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.