I made this card for two women I know who have survived breast cancer. One is my sister-in-law who was diagnosed when she was 38 years old and her youngest child was just 3 years old. She survived having a mastectomy and chemotherapy. That was 24 years ago! I am amazed at how well she carried on in spite of her cancer diagnosis. The former 3 year old is now a father of his own child and now going to pre-kindergarten. What joy this little grandchild has given to my sister-in-law. She never thought she'd live this long but she has inspired me with her positive outlook.
The other woman is my nephew's mother-in-law. This woman is a retired primary school teacher who along with her husband successfully raised 3 of the loveliest and accomplished girls I have ever met. The oldest has 2 Master's degrees and teaches high school. The middle girl is a very successful engineer who is now involved in the environmental field with an international non-profit corporation and teaching companies how to manufacture their products in an environmentally conscientious way. The baby of the group is now a veterinarian who has worked in several countries helping out with the care of elephants and horses. When two of the girls were still in university, she was diagnosed with her breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy as well as chemo. After her treatment, she lost over 100 pounds and is now a very fit and physically active lady who walks about 5 miles a day, year round. She now babysits her two granddaughters full time and absolutely loves it. There are some days where she makes me tired just watching her. She always has a smile on her face and she is very thankful for all her blessings.
I made this card for each of these women and added a "shoe lace" pin for them to wear to remember that they are successful survivors of breast cancer. I also want to encourage everyone to run or walk in their local campaigns to raise not only money for research but also to spread awareness about breast cancer.