tell you from my heart. Think of me across a table, sharing a cup of joe or tea looking in your eyes with sincerity and after sharing my heart giving you a hug. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma Breast Cancer. From ‘Day One’ I did not fight alone, but rather was lifted up by family, friends, co-workers…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    Breast Cancer Awareness and My Journey Thus Far

    As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.  I have not fought alone!  In fact, my uniform of the day states just that.  You have lifted, encouraged, supported, given, loved so much and I cannot begin to thank you.  You are an amazing force of support! I’m so saddened to say that in the last six months I have lost two friends to cancer.  I have another that is fighting hard.  Cancer touches all of us. With October being ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ month, I wanted to share something I found that I thought was good information.  Recently a dear family member was called back…

  • Art Journaling,  Life,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Sketching,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    The Strength in Scars

    Scars . . . we all have them.  Some are visible, some not.  Some are emotional, burned onto our soul while others are there for the world to see.  Some are scars we just see.  Some we hide, some we can’t.  No matter, scars are reminders of where we have been, what we’ve endured and how we’ve made it out with the choice to tell our story. It’s been not quite 3 1/2 years since I had a double mastectomy due to a breast cancer diagnosis.  About a year after this major surgery and several surgeries after that, I endured some very deep emotional scars due to a tragedy that took place in our…

  • Life,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  The Homestead,  Uncategorized

    Day One – Three Years Ago

    Hello all . . . today marks three years since my diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma, breast cancer and I’m a little more than 1/2 way to be considered ‘cancer free’ (five years).  While we have just finished up with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s not too late to get your mammogram, do a self-check or remind the woman or man you love in your life to do the same. I wanted to share with you what I wrote exactly three years ago on my diagnosis date.  It still applies and I want to live it no matter what life brings my way.  My heart, still to this day overflows…

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    Courage and Perseverance

    This past week I had the opportunity once again to share a message for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Kick Off.  I thought I’d just share with you a few words of that message.  It’s basically things I’ve learned and what we can take with us from the deep valley.  Life is hard . . . so possibly there’s something that may encourage you and I know there are things I can learn from you! I am grateful to say that I am a breast cancer survivor of about 2 1/2 years.  I’d like to spend a moment talking to you about Courage and Perseverance. The definition of…