La Vie En Rose
And Also Those We Have Lost........
A personal note from Jancarmen…….
Dear Fellow Collectors,
I’d like to reach out to those who have suffered with breast cancer, and you who have lost a friend or a loved one to the disease.
Please know that there is hope. At the age of 38 I was diagnosed with “Invasive Ductal Carcinoma” of the breast.I was treated with a mastectomy and aggressive chemotherapy. I am a survivor ...without a reoccurrence... and here to testify that all is not lost... and all is not bleak.
There was no one in my family with a history of the disease, and as far as the norm, I did not fit most of the criteria for breast cancer candidates. I do not know why me, or really that it makes any difference. What has made a difference is my faith and trust in God, along with my family, friends and loved ones in my life whose love and support encourage me on a daily basis.
That is what this gown represents. Love, hope and encouragement for those affected, and others who want to help and share in this cause. I cannot say this any better than my new acquaintance, Claude Marie from the Northwest point of France. Her definition for me, about the meaning of La vie en rose” was this: “The all French expression "Voir la vie en rose" means that the person feels so happy in a moment of her life, or her feeling is so "optimistic" that everything seems beautiful and happy to her the rose color is the expression of love, romanticism and happiness, or naivety and innocence as the teen agers used to feel - I think that it's the same symbol in America”.
Life has been a paradox of sorts. When you are diagnosed with the “C” word, it can become a thief and a robber. I’ve allowed it to rob me of my peace of mind. As I got past the hurdles of learning about the disease and proceeded forth with the measures prescribed for those first critical stages, my initial fear began to subside, but there are times that my thoughts fluctuate from wondering how long I would live to wondering if it would come back to when would it come back? I wanted control over a disease. I wanted to know when and if it could strike again.... so I could just cram more of the the things into my life that I felt I been procrastinating on. I know I am not alone.
I reach out to every woman out there that has suffered in one form or another from this disease and I say, keep on going. Don’t let negative thoughts come into your head. Replace them with a “now” thought. Survivors like us are out there. That’s what it’s all about, helping each other.
I thank Wendy Childers for coordinating this raffle and for allowing me to participate in it. It has truly been a rewarding experience. For the first time, I am reaching out, and acknowledging that yes, I too have had breast cancer. Let me embrace you with a hug....
La vie en Rose.
Fashion Doll Club of Southeast Virginia....
Sydney Chase Raffle for American Cancer Society
PROCEEDS WERE DONATED TO THE SUSAN KOMAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
DRAWING OCCURRED NOV. 8TH 2003
Gown was constructed of pink satin, lined in white silk. Its ribbed satin contrast, mimics the awareness ribbon for breast cancer. The bodice, pinched in the center graces a radiant rhinestone oval. Sydney wears sympolic pink ribbon earrings
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The friends we’ve met
And truths we’ve known
The lives whose hearts
Are worth more than gold,
They touch our world
Our faith our souls
Composed by Jancarmen Copyright 11/12/03jancarmen