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Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Has Officially Opened Our Christmas Wish List! 🎄

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Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes LOVES holidays, especially Christmas! It’s something about the holidays that make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Unfortunately, many young women in Maryland, aren’t feeling too festive, because they are currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. I was a single parent who had breast cancer twice before age 36, so I know firsthand the financial impact that cancer can cause. Copays, transportation/parking costs, insurance premiums, prescriptions, surprise medical expenses and bills dont stop coming, just because it’s Christmas. SSPW’s goal is to lighten the load for young women currently going through treatment and the families of young women who recently passed away from breast cancer, by taking care of their children for Christmas. If you need a little holiday help either with buying your Thanksgiving Dinner or needing a Xmas Wish for your kids, please contact us at the email address listed below.

 

The items below are needed to be CONSIDERED for a Christmas Wish for kids 18 & under, in the Maryland area, whose mom is CURRENTLY undergoing breast cancer treatment or just passed away from breast cancer. {*Mom had to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40.}

Christmas Wishes.

We need:
*Kid Name.
*Kid Age.
*Kid Address.
*Kid Favorite Color.
*Kid Shoe Size.
*Kid Clothes Size.
*Kid Favorite Character or Show.
*Kid Xmas List.
*Photo of child and mom to be shared publicly via social media or print ads.

*Moms cancer story, including age of diagnosis. Story will be shared publicly.

Please email ALL above mentioned requirements to us at: pinkwishesinc@gmail.com.

SSPW can’t do this alone! We need your help! Want to make a monetary donation? You can do so via our website: www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org or you can mail it to: Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Inc. * P.O.Box 11763 * Baltimore, Maryland 21206.

Thanks for your support! 🎅🏽 ~ Madame President & Team SSPW.

I Was Not Built To Break! By guest blogger Tameka J.

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At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with osteosarchoma (bone cancer). At that time I underwent a total knee replacement and 1 year of chemotherapy. Since then I had 2 knee surgeries and had been in remission for almost 20 years. This past May, something just wasn’t right. I felt a large lump on my breast and it was sore. Because of my previous cancer history any little thing and I’m at the doctor. I guess that’s a good thing because when the did the mammogram they saw that there was a large mass on my left breast. Same breast that I had two cyst in previously. Because I was about to have surgery to remove fibroids that same month the doctors just took the opportunity to do a breast biopsy.

At the age of 31, I was diagnosed with DCIS, and my 2nd battle with cancer. I was devastated! When I received my diagnosis, I remember just saying “no, not again”. I cried and I prayed, I even questioned God by asking him why. Why did I have to go through this AGAIN? Initially they thought that it was not invasive but after further test they saw that 2 inches of it was. Because of my cancer history I made the decision to have a double mastectomy done even though I was tested for the gene and did not have it, nor was there any family history.

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Three weeks after my diagnosis, I had a bilateral mastectomy (June 10, 2013) and in July of 2013, I started chemo. Making the decision to have the mastectomy was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make and one of the hardest producers I have ever had to go through. I had to have chemo twice a month for 4 months. It was the longest 4 months of my life! Losing my hair all over again, losing my taste, and having to be stuck in my chest to receive the chemotherapy brought back old memories and made me depressed. Some days I felt like I didn’t want to do it anymore but I knew I had to, not for me, but for my little girl! In May of this year, I completed my reconstruction process.

The devil thought he had me, he thought he won but my God’s word says different. God did it before and I knew he would do it again. Going through chemo and having a bilateral mastectomy was hard. Some days I felt like I could not do it anymore BUT GOD…God sent me strength in the form of my praying family and friends. They were/are my rocks! Where I am weak God showed me he was strong. I continued to have faith and sometimes it was as small as a mustard seed but God’s word says that is all we need. I trusted him to get me through and knew that no matter how bad or how weak I felt he was holding my right hand and covering me with his grace. I know that no matter what I have gone through, I was NOT built to break!!