Good morning! I am really delighted to be able to participate in today's blog hop introducing JustRite Stampers' new Strength and Courage set, part of their new Crafting for a Cause program. What is special about this set? In an effort to find an early diagnostic test or screening tool for Ovarian Cancer, JustRite Crafting For a Cause will donate 20% of the sales from Be Strong and Strength and Courage in 2011 to Ovarian Cancer Research. To learn more about the symptoms of this “silent killer “ visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
I've used pink for the breast cancer cause here today, but obviously you can color the ribbon in different colors for different causes. If you come here often, you know that I don't often share personal stories on my blog; today's an exception.My paternal grandmother valiantly fought ovarian cancer for several years, even though she had always had regular check-ups and had in fact received a clean bill of health just six weeks prior to her diagnosis. Thankfully, my next story has a much happier ending.
My junior year of college I had two freshman roommates, one of whom I still cherish a sweet friendship with over 25 years later. It is her story that you will learn about below--Amy's story, Amy's cause.
Hi! I am Amy Tedder, the illustrator and graphic designer for JustRite Stampers. I am celebrating 6 years of being ovarian cancer free! I am hoping you will join me in the JustRite Crafting For a Cause Fundraiser.
Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers because it goes unnoticed for years. They call it the “silent killer.” Most women can shrug off the symptoms as other things. My only symptom was that I was so tired. “But...having 3 children will do that to you!” My regular doctor found my cancer when I was 39 years old and scheduled me an appointment with the best oncologist in South Carolina. My doctor found my cancer because he took a risk and ran a test that my insurance might not have covered.
Today, we need to encourage all the women we know and love to go for their yearly check ups. If there is any kind of family cancer they need to insist on having the lab work done. I am finding that each woman has to be her own advocate. No one else will automatically do it for us. We have to schedule the appointments, WE have to request the tests, WE have to look for ways to protect our own health and take time to take care of ourselves. Just make your appointment and make your mother, sisters and friends schedule their appointments!
“During my cancer recovery I was blessed to receive cards and notes from friends to encourage me. My hope is that you will use these stamps to encourage your loved ones that are the care givers or are fighting cancer. "
I am so thankful that Amy's cancer was caught early. I am also thankful that JustRite has started the Crafting for a Cause program that contributes to ovarian cancer research. The full Strength and Courage set is pictured above, and tomorrow's cling set, Be Strong, is shown here.
A complete list of supplies is just below, and following that are links for the Crafting for a Cause Blog Hop where you will find some fabulous uses of the JustRite Stampers Strength and Courage set. Thank you for visiting today!
Stamps: Strength and Courage (JustRite Stampers)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Versamagic Tea Leaves (Tsukineko); Memento Tuxedo black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Rustic White, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Girls Paperie (still available online in a few places, but not being printed any more)
Tools: Labels Ten, Lace Doily Accents, Classic Ovals Small, and Classic Scallop (Spellbinders Paper Arts); sewing machine (Janome)
Coloring Medium: Copic R81, R83, and R85 markers
Accessories: Sweet Blush Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink); off white seam binding (Hug Snug); white crochet Thread (Aunt Em's); glitter (Stampendous); glue pen, foam tape