Saturday, October 15, 2011

5 Amazing Women!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Have you had your mammies grammed???

These are some of the most beautiful women in my life.

Linda in the blue blouse is a high school friend, former roommate and best of all... a breast cancer survivor... twice! Linda donned her boxing gloves and fought... hard. She is one fine lady and I'm so proud to know her. 

The lady in white I met through a favorite book series... The Mitford series by Jan Karon. Lynne knew her chances were high that she would be dealing with breast cancer. ALL of the women in her family had developed it. When her tests came back with the diagnosis of breast cancer, she was prepared to do battle. It has not been an easy road, but Lynne has come out on top. Her faith in God, her wonderful husband and family support and tremendous medical care were there for her. She is one amazing and dear friend.

Norma Jean is a the top left of my collage. She is my cousin. You may have seen Norma and me in previous photos as she and I do the famous "kick" in our family. Our mothers were best friends as well as aunt and niece. They invented the family kick where they would always be photographed together kicking. Well, Norma has KICKED breast cancer and I am so very grateful for that.

To the right of Norma is my aunt, Jo Anne. She is my father's younger sister. She had breast cancer over 30 years ago. Yes, indeed. Treatments were even harder on the body 30 years ago .. or so I am told. Friends, it's a trip through Hades they say. I love my Aunt Jo Anne dearly and I am so thankful she is still in my life.

 My sister-in-law and dear friend, Tissa, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Tissa is wearing green.. and, yes, I got into the picture with her. (Thank God I have not had to deal with this horrid disease!) Tissa has been a shining example of a brave woman who is tackling breast cancer. We have all been blessed to have her in our lives!

Early detection is key!! Get your mammogram.

Don't live in a "dream world"... this can happen to us!

I am so thrilled to link to How Sweet the Sound for
Pink Saturday!
This has given me the perfect opportunity to  share with you
5 Amazing Women !!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Nice tribute to all these gallant ladies, Karen. Yes, mammograms are so important. Hope you have a great weekend!

chubskulit said...

May God continue to bless them. My brother in law has a terminal cancer, the doctor stop the chemo and said that he only have 6-9 months to live.

Gorgeous ladies!

Please come see my Pink, when you get a chance. Happy weekend!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Wonderful! I love to see the survivors - hopefully they are faaar out numbering the ones who passed...yay for survivors..{from one eho has survived 15 years,so far!!}

Theresa said...

I know so many who have had breast cancer and beat it! AMAZING women all over the place! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Nancy's Notes said...

Karen, what a beautiful post and tribute to these incredible women who are survivors, they rock!


Custom Comforts said...

What a sweet tribute to these 5 amazing women in your life. I work for a cancer registry at a very large hospital in Columbus, Ohio and although we don't see the patients, we deal with their medical records gathering data for research. When I was working on a breast follow up project for the department, I was amazed and encouraged how many more women are surviving breast cancer these days. I pray all your friends will be among this group and live many happy years yet.

Cheryl said...

Thank you so much for publishing this post about such brave and beautiful women. Our family is BRCA2 mother has breast cancer and my amazing sister, Nancy, lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year. It is so important for all women to learn the signs of women's cancers and become good self-advocates. So glad to see that you included the American Cancer Society logo in your post...I am very active in Relay for Life, which they sponser, in memory of my sister and in honor of my Mom. Thank you for introducing us to these amazing survivors.
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Laura said...

What a wonderful post Karen.
What inspirational women!

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