Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grey Matters...and you can help...

I can't think of anything more devastating than a GBM Brain Tumor diagnosis.
 

 
...we've all heard before...live like you're dying...that each and every day is a blessing! When you have GBM you truly are living each day as if it's your last.
 
I am still in need of your support for the Columbus Half Marathon...it is completely SOLD OUT at this time...only 2 months to go! In July, I had a giveaway for one of my LEAD ME with STRONG HANDS t-shirts. I have just a couple more weeks and my order needs to be in. Anyone who makes a donation to my ABTA donation page HERE will be placed in the drawing for a FREE one!
 
My friend Heather Rolin, helped me to design this t-shirt.
It's in honor of my Dad who fought a long hard battle
with GBM. He and the good Lord above both continue to
lead me with their strong hands.

 
 
 
I knew training for a Half Marathon world be hard, tiring and challenging and at times especially hectic while trying to manage the kids' schedules this summer...throw in an emergency appendectomy and things got really crazy...not to mention finding times to run in this HEAT! ...I knew my adrenal exhaustion diagnosis was sure to complicate things even more. I don't give up that easily but it sure feels like the dark side is doing more and more each day to stop me from completing what I have set my mind to do. I really could use your support! I've said it before...no one will ever understand the devastation unless they've been there themselves, but we all know what it feels like to help some one in need.
 
...here's how you can help...even if you just donated this mornings cup of coffee...and I am challenging you to do just that...you really don't have to give much, a little bit really starts to add up...help people continue their fight and honor those who have already lost. Just check out this link right HERE ... when we all work together amazing things can happen!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Don't Give Up...

Recently, I listened to Stuart Scott's speech at the 2014 ESPYS'...I'm sure many of you listened to it as well. Bits and pieces of it really touched me, "Our life's journey is really all about the people who touch us..." I've listened to this speech now more times than I can count...it has made me cry every single time. I couldn't agree more with this part, "Don't give up, don't ever give up..." This holds true for all of us with anything we may be doing in our life. Always repeat to yourself those words. They may be the most important words ever in your life's journey.

Cancer is a word we hear every day...my first experience with cancer...I was young and my grandpa was to far away for me to see how it can destroy the person you are until it is to late. He died of pancreatic cancer - very quickly in 1992.

By the third time I had to experience cancer...I was much older and it was with a friend...our friendship did not survive.   At that same time my dad was diagnosed with Brain Cancer, GBM to be exact. When listening to Stuart Scott's speech..."...I'm not losing...I'm fighting...I'm  not losing. When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live...why you live...and the manner in which you live...so fight like hell and when you get to tired to fight lay down and rest and let someone else fight for you..."

If it wasn't for others helping others the people fighting couldn't do it..."This whole fight, this journey thing, is not a solo venture...this is something that requires support." In Stuart Scott's speech he said, "I can't ever give up, because I can't leave my daughters." ...in my heart I know that also was a driving factor for my dad...

My sisters and I...my dads daughters...I know he was proud of all of
back then and he was fighting for us!

My Dad literally had some miracles along the way during his journey. He was a fighter and out lived his expectancy, surprised his doctors numerous times.

I miss my dad like crazy! It brings me to tears just typing this...but that's just how important this is to build awareness for brain tumors. In hopes that one day no one will have to feel this kind of emptiness and pain...or go through what my dad went through.

I do not consider myself a TRUE runner. Though I do run and I have been getting myself ready to run the Columbus Half Marathon.

The Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon partners with Team Breakthrough: Team Breakthrough helps the American Brain Tumor Association advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors  and of course I'll be running in honor of my dad. Please consider making a small donation here every little bit helps and it really goes a long way...

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/TeamBreakthrough/TeamBreakthrough?px=2098172&pg=personal&fr_id=2921

...you find HOPE and INSPIRATION every where...I have found HOPE and INSPIRATION again here in Stuart Scott! ...as I continue in my life's journey...I'll continue to look for those people who touch me and continue to not give up! Also remembering that those where the words my dad always said to me! "Don't Give Up!"


Me and my Dad...right after a soccer game...heading back to the car...
this picture was taken in the early 90s. I picked this one to share as part
of my DON'T GIVE UP post because...during my High School soccer days,
I broke my ankle twice, after the 1st time, the doctor told me I shouldn't play again...that was
devastating news for me...I LOVED soccer! ...what did my
Dad tell me, "Don't Give Up!" ...I didn't...and continued playing...I even
played intramural when I went off to college.
 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Poppy Sketch #9 ...{for you}

Well it's Monday and with that brings a new Poppy Sketch...
...with this challenge use the following color scheme...
 

...you've heard the saying they save the best for last...this is my last day with Poppy Sketches and the amazing sponsor this week was Jane's Doodles!!! ...and I when I made my tag, I used the stamp set TEA...rrific.
 
 
 
...if you are wanting to play along with Poppy Sketches this week...remember to link up over at the Poppy Sketches Blog once you complete your card.
 
 Be sure to check out what all the Poppy Girls created for you today using this sketch!
 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Poppy Sketch #8 ...celebrate {MOTHER}

Happy Monday!!! ...today's the day for Poppy Sketch #8
...with this challenge use this color scheme... 
 
Our wonderful sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. I used the  Floppy Latte -  Butterfly Frame...these are beautiful butterflies...be sure to check out Amy T's & Amy C's...my favorite's for sure this week!
 
 

...remember if you are playing along with this sketch link up over at the Poppy Sketches Blog once you complete your card.
 
 Be sure to check out what all the Poppy Girls created for you today using this sketch!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

...less than 4 months to go...

The days are moving right along...just 3 months and 19 days to go until race days!
 
So far to date, with the help of family and friends...I've raised just over $633.00!!! With your help I know I can hit the $1000.00 mark...
 
For the entire month of July, if you donate to this cause your name will go into a drawing for one of my {Lead Me with Strong Hands} T-shirts...you can read more about these HERE.
 
How AWESOME is that! ...all you need to do is make a donation of any $$$ amount HERE at my American Brain Tumor Association fundraising page and your name could be drawn. Remember when making your donations...any amount is greatly appreciated but it doesn't have to be a lot...a little bit really goes a long way.
 
Winner will be announced August 1st. Thank you everyone for your support
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Poppy Sketch #7 {SMILE}

Happy Monday!!! ...today's the day for Poppy Sketch #7
...with this challenge you can use any color scheme, even the "pattern" can be any color. Just use a {polka dot} pattern somewhere on your project.
 
Our wonderful sponsor this week is Pretty Pink Posh.
 
 
 

 ...remember if you are playing along with this sketch link up over at the Poppy Sketches Blog once you complete your card.
 
 Be sure to check out what all the Poppy Girls created for you today using this sketch!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CHECK THIS OUT!!! Here's a great deal...

This is an amazing offer you do not want to miss out on...
Crystal Wilkerson has 8 amazing templates available and you can get them 50% off!

These templates come in sets with two options, one without preset shadows and shading and one with. The templates also have stitching which you can keep on your LOs or you can remove them. There is such a variety to work with! If you are doing Project Life these are PERFECT, but if you aren't...they are also PERFECT for non-Project Life LOs as well. Here are the LOs I have created...

 
Used: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: The 12x12 Template Collection Template Pack #8, Dunia Designs:  DoYouRemember , documenting Essentials, ChalkedCards.
 

Used: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: The 12x12 Template Collection Template Pack #5, Dunia Designs: DoYouRemember, LoveMeTender, Ali Edwards: LoveYou Brushes & Stamps.
 

Used: Crystal Wilkerson Designs: The 12x12 Template Collection Template Pack #2, Dunia Designs: DoYouRemember, Documenting AYearofMemories. *Photos taken by Sunny Wright Photography

Please head on over to Crystal's Blog to see her 30 Day Challenge using these amazing templates. You can purchase these templates {HERE} The code for you to purchase them at 50% off through Sunday, June 22nd is CWTEMP50.
 
I know you will LOVE these as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by...Crystal YOU and YOUR designs are amazing! Thank you for letting me be a part of this! I am honored...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Poppy Sketch #6 {life is good}

...the days are just moving along...and so are the Poppy Sketches...are you ready for Poppy Sketch #6!!! Well here it is...


...to play along this week all you need to do is use the following "pattern" AND this time around you can use ANY color scheme you'd like... just be sure to use a harlequin pattern somewhere on your project.

Our amazing sponsor this week is May Arts ...I was able to use this amazing {wired string w/Mini Raffia Bows}.

Here is my card...life is good...


...remember if you are playing along with this sketch link up over at the Poppy Sketches Blog once you complete your card and be sure to check out what all the Poppy Girls created for you today!
 
 Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

...My Dad's Journey with GBM...

...as Brain Cancer Awareness month starts to wind down, it doesn't make me think of my dad any less, in fact it's the opposite...I wanted to share a little more about his journey with GBM...he was so strong and brave through it all even though he knew with a GBM diagnosis he would die in only a short while...in fact the treatment he would receive would only prolong his life NOT cure him and his quality of life would diminish greatly. All of his decisions only allowed him more time with us. He loved us all so much and I know his bravery to go through this hell was really something many will never understand unless they have walked that same path...again that's why it's SO IMPORTANT to give and even pennies will do!
 
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Become a part of this cause...you can help...and then maybe one day there will be a cure. Help support the American Brain Tumor Association...please check out my link below to see what you can do to help.

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/TeamBreakthrough/TeamBreakthrough?px=2098172&pg=personal&fr_id=2921

Monday, May 26, 2014

Poppy Sketch #5 {oops...I forgot your birthday...}

Poppy Sketch day is one of my favorite days!!! Today is already release day for Sketch #5!!! ...here it is...using some fabulous files from The Cutting Café. If you aren't familiar with The Cutting Café, it's an affordable one stop shopping HEAVEN for printable stamps & digital files.
 
Here's Poppy Sketch #5...
 
 
...and my take on it...
 
 
 
 Be sure to check out what all the Poppy Girls created for you today...check out their cards over at the Poppy Sketches Blog!
 
If you are playing along with this sketch don't forget to link up over at the Poppy Sketches Blog once you complete your card.
 
 Happy Monday!