This year has been an interesting one to say the least. I went back to school to begin my studies in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations, have stumbled across some interesting challenges (aka opportunities) in my career, adapted to several changes in my family dynamics, began working on rebranding my nonprofit, developed major back pain issues and learned that I shouldn’t have waited so long to seek medical attention because it could be cancer related, and well, as is the case for many, the list goes on. But before I move forward with my 2018 plans, let me clear the air on the big “C” word.
I underwent several tests but it was the bone scan that came back with the news that the cancer had not returned. Phew! A little recommendation to those of you that have had breast cancer, please don’t ignore back pain symptoms or write them off as “something I can get through” like I did. It could very well be a sign that the cancer has returned and is presenting itself in your spine. I didn’t know this myself, but I guess it’s all part of the learning process. Thankfully all I need at this point is a little more yoga in my life and to be making some better “back saving” choices (i.e. not wear heals all the time, etc.) and I’ll be “A” okay. 😉
So now what’s in store for 2018?
With the end of the year quickly approaching, and after starting a new read called The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance(by Gangaji, Forward by Eckhart Tolle), my new focus for 2018 is to live more in the moment by truly acknowledging my state of being and health in every experience I have and/or create. I feel it is only then that I will expand my knowledge and tap into who I am at the core; building a greater appreciation for my courage, integrity and emotional flexibility, rather than taking it all for granted. I look forward to 2018 and the changes and opportunities that will come with it. Whatever your goals are for the new year, make 2018 the year in which you create the space for you to be and energetically feel greater than you could have ever imagined! That is my wish for you…
There are truly a number of things that I am thankful for, especially my continued good health. Just a few weeks ago I celebrated the 4 year anniversary of the day I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and though I was diagnosed again about a year later, I am happy to say that I have been cancer free ever since!
Strangely enough I still find myself adapting to my new “norm” but all in all I feel great, and far more in tune with what I want to achieve in this lifetime. I’ve kept very busy with work, Gift With A Pink Ribbon and school, and it is all bringing me closer to doing what I love most, and for that I am extremely thankful.
But none of this would have been possible without the love and support of my family, friends and the big man upstairs, who always finds a way to keep me grounded.
So while there are a million things that don’t always go my way, like my participation in the New York Marathon that I had to postpone, there are a million and one things that go exactly as they should, even if I don’t always see the moment in which each puzzle piece falls into place.
Here I sit working on my studies when out of nowhere I receive a Happy Anniversary message from WordPress. I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years since I posted my very first blog entry! Where does the time go?
It’s been several months now since my last post and as crazy as it sounds I feel like its only been weeks. I’ve kept busy with work, Gift With A Pink Ribbon, training for the New York Marathon and School just to name some of the big things that are keeping me on my toes, but in light of the message I received I wanted to take a brief moment to truly thank everyone for all of your support. Its thanks to all of you that GWAPR exists now as a nonprofit organization, donating blankets to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments all throughout the US.
Just this past April we were able to send blankets to the Moffitt Cancer Centers for their volunteers to deliver to the patients currently undergoing chemo treatments. Our next step will be the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital right here in Miami. I can’t wait to deliver all of the colorful blankets we have created so far to the children receiving treatments!
My days are long, and sometimes I even feel like I don’t have more to give but there is one thing that always keeps me going….. The smile that comes to the faces of each person that receives one of our blankets. Just knowing that we are brightening someone’s day makes every hour spent on our mission worth it.
I must admit that there is nothing more wonderful than receiving a card or gift via snail mail. Especially when that gift is from a complete stranger, with a note full of gratitude and encouragement. Whoa, where did that come from! 😀 ❤
In the package I recently received was a beautiful rose quartz cuff bracelet from an incredibly talented and inspiring young woman named Kaliada, and a special note too. I must say however that this particular note in itself was a gift.
Not only did Kaliada gift me one of her beautiful designs, she also took the time to make me feel incredibly special by acknowledging all I’ve done with Gift With A Pink Ribbon, and what I’ve gone through in my journey. The acknowledgement alone is a gift in my book.
What makes this extra special is that she herself has experienced cancer first hand, and through her very own journey discovered her gift for creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.
I admire her dedication to empowering women to feel beautiful and confident after cancer, regardless of their emotional or physical scars, and I love that gives back by sharing her own journey.
I am humbled to have received one of her pieces, and will forever be reminded of her kindness, and her incredible journey each time I wear it.
Thank you Kaliada for your heartfelt gift! I can’t wait to see all of your future designs! 😀
Elizabeth ❤ 😀
P.S. If you are interested in viewing Kaliada’s designs, you may do so by visiting www.kaliada.com. There is currently free shipping on all orders over $100 and, you can also save %20 percent by using code: LOVE at check out! 😀 (This offer is valid until February 13th, 2017)
The happiness I feel each time I mail out a blanket, is just to hard to express with words.
Tonight I just finished fulfilling another request, and I can’t wait till it reaches our special recipient in CT, USA.
All I’ve accomplished through Gift With A Pink Ribbon is a result of my own personal journey with Breast Cancer, and it’s nights like these that make me so grateful for that journey.
Through it I learned to take what I could have easily viewed as a horrible life experience, and turn it into something greater than me. A tool which I could use to support others, like those before me who provided a place for me to find comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone.
I never once thought my voice could be heard across the USA, let alone the world, or that I could make such an impact, and meet so many incredible people along the way; But I am truly humbled by this experience.
I hope that I can inspire you to do the same. Your voice is waiting to be heard by someone who will find comfort in knowing that they aren’t alone in their crazy cancer journey because lets face it, it can get pretty crazy…
I have really been working hard to find ways to generate funding for Gift With A Pink Ribbon, Inc., and with the help of my amazing team, I am super excited to announce that we are currently doing a fundraiser with Yankee Candle!!! 😀
Shop by clicking here and 40% of your purchase will go to Gift With A Pink Ribbon, Inc. to help us fund the production of each blanket and cover the cost of shipping them!!
Thank you in advance for your support and as always….