With the 2 year mark of my mom’s passing I feel ready to really get this site going. Can you help? We need people to send cards to. Do you know someone who is currently enduring treatment for cancer or another illness? I personally know how wonderful it is to receive cards from others. It really does put a smile on the face of someone going through tough times.
Or perhaps you would like to help spread the smiles. Sign up to be one of our “senders.” Either way, I’m just so happy that you’re stopping by. If you can recommend ways for me to grow this site and this project of mine I’d love to hear them. Please send me an email anytime.
Please share this post on your social media and hopefully we can get this going strong.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!
I hope everyone’s been doing well with the change of seasons. The past few days have been rainy, dreary and cool here in Texas. My daughters and I are getting ready for another Melanoma Walk here in the Dallas area. If you are in Texas (or anywhere) and want to come walk in the Miles for Melanoma on November 2, 2013 they would LOVE to have you. There is a Fun Run as well as a 5K. Please use the link listed below to find out more and register if you can.
I’m currently working on ways to get more recipients for us to send our encouraging cards to. Again, if you know someone with cancer or another illness, please sign them up so that we can spread some smiles!!
Thanks again for all that you do!!
I started this site and this group as a way to keep the memory of my mom alive. Making other people smile while they’re feeling down from cancer treatments or other illnesses is something that really makes me happy. I know that lots of kind-hearted people signed up to join me on this mission for the same reason as well.
For some reason though, I have a really hard time getting people signed up to receive cards and tokens from our group. What can you do? Think real hard about people who you may know in your everyday life, church, work site, etc. Is there someone who might benefit from a showering of cards? If anybody knows of a way to reach out to those who are suffering and could use a “pick me up” from others, please contact me. I’d LOVE to brainstorm on ways to get this group to grow and touch as many people as we can.
I’m not giving up…
Thanks for all you do!
You had to know that I’d be starting off the month of May with a topic that is very near and dear to me. May is Melanoma Awareness Month. What does that mean? It means that you are going to pay attention to every single new or changed spot on your body. If anything looks suspicious, you are going to go the dermatologist to have it looked at. Many facilities have FREE skin checks during the month of May. Take advantage of the opportunities in your area. Just do an Internet search to see what hospitals or facilities are participating in your area.
My mom had a suspicious spot on her genitals. She didn’t think much of it at first. The spot seemed to go away and then reappeared. It began to concern her. She made an appointment with her gynecologist who thought the spot looked “like something” and sent her to a surgeon to have it removed. I was with her for that first surgery in September of 2009. Several months later her general practitioner saw the pathology report from the surgery and was very alarmed. The report said that she had melanoma. She then started to see a melanoma specialist. She basically had precautionary radiation treatments since none of her lymph nodes were involved. Months later she did have lymph node involvement in several nodes in her groin. Again, they did surgery to remove the nodes and did another round of radiation. Months later she had melanoma on the outer wall of her stomach removed. This time she had intense Interferon treatments for 30 days. As the cancer spread she was now eligible for an FDA newly approved drug called Yervoy. She had to endure the side effects. The cancer eventually spread to her spleen, liver, stomach wall, pelvic wall, lungs and eventually her brain. The doctors told her after 3 years of fighting and more treatments with terrible side effects that there was nothing else they could do. She passed away peacefully on November 4th, 2012.
Why am I telling you these details?? Because I want YOU to know that melanoma is NOT something that anyone should take lightly. It is not always just a spot or mole on your skin. It can spread to every single organ in your body. There is currently no cure. There is a lot of research going on and several hopeful clinical trials for new treatments. I am always preaching to everyone to wear sunscreen. Now you know why. Until you’ve known someone who has been affected by this awful cancer, you have no real idea of what melanoma really is. I don’t want anybody else to find out the way that I did. Wear your sunscreen. Do those monthly skin checks at home. Get your skin checked by a dermatologist annually. Go in to see the doctor if you have any new or changing moles. It can save your life!! Prevention and early detection are SO important!
This weekend I will be walking in the Dallas, Texas AIM at Melanoma Walk for a Cure. This is a walk to raise awareness of Melanoma and raise funds for research. I am proud to say that my mom is one of the honorees for this year’s walk. I am adding the link to my fundraising page if you would like to make a donation.
My mom and dad a few years ago. Married 49 1/2 years!
Thanks for reading my story!!
I just wanted to take a minute and THANK everyone for all of the GREAT things you have been doing to bring sunshine and smiles to others who are going through tough times in their lives.
If you want to send cards to others, please go to the top of the website page and click on I Want to Send A Smile. Only after you have filled out the form there will you receive the names of card recipients each Friday.
If you know of someone who would like to receive our cards, please go to the top of the website page and click on I Want to Receive a Smile. The person’s name will then be added to our list and will be included in the Friday email.
I had a blog button made for this site. If you have a blog, I’d love to have you put the button on your page and link back to this site. Spread the word!
We’re growing every day and I’m so proud of what we are doing!
I hope everyone is having a Happy Holiday Season. Take some extra time to hug your loved ones and enjoy their company.
As always, we are looking for people to send our cards to. If you know someone who could use some cheer, please sign them up by filling out the “receive a smile” form. And if you’re looking for a gratifying experience for yourself please consider signing up at the “send a smile” page.
Thanks again for joining me on this journey in remembering my mom. Happy New Year!!
The newest list of Card Receivers has been emailed to everyone on the Senders List. These lists will be sent on Friday evenings, allowing people to get a head start on sending their cards over the weekends while they are off of work.
If you know of someone who would benefit from a showering of cards, please fill in the appropriate form (located in the navigation bar at the top of this page). If you haven’t signed up to be a Sender yet, please consider doing so. Let’s continue to spread those smiles!!