Monday, October 19, 2009

CLOSED - GIVEAWAY! Komen Gift Basket from for Breast Cancer Awareness

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CLOSED - Congratulations to Bella!!!
Bella said...

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 - 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 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, 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 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 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 for giving me the opportunity to share this fantastic gift basket with one of my readers.


  1. Hi Mary,

    I would like to share my thoughts and feelings..I have an Aunt that has survived breast cancer. She ended up having her breast removed so that she can save her life..My cousin also had it and she passed away from it...It was hard to get over such an emotional part of my life..I am now working with a co-worker who was diagnosed with it and she was having surgery after surgery to get it removed. When she had her final surgery the doctor told her that there were no other signs of it..Then one day she went back to the doctor and they found that it came back but it was now in her bones. We just recently found out that it has spread to her brain...She is still fighing it and she is still hoping to return back to work one day..I did the Komen walk on Saturday October 17, this was my first time participating in an event like this. It as an emotional sight that I was lucky to walk the race as a supporter for my co-worker and to have the opportunity to walk with the survivers..This day made me look at life in a totally different way..I will be particapating every year in the Komen walk...

  2. I forgot to leave my email is

  3. One of my really good friends lost her mom to breast cancer last Spring. She had already lost her dad and brother and few years before. I saw how hard it was on her. She tried to be brave around everyone but I know deep down she was torn apart. This is a great thing you're doing. Thanks so much.

  4. Hi Mary,
    I am sorry to read about your sister-in-law.

    I worked with cancer patients at a local hospital and cancer treatment center. I will be forever grateful for what my patients and their families taught me over the years about living and dying.

    My closest friend of 40 years had a bilateral mastectomy a few years back; she was fortunate in both her diagnosis and prognosis.

    Early detection is key!


  5. My grandmother passed away when i was 15 years old from breast cancer. She was the most important person in my life at that time and i feel so sad that she is not here for my kids. I miss her terribly still and it has been 15 years since she passed away. I dont think you ever get over it i think you just move on with life and try to deal with it. I am sincerly sorry to hear about your sister in law.

  6. What a great gift basket. My aunt starts chemo today for her breast cancer.

  7. I'm lucky no one in my family has had cancer, but that doesn't mean it hasn't affected me. My husbands Aunt lost her battle with breast cancer 2 years ago this Thanksgiving. She had been cancer free for 2 years before it returned full force and spread to her brain.
    Cancer affects us all in one way or another and I'll be hitting the site next!

  8. So sorry about your sister in law. She does look like a very strong and determined lady. My co-worker's daughter is currently battling this nasty disease, but a good friend of mine has been declared cancer free since 2003.

  9. Beautiful post...I'll be sure to visit that site.

  10. What a great post! You are right I don't think there is anyone who does not know someone who has had breast cancer.

  11. Hi Mary,

    I have been reading your blog for many months now and I was really touched by your most recent post.

    I lost my maternal grandmother to breast cancer 30 years ago and it totally devasted my mother. Then my mom was struck with breast cancer 5 years ago and is a survivor thanks to the advances in medical technology.

    Then 2 years ago I lost my paternal grandmother to breast cancer so now both of my grandmothers are deceased and lost their lives to breast cancer. The sad thing about losing my grandmother was that it was misdiagnosed and when it was finally diagnosed, it was way too late.

    One thing I have learned through all of this is that early detection is key. Even though I am only 42, I have been getting a yearly mammogram since I was 36 years old (I am high risk) and I do my monthly self breast exams which are followed up by my doctor every 3 months in her office.


  12. oh, I forgot to leave my email address to which is Ravish30(at)aol(dot)com

    You can also find me as I am following your blog.


  13. What a wonderful cause - I recently lost a cousin to breast cancer - she was a wonderful person and fought this dreaded cancer until she could fight no longer.

  14. Hi Mary,

    As you had stated their are many of us who know of someone that has been effected by this disease. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were diagnoised this year with breast cancer just a month apart from each other. My sister-in-law's was caught very early and she will only need to take the required pill for 5 years. Thank goodness she doesn't have to go through chemo as of yet. My mother-in-law on the other hand has her's at a later stage. She has just finished her chemo treatments and is due for surgery next month to have one breast removed and several lymph nodes. Then she will have to endure radition treatments as well. She is such a trouper and has the best attitude toward this ugly disease. Our families all participate in the Relay for Life fundraiser we have in our local communities and have rasied over $15,000 in the last year and a half. Both women as such an inspiration to me!

    Best regards,


  15. What a great idea! What a great giveaway!
    I have a friend who died from a five year battle with breast cancer several years ago. She left a husband and a 5 year old here to raise each other. I love that the awareness of breast cancer and the effort to find a cure is widening.

  16. Hi Mary,
    I went to school with someone who died of breast cancer when she just in middle school. Her brother was in my class. That was very hard on all of us especially at such a young age to go through. Because of it, now that my own daughter is 13, I will make sure she knows what to look for in the signs of breast cancer.

  17. Lost a dear sweet cousin due to breast cancer. Have an aunt that's a survivor....

    Thanks for sharing your story!


  18. I lost a dear friend several years ago to breast cancer. She left 3 daughters that have struggled without her. She was a fighter until the end. I miss her dearly. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for remembering breast cancer.

  19. 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!

  20. I'm sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. My grandfather actually passed away from breast cancer. You do not hear a lot about men getting breast cancer but it happens. I hope that someday we can cure this awful disease.

  21. Hi Mary... thanks for stopping by my post earlier... please don't be a stranger...

    I lost my GM to breast cancer and my mother is struggling with lung cancer for the past year... it is a tough battle and we just take it day by day right now... we never give up hope and do a lot of praying...

    You have a great week Mary... Hugs Deb

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  23. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway. I was just at their site today:) Such inspiring stories and such an important message.

  24. Comments are now closed - the winner will be announced shortly!

    Thank you all for sharing your stories.


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