Monday, October 17, 2016

Calling All Sistahs October Blog Hop

When was the last time that a blog hop saved your life? Well the August 17th Cas-ual Fridays Blog Hop just very possibly did just that for me.  See, I was about 2 months late in scheduling my annual mammogram due to family vacations, co-workers vacations and just general busy-ness last summer. But on August 17th I saw that one of my favorite stamp companies, CAS-ual Fridays was having their monthly Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop. 



The purpose of the monthly hop was to remind all of us to do breast self-exams and schedule our annual mammogram if we were due. I made my appointment that very day and a week later had a routine mammogram that ended up finding my very small (less than a centimeter) stage one breast cancer.  I received my diagnosis the first part of September and contacted Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays for advice and support.  She told me about her experience and a relatively new procedure she had.  I researched the procedure, found a doctor about 2 hours away that did the intra-operative radiation therapy and on September 30th I had my lumpectomy and received a full dose of radiation at the time of surgery. My lymph nodes and all my margins came back clear and free of cancer and other than a 5 year round of hormone therapy, my cancer treatment is OVER.  I will be regularly screened for the rest of my life and I am completely confident that I will live a long and full life. Yes, I was one of the 1 in 8 but early detection helped me to become not only a cancer survivor but also a thriver. Life is good.

So to give back, I am going to participate in every Calling All Sistahs blog hops that I possibly can and remind every woman out there to do your self exams and go to your annual mammograms.

I used the HOPE  and Ruffled Ribbon die on this card along with the sentiment from the Hope Ribbon stamp set all of which are from Cas-ual Fridays.  Michele contributes 50% of the profits from these stamps to breast cancer research....isn't that awesome? If you want to do some shopping here is the link to the shop:


There are prizes and perks to this blog hop.  (1) person will win the new CASual Fridays Stamps release for commenting along the blog hop.  This includes a NEW Calling All Sistahs style stamp set!  Can I get a WOOT-WOOT?!!! Click HERE to start the hop.

  • Comments must be made by 12:00am EST on October 19th, 2016 to qualify.
  • Please use at least one CASual Fridays  Stamp or Die on your card for this blog hop.  
  • Please join us next month as one of the stops on the hop.  Our theme will be a general "Calling All Sistahs" next month
  • Please also join our Facebook group. We truly want more people to participate so more sistahs detect their cancer early. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1015868698493563/
  • Remember to do your monthly self-exams and schedule your yearly mammograms if it is time for them.
The next person on the blog hop is the awesome Shona Chambers.

Thanks for hoping along with us.

~~Sandi~~



20 comments:

  1. Such an elegant card. Thanks for sharing and being a part of such an important issue. Here is wishing you good health and much happiness
    hugs
    preeti

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  2. A beautiful card Sandi. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer too and am undergoing aggressive treatment. I found the lump and went in to see the doctor, my cancer didn't show on my mammogram. I have to stress the importance of self exams and self awareness of your body - it could save your life.

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  3. Gorgeous card! I love the big ribbon with hope framed in the middle! Great sentiment!

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  4. Thank you so much for telling your story. You are a sparkling example of courage and grace, and I am so glad your situation turned out so well. I know it was hard. You inspire me, and I'm sure many others. Plus, the card is AWEsome! :D

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  5. Congratulations on beating the big nasty! I am a three time survivor and know that when you hear the diagnosis your whole world tilts! Then hearing that it is over is such a wonderful feeling!
    Love your card and congratulations again! TFS!

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  6. Hope and Prayers! Those we always have.

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  7. Your post is so meaningful. I too am a survivor. Hope is such an important word...I love your card!

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  8. Glad you were able to beat it.
    Live a long and happy life to
    prove to cancer that you are
    better than it is.
    Love the card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  9. Great card and thanks for sharing your story.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card as well as you story with us. I'm really loving this Sistah Blog Hop idea.

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  11. Your card is beautiful and your story inspiring! I have two aunts who are long time breast cancer survivors, so I know the importance of regular exams. Thanks for helping spread the word!

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  12. Your card is beautiful! I'm a 9 year survivor!! 🎀

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  13. Awesome card. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  14. What a lovely, shiny, card! So glad you've been so fortunate!

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  15. Thank you for sharing your story!! And your card, so very pretty!

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  16. Thank you for joining us for the Calling All Sistahs blog hop, Sandi! I love how your HOPE jumps out on this card. It's definitely is encouraging!

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  17. Pretty pink background and thanks for your story!

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