Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ovarian Cancer -Etsy Project Embrace and Overcome Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk 2009

Followers of my blog may already know that I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April of this year. I underwent surgery in May, had a complete hysterectomy, appendectomy and numerous biopsies. I was very lucky to be diagnosed at stage 1A. Throughout the diagnosis and surgery I strove to maintain a positive outlook and I know that I am very, very lucky to have been diagnosed so early.

Recently I have become aware of two very worthy fundraisers in the battle against ovarian cancer. I am an artist selling on Etsy and was recently approached by fellow Etsian, and friend, Amy of ThePeachTree. Amy asked if I was interested in participating in an Etsy community-wide project in aims of raising money for cancer research and to promote awareness in support of (and honoring) Laura -a wonderfully creative and vibrant artist. Laura has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. You can read more about her on her profile page. I don't know Laura, but feel a kinship and wish her only the best.

Called 'etsyprojectembrace', participating sellers are donating a portion of their sales to the Etsy Project Embrace Team benefitting the American Cancer Society. Click on the Team link to donate directly to the team. To shop participating Etsy stores, enter 'projectetsyembrace' in the Etsy search bar. Don't forget to shop participating vintage sellers as well!

Another fundraiser is being done by my good friend, and talented artist -Trace Hanson. Trace is participating in a fundraising 5K walk in September to benefit the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. If you would like to support her efforts, please visit her personal fundraising page. Trace is walking in honor of her mother Barbara, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on September 1st 2001.

If you are in Georgia please consider participating in the Overcoming Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk.


  1. Lynn, I'm sorry to say that I didn't know what your surgery was for. I wish you a speedy recovery. I know that is a huge surgery and takes a long time to recover. I wish you all the best. I admire your courage and positive outlook. What a special person you are! xo

    Thank you for this information. I am very interested in participating in the 'estyprojectembrace'. I will go check it out and get involved. My cousin went through a brutal time with ovarian cancer last year. It wasn't caught in the early stage. I do understand the importance of all types of support for one who is going through this.

  2. Hi Lynn,
    I knew you had surgery but didn't know what it was for... I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I am thankful that I read this post, I will certainly include you in my prayers. Thank you for participating in Etsy Project Embrace and spreading the word of my sister, Laura. Now knowing this, we can be a support system to you and her.

  3. Yeah!! i didn't know either!! Jenn just told me and gave me your link!! How 'bout that surgery - a tough one, huh?!?
    I will write to you soon! I'm so happy you got it early, thank god!
    Just want to say a big thanks for being involved and my prayers are with you! laura xxoo

  4. Hello. I have also been fighting OVarian cancer this year. Enjoyed your blog.

  5. Are you from PA? I saw your Phillies reference. I am from Lancaster County.

  6. Thank you everyone!

    Fringe, I am so sorry that your cousin went through this. It really is a tough one.

    Jenn, I am keeping Laura in my thoughts and prayers constantly! I am so glad to have been told of this project.

    Laura, You are surrounded by so many people who wish you only the very best. You are an inspiration!

    Denise, I will be keeping you in thoughts and prayers. Yes, I'm in PA.

  7. I wish I was there in Georgia, so I could go walkin with you! I have been thinking of you Lynn, I just found out a couple of days ago that you too have recently undergone treatment for cancer. Many blessing to you. I have noticed how your love & light always comes through in your posts on your blog & on etsy. I am glad that I have found my way here and am getting to know you.

  8. I'm glad to know you're well again, Lynn. I hope all the women suffering from this cancer will keep a positive outlook as you. Good luck in the fund raising!

    PS: Thank you for commenting in my blog poll. I really appreciate it. :)


  9. Hi Lyn,

    I had no idea that you were also battling ovarian cancer, and I'm so glad that you caught this early and have such a positive outlook. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, as well as in my treasuries!


    Lee (OneClayBead on Etsy)