BRIGHT PINK LIPSTICK DAY

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I hope that today, as part of breast cancer awareness, you will wear bright pink lipstick.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.  – Author Unknown

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shine-1279586_1280Audrey Hepburn said a famous line in the movie, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”:

A girl cannot read without lipstick.  – Audrey Hepburn

I love that line – so much, that I tweaked it and told people in my church that I can’t sing without lipstick.  It’s amazing how many people thought I made that up.  Isn’t anyone else a fan of Audrey Hepburn?

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I’m usually in a more coral or burgundy mood…  but today I will wear my BRIGHT PINK for my friends and family who have battled breast cancer and those who sadly, lost the battle.

Maybe today you will:

paris-1283704_1920Travel to Paris.

watercolor-1588805_1280Write the great American novel.

cute-15719_1920-1Listen to Buck Owens.  Quit laughing.  Seriously, stop.  Okay – listen to whatever you want.

adult-19012_1920Pick flowers from your garden.

girl-15599_1920Say a prayer or two (throw one in for me, okay?)

active-84646_1920active-19413_1920Exercise without shoes or socks.  Just don’t forget your lipstick.  😉

brush-15931_1920Dust the house.

dots-15833_1920Take a walk in the rain.

14459075_1817312888513173_186671214_nGo out for a girl’s night out…  OR

14479705_1737762243141689_5896206879461711538_nPut on pink to go out for lunch and a movie.  ❤

Whatever is on your schedule today, make sure you are wearing your bright pink lipstick!  Show your support for the American Cancer Society and please consider donating today.

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My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.  – Olivia Newton-John

A diagnosis of cancer is a game changer.  Scary at first – but then the fear turns into fight and the attitude kicks in – with faith in God and determination to follow doctor’s instructions to the letter.  There’s a realization that human beings are indeed finite and frail.  These bodies we are given need to be cared for very carefully with proper nutrition and regular exercise and hydration.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a teacher.  The lesson is one that will never be forgotten.  We learn that there may be some bad habits we need to let go of for the sake of our health.  As we make healthier choices, we then are able to face challenges that will help our quality of life.

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.  – Emory Austin

Once health is restored, and with thanksgiving we run toward the next hurdle, knowing we can jump it with complete confidence in our God because He saw us through.  He’s been so faithful in our lives.  He will continue to be faithful because He loves us so very much.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

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Today is MAMMOGRAPHY DAY!  The “what-if’s” are frightening, but it’s important to get the test done so you know where you stand.  The sooner it is found, the better.  Nothing good comes from waiting.  I’ve lost so many friends and family to this awful cancer.  I have yearly screenings and I encourage you to do the same.

Lucinda Berry Hill has written several poems to encourage those who are currently fighting this battle.

A GIFT FROM THE PAST2

WHEN NO MEANS YES

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS2

BECAUSE I KNOW JESUS2

EVERY DAY STEPS

I PRAYED FOR YOU

IN HIS CARE2

PRAYER BY PRAYER

WHERE YOUR BEAUTY LIES2

BEAUTIFUL REBEKAH

CLAIMED AND LOVED

HE'LL MAKE IT GOOD

HE IS FAITHFUL

HIS LOVE IS EXTRA-LARGE

IN HIS ARMS

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP 2

LIFT WITH YOUR KNEES2

LIKE A FLOWER IN A FIELD2

MASTER OF MY THOUGHTS2

RIGHT AWAY I PRAYED

LEANING

It’s my prayer that these poems speak peace and courage to your soul today.

For several years I’ve collected Longaberger baskets.  My favorite ones are the HORIZON OF HOPE.  I don’t have very many, but I have displayed them prominently in my home in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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If you like baskets of any kind, maybe you would like to join my new group on facebook called I’M A BASKET CASE!!!  Here’s the direct link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/669536513153216/

After having a mammogram a few years ago, I was contacted and told it was “suspicious” and asked to go back for another one.  I had a few days to sit and think, worry and pray (can you worry and pray at the same time – yes!)  When I got back to the clinic, they explained all of the procedures I’d have to undergo if the second test came back “suspicious”.  The technician explained all about breast biopsy and what to expect.  I was fighting tears – I just kept praying the test would not show anything odd.

I’m so thankful – the second test was not “suspicious” so I got a clean bill of health and was told I could wait a year for the next mammogram.  Thank You, Lord!

If you have not gone in for a mammogram – please GO!  You need to stay on top of your health.  🙂