Friday, October 03, 2008

Pink Saturday

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts a blog carnival every week featuring pink items. This is my very first Pink Saturday post! Many of my visitors are Pink Saturday participants, but I don't have a lot of pink things, so I haven't played along before. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an important cause to me, and I have many pink things to share that relate to that!Here is a cake with a pink ribbon! This is my mom, Dorothea, in 1997 at the party we held celebrating her 5 years of being cancer free. Some doctors say you're "cured" after 5 years, others say 7, others say you are always "in remission." Whatever the magic number is, we decided that 5 years was a big milestone and had a party!

Here she is in 1992 at my sister's wedding, wearing a pink brocade suit. She had just turned 53 when she was diagnosed. She was about half-way through her treatments, and was very conscious of getting a good wig for the wedding photos. She wanted them to look like the "real" her. You'll notice that other than her hair, she looks perfectly healthy. She had some nausea and weak days, but overall went through things very smoothly.

In the spring of 2005, after 13 years, Dorothea was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer on the right. She again went for the full mastectomy and then had chemotherapy. This is also the summer when I had my first bone marrow transplant, so it was a lot of work for my sister and dad. We did manage to get our Ogunquit vacation in early in the summer before I was hospitalized and on a week Mom didn't have chemo. Nothing stops that vacation! Sadly, the only pink in this picture is the headband my niece is wearing! I really wanted to show you this picture so you can see that the woman doesn't age!
Many of us have the Click Every Day to donate mammograms button on our sites. Do you click your own button daily? Do you click from other people's sites? Do you ever look around the shop? I found this fleece that I think is super-cute and doesn't scream breast cancer. I'm getting it for Christmas gifts for several people.
I've had fun looking at everyone's Pink Saturday offerings, and putting my own together this week! Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this carnival every week!
I hope you will come back this week to participate in my Bone Marrow Birthday Week Giveaways. I am trying to raise awareness of the ease of becoming a bone marrow donor. There are five great prize packs that will be given away at the end of the week!

31 comments:

Bridget said...

Happy first pink saturday! I like that tunic. I hope the recipients aren't readers of your blog! lol

Neabear said...

A very nice Pink Saturday post. You would be surprised where you can find pink sometimes. I will have to remember to click on teh logo more often. Happy Pink Saturday!

Smilingsal said...

Nice story about your mom's recovery; I hope she is still doing well.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Frizzy and Bird said...

Happy First Pink Saturday! You have some strong women in your family. Wear your PINK PROUDLY even if it's only on your underwear. ;) Coming to you from BATW!

imjacobsmom said...

Happy First Pink Saturday! I agree you do have strong women in your family. Hope you have a nice weeend! ~ Robyn

KatCollects said...

Welcome to pink Saturday, love the post about your Mom! Hope you have a great weekend.
Kathy

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Lovely PINK cake!

~ Gabriela

Ronda's Rants said...

Always teaching and informing...I appreciate you so much! I will put the pink badge on my blog and start clicking!!! My Mom's a breast cancer survivor, too! Sunday...I blog about your 2 year celebration!

Melissa Wertz said...

Your mother does not age!

Keeping you and your mother in my prayers.

Great pink post. Happy Pink Saturday!!!

vintagewindow said...

Congratulations on your 1st Pink post. This is my second and I'm having a blast reading everyone's post.
Thanks for the insightful post.

Kris

bj said...

Good morning, and thanks for sharing your story. I have a list started on my blog of people fighting cancer and some survivors. May I add you and your mom to my list?
Give her a big hug for me and please know I will add the both of you to my prayer list.
I LOVE that shirt!!
love, bj

Jeanie said...

Happy first Pink Saturday! (Mine was last week!) This post resonates with me on many levels -- thanks for posting not only pink, but good messages, too.

Jayne said...

Lovely Pink Blessings to you and your family!
Jayne

Beverly said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Elizabeth.

You couldn't have chosen a better subject. It is my daily prayer that we find a cure for all cancers.

Grandma Faith said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday, Elizabeth. You have shared so sweetly with us your mother's story. I will be praying for both of you. God Bless You. Love, Faith

Justine said...

Wow, your mom is a true survivor, isn't she? GO MOM!!!!!!!!!!! I love that fleece you found. It look sooooo comfy!

Justine :o )

Dee Light said...

Great post!! Thanks for sharing your families story. You are all in my prayers.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

The color PINK means more that Pink Saturday sometimes...great post....and your Mom looks great....Hope she is still doing well....
Hugs,
Mo :-)

She'sSewPretty said...

I'm happy to "Meet" you today! Thank you for sharing your story and have a wonderful weekend!

J.H. said...

that looks like a cool pink shirt. Have a happy pink saturday. J.

CC said...

Such a lovely story, thank you for sharing and have a great pink day.!!

Tiffiney said...

Very nice story! Hope all is well with you and your family! Love that pink fleece! :)

The Nice One said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Very cool.
I also loved the tribute to your mom. Very beautiful.
I don't think I've had the chance to wish you a "Happy Birthday" yet and I'd like to. How exciting for you.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You're mom looks fantastic! Kudo's to your dad and sister for stepping up to the plate during a difficult time and kudo's to you and your mom for being such fighters!Inspiration at it's best.

Brian and Staci said...

I like what you say in your comment box...be sure to laugh today! I LOVE that fleece...must have one! Very awesome story...your Mom and you...I need to read more on how and what I can do be a bone marrow donor. God bless your family and I pray for your continued health!

Patricia said...

A lovely pink post. Hope you have a wonderful new week.

Shirl said...

Hello, Happy Pink Saturday! Very nice pink post and I pray that you are all doing well!
Thank you for stopping by!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Virginia said...

Loved your post, very touching.
You are all in my prayers, and I hope you are doing well.
God Bless you all,
Virginia

Jennifer said...

I don't have many pink things either. I've seen this event all over. Kudos to your mom for her strength.

g said...

Wonderful story. A serious Pink Saturday post - good to make us stop and think. Thank you so much.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday, Elizabeth! Glad you have joined us..you will enjoy it alot...Everything is always fun in our PINK world. Drop by for a visit anytime. :0)

Stephanie
Queen of Dreamsz