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I just received this in an email and wanted to share. It had a pretty picture of a woman wearing a purple hat but it wouldn't copy and paste. I hope you like this. I am a 16 year breast cancer survivor so naturally the tears sprung to my eyes when I read this.


In honor of Elizabeth Edwards who fought an elegant battle.

IN honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

Pass this on to five women/men that you want watched over.

If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.


IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying of cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been done.

I would have sat on the lawn and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it, and really see it . . live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.


If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends.

Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

Please send this to five phenomenal women today in celebration of Beautiful Women's Month.

If you do, something good will happen--you will boost another woman's self esteem.

KEEP IT LIT!

IN MEMORY .....

These are the colors that represent the different cancers.



All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it's to one more person, in memory of anyone you know who has been struck by cancer.

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.

Please Keep The Candle Going!

This one I do ask that you please send on.

By sending this on, you Will think and realize how you've been blessed, up until now.

This is a disease which affects all families... no one is exempt!
 

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This is so beautiful. We all get so caught up in all that swirls around the outside of us, that we forget to pay attention to whats important on the inside of us. Thanks for the reminder.
 

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I am one of the lucky one right know. I haven't had any traces of it yet, but it's always in the back of my mind. I lost a grandma and father to cancer. That was beauitful and also got me thinking, it doesn't matter if there is a little dirt , or what do I care of what people think, just have fun and love the person your with and family.
 

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Have always loved this quote from Erma Bombeck. My mother passed away 3 years ago and always reminded me to "make memories" with my children. Not just the BIG moments, but small things like the smell of a baby's hair, or playing in the leaves or the look on my son's face when he hit his first home run...I'm so grateful for those memories and for a mom who taught us to treasure the moment! Thanks for the reminder!!!
 

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Rita,thank you I love Erma Brombeck ,a very dear friend read this to us at a t.o.p.s. meeting about 30 years ago it really hit home with me then as it does today.We all need to knit us a purple hat and weare it often. Glenda
 

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I read this a few years ago.....I think it is something we all should read a lot more often. Thanks for reminding us and sharing it : )
 

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This wonderful quote should be either framed & hung in a prominent place in our houses or shrunk, laminated & carried in our purses. Erma was one to admire as are all those who fight terrible diseases. Erma died in '96 of polycystic kidney disease. She had a way of sending possitive messages with humor in her books and columns (which I read first in the newspaper). Thanks again for the reminder. :thumbup:
 

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I am finishing a third knitted hat for a woman at my workplace. She is undergoing chemo for ovarian cancer. She has been wearing a scarf tied around her head tied down tight. It just screamed I am doing chemo to me. I asked her if she would wear a knitted hat made of fun fur (from Lion brand yarn) if I made it for her. She said yes. I gave her one yesterday made of black with blue and green tufts of color in it. You can actually wear it inside out and get another look. One side it has more black looking like hair and the other side has more color. I have since made 1 more and finishing a third. You should have seen how excited she was. Made my heart ache in a good way. Patrons and workers alike were all complimenting her. You never realize how much such a small thing can affect someone until you do it. We work at Harrah's casino and hotel in Metropolis IL so there are lots of restrictions about what we can wear including headgear. I was pleased they let her wear these.
 

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Rita Kay,
I read this a few yers ago like some of the others. Thanks for the gentle reminder of what's important. I know when life gets busy we have a tendency to forget the small but very important stuff. Congrats on being a B CA survivor!!! I too am a B CA survivor and I AM STANDING UP TO CANCER!!!

Sincerely, SasZ
 
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