Monday, October 25, 2010

Inking Pink Blog Hop!


***************CANDY NOW CLOSED ************

Welcome to our Inking Pink Awareness Hop!

If you've come from Liz's blog, you are right on track.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, please head on over to Patricia's Blog.  Read on... you just might find some Blog Candy here : )

Our paper crafting community spans the globe and brings all of us together under a common roof. We are grandmothers, granddaughters, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, best friends, wives, cyber-friends and design team teammates. Many of us have family or friends touched by breast cancer and all of us want to encourage all of you to check yourself!

This hop will take you around the world, so please sit back with your morning coffee or evening tea and celebrate our stories and projects with us. Some of your fellow crafters along the hop are even offering blog candy! Please give a little comment love to each and every crafter along the way. We hope you enjoy our hop, and most of all we all want YOU to give yourself the greatest gift and do a self-check tomorrow. The more you do it, the more breast aware you will be!

My Story...

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on April 26, 2007.  I had begun routine mammograms when I turned 40 as my doctor suggested.  Although I hated going, I owe my life to EARLY DETECTION!  No, I did not feel a lump.  I had no idea until I received the phone call to come in for a biopsy and the looooooong awaited phone call to see if it was cancer.  At my first appointment with the surgeon, I was told that if I had to have breast cancer, I had the 'best' kind.  It was very early and could be treated without chemo.  I know that God had His hand upon me before, during and now all the days of my life...

The following days, months and years were difficult ones.  Because my mammograms were difficult to read with fibrous tumors, the ultimate decision was made to remove both breasts.  There were three known cancerous spots in both breasts and I had lumpectomies to remove those, but instead of having radiation therapy, a double mastectomy was my fate.  I am very grateful for that decision because pre-cancerous cells were found in my right breast which meant that I would have had to go through this all over again in the future!

You know that nothing is guaranteed in this life... Only God knows about our tomorrows.  He has radically changed me because of breast cancer.  Would I make the same decision to remove both breasts again? You bet!  I still have insecurities...but I'm alive and I've had three years now to get used to this old body lol!  

When I made the decision to remove my breasts, I knew that I would not have reconstructive surgery, but that I would be a 'symbol' to others of the LOVE of God!  What???  Yes!  I mean that!  He has saved my life both physically and spiritually.  I possess the JOY of the LORD ♥  How can I look like I do (I am the ultimate flat-chested woman) and still have JOY?  All because I know my Savior, Jesus Christ!  He makes ALL the difference - I love Him so much : )  

Have you made the decision to follow Jesus?  My sincere prayer is that you will take this opportunity now.  What will happen tomorrow????  Don't let it be too late!

For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 
John 6:40

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name
John 20:31

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 
Romans 1:16

God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.  
1 Corinthians 1:9

If you are ready to confess that Jesus died for your sins; that nothing or no one else can save you... pray with me:

Jesus, I acknowledge that You took the punishment of my sin (past, present and future) for me.  I deserve to pay the price, but in Your Mercy, You died for me!  Please forgive me for trying to do things my own way.  I confess that I am lost without You!  Thank You for making a way for me to be right with God and now I can KNOW that I am saved and will live for all eternity with You in heaven.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!

Please let me know if you've prayed this prayer so I can rejoice with you!  My email is on my sidebar.


That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

 If you've stayed with me this far, you've found the CANDY - yay!!!  Here's what's up for grabs:
9 sheets of 12 x 12 Making Memories "Slice" Specialty Paper
Stampology Clear Stamps
Fiskars Punch

To enter, just leave me a comment on this post - winner will be announced on November 1!

...and NOW you'll want to head on over to Marlene's Blog!

In case you get lost along the way here is the hop list:

Much much love and blessings upon you and your family ~

121 comments:

Patricia said...

Lori thank you so much for sharing your story It brought tears to my eyes. Im so glad your doing well now. Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome hop.
~Patricia

Anna said...

Thank you for sharing your story and your faith. When God closes a one door He opens another. God Bless you and yours.

Bonnie said...

Your story is inspirational and God bless you

FitterTwit said...

God Bless You! :)

Aussie Loz said...

Lori.. you're an inspiration.. and I hope that this blog hop really raises awareness of the necessity to have checkups and self examinations ♥

alethea said...

wow, what a story.. you are truly an inspiration... Thank you for being a part of this and making people more aware of the importance of breast checks and early detection!!

Louise said...

Oh Lori, thank you for sharing your story. You really are inspirational!

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Thank you for sharing your story and the wonderful words of our Saviour. Thank you for being a part of this special blog hop, and thank you for the chance to win the blog candy.

jandokan said...

thanks for sharing your story!
Hugs Anja

Shellie said...

Lori thank you for being part of this hop & sharing your story! It is truly amazing what you can deal with by knowing that God is with you 100% of the way! I wish you the best of health from here on out. You are an inspiration to others battling this horrible disease!
-Shellie
(shelliescreations@gmail.com)

Marley said...

Wow Lori! its great that you are joining the bloghop and share your story! You are so strong!! Big hugs and thanks for the hop. Marley

Trickut said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story of hope and inspiration!

Rachel
gl2814@zoominternet.net

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Thank you for sharing your story Lori. Many blessings to you and yours.

Hugs!
Meredith

Lori said...

God is so amazing how he carries us through so much in life. Thank you for sharing your story and more than that...the glory of Christ. Hugs, Lori

Erika said...

Your story is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

Annette said...

Lori, such a touching & inspiring story. Thank you & God Bless - having faith gives strength. Thanks so much for your support & encouraging breast cancer awareness & prevention. My sister is a survivor – 15 yrs & still going strong! I have a mammo every year on my birthday (of all days) 10/15! All is well!

alwayscharlie said...

...and also with you! Thank you for sharing your storyand reminding us of both the benefits of early detection and deep faith.

God bless!

Chelsea said...

Hi Lori, your story is an inspiration to those that might be walking in your foot step. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I'm so happy everything has worked out for you and wishing you great health through out the years.
It's such an honor to be in this Hop with you Lori!
Love,
Chelsea

Lelia Pierce said...

Lori...the importance of checking the girls is reiterated with the diagnosis Elise received and now your story as well. I'm 33 (today) and I check my tatas monthly!

Thanks for sharing your story!

XXX

grneyegoddess at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

I appreciate your sharing your personal journey in such a puble forum, thank you for the inspiration. May our Lord continue to bless you and those you love.

Marianne S.
sthquilter at gmail dot com
www.paperorfabric.blogspot.com

Cathie w said...

god bless and thank you for shareing


cathie
scraphappycat@gmail.com

Lesley from WI said...

Your story was very touching. Thank you for sharing and participating in such an important cause!
lfuchs1@wi.rr.com

Marlene said...

Oh Lori, thank you for sharing your amazing story.

Yours sounds so very much like my mom's. She, too, was diagnosed early, and had a bilateral mastectomy, even though cancer was only found in one breast. Same thing happened with her....precancerous cells were found in the other upon further examination.

She is 20 years cancer-free now! I pray for the same for you.

So happy to be participating in this blog hop alongside you!

Ashleigh said...

wow thanks for sharing your story. I am glad you found out so early and are doing so well!

aecopenhaver@gmail.com

terriennz said...

Thank you for sharing your story. You're a very corageous woman! I'm already a follower.. thanks for a chance to win your yummy candy! lol


Terrie B
terriennz@att.net
crafteecards.blogspot.com

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

After reading your story, I'm very glad I had my baseline done early when I was 35 and they found nothing... I hated it but it's definitely necessary. Thank you for sharing!
~Paula
http://scrapaddictsattic.blogspot.com/
ScrapAddictsAttic at gmail dot com

Bobbi said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I love that you are doing this to make more people aware. My sister had a partial mysectomy and one of the things she says to people when they ask how so can be so upbeat about losing her breast is that God took my breast not my life and for that I must be thankful to him.

kandi_8 said...

So cute love the card. TFS

Melissa said...

Your story is really touching, but just to know that your have found the Lord in all of this gives you hope!!! Thanks so much for letting me take this trip around the world with all of you ladies!!

http://melissa-moecreations.blogspot.com/

Littigs said...

Thank you for your story. What a way to show witness to our Lord and Savior. I admire the way you took the bad and used it for His Kingdom. May God continue to use and bless you.

scrapaholicjen said...

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!
http://scrapaholicjen.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

thank you for sharing your story very inspirational Debbie @http://craftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com/

Nadia's World said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story, your faith and your prayer with all of us!

Nicole.

juelt said...

Thanks for sharing your story - i just love it - love the confidence and the total awareness of what's truly important

Vicki said...

Thanks for your story and for the chance to win.


vwilson577 at yahoo.com

The Creative Mind of Melia said...

thank you for sharing your story! gorgeous papers in teh blog candy!!

Melia~~
wifey7799@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

OMGosh Lori,

You are amazing. I love seeing that you are so faithful to the Lord. A lot of people would have turned away. I know he gives us these troubles to make us a better person. Thank you for your story. Very inspirational.

Jennifer

Renkata said...

Lori thank you so much for sharing your story, it brought tears to my eyes.
You are so strong woman. wow just wow.
Wish you all the best dear!

Christie said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It is very encouraging to know that there are believers out there that can go thru trials like this and their faith be even stronger! God Bless!

debpaint16 said...

Lori, My story is almost identical to yours, we are both doubly blessed, ta-ta's or NO ta-ta's...lol!!! I have prayed with you!!
Thank you for doing this blog-hop! I am a 6 year BC Survivor! I am now a follower & I do self-exams regularly!! :)

debpaint16@aol.com

CA Scrapper said...

Lori, God bless you and I'm happy your story has a happy ending. Life does throw us many challenges but you know that God is always there for you.

Leslie


lschmitt40@hotmail.com

Cricut Matriarch said...

Lori,
Thank you for sharing your story. You have a true testimonial for this hated disease. I am so glad you are "cured".
May God bless you and your family!

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful web site!
cricutmatriarch.blogspot.com

sandra said...

Thanks for shearing your story!
God bless!
Such a great experience to be apart of this Hop!
Hugs!
Sandra!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

thank you for sharing your story, so glad you are ok today! staci

staci412 at optonline dot net

Rose DeVita said...

God Bless you! May you inspire even just one person who reads this blog to go get a yearly mammogram!

Rose
devita2@earthlink.net

MommaMcVic said...

Thank you for sharing your story!
God bless
Kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

Jamie said...

Lori, thank you so much for sharing your awesome story. You are a true survivor and a great example. I am so glad to be a part of this hop with you! Hugs! Jamie

penbrandy said...

Thank you so much for sharing you story!!....And thank you for the giveaway!! Brandy

Penbrandy at msn dot com

Lisa J said...

Your story needs to be heard in more than just this blog. I hope you have told it in other locations as you have really touched me with your decision and the way you still feel about your decision today.

TFS EVERYTHING..

Maria said...

Blessings to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your story.

Esmommy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. Very touching GOD bless you!!
Tracy
NYGIRL1994@yahoo.com

beadz said...

Lori, thanks for sharing your testimony! and thanks for being an inspiration to others! I'm glad to be a part of this hop with you! Hopefully we will help spread awareness to save the Ta ta's!
hugs,
Gini

Kathy said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It brought tears to my eyes! You sound like an amazing and inspirational woman! Thank you!

Jamie said...

thanks so much for sharing your story. It must have been a very scary experience but luckily you had your faith to help you through and you made it! Im so happy for you and hope that if I am ever in a position like yours I will be half as strong as you were. Thanks again!
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Jamie said...

thanks so much for sharing your story. It must have been a very scary experience but luckily you had your faith to help you through and you made it! Im so happy for you and hope that if I am ever in a position like yours I will be half as strong as you were. Thanks again!
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

scrappinmomma said...

Thank you for sharing your story it is so amazing how God blesses us in many ways. It is wonderful that you share the Lord's word on your blog,Thank you so much for doing that.

http://ikolinda-scrappinmomma.blogspot.com

Gaby Seminario said...

thanks for sharing your story...

Jen said...

Thank you for sharing your story and God bless you!! Your story touched my heart. My Mom is a survivor as well. I promise that I will make sure to quit putting off my mammogram...
On a happy note...
I just love your blog and I'm your newest follower.
Thank you again for telling your story.
hugs to you,
jen
jennyscards.blogspot.com

Scrappy Jackie said...

Thank you for being a part of this hop and for sharing your heartfelt testimony! I love finding other great strong Christians with blogs! I applaude your being able to share your personal story! May it helps someone else... THank you! I am a very happy new follower of your blog! I know you put a lot of effort into this... finding the right words, bible verses, etc. It was well worth the read! Thank you! God Bless You!

WAM Family said...

God Bless you Lori. Your story was wonderful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story. May God be with you and yours.

Kathryn
http://wamfamily.blogspot.com

silvia said...

Lori~ Hugs!! and thanks for sharing your story. As a mammographer, I hear all too often that woman are skipping their yearly exam because "it hurts". Yes, mammograms do hurt, but, as you know, mammograms save lives. Thanks for helping spread the word about awareness!!
Hugs!!
Silvia

~*Jen*~ said...

Thanks so much for sharing your faith, life and project!! What a wonderful thing to do!! Thanks again!

alaska.girl.24(at)hotmail(dot)com

kathlee said...

Beautiful blog and a touching story. One never does know what tomorrow will bring. Thank you for sharing!
kathlee154@gmail.com

Janis said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it. We are sisters in Christ! So fun to find a new family member out there. Breast cancer must be so scary. I'm so glad you had God through it all and still today. May He bless you abundantly. :) Janis northrose@slowar.com

jennyplace2 said...

OMG! your card is just to cute! Love it! Thanks for the chance to win I am now following your blog and hope you will do the same.
http://jennyplace26.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

wow thanks for taking part in this hop. Thanks for being so strong.

taniwol at yahoo dot com

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

You are a team player.
God Bless You
I'm a Follower
and I post a link to your cany on my blog sidebar
http://buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesignsATyahooDOTcom

Dana said...

Thanks for sharing your story! It is always good to hear survivors tell their stories.

dmcarlisle09atgmaildotcom

stefeni said...

What a great story. You are an inspiration.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

A Scrap Above said...

Hi Lori~
Thank you for sharing your story with us, very moving.It's wonderful you are doing better.
Blessings
Bonnie C
http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
ascrapabove@aol.com

Adrea said...

What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing!

RLS Innovations said...

You have really been blessed.

Sue Rolfe
rolfe974@prodigy.net

craftaholic said...

Thanks for sharing your story and the lord be with you and all of us!!
ilovetonkinese2athotmaildotcom
Rexann

Cor* said...

Lori, my girl, Lori. I miss your face!! lol. Although I am a christian I am not practicing (tsk, tsk, I know) but appreciate where you are with Jesus and how he has given you his strength...however strength comes from within as well. You owe yourself alot of credit too. You are a strong, beautiful & courageous woman! I did not know about the dble mastectomy (jaw dropping) and I pat you on the back as well as wrap my arms around you for making such a tremendous decision! You are a hero to many! TFS your story (ps-thanks for the chance at your candy). MWAH!

Hilary said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully it will inspire many into early detection!

SueNJ said...

Thank you for sharing your story and your conviction. It is wonderful to find a fellow believer in our art as well.

Thanks for promoting this cause!

Sue B

http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/

Shari said...

God Bless YOU and thank you for standing up to our Lord and Savior, so many won't.

quilt4fun2 said...

Thank You for sharing your story and for being in the hop and for a chance to win cool prizes.
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

Teri A said...

Thank you for telling us your story
Teri
teri.barefoot@gmail.com

stephanne said...

You know, I always think, we are here to see another day and for that, let us be grateful. Your story only confirms that you are as strong and smart as I already knew you to be!! I am honoured to be sharing in this event with you and God Bless!!
hugs, stephanne

Kards by Kathi said...

Terrific blog and great project. Thanks for sharing.

catlady709@comcast.net

Kadrisc said...

Lori, Thank you for sharing your story! I love your work! I am glad that I found your blog through this!
Karen kadrisc@aol.com

Auntie Em said...

Your story is very inspiring. It is so good to hear good news when it comes to cancer.
Thank you for sharing! :o)

crafty critter said...

god is always by your side
giving you hope, strength, ad courage
you are an inspiration
god bless you
gad1974@windstream.net

Jackie said...

God bless you for sharing your story and your faith.
Truly, the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.

grandmafairymary said...

What an amazing story. Faith is such a powerful force. Thanks for sharing your story and thanks for being part of the pink hop

littlen said...

Thank you for sharing your story and for being part of this amazing blog hop.

Mona E said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I am so happy that you are doing ok and that you have such near and dear relationship to God. I also want to thank you for the opportunity to win your sweet candy. Hope you have a nice day. Hugs...Mona

Jessica said...

Thanks Lori,for your story. I too had a brush with cancer. Mine, however, was not breast cancer. I don't think it matters where it is, what matters is that you stay in touch with your body, do all the test's you can do. I'm an 18 yr survivor. I'm also a believer and pray for our sisters and their families who've been touched by this awful disease.

Payne Family Fun said...

thank you for such a touching story! I am impressed with your attitude and your knowledge of the fact that our Savior loves you....what a special spirit you have. Thanks again! Good luck to you in the future!!!!

Sunnny said...

I am proud of you. It takes alot to experience what you have and stay this positive. It would have been much easier for you to just get angry and bitter and hate the world, but you did not. Thank you for being an example to the rest of us. I wish I had found your courage.

Lindy said...

Such a touching story....TFS. You are a very special person. I enjoyed looking around your blog and I'm now a follower.

Thanks for sharing and the wonderful candy.

Good Luck to you....hugs

Lalia said...

thanks for being part of the pink week! This is fun to find new blogs! Yes, I stuck with you through all the beautiful words you posted!

Debbi said...

What a wonderful testimony, Lori! God bless you for showing others to Christ!! God is so good to us all.
*smiles*
debbi

Stacy said...

I absolutely agree with all said! I prayed and i'm proud to be able to!

Stacy Armer
uratoon@yahoo.com
http://arkansasmom.blogspot.com/

Tanya said...

Thank you for sharing your story!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Sassylassy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It's amazing how something can change you over night. I am glad you have your faith cause it helps so very much. You are one of our angels. I am both proud and honored to have shared in such a wonderful blog hop with you in hopes to spread breast cancer awareness!
Hugs Bonnie

Darlene said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us and for sharing your love for the Lord.

Darlene

Monica Flores said...

Thank you so much for sharing your personal story. You are in my prayers,

simplycricutting@gmail.com

Marlene said...

Lori, thanks for the heads up!

You should be able to direct link to my blog now! Sorry about that confusion!

Jennifer said...

Lori,

You are an inspiration to us all!!! :)

Thank you so much for sharing,

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

sucor said...

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Best wishes!

td2854 said...

Lori, Thank you for sharing your story, what a wonderful inspiration & example you are!!

My Lil' Bits said...

Thanks so much for sharing your touching story!

Liz said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story - it really is amazing what early detection can mean.
craftylizard at gmail dot com

SherriC. said...

Lori, thank you so much for sharing your story with us, you are an amazing woman.......
brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

Tabitha said...

Thanks so much for that. I am a Christian now for 14 yrs. but everyday is a new day to renew my vow to serve him. Thanks for allowing him to use you in such a profound way with your story. May God open his windows of heaven and rain down his blessings on you and your. I follow your blog now.
Thanks for a chance to win and for sharing.
tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

trisha too said...

Thank you for sharing, Lori, and for participating in the hop--this one is definitely for a good cause!

:)
trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Annmarie said...

such a lovely story, only because it has a happy continuation . . . Your blog is indeed very cozy and very appreciated. Enjoy. amporath @ gmail . com

Love crafts forever said...

Thank you for the wonderful Blog Hop.
Hugs. Nataliya.

HildeM said...

Thanks for sharing your story! And thanks for giving me the chance to win!

Have a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Hilde

Pammejo said...

Thanks for sharing your project and your story. Thank you more for sharing your testimony. I came to know Christ as my Savior 28 years ago and I am so glad that I know where my tomorrow will be. Thanks you pammejo1@yahoo.com
http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

Liset said...

"Thank you" for sharing your story. it was very inspirational.
God Bless You and your family

Thanks,
Liset
hailemnat@gmail.com

crafteanna said...

Thanks for sharing your story!

inbar said...

thank you for sharing your story with us.

Miranda said...

Lori,

Thank you for sharing your story with us! You are a true inspiration! May God bless you and your family.

Miranda

me said...

Hi Lori,
sister I may call you then :-)

It is great how you show to so many ppl the only thing that truly matters and it is so true! The Lord is our God, and Jesus is the only way!

I love your "inspiration for the day"sidebar I think I am going to copy-cat you :-) if you don't mind.. :O
God bless!

Shelley said...

I have been so honored to be on this hop with you. wonderful project!
Shelley
shelldian at hotmail dot com

scrapBugz said...

Thanks for sharing inspirational story.

Mandy
mjbaker at earthlink dot net

Angela MarĂ­a said...

Hi Lori. Thanks for sharing your story!
I like your blog so much.
Hugs,
Angie.
http://artsandcraftsco.blogspot.com/

Tracy Suzanne said...

Dear Lori, thank you for sharing such a personal story with us. What a battle to go through. God bless you.

Hugs...Tracy :)
cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

P.S. I love your creations. I'm also a new follower. Thanks again.

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