There are so many ways to express yourself through art. Whether you like to play a musical instrument, paint a painting, sculpt, dance, have fun with your fashion, etc. No matter what you choose to do it is a way of telling people how you feel without saying a word. When I was a little girl my parents asked me to choose an art and a sport to practice. I chose piano and dance for my art. I don’t dance as much as I used to, but I still love to play the piano. When I sit down to play nothing else matters. It is a time for me to be one with the music and be lost for just a moment. While I was taking lessons I didn’t love the piano, but now I am older I am so happy my parents asked me to choose something to bring out my creative side.
Do you do anything to express yourself through art?
October is breast cancer awareness month. My mom has been battling stage 4 breast cancer for 4 years and I have been with her every step of the way. Throughout these last four years we have learned a lot about the disease, so I thought I should share 4 of the more interesting facts we know about breast cancer and ways to cope. I am in no means a doctor, but I hope it helps anyone who is sick or someone who is helping a loved one fight this terrible disease.
Is there an interesting fact you know about breast cancer that you would like to add to the list?
There are different types of breast cancer and some of them can’t be found on a mammogram. My mom has lobular breast cancer which wasn’t found on her mammograms. She had a mammogram every year because my grandmother passed from breast cancer, so she made sure to have an examination done on a regular basis. About 10% of invasive breast cancers are lobular breast cancers. We found out she had cancer because it has metastasized to other parts of her body making her very, very sick.
Lobular breast cancer is very sneaky. It likes to metastasize to parts of the body that are hard to get to or see. My mom’s cancer has recently metastasized to the orbital area behind her left eye. We recently heard a story about a woman who has been living with breast cancer for 11 years with it metastasizing to different places all over her body, sometimes more than once, but she has been able to survive because of chemo, radiation, hormone replacements and her will to live.
There are several treatments making it easier and easier to live with breast cancer. When my mom was first diagnosed with cancer she did a nasty round of chemo for about 6 months. She had to get chemo once a month for 6 months and it made her very sick, but after the chemo she was able to take hormone replacements. She was on the first combination of hormone replacements for almost two years before they stopped working and she felt great! There are many different hormone replacement therapies to help patients live with breast cancer. One of the drawbacks is after you use one and it stops working you can’t go back to it, so you have to move onto the next combination and keep going until you have no more combinations to try. My mom has had another dose of a different type of chemo and has tried other hormones these last two years, but nothing has worked better than then first combination.
More and more foundations for breast cancer and other diseases are being formed. My mom and I just found out about a foundation for women who are battling breast cancer in our area called Image Reborn. This foundation provides no-cost healing retreats to women diagnosed with breast cancer to empower them to live fully beyond breast cancer. It is a great way to meet people who are going through what you are going through and gain support from each other all while having fun.
Many people have asked us how we keep going and we tell them we try to stay positive everyday. Some days are harder than others, but the important thing is to think of everything we have to be grateful for. My mom was told she had 9 months to live from the first doctor, but she is here 4 years later and plans to keep fighting.
Last week a couple of my friends attended the Gala for the Image Reborn Foundation and couldn’t stop talking about wonderful the charity is. The Image Reborn’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer program offers retreats designed and facilitated by a highly professional staff with backgrounds and experience in addressing the special concerns of women with breast cancer. The program includes a women’s support group, education, nutrition, exercise, journaling, massage therapy and rejuvenation time all at no cost. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer four years ago, so I was elated to hear about the program and couldn’t wait to tell her. She signed up immediately and is already planning on attending one of the events. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I find it so amazing there is a program like this for woman who are surviving or have survived breast cancer. When you are living with a disease like cancer is it so important to look forward to something and a retreat like this gives people something to be excited about. If you would like to learn more about Image Reborn please visitImage Reborn.
I was surprised my mom and I didn’t know this program was available because it is in our own backyard. I would love to hear what other programs you know about for women who are surviving or have survived breast cancer?
Did you know October is National Rescue Dog Month? When my husband and I were looking for a dog it was very important to us to rescue because there are so many wonderful dogs who are in need of a forever home. The local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality, but if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter you can go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters. We found Bella at a rescue group in Colorado called Mile High Lab Missionand they were absolutely wonderful to work with. If you choose to rescue from a specific rescue group make sure to fill out all of the required paperwork as soon as possible because it can take weeks to be approved. I chose the quote below because dogs have always been a part of my life and I couldn’t wait to bring a dog into our little family. Bella has helped make our home complete and I couldn’t imagine our life without her.
September is a time for many women to reinvent themselves. When transitioning into any season a lot of people think about what the rest of the year (and their closet) has to hold. This is why September issues are so large. People are moving from one season to another and want to know what the trends are for fall/winter.
September is also the time for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Fashion Week kicked off last Thursday in New York City and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Even if you can’t be there you can still watch the majority of the shows on NYFW.com and get filled in on all of the upcoming trends for Spring 2017.
Which designer’s collection are you most excited to see?