Monday, November 21, 2011
You may have noticed I missed posting last week. I have been traveling for work and simply ran out of time. The ripple impact was that I also did not get a chance to make Thanksgiving invites for the family or special Thanksgiving greetings. I thought that surely when I returned home I would still have time. But, when I called my mother to "check in", she made a rush order card request. Since the final product has to be mailed to her so she can mail it to someone else (I know pretty crazy :)) I went right to work. So what had planned to be an evening of making Thanksgiving cards actually turned into an evening of creating cards that give thanks. Seemed like the true meaning of the holiday to me! :)
The unique thing about this card was the request that it hold a gift card.
Since she requested a Christmas theme and likes bling (you may remember this from a previous post), I stamped the holly leaves with a high shine ink and glittered up the berries. The Thank You is from one of her Bridge Clubs so I thought the theme of Hearts on a regular card would be a nice touch. By adding red glitter to the hearts and letters gave the card additional sparkle.
Give a gift card holding card a try. With the holidays coming up it is a fun way to say Thanks!
May all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Jeannette
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The highlight for me was the recognition of Breast Cancer Survivors at the end of the festivities. Wow, how motivating to see so many of us on that stage as a reflection of hope and strength to all. I am reminded that every one of us can make a positive impact on others. Thanks and have a great week! Jeannette
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
During this week of celebrations and awareness events, I was reminded that all survivors have a journey to embrace and share. They are all special and full of impact. For many of us, we pray our travels can provide new knowledge and hope for those that may have to follow in our path. My contribution to awareness surrounds my diagnosis..Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). I encourage you to share the information below with all of your loved ones.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. IBC accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States and is more likely to have spread to other areas of the body (metastasized) at the time of diagnosis than non-IBC cases. IBC is known to occur in men, so any of you guys out there reading please take note. Symptoms of IBC may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast, often without a distinct lump in the breast. Let me repeat this critical reality...WITHOUT A LUMP. In other words, do not ignore the possibility of breast cancer just because there is no lump. With IBC, you MUST act fast. A common identifier is an area of the breast skin that has ridges or appears pitted and may have an orange tint, like the skin of an orange (called peau d'orange) which can be confused for a extremely fast growing rash. Other symptoms include heaviness, burning, aching, increase in breast size, tenderness, or a nipple that is inverted (facing inward). IBC is still relatively unknown so please share this information with EVERYONE on your social networking lists.
So, as I wrap up the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness month and all the wonderful events of October with what might seem a challenging message, please remember that I am living proof (a miracle really) that there is love, hope, strength, and beauty along the IBC path as well. My love, thanks, and sincere appreciation to all of you that give my life meaning! Oh and one last thing..... The BEAST rules..I love Disney!