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Planting Seeds of Hope

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Planting seeds of hope can truly nourish your soul and make the journey easier. We can never have too many friends cheering us up and cheering us on. After my mastectomy I was gifted a large reusable bag full of goodies from a college sorority of pharmacy students. There were lots of images of pink ribbons inside. I received a pink bear to hug, and a pink windmill to blow to keep me deep breathing, some stationary, a calendar and a small journal to help me record and keep track of appointments and stops and starts along the way, a bracelet and a key chain with pink beads and symbols of hope, a bookmark and a book with spiritual reminders of good health and gratitude, and a big warm fleecy blanket to wrap up in when cold winter winds wanted to pull me down. Some of these things were made by hand by the girls themselves and I could feel the love given to me by strangers. It is one of their life goals to deliver medicine to people in need and this exercise woman to woman will buoy them as they continue to learn and grow in their profession. You can bet that I sent them a most grateful thank you note. I received that big bag of love and hope on Valentine's day, the same day I lost my breasts to breast cancer. We never want to be IN the hospital, but they can often be where we need to be to receive our surgery or treatments, so that we can be given the gifts of joy, new life, and new hope for the future.
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    what a great idea. I took daughter's friend an Easter basket with similar goodies...lotions, socks, books, etc and think of her often. I'm so glad you were blessed!
    2841 days ago
    I had my bilateral mastectomy 10 years ago. I remember a group of online friends somehow worked together, and sent me what they called a "box of sunshine" filled with all kinds of goodies that I got in the mail after my surgery. One of the things in that box was a necklace that the daughter of one of those friends made; I will treasure that forever, along with the memories of that box that was filled with love. It arrived in the mail on a day I was really feeling blue; it was like the angels planned for me to get that box on a day I really needed my spirits lifted.
    2842 days ago
    What an awesome symbol of love and hope and unity. Thank you for this very heart warming blog.

    Love and hugs to you on your journey!
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    2842 days ago
    What a great and inspiring story!
    2842 days ago
    Hello Sparkfriend! Are you currently on an anti-cancer drug? Did you have radiation and chemo? Are you now considered cancer free? Tell us more about yourself. emoticon
    2842 days ago
    Thank you for sharing about this. I just wrote a response about it on the "how are you feeling today" thread. I forgot to mention there that if things go according to plan, my surgery will also be around mid February this winter. Not my favorite way of spending Valentine's Day, but I'm trusting my Valentine (Jim) and wonderful friends like you will be supporting me through it.

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    Thanks for sharing
    2842 days ago
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