My family has a pretty ugly history when it comes to breast cancer. I am a survivor. My mother, two of her three sisters, and now my oldest sister all have had breast cancer. But while I say that our family history is ugly, it’s also pretty wonderful. My aunts are gone now – but not from breast cancer – Mom and I are doing great and continue to have good check-ups. My sister is currently undergoing treatment. I credit early detection with the wonderful part of our family’s breast cancer history.
Because my mother was a survivor, when I turned 50, I started doing annual mammograms. Not because I thought I needed them (I still thought that I was invincible) but in order to give Mom peace of mind. So when she asked, I could tell her I’d taken care of that for the year. Imagine my shock, when on my SECOND mammogram, they called me back for more imaging and soon after that I was diagnosed.
So when our friends at Northcott sent us some of the new Stonehenge Pink Ribbon fabric, I wanted to do something special with it. I envisioned a beautiful block to put in my blog and then send to my sister. Life got pretty complicated but I was still sure that I could do something spectacular – it’s for my sister and she is my very best friend. Right? So I have this beautiful fabric and a really cool block but I don’t have a printer in my apartment so instead of cutting the diamonds for the stars as a template, I rotary cut them. Well, that was evidently not a good plan.
Here’s the beginning of that block. I feel like I need to apologize to my sister because it isn’t at all what I had in mind. I’m not pleased with the block. So I will begin again.
I wrote this a little more than a week ago and had this bright idea that I can applique my beginning to a background and “rescue” my beginning. Here it is all pinned and ready to applique. Now to get it finished.
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And do something good for yourself, make an appointment for a mammogram and make it a part of your routine.