Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blue Ribbon

Hello Everyone!  I don't normally delve too much into serious or personal stuff on my blog, however today I'm going to do both.  As we all know, next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are all gearing up for all the Pink Ribbon fever that will be happening in and out of the papercraft world, however, did you know that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month which is represented with a Blue Ribbon?

I have to admit I knew about Prostate Cancer, but really wasn't sure of the month or the ribbon.....until I got the news at the beginning of September that my Dad had been diagnosed with it.  I can tell you I was shattered, scared and very upset as we waited for the next test to see if it had spread to other parts of his body.  I just couldn't believe it - not my Dad, I guess all kids think their Dad is bullet proof and mine in particular has had more accidents and close calls than anyone I know and lived to tell the tale.  It was a long week as we waited and was so relieved to hear that it was contained, found early and operable.  So, come October 14th, he'll be going in for surgery to have it removed.  This is no easy operation and will take a long, long time to recover - but he will recover and this is not going to be the death sentence we first feared.

Did you know that in Australia alone more men die of Prostate Cancer each year than women from Breast Cancer?  Or that 20,000 cases are diagnosed each year just in Australia?  ONE in NINE men will develop this cancer as some stage of their lives and each day 34 (in Australia) get told the news that they have it.

So this year, please remember those fighting the 'Men's Cancer', someone's father, brother, son, uncle, friend will need your thoughts and prayers.

Stamps - Be Strong (JustRite)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Authentique DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Labels 28 and Decorative Labels 28, JustRite Vintage Labels and Banner Die, Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Blue Satin Ribbon.

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting.

6 comments:

Marisa said...

Fabulous card, Kathy!! My dad had prostrate cancer, did the radiation route, and live for many years thereafter :) Glad to hear it's contained and I'm sure he will be back to himself sooner than you think :) HUGS to you!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Beautiful card. Your dad and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shawnie Bartron said...

This is a lovely card!

Alshandra said...

Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing. Your colouring and cards are always so beautiful and an inspiration to me. Praying that your Dad has a quick recovery and for strength for all the other men and their families that are dealing with prostate cancer.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Beautiful card, Kathy! I hope your dad is doing well. What an awful disease! Cancer of any kind, is always so devastating. Miss seeing your smiling face!

Gabrielle McCann said...

Beautiful card Kathy. I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Hope he has a really quick recovery

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