Last week I had the opportunity to observe one of the most powerful conversations of my lifetime. The common bond between four women who are breast cancer survivors and one of them is currently fighting cancer. The strength and faith these women have are amazing. I felt their strength, energy and faith by just listening to their conversations. While observing their conversation one of the reasons I created my blog became clear. I created Champagne and Cake to promote positivity, but most importantly I wanted my blog to support community causes in my local community. It is extremely important to me that Champagne and Cake giveback to the community. I created the Toast to A Cure Campaign to highlight breast cancer survivors and their amazing stories. According to breastcancer.org 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer during their lifetime. Also in 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States.

How is Champagne and Cake helping to fight breast cancer? For every Toast to A Cure shirt that is sold 2 dollars will be donated and divided between each survivor’s charity of choice. Shirts are $15.00 plus tax and shipping

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Photography by Me. Champagne and Cake

Meet these Amazing Survivors and Fighters…

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In February 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. I was 29 years old, a wife, a teacher, a mother of two precious girls with no family history of breast cancer. It was a shock to me and my family. As hard as the news was to bear, I knew God would not let this horrible disease take me away from my family. I battled through 8 rounds of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and 30 rounds of radiation. Today, I am 2 years cancer free and living life to the fullest. If I could give advice to other breast cancer fighters, I would say never give up….never stop believing in God….never stop praying…never give up hope and never stop smiling. A positive attitude can help you go a long way. Keep Fighting!

 

 

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Lisa Smith

I am 46 years old, and a mother of two girls, 20 and 9. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age 44 on Jan 30, 2013. I immediately started 16 weeks of chemotherapy and then bilateral mastectomies. Over the next year, I had 3 other surgeries to complete my reconstruction. I had no family history of breast cancer and I felt the lump while the mammogram did not image it. This journey has totally changed my life. I now view each day as a gift and truly appreciate all that God has blessed me with. My advice to other women is to not only have your mammogram but to do your self breast exams. Early detection is so important.

 

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Yolanda Kinn-Herron

I am a two time breast cancer survivor. The first battle began in 2011. Victory was claimed and written down in the history books, but was short lived when cancer reared its ugly head in 2013. After grueling treatments, I claimed another victory of remission in 2014. Again it was another short lived hoorah! Soon after celebrating the blessing of her 50th year of life, on August 19, 2015, she received the devastating news of breast cancer’s return once more. This time it is back with a vengeance. She was told this time around because of the positioning and aggressiveness, there is nothing more that can be done. Even though the news hit hard, she was not willing to give in that easily. She jumped into action contacting the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Atlanta, Georgia (where she now resides) in order to find hope in beating this terrible illness for a third time. They got to work immediately. She is now receiving a rigorous schedule of 45 minute interval sessions of radiation treatments twice a day (Monday through Friday) as well as once a week chemotherapy treatments.

Advice to other women going through Breast Cancer is to know your body. If there is anything different or strange happening with your body tell your doctor and if he doesn’t want to listen complain over and over again until he listens.

 

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Keri Underwood

I had my first mammogram at age 40 in September of 2012.  Everything showed ok.  Shortly afterwards, I set up an AFLAC cancer policy, (it had to be a God thing) because I found a lump in December and watched it for a few months to see if it changed with my cycle.  It didn’t. I went to see my OB/GYN and he felt it too. We did another mammogram, then an ultra sound and a biopsy. The test came back showing Stage 2B breast cancer. We immediately started 8 rounds of chemotherapy, followed by a lumpectomy and 30 radiation treatments.  I now take a hormone blocker daily and will for 5-7 years. My advice would be to trust your instincts. You know when something is not right.  God gave me peace and I knew before the doctors came in that I had cancer and I was ok with that.  It has actually been a blessing. I have met some amazing people and my relationship with Christ is so much stronger!  I love being able to encourage others.

Thanks so these amazing ladies for sharing their breast cancer survivor stories. Special thanks to Ashley Scarbrough with Mary Kay http://www.marykay.com/aduncan99757 for helping with the photoshoot. Want to help Champagne and Cake fight breast cancer? Interested in purchasing a Toast to a Cure T-shirt.

 


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