Wrapped in Hope: Jody’s Testimony

29 Sep

As we continue to celebrate angels and survivors at Wrapsody during our Wrapped in Hope celebration, we are honored to share the story of another friend and breast cancer survivor, Jody Northcutt.

Jody was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She said she knew she could fight the cancer because she believed in the power of answered prayers. “Those prayers gave me hope that everything would be ok.”

Cancer is a terrible, life changing disease. However, Jody told us in some ways it changed her life for the good as well. She said it brought her closer to her friends and made her change her definitions of what family and friendship means. She was touched by how people that she didn’t even know reached out to send her love and support.

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Jody said the number one person that has been there for her through this journey is her daughter, Morgan. “My daughter is the one I can talk to or cry to, she’s always been there for me.” She said her daughter has been at every one of her surgeries and is her biggest support. It’s that support that gives Jody hope and comfort.

Going through this difficult journey, Jody said it is important to always keep an open mind. She said the most important thing to do is to keep an open support group and accept prayers from anyone. “You have to have all of your strength to go through this, so let someone else give you theirs,” Jody said.

Leaning on others for help has been an important part of Jody’s journey. She encourages others to do whatever they can, big or small, to lend a helping hand to someone going through breast cancer. “Giving support and being there is all anyone needs to do.”  

Honored to tell this amazing story,
Caroline Haney
Wrapsody Intern

Wrapped in Hope: Leslie’s Testimony

27 Sep

img_1053Leslie Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer July 11, 2013 after she found a lump herself while in the shower. Instead of letting her diagnosis get the best of her, Leslie used this difficult situation as a platform to help others. “God chose me,” Leslie said. She firmly believes the reason she was chosen to go through this was to touch someone else along the way. Leslie knows that she is meant to share her story with others and be a reminder of hope. She also uses her story to prompt women to be aware of their bodies and take care of themselves.

Leslie began getting mammograms early, at age 30, after her mother died of pancreatic cancer. She always knew that it was possible she would get cancer as well, she never thought “it won’t happen to me.” However, no matter their history, Leslie strongly recommends that every woman get mammograms and do self checks to be safe.

img_1059Leslie praises her family for being such a great support during this hard time in her life. She remembers her husband telling her, “We aren’t just going to sit in the corner and cry,” they were going to fight through it. Leslie’s motto was “Turn to God, He will get me through this.”

Leslie says now, over three years after her diagnosis and having gone through chemo therapy and a double mastectomy, “If I got through that, I can get through anything.”

 

“Staying positive is 50% of your battle,” Leslie said.

Leslie had a great support system which included her family, community, church and the EAMC breast health center. She says she couldn’t have asked for anything more than the help and love that she received from these outlets.

“I have hope because you see how supportive community is, you see how people want to help you,” Leslie said. “Hope is so positive. It’s like trust and faith. You have hope, faith and trust, that’s what keeps me going.”

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Leslie received many books, daily devotions and journals that meant a lot to her. Some of her favorites were Your Journey with God Through Cancer and Beyond 365 Daily Devotions and Journal, Jesus Calling, and Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence. “All of these devotions and journals were so special to me through my cancer journey,” Leslie said.

Leslie said that the best way to wrap in hope someone affected by breast cancer is to simply be in touch and communicate with them. Calling, texting or just sending a note can mean so much. Leslie said the most uplifting thing was when someone would say ‘I’m praying for you’ or ‘I’m thinking about you.’ “It doesn’t matter what it is, big or little, it doesn’t make a difference,” Leslie said. One of the most important things she said that has meant a lot to her is people that continue to check in and pray for her. Keeping the support going years after is just as important as in the beginning.

Touched & inspired by this amazingly strong woman,
Caroline Haney
Wrapsody Intern

Wrapped in Hope: Elizabeth’s Testimony

23 Sep

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For the last seven years, Wrapsody has celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fundraiser and celebration.  This year the event has evolved into Wrapped in Hope, with a greater focus on how to love and care for those affected by breast cancer.

To fully understand how to do this, our own Wrappette, Elizabeth, gave her testimony of when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and her journey with it this past year.

Elizabeth had just started working at Wrapsody in September of 2015, a month before their breast cancer event at started. She had no idea at the time how big of an impact that event would end up having on her life. Fast-forward a few months to the Saturday before Christmas; Elizabeth was at hotel in Atlanta with her husband and children getting ready to leave for vacation. That’s when she felt a lump while in the shower. She immediately knew she had to get it checked out for peace of mind, but told her family to continue on with their trip while she headed home to Birmingham to see the doctor.

elizabeth-and-doris-wrapped-in-hopeThat Christmas Eve, Elizabeth found out that she did, indeed, have cancer. That day when she was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to get a mammogram was her first encounter with the Angel Squad, an organization that ended up changing her life. Just talking for a few minutes with that first Angel, someone that had been through what she was going through, was a relieving moment for Elizabeth.

The next step for Elizabeth was a few weeks later when she had a CT scan and would officially find out her staging and diagnosis. She described it as the hardest day of her life.

“I remember sitting in that room praying, ‘Lord, please let there be angels in this room,’ when 5 minutes later Doris from the Angel Squad walked in. She was the Angel that He sent me.”

That day in the hospital Doris gave Elizabeth an Angel Squad goodie bag. It’s a bag that no one ever really wants to get, but in that moment, it made Elizabeth feel uplifted.

“To me, the Angel Squad is Hope. They understood me, what I was feeling and going through, in a way my family could not. Doris understands what Hope is. She will always be my Angel.”

While giving her testimony, Elizabeth told an amazing story that she heard in a bible study. She said that a recent scientific study is claiming that hope has the same effects as Morphine, an opiate that decreases the feeling of pain and creates a sense of well-being. “And that’s exactly what the Angel Squad does,” Elizabeth said. “They’re my Morphine pill.”

When asked what the word hope means to her, Elizabeth said:

“Hope is so powerful because it can anchor you when you’re going through any kind of battle or storm. It allows you to feel safe and experience peace and joy in the midst of your circumstances.”

We asked Elizabeth what someone who hasn’t gone through this experience can say or do to wrap someone in hope. She said what meant the most to her were little things like notes, letters, phone calls and text messages. These things let her know that people were thinking about her, and she described it as being uplifting. She remembers one friend gave her a blanket, a small gesture that brought her comfort in a scary time. She also recalled a letter that her grandmother sent her that said “Listen to God and He will whisper in your ear.” Elizabeth said a lot of the time people don’t know exactly what to say, but the important thing to her was knowing that people were praying and there for her in that difficult time.

After going through her experience, Elizabeth is now hoping to work for the Angel Squad herself. She said she wants to bring encouragement to young women like herself that are dealing with breast cancer.

“More than anything, I want my testimony to be a positive one, one in which my faith was bigger than my fear.”

Touched & inspired by this survivor’s story,
Caroline Haney
Wrapsody Intern

Football Fashion

9 Sep

DSC_0418What’s a Saturday in the South without a little food, fun, football & most importantly, fashion! Wrapsody wants to show you our favorite game day apparel & make sure you’ve got everything you need to have a fun football season in style!

Collegiate Collections That We Love

Patriot Threads:

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Patriot Threads describes their look as Southern Style Game Day Apparel with a Patriotic Purpose. An outfit that you can wear with pride!

Founded by 17-year old Brady Fernandes, Patriot Threads takes all of the modern design elements of today’s youth trends and ties them in with love of Country, Southern tradition and an outgoing lifestyle. Together this creates an iconic brand anyone would be proud to wear!

One of Brady’s other passions is helping others, which inspired him to donate a portion of all sales to non-profits that support veterans who have sacrificed everything to serve our country.

You Play. I Pray.

 

Created by pro-baseball wife, Kylie Sanches, the stylish yet comfortable shirts use 4 simple words to serve as an encouraging reminder to never stop praying.

“My simple vision was for YPIP to increase people’s faith and time spent in prayer,” Sanches said.

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The shirts state the four words, “You Play. I Pray.” and the scripture Sanches says her husband kept on a note card in his hat and read before every outing: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col.3:23

We think these shirts are perfect for moms who sit on the sidelines while their children are playing their sport, wives like Sanches, or anyone who needs a reminder that prayer is the strongest power of all.

Each month, a percentage of YPIP sales is donated to two organizations that play a huge role in impacting professional athletes through the Gospel: Baseball Chapel Organization & Pro. Athletes Outreach.

Cool, Comfortable & Crazy Cute

DSC_0320Game Day Dresses:

Wrappette Maddie said about her game day style, “It has to to be something flowy & comfortable.” If you agree with Maddie, then our game day dresses are just what you need!

Cool and comfortable enough to wear the whole day, yet super cute to make everyone wish they had your outfit!

Dress these looks up with a pair of wedges & jewelry or  down with boots & a face tattoo. No matter what, you can’t go wrong with any of these adorable ensembles.

 

Pair the perfect dress with the perfect accessory: Clearware stadium bags. This year, Auburn and Alabama have changed their bag policies, requiring that any purse that is brought in to the stadium be clear. But don’t worry, Wrapsody has you covered with our high-end stadium bags from Clearware. Show your school spirit with a logo strap or go neutral with a leather strap. Either way, these bags are the best way to top off your game day look.

 

Graphic Tees:

If dresses aren’t your thing, don’t sweat it! Graphic tees are a trendy & relaxed game day look that allow you to cheer freely all day long!

Graphic tees are more popular than ever before & the best way to show your school spirit! What we love about these tees is they’re a great look for in the stadium, tailgating or just watching from home.

Pair them with jeans, shorts, skirts & more. We don’t think there’s any better way to show off your individual style!