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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dynamic Duos # 72

Last year at this time my family was touched with cancer... Lymphoma for my older daughter and at the same time I was diagnosed with a cancer tumor on my lung (NOT lung cancer).  My daughter went through 5 months of chemo, I had surgery to remove my left lower lobe in order to remove the cancer.  I am happy to report the latest scans for both my daughter and myself show NO signs of cancer!  When I saw Tracey's card for Breast Cancer Awareness (which is October) I couldn't resist following her lead.
I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire on Simon Says Stamps and new I wanted to try this technique. 
Here is a side view of the card.  I die cut the ribbon 6 times using the darker pink cardstock and then I die cut it from the face of the card.  I then glued them all together...just gives the ribbon some dimension!

stamps:  A Muse:  Fight Like a Girl, PTI: Faith & Hope
ink:  memento angel pink, PTI raspberry fizz
paper:  PTI white and raspberry fizz
die:  PTI Faith & Hope

I would like to take this time to share with all you, my blogging friends how touched I was one day by a "Random Act of Kindness" while waiting in the Oncologist office.  A lady came in and presented me with a bouquet of flowers and told me she was just doing a random act of kindness!  If anyone needs a "lift" and words of encouragement it would be people who are going through chemo or even dialysis.  My Bible Study ladies are going to take this project on and go once or twice a week to those centers close to our home and present several people in the waiting room with little gifts...it turns out flowers are NOT the best for chemo patients because of the smell...they would be fine in a dialysis center.  Dark chocolate is wonderful for chemo patients...wrapped in a glassine bag with the word "courage" stamped  on it, then a word of encouragement tucked inside, sealed with a piece of washi tape.  Sadly the dialysis patients cannot have chocolate, but bookmarks, tea, magnets, a flower bulb are all ideas we have come up with and we are very excited about "Paying forward to others that Random Act of Kindness" shown to me.

Go forth and be Jesus to the world...give out love and kindness and compassion to your neighbors!

Heart Hugs,
Colleen

13 comments:

  1. Colleen this is a beautiful post tonight . I am so glad you and your daughter both have no signs of cancer.
    Your card is just amazing, and beautiful ...love the way the ribbon is laid over the words.
    Thank you so much for the tips of what to give and I love the idea of doing it randomly......beautiful!

    Off topic I see you have a list of challenges...love that idea. Was it hard to do?

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  2. Thanks Colleen. This year it is me with the cancer. I found out in July that I have breast cancer, and you are so right about the random acts of kindness. It's just the little things in life that mean the most when we are faced with the challenges that treatments for cancer brings. God surely has blessed you and your family. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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  3. I'm so glad that you and your daughter are both doing great! Your card is wonderful.
    So glad you could join us at Dynamic Duos this week!

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  4. What a wonderful idea of random acts of kindness. I'm so glad you and your daughter are doing so well now. Your card is really pretty. The raised ribbon is very neat and I love the inside sentiment.

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  5. Beautiful blog post and a beautiful stunning card! Gorgeous work - the repeated sentiment over the raised ribbon is really lovely.
    Thanks for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos. :)

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  6. Brilliant card design! Just love it!

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  7. What a beautiful post Colleen...God bless you and your daughter and keep you both well!

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  8. Love your story and your post. Such a fabulous way to show people that you care, even if you don't know them. this is such a great technique! I've never seen this before but must try it. Your card came out beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us at Dynamic Duos this week.

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  9. Colleen, wow! Your post brought tears to my eyes, you and your bible study group are so sweet and kind, what a wonderful thing to do. Your card is simply fabulous too, love it! Congrats on your fabulous news for both you and your daughter.

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  10. Congratulations on your wonderful medical news--you and your daughter--as well as your win for this card. It is a fabulous design, and I am pinning it because I have this set (and a SIL in treatment right now). I love your ideas for RAK's.

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  11. And, I forgot to say how much I love the inside, too.

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  12. I'm so glad I got see this before I left for the airport! What a stunning card, Colleen!! Thank you for sharing your story about you and your daughter and how you have been touched by this horrible disease that affects all of us. I'm so happy to hear that you are both doing well now!! Congratulations on the HM at DD!! Hugs, Darnell

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