- I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Pretty in Pink
Last night I went to the Pretty in Pink event at a local salon to raise money for breast cancer patients. All the money raised stays local and goes to paying for a cancer victim's new wig. It's a good thing when life gives you a blow and then someone else gives you a gift! It only cost a $10 donation and there were raffle tickets for sale. Although I was in it to win it, my money was a donation. My bff did win a prize though.
There were at least ten groups of six. We were in group #2. There were ten stations.
1. Eyes: She used a darker eyeshadow on me than what I am used to, but maybe I should try it sometime.
2. Lips: "What color lipstick do you usually use?" Well, these girls went for the opposite shade on all but one. I do not do nude!
3. Nails: We got to choose from four shades what nail polish we could have. I went for the darker shade of pink.
4. Facial: No, we didn't get a facial, but the types and products used were explained to each of us.
5. Body Wraps: The types of body wraps and their benefits were explained to us.
6. Aromatherapy: I discovered that Tea Tree Oil helps my sinuses! I smelled like a musky basement the rest of the evening, but I finally had a good night's sleep!
7. Massage. We each got a back and shoulder massage as well as a hand massage. I had a huge knot in my shoulder, so it was great. Can you take home the massage therapist?
8. Yoga: We learned some yoga moves to expand our chest and breathing. We are all natural slouchers. It felt pretty good!
9. Mammography: Discussed the importance of annual mammograms!
10. Hair: Got a choice of hair tinsel, feather, or pink extension. Since my hair is so short, I went for the pink tinsel! Just a little glimmer for my life!
Added benefits to the evening: 25% off all retail merchandise, jewelry, nail polish, hair care, purses,etc. Horsdoeurves and Punch was available! What a fabulous evening for a wonderful cause.