Photo Credits: ShopKomen.com
CLOSED - Congratulations to Bella!!!
I am a 14 year survivor, was 37yo when diagnosed after over a year of misdiagnoses. I had 4 boys and a hubby at home and stage 4 cancer. My God is awesome, He gave me wonderful drs, nurses, friends and family to help with recovery. I am a little lop-sided but hey, it beats the alternative!
Know your body and go get a mammogram!
I don't think there are many folks left who have not had breast cancer touch their lives in one way or another. I lost my sister in law, Teresa, just short of her 40th birthday to breast cancer. That is her picture in my upper left hand sidebar - a picture that was actually taken during the time that her cancer was in remission. I thought it was so appropriate and significant because it seemed to so solidly represent her own personal determination, strength and resiliency.
Teresa wanted so much to live, to beat this cancer, and she fought hard and stayed strong throughout it all until her body could no longer take it. Sadly, not long after that picture, the cancer returned and had spread, and we lost her in early 2006. She left behind my brother and two beautiful young children. I have never been more proud of my brother than through this experience. He is as remarkable as she was.
But I also have a neighbor who had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, and a cousin who also has fought breast cancer - both of them are now cancer free. No, you don't have to reach far to find others who are either going through this struggle with breast cancer, or who know someone who is or has.
In an effort to support those affected by breast cancer, and to raise awareness, the Pink Together® campaign has put up a site at PinkTogether.com - a place to both post and read inspiring stories from breast cancer survivors and supporters everywhere. You can also watch short videos from the 2009 Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors talking about their journeys with breast cancer.
To support the Pink Together® campaign, General Mills is donating $2 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and has turned much of its packaging pink on several of its most beloved brands this month. General Mills will also donate $1, up to $20,000, each time you post a comment of encouragement, send a virtual flower bouquet or share a story on PinkTogether.com during the month of October.
PinkTogether and MyBlogSpark have partnered to provide me with this information and an Inspiring Hope Gift Basket to giveaway to one of my readers. Keep it for yourself, or give it to someone you know who is in this fight.
This gift basket includes everything pictured above: a pink cinch bag, a set of inspirational note cards, a running ribbon charm bracelet, a sleeved travel tumbler, and a pink leather strap keychain. All of the gift basket items are from ShopKomen.com, where 25 percent of the merchandise purchase price benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in the fight against breast cancer. Did you know that there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today? It's working.
Your comment here is your entry.
Feel free to share your thoughts, your experiences, your inspiration, your prayers, your hopes ... anything that is pressing on your mind or your heart. Be sure to leave an email address where I can contact you should you be selected.
I hope that you'll also consider stopping by PinkTogether.com to share a virtual flower with a survivor, read their encouraging stories, or perhaps, to share your own. And of course, if you'd like to be a part of the work toward ending breast cancer forever, stop by ShopKomen.com and make a purchase. Be sure to also check out the educational materials that are also available there.
Giveaway will close at 3:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 22, 2009. Good luck!
Special thanks again to MyBlogSpark and PinkTogether.com for giving me the opportunity to share this fantastic gift basket with one of my readers.