Sunday, October 05, 2008

Marrow Donation Awareness

Today, is my 2 year "birthday" of a successful bone marrow transplant from an anonymous, unrelated donor. To raise awareness about the ease of becoming a donor, I have planned several giveaway prizes! Crafters and vendors throughout blogland have generously donated wonderful items that I have grouped into 5 super prize packs, which you can see below.
This giveaway is open to everyone around the world, bloggers & non-bloggers, as long as you leave me some contact information, and follow the directions. I'm not narrowing down my winner pool in any way, the same way cancer does not discern who it attacks, and bone marrow donors are needed all around the world.
Below are pictures of the prizes that you can win by answering some easy questions in the comments of different posts. Each comment will earn you one entry, so be sure to visit daily for your 6 entries! You can also earn 2 extra entries for posting this pink button on your sidebar, with a link to this site, and another 3 for blogging about this giveaway anytime before October 9. Winners will be announced next weekend.
Many thanks to the amazingly generous ladies who donated to these prize packs. Please visit their blogs and stores to see all their great products. Take the Handmade Pledge, while you're at it!
Twyla & Lindsey @ 2 Crazy Crafters
Super Crafter Pack
All sorts of supplies to bring out your creativity!

Thanksgiving Coffee Company Basket Happy Homemaker Tote Bag

Snowman Tote Bag

To win one of these great prizes, read the posts on this blog each day, Sunday, October 5 - Friday, October 10. At the bottom of each will be a question to answer. Answer the question in the Comments of that particular post. Comment moderation has been enabled, so no one should see anyone else's answers. You may comment every day, but only once a day. Each comment is one entry.

NOW for the GIVEAWAY question of the day... You MUST answer the question in the Comments for THIS POST to be eligible. You also must have a way for me to contact you when you win. You do not have to have a blog to enter, and you can be from anywhere in the world! You may have to read an earlier post to find out the answer!

What kind of cancer did I have?


Neabear said...

To answer your question today I checked back in your older posts and I have to say you had Hodgkin's Disease. Hope I am right! You have some awesome things for this give away. Congrats on the 2 year "birthday" of the successful bone marrow transplant!

maryanne420 said...

hi elizabeth,
this is my first time reading your blog. i'm actualy a pediatric BMT nurse here in los angeles. everything you've described, the tough times you went through, i've seen my patients go through. first, thank you for bravely sharing your battle with us against Hodgkin's Lymphoma. i want you to know that i will include you in my prayers. how precious your sister and her husband, your whole family are.

God bless you!

mub said...

Answer: Hodgkin's

It was really interesting to read about how they do bone marrow transplants. I had no idea it was just like a transfusion!


Patty said...

You had Hodgkin's lymphoma aka Hodgkin's disease, and by answering this question, I just learned the difference between Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's. I always thought the non kind wasn't cancer so I just googled it and now I know I was wrong. (You'd think the "lymphoma" in the name would have clued me in.) Happy Birthday to you, Elizabeth, and thank you for educating all of us!!

mannequin said...

Hi Elizabeth.
Let me please start off by saying that yes, I found a link and came for the giveaway. As you very well know, sometimes life has it's own plans and we learn something that we hadn't quite planned on.
I don't want to say that yours is a lovely story because it's it is one that none of us would want to live but it is an inspiring one nonetheless.
I know two people right now that are battling cancer and I know fully well how it affects ones life although of course, each story is different.
I had enough time this morning to briefly read some posts and I can tell you that I already feel compelled to follow your story. You are a wonderful writer with quite a story to tell. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.
For my entry, I will answer that you were diagnosed with Hodgkins disease, a blood borne cancer.
Thanks not only for the giveaway but also for designing it so that we actually LEARN something.

My prayers and love~

Smilingsal said...

Whoo Hoo!

(singing in an especially lovely voice... because if you could hear my singing, you'd realize that the only way it can be lovely is when I type it!)
Happy Bone Marrow Transplant Birthday to You,
Happy Bone Marrow Transplant Birthday to You,
Happy Bone Marrow Transplant Dear Elizabeth,
Happy Bone Marrow Transplant Birthday to You! (and many more!)

Hodgkin's Disease is the answer.

Justine said...

Happy birthday my beautiful Elizabeth!

You were diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease!

Justine :o )

Nancy said...

Hi Elizabeth, I know you were diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. I love your positive attitude. You are an inspiration. Nancy

Sandy M. said...

Hodgkins, sweet lady. Your blog is fun and sweet. You have amazing giveaways! I wish you all the best for continued increasing health.

Plano, TX

Sandy M. said...

Ooopsidoodle! I didn't leave contact info. Here it is:

Sandy M.
Plano, TX

Candace said...

Hi there - I found your blog through Confessions of an Apron Queen. You are having such a wonderful giveaway, and bringing awareness to such a great cause. I hope you get a fantastic response!

Now to answer the question...You had Hodgkin's Disease. Thank you for sharing your story.

maggie said...

Hi Elizabeth, I just arrived at your blog, via Apron Queen, so I had to do some back tracking , which I was planning on doing anyway. I found you have Hodgkins disease.I also see you are a teacher. Me, too. Well I'm a retired one, after 30 years. I wish you all the best in your fight.I've had 5 members of my family battle different types of cancer so I have a fair idea of the trials involved. Be strong.

~Tara said...


Happy Birthday, by the way!

blueviolet said...

You HAD :-) Hodgkins Disease. I'm so happy for your 2nd birthday; that's absolutely wonderful!

Angie said...

You had Hodgkin's Disease. My dear friend passed away a couple years ago from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I'm so glad that you were able to get the bone marrow transplant! I hope you continue your recovery!

ravenwins @

Ronda's Rants said...

I am excluding myself from your contest! But I did want to say that I have an award for you!! :)

The Nice One said...

Hodgkin's' Disease. Thank goodness for spell checker ;)

I am adding your button to my sidebar.
I think it's neat-o that you're having this big old party over here! Rock on girl!!!!

Bridget said...

I do believe that answer to today's question is Hodgkin's Disease. My aunt had it years ago.

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday!!! What a great one. To answer the question, you had Hodgkin's Disease, a blood-borne cancer. Love the idea of giving out gifts for your birthday.

nataliemariahsmom at

queenoftheclick said...

Happy two year anniversary! What a wonderful thing to celebrate.

I am a sixth teacher too! I live in Brooklyn, NY and I share your love for decorating.

Contest entry: You had Hodgin's Disease.

Virginia said...

I believe you had Hodgkin's Disease.

And yay for your 2 year birthday!
Living the Local Life

All-American Preppy said...

Hodgkin's Disease... I am so so happy for you that the bone marrow transplant has been successful! Happy 2nd birthday! I admire you very much.

Amanda said...

You had Hodgkin's Disease.

I've actually thought about donating, but it seems like I never get around to doing it. I should!

lindanuts said...

I believe it was Hodgekins disease which is similar to leukemia. You are an amazingly brave woman. God is working through you to help other people to better deal with their own problems. You are to be commended for your positive attitude and cheerful nature!

BrineS said...

Hodgekin's Disease. It took me awhile, but I found it. My cousin had that and she also had a bone marrow transplant. I remember her telling me how painful it was. May you find comfort in the Lord and my He be your joy and strength.


Bunny B said...

Happy 2nd Birthday!! :) What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for sharing your story!! It certainly has raised my awareness. I believe you had Hodgkin's Disease, which is a blood-borne cancer.

I've blogged about you here and linked your button on my sidebar :)

Thank you for the chance to win!
Have a great week!!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Kathy said...

Hi, I did some reading and found that you were diagnoses with Hodgkin's Disease, a type of lymphoma. Thank you for raising awareness. I'll definitely be on the lookout for these types of lumps. Kathy

kbbryant said...

You had Hodgkins disease. That is easy for me to remember because I have Non Hodgkins disease.

Kathy b

Eternal Sunshine said...

Hodgkin's Disease

This is a great idea to increase awareness, my sister was a Bone Marrow donor last year, I am very proud of her...

Oh - and I added your button @ my blog. I can be reached there or by email MrsMStewart(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Elizabeth, what joy it must be to celebrate another "birthday".
I have been on the registery for a Bone Marrow donor for over 20 years. They have never called me. I am probably to old now to help. But I keep updating my information with them just in case I could save someone's life.
My father died of Bone Cancer so did my father in law. My husband and I find it kind of strange they would both die of the same thing.
I am glad the bone marrow transplant helped you beat the Hodgkins Disease you had.
Also, what lovely gifts were donated to you from some very great bloggers for this giveaway.
If I had know I would have donated something too. Let me know in the future if you ever need anything.
Love, Ann
PS Please enter me in your drawing if its not to late. I am also listing you as one of my favorites to keep in touch with you.

Katy Lin :) said...

you had Hodgkin's Disease which is a blood-borne cancer similar to Lukemia :) i read for comprehension :)

Christy5150 said...

For the contest: Hodgkins Disease

My grandma had the same type of cancer, although this was back in 1975 or 76, when I was around 4 or 5. I imagine, or hope anyway, they have made many improvements in treatment since then. Sadly, I guess they didn't catch it in time for her.

milkgoddess said...

you had hodgkins disease. I found your blog in a round-a-bout goofy way, and I am glad I did. You are such a strong person. I wish you were closer and could whip my father-in-law into shape...he is recovering from Pancreatic Cancer. They actually were able to remove the tumor, right along with his pancreas. However, he just won't get up and move...he just wants to sit and watch television all day. It's hard, and we all push him...sometimes its tough because it seems like he is giving up. You however, give me all kinds of hope. thanks for a great blog!

windycindy said...

I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! The kind of cancer you had was Hodgkins Disease. Many thanks, Cindi

PinkDaisyGirl said...

Hodgkin's Disease and lung cancer.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I'm playing! I read back through your posts, and you had Hodgkins Disease. So glad you were able to get a donor.