Mama Nibbles: My Model of Courage @WarriorsinPink #FordWIP

My Model of Courage @WarriorsinPink #FordWIP


     In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I'm teaming up with Ford Warriors in Pink to tell my story about breast cancer.  Ford Warriors in Pink is the Ford Motor Company program that raises awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.  They have put together an inspirational  documentary called Bang The Drum.  Check out the film above!
     My connection with breast cancer is from my dad's mother, my grandmother.  She found out she had breast cancer when I was a little girl but for most of that time I had no clue about it.  My grandmother was a loving person who always had time to play.  Whenever I would stay over night she would get out a suitcase full of dolls and get down on the floor to play with me.  Sometimes we would mix cookies together and bake.  My favorite to make with her were oatmeal cookies.  My grandma would leave out the raisins just because she knew I didn't like them.  Once in a while we would sit at the piano and she would play while I sang.  She always told me I had a pretty voice.  I loved her and looked up to her as an example for what I wanted to be when I grew up.
     As my grandmother went through treatments I never knew of the struggles that she had to face.  She always kept a brave face, she was courageous in her battle with cancer.  She didn't want the grand kids to worry and so she kept a lot of the pain and details from us.  I'm told by my dad that her battle with cancer lasted seven years.  She first found cancer in one breast then had a mastectomy.  Doctors then found cancer in her other breast and removed that.  I guess it was already too late though because the cancer had already spread to her bones and in the end she passed away.
     I remember visiting her near the end of her life.  She was in bed in a dark room and had been given morphine for the pain.  I hugged her gently and told her I loved her.  That was the last time I would see her.  The details are so fuzzy in my head so many years later but I will never forget her.  I wish my children could have known her.  Every year on the anniversary of her passing I remember her and all she taught me.  She will never be forgotten.
Just a couple of the items you can purchase that will help raise money for the fight against breast cancer.  These t-shirts and more are available at http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/

This October, Ford Warriors in Pink® has launched its first ever produced documentary, “Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the Face of Breast Cancer.” The film honors 11 men and women breast cancer survivors who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle with its “Models of Courage” program. 2012 marks Ford Motor Company’s 18th year of support for the breast cancer cause. In that time, Ford has dedicated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause.
You too can get involved in this tremendously worthy program! When you buy Ford Warriors in Pink apparel at fordcares.com, 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to support breast cancer awareness all year long.
To keep connected, be sure to check out Ford Warriors in Pink on Facebook and follow @WarriorsinPink on Twitter.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ford Warriors in Pink. The opinions and text are all mine.

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