Monday, November 8, 2010

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors

Bladder - Yellow Brain - Grey
Breast Cancer - Pink
Cervical - Teal/White Childhood - Gold
Colon - Dark Blue
Esophageal - Periwinkle
Head and Neck - Burgundy/ Ivory
Kidney - Orange
Leiomyosarcoma - Orange Liver - Emerald
Lung - White
Lymphoma - Lime
Melanoma - Black Multiple Myeloma - Burgundy
Ovarian - Teal
Pancreatic - Purple Prostate - Light Blue
Sarcoma / Bone Cancer - Yellow
Stomach - Periwinkle
Testicular - Orchid
Thyroid - Teal/Pink/Blue
Uterine - Peach
Honors Caregivers - Plum

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cancer Project Hope Journals ~ Style #1

Style #1 of the Hope Journals that we are doing for Cancer Patients.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Story Behind ~ It is Just Cancer

I really do not know where to begin this post.

I am a future cancer survivor...

And this is my story...

This is the story of the last 2 years of my life.  It is a journey of a mother, wife, daughter and friend fighting her way through Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. The good, the bad and the ugly I am going to put it out there.

It is a story of Hope, Faith and Love. But it is also a story of Confusion, Despair and Anger. How the decision of which path to take to fight cancer can make a world of difference. Of how you think you can not make a difference in someone’s life. But if you stop for just a moment and re-evaluate what is really important in your life ~ then you can really start living again...

My story is not anything special or probably even that interesting to many. 

But I remember when I started this journey~ Being devastated ~ Being hopeless ~ Being suicidal ~ Not knowing if anyone at all could understand what I was going through. One night when I was at my lowest I came across a blog and a group of people who saved my life. I made a promise to myself that if I survived this cancer battle, I would share my story ~because maybe just maybe my story could help someone else.

So please don't be confused if I jump around ~ Blame it on the Chemo ~ I am writing it from the heart so excuse my imperfect grammar...

Stay tuned...More to come!

To those touched by Cancer. 
Keep Fighting! Take it moment by moment...

Love always~

Click the link below to view the blog that changed my life.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dear Cancer

Dear Cancer,

I am sorry but I no longer have time for your drama. I am giving you notice that in 3 months I will be kicking your **** to the curb. Don't bother trying to return as you are no longer welcome here. You have worn out your welcome and have caused enough damage. Thank you for making me the woman I am today. Today I am making plans for the rest of my life.

~Cherish every moment! <3

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Struggling ~ And to those Struggling With Me..

I'm struggling right now ~ There I admit it ~
It's out there ~ No taking it

I really do try and fight this battle with a positive attitude.
But I would not be human if I didn't fall of the wagon every once in awhile.

My poor family has had to endure my hurricane of mood swings ~
I swear there is a sane person inside screaming to get out. ;)

I haven't been around as much I would like to have been.
Please know that I am thinking of each of you ~
Always Sending strength and love ...

Being involved in the organizations and causes that I am it seems
every week another one of my friends is touched by Cancer.
Whether it be diagnosis, battling through or sadly succumbing to it.

I am always just a message away. ~ Remember to reach out ~
You can not do it alone (Even though some of us have tried)

For those that are struggling this week:
Even though due to my treatments this week that I am unable to be there with
you physically this week~ Please know that I am always fighting along side of you in spirit.

I refuse to let this beat me ~ Even when I have those moments that I question whether it is worth it or not.
I have made it this far for a reason. The Doctors wrote me off almost 2 years ago. I have two beautiful children that pull me out of that Chemo fog every time.

Love you all and keep fighting!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Cancer Diagnosis Hurricane

I have been dealing with having cancer for awhile now.

But when another one of my friends was diagnosed recently it made me sit and reflect on how I got to this point.

When you are diagnosed I like to compare it to being in a hurricane.
Your life as you know it will never be the same.
So many things are being thrown at you that you can not even process it until later.

I made a huge mistake when I was diagnosed.
I did not tell anyone!~ No One.
I tried to deal with everything on my own.
I went to treatments alone and even had surgery and drove myself home afterwards.
Not smart!

I truly think I put my marriage in jeopardy because of this.
I mean can you imagine your wife acting even more crazy than normal and there is not a reason for it

Now why did I do this?
I think that I thought as long as I didn't tell my family and friends ~ It wasn't real.
Pride ~ I didn't want to seem weak. .
I hated asking for help and more than that admitting I needed help.
But you have to.

I didn't want my kids to worry about mom not being there.
When you are a mom with cancer especially with young children like I have
it is hard to think you won't get to experience the "big" moments.
You really need someone to stand with you if nothing else but to be a filter.
There is so much to absorb that you need someone to even listen for you.
Surround yourself with positve people.

95% of my support system are amazing people.
But I have also had some incredibly insensitve things said to me as well.
You have to block out all negativity.

You have to say to yourself each and every day ~
Do Not Give Up! Keep Fighting!

And when you feel like you cannot Fight anymore...
Let me help you fight.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Who I Am..

My name is Shannon.

I am a woman in my 30's trying to battle my way through Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer.

I am a mother of two beautiful children who help me renew my fight each day.

I am a wife of 15 years to husband who did not sign up for any of this.

I am a friend who will fight for you as much as a do myself...

I am a future Cancer Survivor!

I have Cancer ~ Cancer does not have me!