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Friday, September 5, 2008

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Last year I joined forces with a local NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition) chapter to help create a greater awareness of this deadly disease. On the website they have a "test your knowledge" quiz about ovarian cancer and I will tell you that when I first took the test regarding the symptoms of ovarian cancer, I failed.
Ovarian Cancer whispers. I urge all readers to log on to this site and become more aware.


I feel very strongly that God has blessed me with my design talents and decided that I would share His gifts by volunteering to create healing havens for women in the Phoenix area who are currently battling or are survivors of the disease.
Every Friday throughout September I will show you a completed design and remind you to become more aware. Knowledge is power and health is everything.
Using only what was in the home I tried to create one room with a more relaxing and tranquil environment. This was one room BEFORE.

The AFTER picture. Appealing and inviting.
Another angle of the same room, BEFORE.
I was blessed beyond measure in working with this delightful woman. Although nothing was purchased for this redesign, the happiness that was hers (and also mine from her reaction) was absolutely priceless.
Ovarian cancer whispers. Please help break the silence.

23 comments :

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

What a wonderful post! I loved your post before that too, thanks for all the wonderful links....and thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog, your so sweet, thank you! Hugs, Kimberly

Melissa said...

Laura,

It makes me so happy that you are helping to educate others in their own health. I am an advocate of early screening for breast and ovarian cancer.

Also, you are truly blessed with a wonderful flair for decorating. I just wish you lived closer, so I could hire you to help me with my decorating.

I walk around Sunbonnet Cottage with my decorative accessories wondering where to place them. I tell you, it's not easy.

Happy Friday!

Melissa

Kia said...

Beautiful! I know how much your works means to those you help. I am a OVCA survivor and I appreciate what you're doing to spread awareness.

Thanks,

Kia

ceekay said...

Thank you for all your help in this fight. I have met such precious women, wives, moms, grandmas...just living their lives for their families...and then struck by this awful disease. NO woman should have to face that.

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful way to share your talents. The change in the room from disorganized pieces to a calming space is remarkable.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

Lorrie

Shimmy Mom said...

The room looks great and God bless you for using your talents to help someone else in need. What a wonderful cause. Keep up the great work.
*hugs*

Liz said...

Laura!
That is so cool that you are doing that! Good job on the remix. I always have a hard time seeing something differently. I could never be an interior decorator!

Sandra Evertson said...

Fabulous! Love your redo!
Sandra Evertson

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Thanks for the information. I took the test and got 6 out of 10 correct.

Great job with the room.

CIao and have a wonderful weekend.

Christa McAuliffe said...

I love the room makeover you did. It's so pretty.

I was just discussing cancer with a friend last night and we were wondering how come so many people are dying of cancer now than before. I mean you hear so many cases of cancer now.Do you find that true??

Thanks for the good wishes - you are so sweet.

Charli and me said...

Thank you for bringing this very serious disease into the light. What a wonderful inspiration you are with your volunteer group. I love the way you designed the room. As usual you did a beautiful job.

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for the reminder. We all need to stay in tune with our bodies. The room turned out great. Isn't it amazing how a little rearranging works wonders. You did a great job. Mimi

Cote de Texas said...

great post. I had a friend die of it last year- horrible way to die.

uggh. it was really horrible.

Thanks for your sweet comment, too!

Joni

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a great job you did. Plus it is a great cause you are working for. How sweet of you. I tip my hat to you and I'm sure your rewards are being stored up in heaven for each room you do.

Such a simple and kind thing to do.

Hugs,
Joanne

Elizabeth said...

That is such a cool way to bring some sunshine to these ladies! As you probably know, both my mom & I are cancer survivors. I would have loved to have been able for her to have something to brighten her home when she was stuck inside so much!
All it costs is your time, which of course is precious, and you get the amazing reward of meeting someone new and receiving their appreciation! Much better than just writing a check!

The Berry's Patch said...

Hi Laura,

The room looks more pulled together. Great job! Thanks for the ovarian cancer awareness. I worry about this a lot. Both my mother and g'ma had tumors the size of footballs on their ovaries. They both had them taken. I get checked yearly. I'm a little freaked out about it.

Have a great weekend! :-)

A Hint of Home said...

That is wonderful of you to help us all be more aware. Thanks for your support.
Great job on the room makeover.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
It is very important consulting a doctor to make studies and an early diagnosis.
Ovarian cancer is curable if diagnosed early.
Very nice what they do.
Good weekend

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,
Thank you so much for this post. This is what my young (13 year old) friend, Angela, is battling.

The room redo is wonderful. I love how you used what was already there but with scale and balance made the room so much more appealing not only to the eye but to the function. Great Job!

Smilingsal said...

How wonderful of you to share the talent God has given you!

I am a survivor of ovarian cancer. It's been 17 years!

quitecontrary1977 said...

you're just the best person.. and you the queen of organizing! the "after" looks so good!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thanks for the reminders, and for the before and afters! I always love a good redesign!

PS. I am getting my new blogroll all set up and in the process I am reminding people to update their blogrolls to my new address, here it is:

http://theinspiredroom.net

Thanks for updating and enjoy your back to school experiences! Such fun!

xo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great post for a great cause... as a cancer survivor I applaud you!
Penny