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Friday Faves #9: lovely design inspiration – Think Pink!

Friday Faves #9: lovely design inspiration – Think Pink!
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Friday Faves #9: lovely design inspiration – Think Pink! www.DesignYourOwnBlog.comThis week’s Friday Faves is going pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

A few years ago, we were celebrating my friend Ann’s* 36th birthday with brunch at Papadeux’s. It was just girls having a good time. We had stuffed ourselves silly with delicious food and were winding down having some more coffee before paying the check. That’s when Ann leaned over to tell me, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Um, excuse me what? If you know anything about breast cancer, getting it before 40 is not that common. I didn’t know what to say. No one ever tells you what to say when someone you love gets really sick. I’m sorry just seems so…inappropriate.

A few weeks later, Ann had a lumpectomy then went through a year of aggressive chemo. Her beautiful long black hair fell out. She went through a couple months of radiation and then finally… thankfully went into remission. Her hair grew back and she is now officially cancer free!

Ann’s story is a positive one, she beat cancer yeah! But many women don’t get so lucky. So every year since her diagnosis, I have walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with my mother in law who walks for her friend. Yeah I know, I said walked. If you know me at all, I don’t run. I just don’t like it. Luckily they have a walking part for us non-athletes. Anyway, last Sunday was the 2013 walk and that’s where I got my first mammogram ever in the mobile truck!

Ladies, please please don’t put these things off. Check your boobs and get mammograms. You don’t have to wait until you are 40 and many places offer them free.

Ok I’ll go ahead and step down from the soap box now. So back on a lighter note, let’s actually celebrate the women who are fighting and have fought and won this battle by going pink!

Favorite Friday Font

Salamander Script font with ornaments
Today’s favorite font is a beautiful, curvy display script called Salamander! It even has ornaments and two of them actually make pink ribbon shapes! The best part about this font is that it is FREE if you download it by this weekend! So click the link now before you forget and download this awesome font from Creative Market. (Yes you will have to create an account if you don’t have one, but they have 3 really great freebies every week so why wouldn’t you?)

P.S. If you’re reading this now and it’s already too late to get the free font download above, you might want to consider subscribing to my posts so that you don’t miss out on time-sensitive freebies!

Recent posts:

I didn’t get much writing done this week so all I’ve got to share is last week’s Friday Faves. It was the Coral and Mint issue. If you like this color combo, check it out!

Friday Funny:

Awesome things will happen today if you choose not to be a miserable cow
Get the print on Etsy

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Don’t forget to check your boobies! Have an early detection plan.

And I’ll leave you with a reminder of the fight that many women in our world have to deal with every day. I created this in Canva today using an image from Unsplash. Won’t you please pin this (hover and click the button) and show your support?
Strength, hope and courage to win the fight against breast cancer!

This post is dedicated to my friend Ann and all the other survivors and victims of breast cancer.


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  • I am a new reader, but I wanted to say how much I love these Friday round ups!

    Thanks for spreading the message about early detection. It is so important!

    When I was growing up, my mother had a friend that passed away from breast cancer. While she was still in the hospital my mother would come around and get her to laugh. She started a newsletter on humor and healing because of this. That was her way of helping others.

    • Marianne says:

      Susan, that’s a beautiful story about your mother. I love that she created a newsletter like that as her way to help others. It’s so important to be proactive about our health these days.

      Thank you for the kind words and I’m glad you like the round ups, I have a lot of fun creating them and discovering new stuff along the way too!


  • Bobbi Emel says:

    Hey Marianne,

    Glad to see you honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this issue of Friday Faves. My late partner died from breast cancer so this month is always very special to me. Even more important than mammograms, in my opinion, is frequent self-exams. You know your boobs the best, so check them at least once a month for any changes.

    • Marianne says:

      I’m very sorry to hear about your partner, Bobbi, I didn’t know it was breast cancer. I can imagine this month is both very special and very hard for you at the same time.

      And yes you’re right, it’s very important to do self exams. I am not as diligent as I should be. That website I linked to, Early Detection Plan sends you reminders when it’s time to do a self exam and get your mammogram too.

  • Rach says:

    Lovely post Marianne. My mum passed away last year from brain cancer which is a different beast altogether, but i really made me realise what early detection can do. So many of us know people who have survived though and that’s the part that makes me positive for all our futures. Love catching up on all your posts 🙂

    • Marianne says:

      Oh Rachel, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother, that’s incredibly tough and I’m sure she was quite young. Thank you for coming by and sharing your story with me. <3

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