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Dr Appel Goes Casual For A Cause…And For Me!

6 Oct

On Lee National Denim Day, Friday October 3, I popped in to see my favorite breast cancer reconstruction surgeon to have my photo taken with him because he was a participant in LNDD and went casual for a cause!I am so proud to have Dr Appel for my breast cancer reconstruction surgeon and I have added a link to his practice on the side of my blog.

After I left his office Friday I got an email from his office manager that asked if they could post my picture on his website since he went casual for LNDD and I was one of the 2014 Ambassadors. I even got to autograph his denim day poster since I was on it! I am honored to be on his website AND be one of his patients. He is the best. You can click on the link below and read the LNDD article but at the bottom of that click on my testimonial. If you are looking for a breast cancer reconstruction surgeon with a true heart for helping women with reconstruction, then you have found your doctor…read on!

Dr Appel's website

I am proud to be his first patient on the website!

https://www.nhappelplasticsurgery.org/

 

 

 

 

Day Six…#31daysoflove

5 Oct

For my #31daysoflove I will be wearing pink and posting a picture of what I am wearing. I will also be tagging several survivor friends and saying a few words about each of them. I would like you to see, what I see, about these women.

Allison Barnhill – you are one of the most gracious and smartest women I know! Your constant strength and knowledge helps me keep going! Bee stings and all! xoxo – you are one positive and strong woman!!

Michelle Corbett – another survivor I am lucky and blessed to know. I will never forget you throwing your arms up in the air, at your 50th birthday party, and yelling “happy birthday to me and I am cancer free” – living out loud with a bright smiley face and a happy disposition. You are such a blessing to our group and to me!

Kathy Duppstadt – I am so so so lucky to have met you, to have a very close friendship with you, and to love you. You are such a sweet, caring, and loving friend. We are all so lucky to have you. TNBC and HER2+ cancer, at the same time, TAKE THAT! You are one strong lady!

Jenifer Holland – I am so glad that we are getting to know each other better and better. You are such a special girl (and very talented I might add) – you kicked cancer’s butt to the curb and now you are loving life. I am lucky to know you and have you be part of our group!

Do you all see how lucky I am to know these women?? Luckiest girl in the world.

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Day Five…#31daysoflove

5 Oct

For my #31daysoflove I will be wearing pink and posting a picture of what I am wearing. I will also be tagging several survivor friends and saying a few words about each of them. I would like you to see, what I see, about these women.

Lisa Southerland O’Connor – she got the call four years ago today telling her that she had breast cancer. Lisa always makes my day a little sweeter with her posts on FB about how she is sitting sipping her hazelnut coffee. There is a glimpse of calmness there and a moment for me to stop and say ahhh…and say a little prayer for her continued health. Thanks for being positive for so many women!

Dee Mianzo Clark – a survivor who continues to fight with grace and dignity. Dee, you know you can always message me if I can help you in any way at all. Your positive attitude and willingness to keep going makes us all better people. Keep Making Strides!

Heather Wasp – first of all, I am happy to wish you a happy birthday today and happy that you are alive, healthy, and done with cancer. Physically and mentally. You have done a lot of awesome things in your life so far and beating triple negative cancer was just one of them. Enjoy your day and celebrate this time with your family – you so deserve this!

Monica Howard Gray – you are a little ball of fire always willing to step up and get involved, you have a heart of gold and the stamina of the energizer bunny. Coke is lucky to have you as an employee, and I am lucky to call you friend! I look forward to seeing you this year at Making Strides October 18.

I love you guys – you make my life better!

Pink Toes!

 

 

Day Four….#31daysoflove

4 Oct

For my #31daysoflove I will be wearing pink and posting a picture of what I am wearing. I will also be tagging several survivor friends and saying a few words about each of them. I would like you to see, what I see, about these women. If you love a survivor – please post a picture of yourself wearing something pink and tag your survivors on that photo. I plan on showing each of my survivor friends how much I love them. Let’s see if I can do this every single day in October….”31daysof love” – that’s what I am calling this. You don’t have to be a survivor to do this – you just have to love one.

Tiffany Nixon – a beautiful and brave survivor friend! Tiffany is still in the middle of reconstruction and is still positive and upbeat – letting us love on her and walk with her through her treatment path. She is precious.

Alethea Ramey – a few sentences cannot describe what I feel about Alethea, nor can a few sentences describe what she has gone through. Fighting her own battle, WINNING that battle, and a few months after finishing treatment losing her Mom to the same disease. Heartbreaking does not begin to describe Alethea’s breast cancer story. I know October is so bittersweet for you. I love you girl – so much.

Lisa Batts – a sweet survivor friend who is always ready to lend support to newly diagnosed patients. She is an artist, she is beautiful, she is a shining spirit of a true survivor! Always smiling….always.

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Day Three….#31daysoflove

3 Oct

This is easy – do you love a survivor? Wear pink, take a picture, and tag your survivor on your fb wall or instagram. Let her know how much you love her and why. You just never know how much she may need to hear these words and see your support, even if she is many years away from her diagnosis or treatment.

Today I tag and honor:

Phyllis Chitwood – you are brave and you are beautiful. Hearing your story tonight, and seeing how positive and strong you are, amazes me! I am so glad we met and you have allowed me to be part of your life.

Misty Burgie – you are one of the most determined women I know. Steadfast and steady, strong, positive, and faithful – no matter what life continues to throw at you. I love what you do for other survivors and I can always count on you to help newly diagnosed women – always. And THAT my friend is priceless.

Amanda Hibberts – I think you and I were “love at first email” weren’t we? You have such a fun and wild side to you with just a whole ton of strength mixed in. Our sense of humor is alike and watching your courage through surgery #10 has been very inspiring. You keep going girl – make them get it right!

Marno Seitz – meeting you a few months ago has reminded me how raw and scary a new diagnosis is. You have been such a trooper through your surgery and your mammo-site radiation. Facing chemo next week is daunting – but you can do it, if I can do it, you can do it. Thank you for supporting me through my last surgery when I was supposed to be supporting you! Your texts, calls, and emails kept bringing positive light and love into my days of recovery. I really am thankful to be part of your life and the lives of your precious family. We are all behind you through your chemo girl – you got this!

 

#31daysoflove

 

Day Two….#31daysoflove

2 Oct

For my #31daysoflove I will be wearing pink and posting a picture of what I am wearing. I will also be tagging several survivor friends and saying a few words about each of them. I would like you to see, what I see, about these women. If you love a survivor – please post a picture of yourself wearing something pink and tag your survivors on that photo. I plan on showing each of my survivor friends on FB how much I love them. Let’s see if I can do this every single day in October….”31daysof love” – that’s what I am calling this. You don’t have to be a survivor to do this – you just have to love one!

Rita Horton – I have known you forever….long before breast cancer came creeping into either of our lives – I love you as a sister and I have never met someone so passionate about life. May you have many years of helping others in your new Healing Touch endeavors….you are a friend to all!

Terri Andrews – as you heal from your surgery I wish you nothing but love and acceptance. You are just beginning to heal after one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life and I want you to know that I am here for you – no matter what. I have been there and I know how hard this is. Keep smiling friend – it only gets better from here!

Ellen Ploeger – always smiling, always laughing, always honest and positive. You are a ray of sunshine for me and our paths were meant to be connected! Our friendship started with ice cream on a warm evening and look at us now! So much has happened and on we go.

Mari Merrill – meeting you at cancer rehab over a year ago was the smack in the forehead that I needed to get our tnbc group going! I pray for your healing and health every single day and I think of you often. You are such a strong and positive force that continues to beat the crap out of this cancer. You are a beautiful girl!

 

Day 2

 

 

Day One….. #31daysoflove

1 Oct

This morning I posted my very first thoughts on my #31 Days Of Love, but I have already changed my mind. Can I do 31 days in pink clothes? Probably. Can I tag my survivor friends and write wonderful things about them without missing a few by accident? Probably not. It’s not like I keep a list lying around or something. But, I am going to give it my best shot. I decided to run this through my blog instead of just FB because I have some pretty important survivor friends who read this and who are not on FB. So….that to me is more important than making this easy.

I am sorry for all of the pink nay-sayers out there. Especially the ones who are survivors. It must be horrible to have breast cancer pink – shoved down your throat – for an entire month when you are just against it. And for that, I am sorry for those women. I admit that for me it gets a little old seeing pink ribbons on things that are UNHEALTHY and bad for you, but some breast cancer organizations will slap their name, and pink ribbon, on anything just for a buck. But, I overlook that just like I overlook the people with the WWJD stickers on the backs of their cars as they cut you off in traffic and flip you the bird. A lot of the time you just have to look the other way.

But, my blog posts called #31daysoflove are going to be short little words or sentences to show my survivor friends what they mean to me. Are they all fearless, inspirational, motivational, and courageous? No, not all of them are. Are some of them scared to death, sad, badly scarred, sick, bald, tired, depressed and just plain hating cancer? Well, yes, some of them are. I have survivor friends ALL over the emotional map and that’s ok! It’s ok for women to be sad, scared, scarred, and sick of cancer. It’s cancer! It’s ok if they don’t see the happy pink lining in every ribbon and don’t want to throw on a boa, pink sneakers, and run off into the sunset smiling and showing off their bald head. CANCER IS HARD. Breast cancer can be extremely hard because it attacks what our culture places so much importance on. Breasts, femininity, beauty, curves, sexuality, and self-confidence. It is hard. Maybe not for every single woman out there, but for many. And I truly understand both sides of the pink ribbon.

What I don’t understand is how we can come so far in treatments and in targeted therapies but there is still such limited control over metastatic disease. Is it better than it was? Yes sir it is. Are people still dying from this? Yes, sadly they are. Triple negative breast cancer is a culprit in this dilemma. It is smarter than the chemo, smarter than the doctors, and obviously – for now – smarter than the researchers. Where is our targeted therapy? How can so many women continually be diagnosed with tnbc and still die from this, and we still do not have a handle on it? I know there are many layers and answers to these questions, but I still want to know WHY????

So, back to my #31daysoflove. If you know or love a survivor, snap a picture of yourself in pink, even if it’s a pink necklace or pink shoes, post it on fb and tag your survivor friend. Tell them what makes them special to you. Lift up a survivor today – the minute it takes you might just be the lift they need because you never know what kind of test is looming, bump or lump or symptom they are “watching”, or worries they are secretly carrying. Once you have cancer….the dark cloud looms for many.

The rest of my 31 days will be short posts about very special women – today is just opening the door and explaining what I am doing and it’s also day one of breast cancer awareness month so I had to speak my mind – as usual….

Day one of #31daysoflove went like this:

Susie Bell – a girl who never ceases to amaze me. Her faith is unbreakable. She is unshakable and the emotional and spiritual growth I have witnessed in her the past year or so is amazing.

Michelle Belt – who is always in my heart and my soul. Praying constantly for you. I cannot write in a sentence or two what you mean to me. Not ever. So I won’t try.

Sara Kouten – an avid facebook supporter to so many many woman. Without women like you – the rest of us would be floundering!

You three women ROCK. I love you guys!

Today I wore PINK for you….

Day 1

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