Wednesday, April 25, 2012




It cannot cripple love

It cannot shatter hope

It cannot corrode faith

It cannot destroy peace

It cannot kill friendship

It cannot suppress memories

It cannot silence courage

It cannot invade the soul

It cannot steal eternal life

It cannot conquer the spirit

Monday, April 23, 2012


you, wait
seated quietly
nervous and anticipating
your heart sings a million tunes
optimistic any other day
but pessimistic today
snipets of life replay
over and over again
like a broken record
you manage to smile
at those
who don't know
how important


Heading off to doctor’s appointments, treatments, etc. means carrying a lot of stuff with you. Most of the time, you have to wait and a good book or journal makes a wonderful ‘wait partner’. Chemotherapy treatments can take a while. Carry  meditation tapes  and plugged in for the duration. It may  help you relax and transport you to another place while the treatment  taking place.
Having a sturdy, roomy and – bonus – inspirational - tote bag is a great way to manage the bits and pieces while providing an inspirational message to keep you focused and positive. Staying positive and involved in your own healing are definite prerequisites to keep in mind.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


 I made a promise to my mother to continue to excel in school in the hopes of going to a great college... My mother’s death only heightened my passion to want to succeed in each one of my goals. There is no way that I will let my mother’s death go in vain. She spent 14 years raising me to be the best person that I can be. I will not stop until I know I have made her proud.  

                                                                                                     --Michael Costley, 2012 Komen Scholarship Recipient 


We thought of you with love today,
but that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday,
and the days before that, too.

We think of you in silence,
We often speak your name.

All we have are memories,
and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake
with which we'll never part.

God has you in his keeping,
we have you in our hearts.
- author unknown -

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What is the race ?

The Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Of the net proceeds raised locally from the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, a minimum of 25% goes to national breast cancer research and up to 75% stays in the Komen St. Louis Affiliate's 17-county service area to help organizations provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.

This year's goal is to raise $3,300,000.00 , so far we achieved $85,485.24


Monthly Breast Exams

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Different Wind

Part 3

     In these chain of events somehow I processed that I could not change what she was going through but I could adjust to her situation.
         When mom came home from her treatments we would greet her with hugs and kisses. She would be too tired to see our homework or ask us how our day was but I understood .I posted my report cards on the refrigerator every quarter and she would take them off and save them in a vanilla folder .She did not talk much, but her actions reassured me she cared.  As time progressed mom would go to the doctor’s office less and less. After awhile she was back to normal and it was weird but exciting to see the old her. Doctors said all her cancer was gone.

A Different Wind

Part 2

          It was 11 years ago when I first saw my mother’s left breasted removed. As a 5-year-old my brain could not comprehend the extent of her illness.  My first five years in elementary school she would vanish in and out of my life like a magic trick. I was too young to understand her situation but my poor grades showed my pain. She was weak, sad, and it seemed as though her skin turned two shades darker every hour. I felt helpless and hopeless ..........

A Different Wind

Part 1

A personal story my baby  sister wrote about dealing with a family member who had breast cancer:

A Different Wind

       “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails” (anonymous).

      December-9, 2008 I lost the most influential person in my life-my mother. The day she died it felt like my heart came to a standstill and the world stopped at my feet. My mom was taken off life support and was forced to breathe on her own. She made it through 11 hours before her heart collapsed due to breast cancer related complications. My heart felt deprived and family did not make any difference. My life since then would continue to make tremendous changes as though it did in the past.
to be continue:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Susan G. Komen  St.Louis Race for the Cure will take place Saturday June, 23, 2012 for more information contact :
St.Louis Affiliate
Phone: (314)569 3903