Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will use this a an opportunity not only to honor those who have courageously fought the battle with cancer and lost, but also those who, like me, are survivors! I was 37 when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had gone for my regular mammogram ( I started at 30 since my Mom also had Breast Cancer ). I was actually the first one at a new hospital where they were using a new machine, and so when they did my mammogram, they had people in there who read it immediately, making sure the machine was working properly. So, here they came again, wanting to take another type of X-ray. Hrhm, I didn't like the sound of that. So, once again, I wait. It was sure taking them a long time to tell me to get dressed! Well finally, get dressed and meet the Dr. in his office. And here he came, Uh Oh. He didn't look happy. Then I heard it again, you have Breast Cancer. I say again because I had heard these words before, but they were spoken to my Mom. Now, it was my turn. I didn't like them when i heard them the first time, and I didn't like them this time either. He had already scheduled an appt. with a surgeon and I was to go straight there. I was numb. My husband was out of town. The world stopped! I remember getting in my car and driving to a park overlooking the bay and thinking as I watched the cars coming and going, people walking their dogs. Life was going on! I called my husband and waited to go to the surgeon in who's hands I was about to place my life. Well it was a whirlwind few days, and in 3 days time, I had a biopsy, and a mastectomy! Now I wont go in to all the details, but to make this short, I had 6 months of Chemo, and was sick as a dog! My Dr. said that 2% of the people got as sick as I did. Well now, its 15 years later and I am still here! I am thankful for the Dr's and the technology that detected my small aggressive cancer with a simple mammogram. So, Please,Please,Please....have your yearly mammogram's and check your self monthly. It may very well save your life. I want to share with you a special kit by Designs by Angel from Pretty Scrappy called " Hope In Sight". I wanted to make some pages to honor my mother, who was not as fortunate as myself, in her battle against cancer, but found something far greater in the midst of her battle. She died at the young age of 47, but through her cancer, she became a Christian. I can remember visiting her one time when she was in an excruciating amount of pain and she looked at me and my husband and said these words I will never forget! "Kids, I want you to know, that if this is what it took for me to know the Lord, I would go through it all again!" What a testimony! I share this, and my layouts to honor my Mom, my Hero.
And now for your Freebies since you were so patient with me in letting me share my story with you. Here are the two QP's I made along with the preview of Angels Kit from Pretty Scrappy. To get the previews, just click on the image. For the kit, click on the preview to go to the Pretty Scrappy Store. Share my story with others and save a loved ones life or the life of a friend!