Saturday, October 9, 2010



DO you know that more men are being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before? This week at the college where I teach the nursing department sponsored a bulletin board on breast cancer awareness (and of course I had my Mary Kay cards there to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research for the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. What I learned was shocking! Please forgive me if my pictures alarm you, but they re intended to INFORM you! The silent sleeper kills more than we realize! Here's the scoop!

BREAST CANCER is deadly and often a silent killer, it effects both MEN and Women.  Many websites offer  the symptoms and what to look for and how to perform your own breast examine in the shower. You should do this weekly! Visit any of these sites to offer you help, advice, grants and  to give charitable donations to help find the CURE for the CAUSE!

Many of my followers may have read my own personal story. After more than 20 years of complaining to doctors I finally got one to listen and yes I had a lumpectomy. I consider myself exremely lucky, I know an angel was watching over me! Without a great deal of fight in my to survive I might not be here today! My angel is my mother! She died 22 years ago at the age of 62, to cancer, melanoma that spread internally. I have no digital picture of her to upload but believe me she is an angel!

            Take Time To Care!

              Take Time To Care!

 There are angels among us watching and caring

 Ones who are there in the dark of the night,

 Giving their love, their guidance, and hugs

 Holding us close when the tears overflow...

 Whispering softly into our ears, drying our tears.

 Angels from Heaven and footprints in the sand

 Loving and cared for, not by MAN, but God.

 Soothing the heartache and heartbreaks of life

                                  Shadows cease that danced through our minds,

                                  No longer muddled, confused, and distressed...

                                  The anger resides and we fight from within,

                                  Sisters united, all for one cause, to be sure - 

                                  Answers untold that only God holds, tomorrow

                                  Is a gift that we each want to hold. The days

                                  Do not drift gently by, we laugh and weep some die..

                                  Prayers lift us up into God's arms we shall be,

 Many a reason we have to want to live,

 Our children, our loved ones,  our spirit

 If but one life I can change with awareness today,

Then I will rest when it is my day to join GOD

And the angels watching over me still,

Sisters in FAITH, do what you WILL,

But WILL yourself to live and be blessed!

Each day I live to the fullest without regrets,

Thanking God for another day spared,

A day to remember those whom I love,

Another chance to spread the word,

Believe in miracles, they are among us, I am one.

         Poems My Way Valrie 10/09/2010

PLEASE check yourself regulary, at least ONCE a week. If you have pain let your doctor know. Color change, lumps, cystitis, rashes, are ALL signs of cancer! It only takes a minute and it just might SAVE your life!   

These are 2 reasons for me to live on and continue breast cancer awareness! My daughter and her fiance. DId you know because I have the history, she is more likely to also be effected! I plan on being here to make her aware!

 My beautiful daughter Jenni, 26 a veternarian student in TX and her brother, Joey, 23 a Lance Corporal Marine serving in Afghanistan! MORE REASONS TO FIGHT TO LIVE!

 My gorgeous son and his beautiful fiance Renee to be married Mother's Day weekend 2011!

 My son Lance Corporal Joseph D. Hranek on the night he was deployed this July, please PRAY for him! He is the inspiration behind CANS FOR COOKIES US TROOPS!

 Joey & Renee, the first time I met her was this past December after my recuperating from a serious illness and relapse of depression and severe spinal pain, and fibromylagia. I had not seen Joey in nearly 2 years!

 PLEASE visit dear sweet BEV over at How Sweet The Sound and meet even more SWEET BLOGGERS!

I am standing by near my phone, answering calls about CANS FOR COOKIES US TROOPS. The phone has beemn ringing non-stop! Have you volunteered yet to bake or send cookies overseas or here stateside?
 STAND up for those who STAND for FREEDOM and BAKE some cookies to send today!
 OUR GOAL IS TO SEND 50 packages overseas every HOLIDAY starting with Veterans day!

EMAIL ME HERE and visit here to LEARN all about it! Add your loved ones to the mailing list! I have linked up locally with the ARMORY in UTICA NY and stay tuned for details on our HUGE event November 5th

 On the go soon,  rescuing my sanity, got to go buy some COFFEE BEANS, I wonder if they have any in PINK! PLEASE consider my Mary Kay fundraiser for Breast Cancer research!

 I bearly get through the day without my JAVA beans, SUMATRA is my favorite ever!

This month as it is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, I personally donate 20% of all my sales to the MARY KAY ASH BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. I have reached $110.00 in donations and would love to increase it to at least $500! Maybe you might help out, and do some holiday shopping, in turn donating to the CAUSE for the CURE!

I live in a world of PINK!!!!

Enter today and have your chance to win a PINK GLAMOUR COMPACT!!! JUST leave a comment and your email so I can contact you when you win!!!!


This was my first major event after having had my lumpectomy and recovering from severe depression in 2006. I was a STAR ACHIEVER my first quarter back in the business and my NSD took us out on the town, putting on the GLITZ!

THE man who has put the LIFE bacjk into my LIFE! My one and only BOB! I love you!!!!

Have a PINK HEART and donate somewhere today! HELP us find the cure for the deadliest disease and PLEASE have a yearly mammogram if you are 40 or older!

May God Bless you and Keep you safe from HARM.


CALL 607-547-2073 leave a message!! or email me to add your loved ones and donate 2 dozen cookies OR MORE to be sent to our troops!

God Bless you and Keep you safe from HARM!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Dear Pink Saturday bloggers,

Today we honor breast cancer survivors and the angels in Heaven who have lost their brave battle against this deadly disease. I would like to thank Bev at How Sweet The Sound for featuring me as one of the featured bloggers today. I began blogging in Febbrurary during the OWOH event., OWOH is how I was introduced to Bev, through a fellow blogger I visited that posts PS! How blessed my life has been since meeting Bev and all the lovely PINK SATURDAY bloggers !

In 2000 I was diagnosed with  breast cancer at the age of 45. For over 15 years I had told my doctors that I had pain in my right breast and a significant size lump. a doctor listened to me as I explained my symptoms, he did an ultrasound and a mammogram, then a needle It kept getting bigger and bigger with increased pain. Pain, pain, pain. "Oh pain, pain is good he said, you are too young to have breast cancer." Each year went by and I begged my doctors to give me a mammagram. Finally when I hit 40 they did and said it was just a density and to quit fretting. Being only in my twenties when I first complained they just didn't take me seriously.

Finally when I moved to Maryland I found a doctor who would take me seriously. He did an ultrasound, a baseline mammagram, then the needle biopsy and ultimately a lumpectomy. I was put on oral chemotherapy and the fun began. Not. Nausea and pain were my best friends now, and a huge scar to show for it. Yet this paled to having my radical hysterectomy when only 32.

Sleepless nights turned into exhaustingly long days. My world was a living nightmare. A broken marraige, domestic violenece, broken bones, financial woes, and my children's father dying at the age of 48 from non-Hodgkin's Lymphona. There was only one decision to make. I stopped treatment and turned it over to God.
My children needed and deserved one functional parent. Jthenni and Joey needed me, so it was up to me to have faith and prevail over my ttribulations.

I have had many trials and turblent events in my life, none as traumatic as the thought of losing my children's daddy and possibly following all to soon in his footsteps. The breast cancer pin became a part of wardrobe. I grew to love the color pink!  Not only I, but my sister-in-law became infected with this deadly disease that robs us of our youth and golden years. In the last 2 years she fought against it and conquered it! During this time her daughter marrried and Mary attended the wedding in full regalia. She was beautiful and we are all so proud of her brave battle that she won. Just this summer, my sweetheart's mother was diagnosed with seriouys breast cancer. Two weeks ago she had 3 lymph nodes removed, several rounds of chemotherapy and now will have an agressive run of radiation. When asked how is  everything going? Mom would reply "I'm fine," and  would move on to next. The tenacity with which she attacks every day is admirable. At the age of 77 her determination and inner drive are amazing.

 I have grown to love the color pink due to Mary Kay and  the pink breast cancer ribbons.The Mary Kay Breast Cancer Researach is one of  the leading foundations to which I donate 10% of  my proceeds to help further assist cancer research. My goal is to write enough short stories or vignettes to ahieve recognition from my followers and future sales directors of the woman I recruit and will recruit. We are only as strong as out weakest link. Be strong, be brave, be supportive, be caring and loving in all that you do.

Please visit my other 2 blogs any time this weekend and enter the giveways. Lovely mementos for sharing
part of the day today with me, and giveaways. Have you joined forces with Cans for Cookies US Troops!
Last weekend's Pink Saturday bakeoff was very successful. Thanks to all of you who have committed to getting it don't. Just leave your name, a link back to your blog or email, and toy may win.

Be sure to say hi to Bev!    Thanks for stopping by today.

PINK Hugs!


Have a wonderful Day!