I am volunteering for Relay for Life, a group that raises money for Cancer Awareness and Research. On June 15th, we will have our big gathering with a booth were we can sell things. I would like to sell handmade cards. I have decided to ask all of you to send me cards and I will have a drawing to win this great prize.
Your card can have any theme,Birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Just Because, Get Well. If you decide to do a cancer card I would like to suggest some sites that have "cancer awareness" digital stamps Digital Delights by Looby Loo (Click Here) and McMahon Five (Click Here and for Fresh Brewed Designs (click here)
Ok so here are the rules for how to win this fantastic prize: Ends April 6, 2012
1. Must be a follower of my blog
2. Post candy on your sidebar, write about it on facebook or tweet about it. (all three would be great)
3. Send me a handmade card with it's matching envelope (very important that I have blank envelope to sell with the card)
Mail your card to:
Mrs Chriss America Real
3303 Prowse Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Thank you in advance for all of your help. Ok, this is the part you can read or skip over if you aren't interested. If you are a smoker and you would like to quit, I wish you would read this. So often when I meet a smoker they say to me "Well, I am going to die anyway" but sadly for me, I have watched two people die from smoking and it is a horrible drawn out death. It is a death that can last years. Just recently, my own father passed away at the age of 91 in his own house, in his own bed from old age. His death was so peaceful! He had his children around him when he passed. I still remember as a little girl blowing out his match when he lit his cigarette. The very day the Surgeon General announced that "smoking was bad for your health" my dad quit...just like that, he never picked up a cigarette again. He said "I have 14 children, I can't get cancer" so I guess my dad was maybe 44 years old when he stopped smoking.
Now we come to my in-laws. My dear mother-in-law and father-in-law, they never got the message, they never stopped smoking. My mother-in-law told me that one time she went to the doctor and came home and told her husband she wanted to quit, and he said he didn't believe any of that nonsense about smoking that if she quite, he wasn't going to do it so the kept on smoking. Then my mother-in-law was diagnosed with COPD and she finally and to quit. My father-in-law continued to smoke even though his wife had just been given a death sentence. Then my father-in-law got esophageal cancer. He had to have his voice box removed. Even though they implanted a new voice box, he never learned to use it. Because my mother-in-law was so sick and all of the children worked, my father-in-law went to live in a nursing home at the age of 66. He died by the age of 68. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law had a blockage in her intestines and had to have surgery. She was given a "temporary" colostomy bag, but because of her weak lungs, they were never able to give her the surgery she needed to remove the colostomy bag, so she had that the rest of her life. She was then diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through chemo & radiation and her children & grandchildren went through it with her. She died at the age of 70. This didn't have to be! My mother-in-laws own mother and aunts lived into their 90's! If she had just put down the cigarettes, she would still be here with us today! When I think of all the things my in-laws have missed. Their first granddaughters wedding, all of the great grand babies that have been born since they passed, it makes me so sad. They say life is short, why make it any shorter than it has to be? Stay on earth awhile, it can be an adventure.
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