Monday, December 31, 2012


Flowers sent to me by
Kathy Ireland
when I was so sick
with pneumonia.
ENDING PINK? On January 2, it will be 4 years since I found the lump on my right breast. On January 28, it will be 4 years since I had surgery to remove part of my right breast and some lymph nodes. It has been a rocky 4 years, after the life-sucking tiredness of radiation and the nauseating chemo-therapy, there still is the overwhelming feeling that the cancer is coming back. I know this is not a good way to think, but sometimes you just cannot control your thoughts.

Kathy Ireland - Super Friend!
I try so hard to be positive and be the Professional Encourager that I say that I am, fights this feeling every day. Something about the word "Cancer" just changes your life in ways that people that have not been through it can not understand. For me, it was like hitting a brick wall at full speed. I was fortunate that the cancer was only very minuscule in the lymph nodes. The treatment was supposed to take care of that and I am still on the 5 year regimen of pills that is supposed to keep it from coming back.

Then, after the chemo, my mother came to visit. You know that when your mother comes to visit, especially if you haven't seen her in a while, you hire people to clean the house and the yard. The house looked great, but unfortunately, the yard guys stripped out all my beautiful Clematis vines and my Grecian urn garden (actually dragged the stones and pots into the street). Mother and I were both prolific gardeners and it made us both sick. The second day she was here, we drove to our "beach house" in NC. On the way down, I started having terrible pain in my right side. I thought it was just "air." Not so, by the time we reached the house, I was in so much pain, I could barely walk. My daughter called 911 and the Rescue Squad was there in less than 4 minutes.

They took me to the beautiful hospital in New Bern. They took many tests and determined it was pneumonia. Ten days there in the hospital went so quickly because Ray brought my computer and doped up on morphine as I was, I really got into Twitter. I became fast friends with people all over the world who ended up praying for me to get better.

Finally, I got to go home to VA. Then I checked in with my doctor here, and ended up back in Riverside Regional Medical Center with pneumonia again. Ten more days with my Twitter friends. During that time, our new pastor at First Baptist Church of Newport News VA, came to visit. He is a very kind and caring person, Pastor Dale Seley. He later told me that they were not sure I was going to make it. They had people come in and sit with me from church because I was in a private room and Ray had to work. The lovely ladies from church were wonderful.

The morphine must have been keeping me upbeat, because I don't remember feeling that I wouldn't make it. The one thing that I clung to the whole time was my love of God and knowing that no matter what happened to me personally, I would be in a good place with Him. I guess he wasn't finished with me yet, so here I am.

Looking back over the past four years, there have been many times when I have been depressed. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis from the markers on the BRACA  test for cancer. I have experienced a lot of pain, but I must always take another look at the day from a different prospective. I see so many people out there who are a lot more worse off than I am. A dear friend, Sandy Gueierre in Wilmington NC has been a great help to me. All I can tell you, is keep your faith in God; He will carry you through it all. He will be your best friend and the love of your life.

My husband, Ray, has be absolutely wonderful through all this. He is so patient with me and says "yes" to everything I want to do. He knows my heart and is truly the man that I prayed for so many years.

I have met so many people on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. They all had a part in my life that kept me positive. Dabney Porte, my beautiful Social Media Girlfriend has been there for me the past couple of years. She always has a positive attitude, no matter who is trying to tear her down. She has been one of the rocks that I lean on. She has so much integrity, spirit, and love that I cannot imagine how anyone could ever be mean to her. Although, lately, there are a couple of sick people who are trying to destroy what she has, but they will not succeed. Any time you try to tear down others, you are the one who ends up on the bottom of the heap.

Thank you all for all the help, love, and friendship you have shown me over the past 4 years. I love you all more than you will ever know.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pangeo PINK

The Twitter Social Media Slumberparty last night was great. Jeff Power from Pangeo Coffee was there. Jeff works with Pangeo Coffee through the auspices of Global Hope Network International. Dabney Porte thought it would be a good time for our slumberparty to travel to Africa and see for ourselves what is going on there. Pangeo is helping villages in several African Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, etc.,.through the sale of coffee. Take a look at their website. Maybe you would want to share some of the wealth we have here in America and purchase coffee or donate.

It was an amazing party. Gifts were won by @funtoycourt Pangeo chocolates, @jewelfry won Pangeo Coffee.

I ordered some coffee and chocolate today.

Below, I have included three villages serviced by Pangeo. If you click on the name of the village, it will take you to the whole article and more pictures. It breaks my heart to see people living like this, but Pangeo is there helping all they can. I got coffee there before and it is so aromatic and tasty. You cannot lose. Take a look and get your "giving" face on and use Pangeo as a gift for your boss, friends, etc. It would be wonderful for them and also help these people in Kenya.

@PangeoCoffee on Twitter

Global Hope Network International

Shambani Village

the stakeholders meeting took place,the police officer was involved to ensure that the solar panel and other materials are safe. 
the stakeholders meeting took place,the police officer was involved to ensure that the solar panel and other materials are safe. 

Hassan addressing the parent about the dangers of early marriage of girls less than 18 years of age and alerted them to keep girls in school to avoid drop-out.
Hassan addressing the parent about the dangers of early marriage of girls less than 18 years of age and alerted them to keep girls in school to avoid drop-out.

Ola Nagele Village

the story of a Kenyan village striving to transform itself

 martin is teaching women groups the wellness lessons about tuberculosis.
 martin is teaching women groups the wellness lessons about tuberculosis.
Dabney Porte is such a loving, kind, and sweet person of integrity, she just couldn't let the Holiday Season go by without trying to help others. We are so fortunate that we have her Social Media Girlfriends. I joined a few other women's groups, but I don't get the same feeling of family as I do with Dabs. She is one of the most positive people I know and if you have a chance, please look her up, if you haven't already. She is: @DabneyPorte on Twitter. the real DIVA of our world.
Oh, by the way, here is her Bio:  Click Bio to see.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Quilting PINK

This is one of the most beautiful quilts that I have ever seen. I just had to showcase it today.  This quilt was featured in  Woman's Day Magazine. I am sure that it was made with great precision and love.
Stars of Grace

Joy Quilters is the group I belong to at First Baptist Church of Newport News VA are almost ready to take out quilts to the Children's Hospital for the Kings Daughters in Newport News for the children in chemo. I know from experience how cold it gets when you are having chemo. We have had another sewing machine promised to us. That will make three. It will be nice when we don't have to drag them to church every week.

We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful country, where we have the freedom to create beautiful things and are able to sell them if we want. We can give them to our children or to a museum if we wish. We do not have to work in sweat shops, but can work in the comfort of our homes. Our time is our own, most of the time anyway.


Meeo Miia Texting Jewelry PINK

Polished ilu Heart
Polished ilu Heart

 Meeo Miia logoWelcome to Meeo Miia! "Jewelry with a playful twist on text messaging"

My Twitter friend, @bennettdoneit (Heather Bennett) invited me to Meeo Miia Texting Jewelry Chat on Wednesday night and I won a silver charm. They have some absolutely beautiful silver jewelry. The charm to the left is the one I chose. 'ilu" stands for I love you. That has always been the most important element in my life.

I cannot wait to get it in my hot little hands. I just love chats; they are so much much fun. These special women know the value of friendship and fun. I just cannot imagine that I have not met them before. 

"Mary Elizabeth Cohen ("Mom") is the top designer for MEEO MIIA.  She’s a genuine, compassionate soul who lives a life of ease & adventure." 

You can also see Meeo Miia jewelry on Amazon and Etsy.

Clicking on the title link below will take you to their wonderful blog.

Be Impeccable with your Word

I hope you enjoy the blog site also. These are women that you want to know! 

Maybe we could talk them into sponsoring the Twitter Social Media Girlfriends#SlumberParty on a Friday night at 11 p.m. EST. I don't know if  Dabney Porte has met them but they are definitely her kind of people. Women of Integrity with a real sense of fun. Since they are in Las Vegas, that is where we could take our party one Friday night.

As Always!

            GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!