13 October 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 Hello, blogging friends!  It has been such a long time since my last post.  I am in the last phase of my doctoral program and I find myself caught up in the world of academia.  I just took my comprehensive exams, six hours of writing and nearly twenty some pages.  I pray that I pass, but if I don't I am ready to take them again in February.

I did take some time to do something very important to me.  My hometown of Marceline (Missouri) has a church called Bethany Baptist that hosts a special salad supper each October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This year I was invited to be their guest speaker.  I was so honored.  I love my hometown and to give back, in any way I can, makes me so happy!

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My speech centered around my own personal experience with my cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing experiences with breast cancer.  I shared some of my story, including the stories I have from my students at my school.  I hope I was able to combine a serious topic with the humorous day-to-day life of an elementary school principal!

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The church ladies outdid themselves with a huge variety of salads.  At the table was a gift for each person in attendance, a pair of gardening gloves, pink tulip bulbs and a mint!  During the dinner there were readings, giveaways and entertainment. 

My family came with me.  My mom, my cousin, Judy, and my sister, Tammi.  My cousin Debbie was there as well.  I also saw many friends, many moms-of-friends, and women whom I have never met.  By the end of the evening, we all had a common bond. 

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(My friend, Annie, Judy, my mom, Tiffany)

I was given a wonderful handmade blanket and a pot of flowers.  I love them both!  Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to share my story!

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(My blanket, the brown with the polka dots and pink ribbons)