October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Welcome to what would have been the Fun n' Crafty Blog Hop if not for the flu. That virus is not messing around this month and has systematically been wrecking the member of our team. While everyone recovers, we decided to skip the hop. However, I already had my projects ready to go, so I wanted to share.
Up first, I wanted to share a personal story about breast cancer. All of us have a story, be it our own or someone we know. This is mine.
She's Lump, She's Lump, She's in My Breast
On the 4th of July this year, I discovered a lump in my breast. I immediately made an appointment with my doctor, which unfortunately was days out. After this appointment I was referred to the Breast Clinic (another week of waiting) followed by an appointment for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. All of this took three weeks from start to finish.
From one appointment to another I was told numerous statistics as well as being told not to worry. Ha. From around the time of puberty, girls are told about the dangers of breast cancer. We all know at least one woman who has had this cancer. And while the cure rate is now 95%, as my doctor said, the road is not a fun one.
While I was sitting in that waiting room for the mammogram, surrounded by other women, the tension was palpable. The longest ten minutes came while the nurse conferred with the doctor before giving me the results. I thought about the women who came before me. I thought about my family, 3,000+ miles away. And I thought of my daughter.
I was lucky. My results came back clean. The official diagnosis was cystic breast tissue. It's safe to say I have never felt so humbled. And I began immediately urging all the women in my life to do their monthly self checks.
Fun Facts About Self Checks
- The best day to do your self check is 7 days after your period starts.
- Cancerous growths will not hurt. If you're experiencing pain, it's something else causing it.
- Cancerous lumps are static; they won't move. It could be a benign tumor, cyst, or even a rib!
- Monitor any differences in your breast size, shape, or feel and report changes to your doctor.
On To The Projects!
First up is my take on the Eclipse technique. Usually done with the Large Letters Dies, this illusion is created by lifting the die cut image with either Stampin' Dimensionals or (as shown here) additional die cut layers of cardstock.
If you happened to see the Color Challenge Blog Post earlier this month, you had a sneak peek at this card! I photographed this background for the Drip Method Background, and as promised, here is the finished design.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing my projects. Stop by next month for the Fun n' Crafty Team Blog Hop when we're all feeling up to the task. We should have some fun new ideas to share after our trip to Salt Lake City for OnStage!