Monday, September 22, 2008

Cancer Awareness.. October is almost upon us

My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor of 11 years. Recently, when hospitalized for pneumonia, it was discovered that my grandmother had uterine (endometrial) cancer with additional cells that looked like ovarian cancer. My grandma is such a warm light. She's been my sounding board, my best friend, my inspiration, and my strength when I needed it most. She is undergoing a hysterectomy on Wednesday. The oncologist/surgeon will determine the extent (stage and grade)of the cancer and therefore the course of treatment. We're praying for stage 1 or 2 cancer. The 5 yr survival rate for stage 1 or 2 is 50% - 95%. I always wear an autism awareness ribbon for my son and donate to Relay for Life (ACS), Autism Speaks, and various other organizations for the people in my life.

It's important to continue donating time, effort, and money to these worthwhile organizations. So, please don't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Please support these websites/groups who support breast cancer awareness:
Knit Pink
Knit for the Cure
Knitted Knockers
Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles
The Crazie Daizies
Be sure to buy items that truly give proceeds to breast cancer research, treatment, and prevention. So many vendors are selling awareness ribbons to raise bucks for their own profit. As one blogger afflicted with cancer wrote, "Think before you pink!" I know there are oodles of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and other gynecologic cancer resources out there. PLEASE feel free to list a site/blog/group/organization in the comments. These resources are important. If you have a free pattern or craft you'd like to post (please only post a pattern or craft you've created. For copyright reasons, it's important to link to patterns or crafts that are not of your own design.) or link to that supports cancer awareness - please leave a comment!

Too many wonderful people are taken every year from cancer. Raise awareness. Donate to organizations that truly give. Knit chemo caps, knockers, scarves, and lapel pins for those battling cancer or survivors of cancer. Life is too wonderful and we're too blessed to stand by and not help.



  1. My job (when I'm not on maternity leave) is an oncology nurse, and I swear: researchers find new cancer treatments every other week! There is always something new to learn about. They seem to be spending their donations well.

    Sorry about your grandmother! How unlucky is she, to get two cancers!

  2. I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope they found it in time and it turns out to be in the early stages.

    All the best and big hugs to you both.



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