Wow, where did January go? It must have slipped by while I was trying to juggle being cold, fighting colds, watching snow, sloshing through snow, children home on snow days, and a dog pulling me through the snow. So as February arrives, I am going to focus on family, warm hearts, lovely greetings, dark chocolate, and wishful Valentines. In keeping with that idea, I made this special Valentine greeting for my sister, Shirley (Cookie), who also happens to have a February birthday.... Happy Birthday Sis!! Notice that the color focus is not the traditional Red but rather Breast Cancer Pink.
Family is very important to all of us but they take on extra special burdons when Cancer strikes. Sending a warm Valentine greeting to our special support members is a nice way to express gratitude. Each person in the family may play a variety of roles during the Cancer adventure unique to the dynamics of the family, geographic distance, and the needs of the survivor. Every contribution is sincerely appreciated. As an example, some of the things my sister did for me was research, set up possible treatment alternative locations, actively participated in Walks, Runs, and Awareness events in her area in my honor, sent packages/greetings, and started one of my most active prayer chains (in my mind a very critical survival tool :)). However, whether she realizes it or not, the best gift I received from her was knowing my journey, no matter how yukky, encouraged her to take better care of her own breast health as well as sharing awareness with others. Thanks Cookie!!! Let's continue to spread the word of awareness, early detection, and treatment/survivor options together!
More Valentines to come.... Blessings, Jeannette