Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Make Yourself Informed...RAK Involved




This blog entry is in honor of my dear Aunt Evelyn. My aunt recently passed away. It was a shock! Although she was advanced in age and had been struggling with Parkinson's disease, my aunt was handling life wonderfully and gracefully. She was never known to complain about her personal discomforts. She was energized by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her passion in life was her family and her love for Christ. She lived her life pursuing both.

My Aunt Evenly become very ill around Christmas and continually was seeking medical help. Due to the nature of the Parkinson illness physicians put off her symptoms to either the Parkinson's or the medication related to the Parkinson’s. When she was last hospitalized she was finally diagnosed with Breast Cancer. But it was inflammatory breast cancer. It is a killer that most people are not aware of, even doctors. She passed away quickly but in a great deal of pain as the cancer quickly took everything away from her. I've heard the stories of her suffering, but also of her testimony of her steadfast faith as she moved from this life into her Savior’s arms. She prayed, sang, and said goodbye to her family. My cousin said she not only lost her mother, but she lost her best friend. Aunt Evelyn will never be forgotten.



In honor of my Aunt and my cousin I want to give a Scrapbook RAK away to one person. Click on the link to the right about Inflammatory Breast Cancer and watch the new report concerning it. It does contain some graphic photos so be aware. Leave a comment. When I get back from vacation on Monday I will choose one person to receive a box of fibers, ribbons, and other goodies. My hope is that you are informed and also to make sure you take the opportunity to tell someone how much you love them and honor them. If at least 50 comments are left I will add a Making Memories Tag Maker tool.

39 comments:

  1. What a great challenge. Your Aunt sounds like a very special person. Have a great vacation!

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  2. My condolences on the loss of your aunt, she sounds very inspirational.

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  3. I just received an email about this. Go to http://ww3.komotv.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?ClipID1=785456&h1=
    The%20Silent%20Killer:%20Inflammatory%20Breast%20Cancer&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=
    361067&LaunchPageAdTag=News&fvCatNo=&backgroundImageURL=&activePane=info&p
    layerVersion=9&rnd=90213025

    Your aunt is in a wonderful place and it sounds like she enjoyed life to its fullest!

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  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for reminding me to tell a I love you today to my loved ones!

    corinnexxx

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  5. So sorry to hear about your aunt.
    I lost a dear friend to inflammatory breast cancer. She was gone way too fast.
    My condolences to you and your family.
    Trish

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Thank you for making us more aware about something that doesn't get much press.

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  7. Debby, I am so sorry for your loss... It's really sad that things like that happen in this day and age. But your aunt seems like she led a great life, I hope you can take comfort in that.

    I tried looking at the video, but it wont play for some reason... I bookmarked it and will try later today. I think it is great that you are making people aware of this.

    Thinking of you...

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  8. I've had this link sent to me in the past week...I've posted it on all my support and message boards to try to get the word out. I like to consider myself pretty well informed about health issues, especially ones that can affect me and my family (I have 2 daughters but know that breast cancer is NOT limited to women) and I NEVER knew anything about this type of breast cancer. Scary stuff. My heart goes out to you, losing your beloved aunt. She sounds like she was an incredible woman and faithful servant to Christ. God bless you and yours.

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  10. Condolences on your loss and GIANT HUGS. I heard of this several years ago and the video clip is making its way around now. Scary how little women know about this. Thanks for getting the word out....

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  11. I'm sorry about your Aunt, Deborah, she sounds like a wonderful person. I don't know anyone personally who had breast cancer, so thank you for the reminder that it is something to watch out for.

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  12. Thank you for sharing your aunt's story with us...my sympathies to you and your family.

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  13. I am very sorry for the loss of your aunt. Your family will be in my prayers. Everyone should get informed about ALL types of breast cancer. I have several friends who's lives have been affected by cancer, it is an uphill battle.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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  14. I am so sorry. I recently lost a great aunt also named Evelyn. I hope you and your family find great peace in your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you and your family find peace and comfort. Thanks for sharing a story that might save someone else.

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  16. thks for doing the rak.... and my prayers are with you.. it's always difficult losing someone u love....
    hugs,

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  17. So sorry to hear about your aunt, but what a great post! My DHs uncle had parkinsons. And my mother had breast cancer (and beat it).
    SOunds like your aunt made lived her life with the glass half full!
    Very inspiring lady!
    thanks for sharing this!
    Di

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  18. Thanks for sharing your story. I couldnt get the video to play - it loaded forever.
    I'll check back.
    Sorry about your auntie. hugs.
    nic

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  19. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for making me more aware by sharing your story.
    I was also unable to see the video but will try again.

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  20. Sorry about your auntie. Sounds like she knew how to make the most of life! We all could learn from that! And thanks for the link and information-off to check that out now!

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  21. So sorry for your loss. How very sad for you and your family; I will keep you all in my prayers!

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  22. I am so sorry for your loss. :( This is one of the most aggresive forms of Breast Cancer,and although I haven't dealt with this directly, I do know of it. Thank you for making more people aware of this!

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  23. I am so sorry for the loss of you aunt. My husband lost an aunt to something similar, and her faith and strength during that passage was inspiring.

    Thanks too for increasing awareness of this killer. I also couldn't get the video to play, but I can search out other forms of info, thanks to you.

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  24. I'm sorry for the loss of your aunt. Thanks for spreading the word about this kind of cancer, I never knew about it. Thanks for doing the RAK!

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, at least you can take comfort in knowing that she is with GOD. I lost my aunt 2 years ago to cancer and it was so horrible to watch her go, when she finally did pass I felt relief that her pain was gone and she could rest peacefully. People really need to be educated, this type of breat cancer is not often heard of but its becoming more frequently seen. I pray to GOD that in my lifetime, there will be an effective treatment or cure for cancer. I will pray for your family that they are able to find solace through this.
    ~Kristin

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  26. Thank you for sharing this. Your Aunt sounds like an amazing woman.

    Amy

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  27. It is hard to let go of loved ones. But we grieve for ourselves. My thoughts are with you and I hope for you peace. Thank you for sharing your love. A wonderful tribute.

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  28. Thanks for sharing the information and am very sorry for your loss. My family went through a similar experience with my grandfather (different type of cancer) where the doctor's just couldn't figure out what was wrong and he kept trying different doctors as the pain was so horrible. Eventually he was diagnosed but it was too late.

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  29. So very sorry to hear of your loss. But, I am so grateful that you're sharing a great message. As a young breast cancer survivor (I was only 26 years old), I want to shout out how important it is to have regular exams.

    May God bless you and your family!

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  30. Deborah, I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    Thanks for reminding me to make sure to never take anyone for granted, and to keep my health checks up...
    Just know that even tho it hurts to have lost such a special loved one, that she is in heaven know, singing with the angels.

    Big hugs Deborah,

    Kellie (babygotscraps)

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  31. I'm so sorry for your loss. stupid cancer. :(

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  32. i'm having trouble viewing the video. i'll try again later.

    that was a beautiful tribute to your aunt.

    peace. jill
    www.jillscripps.typepad.com

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  33. Sorry for your sudden loss. She's a beautiful looking lady and person. Hopefully her legacy will include awareness of the disease and her situation. I used to care for a uncle with Parkinson's and can relate to the ups and downs. I'm sure she is very happy where she is right now. May her memory and legacy be eternal.

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  34. So sorry to hear about your loss. Thanks for keeping us informed!

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  35. I'm sorry for your loss, but THANK YOU for the information!!

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  36. every story told hopefully lands on the ears of someone that needs to hear it.
    sorry for you loss
    anita
    x

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  37. Thank you for sharing your story. I am still pretty young, and I haven't had any (unbelievably...) cancer in my family. Thank you for making me, and all the others who read this, informed.

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  38. Deborah, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her story with us all. :)

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  39. i am so sorry for your loss. I have been putting off my yearly OB/GYN appt. Your blog has convinced me that I need to call my DR. and make an appointment.

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