THIS R.A.K. DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO LEFT COMMENTS!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And today, October 5, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of my mother’s passing from this horrid disease. My loving mother, Phyllis Ann Koeppel. This is weighing very heavily on my mind. I’m always a little melancholy around this time of year but today- this year – is particularly difficult. She was my age, 47, when she had her first mastectomy.
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. I still miss her like crazy. She was about my age when she was diagnosed and had her first mastectomy. She fought so hard for five years until she finally succumbed at the age of 52. I can’t even begin to tell you just how awful it was to watch a young, vibrant, beautiful woman break down bit by bit, bone by bone, as the disease ravaged her body. You see, when breast cancer metastesizes it goes into the bones. They become weak and brittle and break one by one. The breakage causes the releasing of calcium into the bloodstream which takes it to the brain and the person develops something like a dimentia. My mother was a statuesque 5’8″. During those last months, she was shorter than me (I’m 5’2″).
My mom was born in the 1930’s. The second of two daughters. She grew up in New York City. Met my dad at a beach on Long Island, got married and moved to upstate New York (Saratoga Springs). They adopted me, had my sister and life was good. Mom stayed home with us. She was involved with various organizations, volunteered and was the quintessential middle class wife/mother. Here are a few pictures of her throughout her life:
She was WAY TOO YOUNG TO DIE!!!! I bet there are very few people out there who have not been touched in some way by this very dreadful disease. I heard on the news the other day that of all women’s deaths in a given year 25% are attributable to breast cancer?! That is astounding!
Please help me reach out to people to encourage them to be more aware of and diligent in their own breast health. The Susan G. Komen foundation is a great resource for information on how and what to do – to promote breast well being and fight against this disease. Early detection and prevention are the key to fighting breast cancer. Here is a link to their site:
I’m offering a very generous RAK in honor of my mother. You can have a chance to win this fabulous prize package by doing the following:
1. Do a breast self-exam. Right now! Take 5 minutes and follow these instructions:
2. Promise me that you will make an appointment to have a mammogram this month, if you haven’t had one in the last year.
3. Remind 3 friends, this week, to check themselves and make their mammogram appointments.
4. Leave a message in the comments section to this post that you have completed task #1 and you promise to complete tasks #2 .
I will draw a winner on Monday, October 12th. Here’s what you could win:
All these goodies completely fill a large priority one rate box. There is approximately $100 (probably more, I lost count) in value of product here. Products such as Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Distress Ink, Crackle Paint and Stickles (Tim Holtz), Bling (Basic Grey, Glitz, Creative Cafe), lots of 12×12 paper (Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Fancy Pants, Creative Cafe, Webster’s Pages, Making Memories & more), Die Cut Papers, Cardstock, Ribbons, Flowers, Chipboard, Letter Stickers, Glitter, Die Cuts, Journaling Cards… the list goes on. This is chock full of scrappy goodness!!!
So get to spreading the word everyone! I thank you for taking the time to read this post, participating and taking care of yourself and your loved ones! We can fight this disease together! Let’s do it!!!
May your day be blessed with all things loving, kind and good! Thanks for stopping by! ~Amy Tara~