Welcome to Freebie Friday! We’re inching closer and closer to summer and I for one can’t wait! In July, my very generous grandma is treating the whole family (20+ people) to a Caribbean cruise. We’ve been planning this family reunion (via ship) for over a year now, so we’re getting excited it’s almost here.
A couple of weeks ago, our plans almost came to a grinding halt when my grandma went in for her scheduled mammogram and discovered she had the early stages of breast cancer. At 76, she’s still very active and enjoys designing wedding dresses and beating me down the ski slope in her free time.
As you can imagined, our family pulled together to offer our support. After meeting with her doctors, grandma elected to have a full mastectomy in her left breast and reconstructive surgery – all in the same day. The doctors give her a 99% survival rate and say she’ll most likely not need chemo.
I’m happy to report that her surgery this week went very well and all signs point to full recovery. She kept telling the doctors, “I need to have surgery right away. I have a cruise in six weeks that I just can’t miss.” Gotta love her can-do attitude, especially since cancer, at any age, is a formidable opponent.
I realize that our family is very lucky and many women have lost their battle with this disease. This Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day and I now have reason to celebrate. I’m also happy Paper Crafts has joined forces with Creating Keepsakes to bring awareness to our Creativity Heals campaign. The mission is simple: donate your time, creativity and supplies towards improving the lives of others. Whether you send a get well card to a friend, a miss you card to a deployed soldier or an encouragement card to a family member, these small acts of kindness can brighten even the darkest day.
This next card by Ryann Salamon is in our Creativity Heals feature in the July/August issue (on sale June 15):
In honor of my grandma, I’ve got three prize packages that celebrate her favorite hobby: sewing. Three winners will each receive Hambly Screen Prints’ Couture Paper, Overlay and rub-ons, Cornish Heritage Farms’ Sew Special stamp set and Dimensions’ Handmade Embroidery Kit. Leave a comment telling me someone who’s been an inspiration in your life. Whether a loved one fighting cancer or someone with an indomitable spirit. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, June 6.
“Sew” grateful for Grandma,
P.S. Make sure you check back here on Monday when voting begins for Gallery Idol! Our Top 20 finalists have been given the “Creativity Heals” theme for round one. Voting begins at noon (MDT) and will go through noon (MDT) on Thursday, June 10. Our online community will determine who moves forward in the competition!