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Wrapped in Hope: Monica’s Testimony

1 Oct

In 2012, 40-year-old Monica Chambers skeptically agreed to have her first mammogram after her doctor advised her to. When the mammogram showed an abnormality, Monica went to the East Alabama Medical Center’s radiology department to determine what exactly was wrong. After a few tests, Monica was diagnosed with breast cancer.

A nurse from the EAMC Breast Health Center was the first to meet with Monica about having chemotherapy, but Monica was determined she would not go through treatment. “I’m just going to die with breast cancer,” Monica said. It was her husband who finally convinced her that she had to try and fight the cancer for herself and her young children.

img_1244Finally, Monica listened to reason and started chemotherapy, and she’s happy she decided to do so. “It’s like it became a part of me and I became a part of it,” Monica said about going through treatment. She especially praised everyone at the EAMC Breast Health Center for being so kind and welcoming to her. “The people at the EAMC really helped me a lot,” Monica said.

After she had already been diagnosed with breast cancer and started treatment, Monica’s husband began having health problems and was put on disability. This meant that they were both sick and out of work, leaving them uninsured. “The foundation picked me up,” Monica said. “They made sure I could afford anything I needed.”

 

Monica said the thing that helped her the most through her fight with cancer was people being there for her. “I had people behind me that I never would have thought. Even people that I didn’t know,” Monica said. She said that she was given food, groceries and kind words that uplifted her. She also said it made her feel better when people would call or let her know they were praying for her.

The main thing Monica said that people who haven’t been through breast cancer should know is to not try to sympathize with the person affected but instead be straight-forward with them. Monica said she would encourage people to not be afraid to ask questions or say whatever is on their mind. Said said if someone wants to help, all they have to do is simply ask, ‘Is there anything I can do?’

Monica has been a breast cancer survivor now for 4 years now. After surviving herself, she hopes she can help others get through as well. “I just want to get my story out to help anyone. Whether it’s someone that’s going through breast cancer or someone that has family members or loved ones going through. I just want to help them feel comfortable.”

 

Honored to share this 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

Red, White and BOOM!

3 Jul

Everyone loves fireworks, but how did they get to play such a lead role in the 4th of July??

The 4th of July, aka Independence Day, is the day we remember the Declaration of Independence. Fireworks originated in China many many many years ago, but the have been a part of 4th of July celebration since the birth of our nation! On July 3, 1776 (the day before the Declaration was adopted!) John Adams wrote a letter to his wife saying the 4th of July should be celebrated with, “..illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” **Fireworks used to be called illuminations!!

In 2012, the United States imported $218.5 million worth of fireworks from China.. Wonder what most of them were used for??! Red, white BOOM!

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Here are some more FUN FACTS about the 4th of July that may help make this year’s celebrations a little more special!

–       Two of America’s presidents (John Adams, left, and Thomas Jefferson, right) signed the Declaration of Independence. They both passed away on the 50th anniversary of the signing, July 4, 1826, making the date even more significant!

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–       The 4th of July is commonly associated with BBQ’s, cookouts, parties, fireworks, concerts, baseball games and everything AMERICAN!

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–       56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was considered the best writer and composed most of the document!

–       59 places in the United States have the word “liberty” in the name!

–       1 place in the USA is named “patriot.” Patriot, Indiana has an estimated population of 209!

Wrapsody also wanted to share one of our favorite/ easiest recipes for a 4th of July treat! (*recipe and picture from sweetpeapartydesigns.com)

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What you’ll need:

*Cooled brownie pieces

*Pint of strawberries, washed and hulled

*Pint of blueberries, washed

*Large marshmallows

*Bamboo/wooden skewers.

*Drizzle them with fudge sauce, and you’ve just “upped” the awesomeness.

 

So at this year’s 4th of July celebration, while you are enjoying your brownie and fruit kabob at a baseball game with a fireworks show at the end, (OK, maybe not all at once.. but however you are spending Independence Day) remember how great it is to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA!