Monday, January 17, 2011

A Celebration Of Survivorship...Give-Away

January 17, 2006, I believe that the Lord guided the hands of my Gynecological Oncology Surgeon, Dr. Richard Belch, as he removed the advanced stage uterine cancer from my body. I believed it was gone after the surgery; however, my team of Oncology doctors strongly felt I needed more treatment. Several weeks after surgery the chemotherapy infusions began. Shortly after, the fourth chemo infusion radiation treatments began. Six months after surgery they had done all they could do; now we had to wait.
I am celebrating that after 5 years I am still cancer free. I thank God for the miracle and I cling to the HOPE of many more years of survivorship.

If you would like to share in my celebration you can participate in my give-away. Here’s all you have to do: For 1 chance leave a comment on this post. For a 2nd chance comment to let me know that you are a follower. For a 3rd chance grab my Give-Away button and post it on your blog side bar then come back and let me know.  
The give-away begins on January 17 and ends on January 31.
Oh, what am I giving away? I’m giving away one of these “Hope Banners,”
I made one to give away and one to sell in my Etsy Shop.  






Image Credits and thanks to: Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio and Karen at The Graphics Fairy.

I didn't have great lighting when I took these pictures. I will try to get better shots and re-post them, hope for sunshine.

35 comments:

  1. That's so fabulous to hear Linda! So glad you are still here to enjoy Blogland along with the rest of us, and I'm also very glad to have met you along the way! Yay for 5 years on!!!
    Your banner looks absolutely gorgeous! Well done you!!
    Lucky me...I'm a Follower!
    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. xoxo

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  2. Dear Linda,
    I am so happy to share in your spectacular anniversary celebration!!! It is such wonderful news that you have survived and that you are WELL!!!!
    It is so special that I don't have words to express how happy I am.
    Your banner is beautiful and I put it on my blog with a link to here.
    Have a HAPPY day!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  3. Thanks for sharing your amazing story. Please add my name to the giveaway.

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  4. Linda, congratulations sweetie, that is the best news ever. What a wonderful way to start a new year.
    Your give a way is gorgeous and I would be honored to be entered. I am a follower, and Pink Saturday sis too, Char

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  5. That is AWESOME about your 5 years of being cancer free. That truly is a message of hope.

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  6. It is so wonderful to hear a story of someone surviving cancer!! Congratulations to you and I hope you have many more years cancer free!!

    ~Trisha

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  7. Hi Linda,
    I just popped over to say "hi" and just know that I am celebrating with you in style!!! I'll have to pull out glasses for pink champagne!!
    XO

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  8. Linda,
    Congratulations on your 5 year milepost! Proof that miracles are all around us. Your banner is beautiful and I have also signed up as a follower (can you tell that I would love to win it?!) May God continue to bless you and yours. . .
    Stacia Roble
    P.S. I would love to blog and am thinking about it but as of now I don't have one up and running.

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  9. These are all so gorgeous, that black and white one with pink flower is stunning and the bottom one too ... well they all are lol.

    hugs June

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  10. Also I came to say a very very sincere happy Anniversary. This also happened to my mother and its such a blessing. I wish you many many years of good health my friend
    hugs June

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  11. Happy 5 Year Celebration! The "Hope" banner you created is gorgeous! I love the images you chose for it, and the decorative clothes pins are such a brilliant touch!
    Nancy :D

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  12. What a blessing to have you here and celebrating your fifth year of being cancer free. That is a most wonderful miracle and I pray that you have many more ahead. Your banner is perfect as is the message of HOPE that it sends. I've got your button linked up on my blog and following happily along.
    Jody

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  13. You're an inspiration Linda, and what a generous way to celebrate. Your banner is gorgeous!

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  14. Hi Linda, thanks for sharing your miracle with us...thanks for your creativity, it is inspiring...and thanks for the chance to win your beautiful work...I HOPE I win! I'm a lucky follower!

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  15. Here's to many many more years. Sending you positive energy and wishing you peace, happiness, and health.
    The cards are absolutely beautiful. There is much to be said about the importance of hope.

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  16. What a blessing to read your story and to see that you are giving God the glory for what He has done in your life. Your banner is beautiful!

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  17. I am a new follower of your blog and will look forward to visiting you in the future.

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  18. Hi Linda,
    Such a special ocation, I love to celebrate with you- and wish you happy aniversary, dear.
    It is a blessing with a positive cancer story, and you are blessed Linda.The hope banner is so very beautifull.
    Thanks for signing up for my own giveaway.
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  19. Five years is indeed a milestone! Awesome!

    xoxo
    Deborah in NC

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  20. I'm already a follower of your lovely blog!

    Deborah in NC

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  21. Your giveaway button linking back to the giveaway is on my sidebar!

    Deborah in NC

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  22. Congratulations on being cancer free! What a milestone! And on your 250th follower. Please include me in your giveaway!
    xo Karen

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  23. Congratulations on your milestone. I am very happy for you. I have come your way by the way of Cindy's blog. I am now your newest follower, and I would love to be entered in your giveaway. You are another wonderful talent I have dicovered. Take care and have a great weekend.
    Linda gypsyluv1010@gmail.com

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  24. Hello, Happy Pink Saturday, what a beautiful post, I pray you do well. I'd love to enter your giveaway. I'm joining as a follower.
    I wish you peace, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  25. Hi Linda Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share. I love this HOPE Banner, and it applies to me as well. I am not a cancer victim, but this past May, I got really sick with pneumonia. I spent 10 days in the hospital, 5 of them in ICU. I was sick for almost 4 months, and I have now been diagnosed with what is called Spasmodic Dysphonia. I have lost most of my speaking voice. I have been looking for HOPE, for a better tomorrow. For people to accept me as I am, and not treat me differently. Yes my friend, this banner speaks to me.

    It is perfect, and I would love for you to enter my name into the drawing. A perfect gift.

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  26. Hi Linda Sweetie...
    Oh what a beautiful gift of love made by your hands. God has truly blessed you sweet one.

    I am a follower of your blog as well. Please enter my name again.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  27. Hello Sweetie...
    It's me again. I love this post. I have now added your wonderful giveaway of love to my scrollbar on my blog. I love sharing with my friends, and who doesn't love popping over for a giveaway?

    Post it and they will come. Have a glorious weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  28. What a sweet giveaway--I love the little banner.


    I am also a new follower
    Elaine

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  29. I just want to share with you my joy you are doing so well ... may this healing blessing continue to be with you.


    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  30. Love your creativity. I am definitely a new follower. My husband was 6 years cancer free this year. What a blessing. CELEBRATE!

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  31. CONGRATULATIONS LINDA ON BEING 5 YEARS cancer FREE...That just makes me weep with JOY because so many are fighting this evil deamon

    THAT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE AND YES ALL GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
    MY DAUGHTER HAD CANCER AS A CHILD...GOD BLESSED US WITH 20 MORE YEARS BEFORE a different form of cancer attacked her. SHE IS/WAS THE BRAVEST PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN. GOD CALLED MY ONLY DAUGHTER HOME ON OCTOBER 23, 2009.
    I HAVE ONE SON AND A DIL. MY GRIEF COULD NOT BE QUENCHED EVEN WITH 3 ANTIDEPRESSANTS....IT WAS THE LORD LEADING ME SLOWLY BACK TO ART THAT HAS SAVED ME...ART HEALS AND YOU ARE AN AMAZING ARTIST...YOU CAN TOUCH PEOPLE THAT HAVE cancer FAR BETTER THAN ONE WHO HAS NOT HAD IT. I WALKED THROUGH HELL WITH MY DAUGHTER BUT I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT SHE FELT, HOW SICK THE CHEMO MADE HER EXCEPT TO WATCH ENDLESS THROWING UP.....BUT I CAN TOUCH THE LIFE OF A PARENT WHO HAS HAD A CHILD DIE.

    BUT HE SAID TO ME, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS." THEREFORE I WILL BOAST ALL THE MORE GLADLY ABOUT MY WEAKNESSES, SO THAT CHRIST'S POWER MAY REST ON ME. (10) THAT IS WHY, FOR CHRISTS SAKE I DELIGHT IN WEAKNESSES, IN INSULTS, IN HARDSHIPS, IN PERSECUTIONS, IN DIFFICULTIES. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.
    ~2 CORINTHIANS 12: 9-10

    YOUR HOPE BANNER IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BANNERS I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT IS JUST GORGEOUS.
    I AM CHEERING YOU ON FOR MANY. MANY MORE YEARS.
    HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY MY FRIEND
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  32. I WAS HONORED TO JUST BECOME YOUR 58TH FOLLOWER.
    I WOULD BE SO HONORED IF YOU VISITED MY BLOG AND DECIDED TO FOLLOW ME.
    YOUR BLOG IS REALLY GOING TO TAKE OFF. YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER.
    HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  33. HI LINDA,
    I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU I POSTED YOUR GIVE AWAY BUTTON ON MY SIDE BAR. I WILL LOVE LOOKING AT IT.
    IF YOU VISIT MY BLOG YOU CAN SEE WHERE LULU KELLOG PUT AMY'S NAME FOR ME ON THE WING OF THE DRESS MANNEQUIN. MY PROFILE PICTURE IS AN ART PROJECT AMY MADE ME BEFORE SHE BECAME ILL. SHE WANTED TO BE AN ART THERAPIST. SUCH A NEED FOR THEM.
    I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU.
    THE BANNER IS STUNNING AND OH YES I WOULD LOVE IT BUT YOU MY NEW FRIEND ARE THE PRICELESS JEWEL.
    HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  34. Hi Linda,5 fab years is wonderful..I've been cancer free now for 16 years and I'm celebrating all the way with you..Thank God for all the advances in medicine..Lovely giveaway..xx

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