Almost a year since I last posted here. Feels like longer. Since it's October and breast cancer awareness month, I'd like to share my story. 

I went to Princeton and Washington in October last year, came home and found not one but two urgent letters from the breast cancer center at the local hospital. Right before leaving I had done the breast cancer screening offered to women over 40 and I am so happy I did. They had found a huge tumor in my left breast. It turned out that it had also spread to the lymph nodes. 

I'm alive because of the screening program and I will forever be grateful for it. And I smack myself for not checking my breasts myself - I could feel it, once I knew! If it had been found earlier so much would have been easier. So I urge all of you to please check your breasts! :) 

The past year has included operation, chemo, radiation and now medication. Not a trip in the park, but I'm alive and kicking. :) I've done well, the hair is coming back, the support has been amazing and it's about time to start anew. A proof of my recovery is the recent urge to craft!

I was on the Reprint DT when I was diagnosed. And this amazing company has been nothing but supportive while I've been occupied with other stuff. I'm really happy to finally be able to contribute to their blog!

This was such a fun card to make, I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's youtube video Stamping with water and had to try this technique. Love how the background came out, and also love to be learning something new.

The card was inspired by the lovely sketch over at Sketch Saturday.

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share. :) Take care, and I hope to see you soon! :)


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So happy to see you here again! And so happy you are HERE WITH US today after your diagnosis!!!! LOVING your card!! LOVING the vintage feel to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yyam said...

Welcome back survivor! I'm so glad you are on the mend!
Your card is beautiful. As always your stamping rocks!

~amy~ said...

Tesa! I'm so glad that you are doing well! I've missed you....

Your card is wonderful

Debra Miller said...

Love your use of the sketch. The colors and image are fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday! Deb DT

Janice said...

Sorry to hear about your condition but HAPPY that you are on the recovery road!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Hoping all is well with you! So glad you had the preventative screening.
Your card is so pretty!

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, Tesa! I am so, so sorry to hear this news, but so happy to hear that you have come out the other side and are doing well! Thank goodness for that cancer screening! Sending you huge hugs, my friend! So glad you're okay, and so glad you are feeling well enough to get a bit of crafting in. Your card is beautiful! I love the vintage airplane image and love the masculine feel to this. That background is fabulous! I need to check out that technique.