Thank you!

I’d like to send a big THANK YOU 😀 to all who have helped Gift With A Pink Ribbon raise funds, by purchasing their favorite products and gifts through our Yankee Candle Fundraiser, and for helping us put together a successful yard sale last weekend.

Thus far we have been able to raise almost $500 dollars this past month! ❤ 😀

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Looking forward to raising more funds with your help!

Please share the link below, and add our Yankee Candle fundraiser to your holiday shopping destination! 😀

Click here to Share & Shop our Yankee Candle Fundraiser! 😀 ❤

 

 

 

Stay tuned!

Elizabeth 😀

 

 

GWAPR Fundraiser with Yankee Candle

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….

Stay tuned,

Elizabeth 🙂 ❤

 

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#teamGWAPR

Gift With A Pink Ribbon, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that donates handmade fleece blankets to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, to provide them with warmth and comfort throughout their treatments. Blankets are handmade and shipped free of charge within the US! 🙂

“I am extremely humbled by the love and support of our wonderful volunteers and look forward to our continued growth, and touching many more lives through this cause…”
#teamGWAPR… Together we can make a world of a difference!
Stay tuned,
Elizabeth 🙂

What about the guys?

My mom brought this NBC2 news clip to my attention this morning, and I immediately knew it had to be shared.

Sadly, to many times over, the men seem to be forgotten when it comes to raising awareness about breast cancer. Even I am guilty of not including and reminding the men out there that they too can be affected.

This short video clip was an eye opener for me, and I encourage you to please watch and share it with the men in your life. They too need our support. ❤

Video courtesy of NBC2 News

I dedicate this blog post to the men in my life… Please check your boobies!

Stay tuned,

Elizabeth 🙂

 

 

It’s Video Time- Zoladex Injection #7…

IMG_4432That’s right! This is the segment where I get to share one of my videos with you. 🙂

Click on the link below to see how my Zoladex injections are administered.

In my experience, the injection site stays sore and bruised (the size of a nickel or smaller) for a few days.

After that, I’m back to my good old self again. 😉

Stay tuned,

Elizabeth 🙂 ❤

 

My Expansion Progress Report…

I’ve had two successful expansions since my bilateral mastectomy in March and each day has been a new learning opportunity. First and foremost, I feel blessed to have had the option to undergo a breast reconstruction at the same time I had the mastectomy done. There have been so many women before me that didn’t have the option and to me that’s a big deal. While the process isn’t always an easy or fun one, there is a sense of peace I feel knowing I will eventually feel “whole” again.

After getting over the initial pain I experienced due to the expanders, the toughest thing has been adjusting to sleeping on my back. I’m usually a side or stomach sleeper so this has been a difficult one to get use to. Nevertheless, I’ve managed and have found great use for the bamboo body pillow I received after my surgery.

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The firm and tight feel of my expanding chest is another thing I’ve had to get use to. At times it’s caused back pain or difficulties breathing comfortably. The reconstructed breasts are so rounded compared to what they were like before and they feel so stiff after each expansion. I secretly hope each day that they eventually develop a more natural feel and look but, I don’t know that it will really happen until my final implants go in. You can tell in the picture I posted that it’s starting to look like I have two round balls on my chest… Lol Crazy!

Overall, the expansion process has been an experience I can’t complain to much about. Every two weeks I see my surgeon, he uses a needle to inject more saline into my expanders and I go back to my daily routine, giving my skin time to stretch and make room for more saline.

Saline anyone? :)
Saline anyone? 🙂

Radiation treatment has been put on hold till we determine what other treatment options I have so, keeping faith that each expansion will be a successful one is the only thing I try to focus on right now. The biggest concern is that the left breast won’t do well since I had radiation. You can even see in the picture how shiny the skin on the left side is as a result of its inability to stretch as easily as the right. All in all, I am doing well and am looking forward to the final product. 🙂

Stay tuned…
Elizabeth 🙂

Is Therapy Right For Me?

We can all benefit from the many types of therapy available to help us cope with our daily lives. This is especially true when coping with the many expected and unexpected emotional ups and downs that we face during our journey with and after cancer.

Me during one of my Skype sessions with my therapist.
Me during one of my Skype sessions with my therapist.

One of the ways I have chosen to help me cope is speaking with a therapist. It’s a great way to express my feelings and obtain useful tools to assist me with my emotional recovery. If this is something that interests you but you’d prefer not to be in an office setting, I highly recommend looking into seeing a therapist that also uses modern technology like Skype or FaceTime so that you can have the session in an environment that allows you to feel more comfortable expressing yourself.

Sometimes the office setting can be intimidating and cold, which in turn can result in you not sharing as much. You may also not feel physically ready or even have the transportation, so this will keep you from waiting to long to seek help. Personally, Skype has been a great option for me. 🙂

Let’s say one-on-one just isn’t your thing. That’s no problem at all. Group therapy is another great option. In fact, while not in a group setting, I have found it extremely helpful to speak with other women that have had similar experiences. A group setting can take away the “attention is on me” feeling and allow you to flow with the conversation started by another individual. Listening to their stories can also provide you with a wealth of knowledge without ever having to ask a question.

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This is so important. My experience has shown me that while the doctors may provide us with a brief summary of what we can expect, most things we figure out on our own. We don’t even know they exist until we experience them, so how do we know what additional questions to inquire about in order to be better prepared? This is why listening to others can be so valuable. You can get an even broader perspective of the ups and downs you too may face. This means it wont shock you when it happens and will allow you to mentally prepare for it if it should occur.

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I’ve shared my thoughts about some of the most obvious forms of therapy but what about the not so obvious alternatives. There are many of them out there. Meditation, Hypnoses, Chakra Cleansing, Aroma Therapies, Guided Imagery, EFT ( aka Callahan Method) and many many more. Mediation and EFT have also proven to be very effective for me in the past and are methods I continue to use today.

Bonding with nature is one of my favorite ways to restore my inner strength.
Bonding with nature is one of my favorite ways to restore my inner strength.

Lastly, one of my favorites is utilizing the out doors. I love being around nature and find that it grounds me almost instantly. The more I do it, the better I feel. It may be just sitting outside and listening to the breeze flow through the trees or the birds singing, walking on the grass or on the beach with my bare feet. Its all perfect for me. In fact, I even hugged a tree during my vacation last year in Mt. Shasta and I must say, I may have looked ridiculous doing it but it felt awesome. I didn’t want to let go! 🙂

All in all, I find therapy an essential part of my recovery and I really hope you too will consider it if you haven’t already done so. You are truly worth every moment you invest in yourself. ❤ ❤

Stay tuned,

Elizabeth 🙂

Breast Cancer Awareness Month…

It’s that time of year where we all gather around to support the many who have been touched by breast cancer. For me, it’s quickly approaching my one year anniversary since being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Today I made my way to my favorite nail place. I wanted to add a little “pink” into my life as an additional way of spreading awareness. As usual I was greeted with a great big smile at the reception desk and promptly directed to the place I’d spend the next hour relaxing and melting the days worries away.

When it was time to apply my nail color, I watched as the first stroke of color hit my nail and in that instant felt my heart skip a beat. It had been almost a year since I’d worn that color and as a result, I experienced a waterfall of emotions wash over me. It was incredible to feel first hand how something so simple could make such a big impact on me.

I managed to keep it together until the young lady finished spoiling me with a much needed manicure. I then walked to the counter and paid for the services rendered. Before making my way out the door, I pulled out a few business cards and shared my blog with the young lady at the counter. After a short conversation we both realized something important. No matter where you go, or who you meet, there is a reason why you were placed in someones path and they in yours. It made me realize the importance of sharing my story and spreading the word about my experience.

Many of you have been great supporters, loyal readers, and have shared my story with others. The words “thank you” will never be able to describe just how grateful I really am to you. I’d also like to thank Venetian Nail Salon for doing their part to spread  awareness about breast cancer with their “Pink” Saturday’s and special events. It was really nice knowing that a place I enjoy so much, takes a moment to recognize something so important. Denise, Ali and Mary…. Thank you.

Stay tuned,

Elizabeth 🙂