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Thursday, October 6, 2011


I know this doesn't quite fall within the realms of my usual Creative Scrapbooking Divas DT Thursday post since it is not a Home Decor or Gift project.  But, I felt fully inspired to finish this card today and am sharing it, along with my personal story with you all. 

Many of you have gotten done with your Breast Cancer Awareness Cards. 
All the while I have been peeking in at many blogs and trying to get some inspiration.  Everyone's level of talent is definitely a force to be reckoned with.  I am amazed on a daily basis by the Beautiful Artwork all of you create and share!!  I am feeling very blessed to have so many wonderful people who are a part of my daily life.  Even if we never meet....you are WONDERFUL!!!

I dug into my stash of embellies, digi images and sentiments, stickers, and scraps.  I knew I wanted to create a BCA card.  I picked a sketch to work with and fell in love
with the sketch at Creative Craft Challenges.   

I also knew I wanted to join in on the Link Up For Pink Party with Celeste, Yolie, and Gaby.  This is a topic that it very near and dear to me.  It is so important to me to be a voice, no matter how small, of encouragement to all of the fine ladies in my life that  
So, don't wait.....FEEL YOUR BOOBIES as often as you can!!!! 

WARNING...I get a bit personal in this paragraph.  
But, with good intentions, I promise!
To hear the news that there is a mass in your breast, is heart sinking.  I know this first hand as I was told this back in 2009.  I instantly started to cry and had tons of questions for my doctor.  My OB/Gyn, the first to notice the lump other than myself during a self breast exam,  was doing her routine check at my annual visit.  I brought it up to her, she felt it, and instantly suggested I walk down the hall to see the specialist.  I was examined again and they sat up an appointment for the following week to have my first mammogram.  Jittery nerves got the best of me that week.  It was a week full of a roller coaster emotions.  So, I went for the mammogram and the results came in only moments later,  while I was still wearing my robe.  The doctor and nurse decided that from those results they wanted to do the biopsy.  I must have had a devastated look on my face as they both suggested doing the biopsy that same day, staying later than they were scheduled, God Love Them.  I waited about a week to find out those results.  That entire week I was the most scared I had been in a very long time.    I am sure that this is a common struggle for anyone in the same predicament.  And, although I feel blessed that the tumor  was benign, I understand the tables could have been turned and the news could have been a lot worse.   I did opt to have the surgery to remove the fibroidenoma (sp.) so that it would not cause further discomfort.  I felt that once it was removed, I would be more aware of any other masses that may show up without dismissing them as "oh, that mass I had a while ago".    So please, if you have never had a mammogram or its been several years....what are you waiting for???

Thanks for sticking around to read my ramblings!  Onto my card....
Black card stock for base
Papers are all from my scraps pile
friends digi image/sentiment is by Raindrop Echo Designs-Funny Friend Sayings
Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons (digi images) by Yolie at Just Yolie, Just Create
Frame die cut and vellum sentiment (beautiful you) were included in a Blog Candy win a while ago
Paper rose was handmade by rolling and adding one gem.
Glittery flower sticker, butterflies stickers, small circle stickers, buttons, pearls, black lace, and friendship definition embellishment, black flowers and stems

I really enjoyed the dimension on this card, so I snapped a pic to show you all the wonderful layers.

Thanks again for visiting the Diva Mansion, my blog, my ramblings, and my creations and don't forget...



NickelNook said...

Oh Jessica!! I really didn't think I was at the right place when I read the title of your post! lol It certainly is an attention grabber! Thank you so much for your open sharing! Your card is beautiful!
This past year my Mom became a breast cancer survivor! After suffering through three surgeries and a round of radiation treatments, she is doing very well! God is good!...Nancy :o)

Luisa said...

Jessica! Thanks a lot for this post. As good Divas we should be caring about ourselves and other women.
Nancy, Glad to hear your mom is doing well!
God bless everyone and remember to "feel your boobies"!!!

JustYolie said...

Jessica, thank you so much for sharing your story!! I just love the card you made!!!
Thanks for joining Link Up for Pink!

Lynne said...

Jessica, thank you ever sew much for sharing your story ... I love the card and I was in the same boat at you this past year - my story will be tomorrow on Link to Pink and my blog. Sister Hugs
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