Pink Pumpkins For the Cure

I’m re-posting my pink pumpkins that I made last year.  They ended up being my most popular post!  Hope you enjoy.

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Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month?

 I can say (pretty much without a doubt) that everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer or has battled this beast themselves. I lost my grandmother 19 years ago to breast cancer. I often wonder if she would have lived longer (and more comfortably) if we had the technology that we have today.

I believe  every woman in this nation wonders if they will be the “1 out of 8” diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had a scare myself 6 years ago.  I’ve always been very diligent about doing my self exam…one morning I found a little tiny lump.  Talk about freaked out.  I was lucky I was able to get into an oncologist very quickly (my husband was able to make a few calls).  After a thorough examination, the doctor felt that it was a benign cyst.  Sure enough, within a few months it was gone.

Reflecting on the moment that I felt that cyst…from the time I shut off the water in the shower to finishing drying off,  I felt my life had changed completely.  In a matter of moments, I thought of my children, chemo therapy, etc., etc., I was the “1 out of the 8”.

If you are a breast cancer survivor, my heart goes out to you.  You live a sweet life every day and I bet you do not take one thing for granted.  You are blessed…. I pray that the rest of us (the 7 out of the 8) can value life as much as I know that you value you yours…I pray that we take nothing for granted, live in the moment, and realize that life is a journey and we must savor the sweet moments along the way.

So, guess what?  Did you know that PINK is the new orange this month? Yup, it is! How fun is that? You know what that means? Yup…PINK PUMPKINS!

Here are mine:

These were sooooo much fun to make!

Blog friends, I challenge each and everyone of you to make a pink pumpkin this year!

Materials I used for pumpkins:
Martha Stewart Craft Paint (Pink Taffeta Pearl and Amaranth Satin)
Ribbon
Straight Pins
Breast Cancer Ribbon Stickers (I found them at Michael’s) and I painted them a darker pink
Glitter
Glue

Here are the Link Parties I’m attending:


Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister’s Stuff

Scrappy Saturdays @ Candace’s Creations

Scrappy Saturdays @ A Vision to Remember

Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table Dreaming

Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Nap Time

Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things

Creative Blogger’s Party Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

Strut Your Stuff Sunday @ J and M’s Eye Candy

Twice Owned Tuesday @ Creating a House of Grace

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Sassy Sites

So Creative Party @ So Very Creative

One Project At A Time @ A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Tutorials and Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z

Running With Glitter Link Party @ Running With Glitter

Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy

Tuesday Talent Show @ Chef In Training.blogspot.com

Creative Link Party @ Today’s Creative Blog

Who’s Got Talent @ Night Owl Crafting

A Little Birdie Told Me  Tuesday @ Rook No 17
Tuesday Confessional @ Crafty Confessions
Lil’ Luna Link Par-tay @ Lil Luna

5 Minutes Just For Me

Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday @ At Home With K

Recreate Into Something New @ Not So Simple Housewife

Tuesday {Ten} @ Under The Table Dreaming

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Home Décor and Organizing Link Party @ Organize Your Stuff Now

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Party @ Prim and Proper

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Look What I Made @  Creations By Kara

What I Made Wednesday @ Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

Show and Share @ Southern Lovely

Re-Create Into Something New @ Not So Simple Housewife

Pinkolicious Thursday @ Frugalicious Me

Restored it Wednesday @ Restore Interiors

What’s Up Wednesday @ Sew Woodsy

Would You Buy It Wednesday @ Junker Newbie

Time to Shine @ A Diamond In the Stuff

Show Me What You Got @ Not Just A Housewife

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop

A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday On Tuesday
Strut Your Stuff Link Party @ Some What Simple

It’s a Party @ Creative Princess

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop @ Saved By Love Creations

Thrifty Thursday Link Party @ Thrifty and Fabuless

Open House Linky Party @ No Minimalist Here

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating with Nikki

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths

Creative Juice Link Up @ Momnivores-Dilemma

Everything But The Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack

Show Off Your Stuff Party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Fab Friday Link Par-Tay @ Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Delightfully Inspiring Thursday @ Delightful Order

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On a Shoestring

Friday Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense

Boost My Blog Friday @ Design It Chic
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints On the Fridge
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Potpourri Friday @ Twenty-Eight-0-Five

Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home

Tickled Pink Friday @ 504 Main

Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

BFF Open House Link Party @ Answer Is Chocolate

Delicately Constructed Friday @ Delicate Construction

Themed Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors

Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister’s Stuff

Scrappy Saturdays @ Candace’s Creations

Scrappy Saturdays @ A Vision to Remember

Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table Dreaming

Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Nap Time

Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things

Creative Bloggers Party Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

Strut Your Stuff Sunday @ J and M’s Eye Candy

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

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Day 29 Commitment, Breast Cancer Fact

Day 29 of 31

Women with high breast density were found to have a four-to-six-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women with lower breast density.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures:2009-2010.”American Cancer Society.2009. Accessed:January 19 ,2011

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Day 28 Commitment, Breast Cancer Fact

Day 28 of 31

The risk for breast cancer increases when a woman has been using HRT for more than five years.  The largest risk is when both estrogen and progesterone are given together.  Women who have had a hysterectomy and are taking pills containing estrogen alone are at less of a risk.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.34d ed. Detroid, MI:Omnigraphics

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Day 27 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

 

Day 27 of 31

Breast cancer was often called the “nun’s disease” because of the high incidence of nuns affected by the cancer.

Olson, James S. 2002. Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

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Day 26 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 26 of 31

Tumors are more likely to be malignant when they are firm and have irregular shapes, while benign tumors are more likely to feel round or soft.  However, it is important to see a doctor when any lump is found in the breast.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.3rd ed. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics

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Day 25 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 25 of 31

There is a strong correlation between increased weight and breast cancer, especially those who gained weight in adolescence or after menopause.  Body fat composition in the upper body also increases the risk.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD.2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA:Adams Media

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Day 24 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 24 of 31

White women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African American women.  However, African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

“Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: 2009-2010.” American Cancer Society.2009.Accessed:January 19, 2011.

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Day 23 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 23 of 31

Studies show that social isolation and stress can increase the speed at which breast cancer tumors grow in animal models.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.34d ed. Detroit, MI:Omnigraphics.

 

 

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Day 22 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

 

Day 22 of 31

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports a higher risk of breast cancer
in women who take multivitamins.

Mann, Denise. “Multivitamins Linked to Breast Cancer Risk.” April 1, 2010. Accessed: January 19, 2011.

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Day 21 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

 

Day 21 of 31

The incidence of breast cancer is highest in more developed countries and lowest in less developed countries.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD. 2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA: Adams Media

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