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Following on from Monday's Domestic Violence Awareness Month post, today's card has been inspired by another cause that's so close to my heart, Breast Cancer Awareness. While my experience is again first hand, thankfully my lump proved to be a harmless, if large, cyst, that I still have to this day.
The terror that I felt when I found it while soaking in the tub will always remain with me. The week long wait for the hospital appointment was and will remain, the longest, perhaps scariest week of my life. That might surprise you a little, given what I shared on Monday, but it's partly because of the timing of the scare that I consider it to be the scariest. For the first time in my life, having escaped the abuse a few years earlier, I felt in control of my life. The lump, the uncertainty, sort to shatter that. The doctor I saw at my GP's office the morning after finding the lump, was also pretty certain that it was cancerous.
So what did I do? I did the only thing I knew by then to do. I faced my possible cancer head on and started fighting it immediately, at least mentally. I had to. I had to prepare myself for the worst and be strong for those around me, who I was more concerned about than I was for myself.
Thankfully as I've said, scans showed the mass to be a harmless cyst, that I still have. I can't describe how I felt upon that news. I was obviously relieved, but more than that, my thoughts were again for my loved ones. We'd faced it and gotten through it together.
There are certain times of the month when I feel the cyst more than others, and yes, in the back of my mind is the possibility that it might turn nasty at some point. If it ever does, I'll be ready for the battle, just as I was soon after I found it.
The sentiment on the card is perfect for someone who has been so supportive of me and indeed the card is winging its way to her right now.
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Card: Whisper white
Ink: Melon Mambo
Marker: Strawberry Slush Stampin' Write (retired, from the 2013-2015 In Color pack)
Stamp set: Me = Grateful
Tools and embellishments: Boho Chic TIEF, Bird Builder Punch, Deco Labels Framelits, Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tear & Tape and Stampin' Dimensionals
#205 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#198 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
AG at TTCRD
I'll be back on Friday with another Awareness Month creation, and I'll again share some more of myself with you, my beloved readers and friends, so I hope you'll join me then.