Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blessed at 60 Birthday & Blogaversary Blog Hop Day 2

Wow! Sunday already?!?!? How did that happen ;) Oh you know what that means... YOU BETTER GET CRAFTING because tomorrow is Monday already! But I am glad you are here and hope you are enjoying the hop this far. Today is day 2 of the Blessed at 60 Birthday & Blogaversary Blog Hop. If you did not have a chance to check out yesterday's projects for Kathie's birthday please be sure to check them out. If you are here from Kathy's page then you are in the right spot! If you are just stopping by and you did not start at the beginning of this hop be sure to start at Kathie's page   ( and follow along the hop.

Today's hop is dedicated to cancer... well dedicating it to cancer I guess is a bit of strong wording but it is all about Cancer and how it has impacted us in our lives. I am going to try to get through this blog with out crying... but I am sure I am not going to make it. I am focusing on breast cancer. Last September seemed like an ordinary month. We had just celebrated my daughter's second birthday and everything was going well. A couple days prior to this my mom had gone in for a routine check up and for some odd reason she was scheduled for a mammography. (Normally this would not have been for another month or two). For some reason she decided to go ahead and have it done and we are so thankful everyday that she did. When they looked it over they found spots which they told her they were positive were calcium deposits and she could either have them biopsied or she could wait a few months to a year and see what happened. She had them biopsied just to be safe. I can remember getting the phone call from my sister who was crying... they were waiting to tell me until my husband got home as they knew I would take it the hardest but I knew the minute I answered my sisters call. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer non invasive... My life at that point was flipped upside down. My mom is my best friend. She is the one I talk to about everything, she is my world and I could not let anything happen to her. My husband and I went with her to meet the surgeon and talked over all the possibilities. They decided to take out the tissue in her breast that surrounds the cancer. They found it to be very small from the graphs they had taken. I went with her and my dad the next Monday for the surgery. We were happy when they said they had gotten it all, though they told us it was about double the size they had thought it would be. They tested all the tissue over and called her back a couple days later with bad news... what they thought was a noninvasive cancer turned out to have invasive cells inside of it. They had never seen anything like it before. So they asked her to come in the following Monday for another surgery to have her lymph nodes removed and tested. We are very grateful that came back negative. She had to go through six weeks of intense radiation. I am very happy to say she made it through like a champ! She is my rock and I am so proud of her for "Fighting Like a Girl" and kicking cancers butt! My mother is one of the strongest women I know and I am so proud to be her daughter and her friend. She truly is amazing!!!

This is a picture of my mom and I at a wedding :) Isn't she beautiful? I love her so much and thank God every day for helping her through the treatments and keeping her strong. I would be lost without her!!!

Now for my cards. I created this card with some sparkle stickers and bling. The paper is a designed paper out of a note card size pack I got from Hobby Lobby. Faith, Hope, Love and Courage some of the most important things in helping one fight the courageous battle against cancer!

      This card I did the bling pink ribbon and used my Storybook cricut cartridge to cut out the wording
Fight Like a Girl! I love that saying. I took my pink ink and rubbed it around the card to give it the pink color.
As much as I hate cancer I enjoyed making these cards to brighten someones day who just found out they have cancer or may being going through treatment to get rid of it. It is a courageous battle!

I do have some blog candy for this hop. I have gotten a pink tote, stickers, and some breast cancer awareness pink ribbon tissue (the Kleenex kind not the decorative kind). All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me someone you are grateful for and if you have a second tell them how much they mean to you today because you never know what tomorrow brings! I will announce the winner Monday.

Thanks for stopping! Enjoy your Sunday all.
Now off to Vicki's hop you go:
If you need the line up it goes a little something like this! Be sure to visit all the ladies and leave us some bloggie love :)
  1. Kathie:
  2. Kari:
  3. Debbie:
  4. Carla :
  5. Kathy:
  6. Heather:
  7. Vicki:
  8. Tisha:
  9. Jessie:
  10. Amy:
ALSO!!!! Be sure to check out Kathie's giveaway!  She is giving away a cricut gypsy. All you have to do is give back! Donate $3 to the Kidney Cancer Association and you are entered to win! Easy peasy!


McVic said...

ohh Im first!! Im am thankful for my mom. She helps me everyday, with my kids, my house and just helped me out with a much needed break tonight!-


Wow i can't imagine what you went through with your mom, breast cancer runs in my family so it is really a scary though my mom or me or even my daughter getting it. Thanks for sharing your story!! I love your cards!! I am thankful for my mom, she has taken me and my daughter in after i left an abusive marriage. Thanks for the chance to win!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

lindaplus3 said...

So sad that there is this illness that is in the lives of so many :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

kathlee said...

I needed the kleenex! Very touching story, So glad your mom fought back and won. Beautiful cards and thank you so much for celebrating and educating with me!

Jessica said...

Hi again Heather. Your cards are so pretty. I am so happy to hear your mother was strong enough to kick butt! Way to go Mom! I would be lost without a lot of people in my life. I am the youngest of 13 children and a twin. I couldn't imagine losing anyone in my family. I do know that my faith keeps me strong, though. The strength of prayer in my life is a constant friend. God Bless you and your family!

Tisha said...

Now You are making me cry. ;) I am so happy your mom is ok now. I know I would be lost too without my mom. Your card is rgeat. I would have never thought to make the ribbon with bling. Very cool!!


Kathy said...

Beautiful Heather! I am in tears while reading this. I can't imagine what your mom, you and your family have been through. I can't imagine being without my mom. I have 2 good friends that are my age that are celebrating their 1 year free of Breast Cancer this year. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Prayers to your mom, you and your family!

kmgillon at yahoo dot com

Anita Braddock said...

Very Beautiful. love how you made your card. thanks for sharing your very hard but but in the a very happy story I will pray she stays safe. you are a very strong lady. I have had cancer in our family to but my grandfather didnt make it but we will remember him always and allways go to the doctor and be checked. thanks for sharing
Hugs. thanks for this very special hop.

kimberly said...

very inspirational
great hop and I love all the ideas! TFS

Sugarlips said...

Your card is beautiful. The picture of you and your mom is so pretty, you can tell she means so much to you.

I am so thankful for my husband. He was there holding my hand through my whole cancer ordeal, and he never said a word. He was just supportive and loving.

Vicki said...

Yes your mother is beautiful as are you...I can so relate to the waiting for results and the fear that the word and diagnosis that cancer brings.. But I praise God that he showed us mercy and has allowed Jim to have 14 cancer free years. I will be praying for you and your mother that she remains cancer free as well. Just goes to show that you should never wait if a spot is found..Your mother made the right decision in getting the treatment when she did..