ROCK THE RUNWAY

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It’s that time again… ROCK THE RUNWAY! Last year we were able to raise $80,000 for Fighting Fancy and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller UAMS Cancer Institute. Lets do it again!

This years fashion show will be at Cache on June 19. We are looking for sponsors!! If you are interested in joining our fight to give back to young women with cancer, please join us! Tickets are $50-100 and sponsorships range from $1000-20,000 for presenting sponsor. For more information on how to be a sponsor and what all that includes click HERE for a sponsor packet. For more information on the event and to see pictures from last year you can check out our website at www.rocktherunwaylr.com.

Much more info to come! If you would like to help with the event email me at heather@georgiajamescreative.com.

xoxo,

heather

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SURGERY…..oh, Thursday.

I went to the doctor today for my monthly check up. I was expecting the same routine…. feel up my chest, check my heart beat, ask any concerns… Check up done. Instead he started with “do you still have your port???” Which I still do so I replied, “yep.”

His eyes got wide and he said “well that’s long overdue. We need to remove that. This week.”

I know you all think I’m silly but Ellen has had her own identity. She is helpful and powerful to me. It’s what has gotten me through today and I’m ever so grateful. But my treatments are up and it’s time for Ellen to go. I can do this without her. The next chapter of cancer is closed.
I love you Ellen.

Xoxoxo

Heather

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

New Years resolutions are funny. People vow to loose weight, stop drinking, eat right… All things that sound good January one and go out the window by the first weekend.

I told myself last New Years that 2013 would be my come back year. A year to turn tragedy into triumph. A year to rebuild myself. So I built a house, opened a store, raised $100,000 for Fighting Fancy and most importantly I was declared Cancer Free.

2013 was successful. check.

I’m so thankful and blessed for the year I had, however this year my resolution remains the opposite of last year. Instead of a come back, I want to “go back.” Last year, I was so focused on proving I was more than my cancer that I lost a bit of myself in the process. I let some important friendships get away from me, neglected my healthy lifestyle, let deadlines pass and the store I always dreamed of became just another item on my long list of to dos for the day. I spread myself too thin. Lost the personal touch of those reaching out to Fighting Fancy and started looking at design jobs as a burden instead of my passion.

Everyday, people ask me how I’m doing. My answer is always, “good, busy. Stressed.” I don’t want to be that person. I want to make this year not about cancer and how it’s effected me, but how I’m going to be the person I was before cancer. Still determined and passionate but instead of feeling like I have to take on every opportunity, I’m going to grow the ones I have before me and enjoy the ride.

No change happens overnight so forgive me when I tell you how busy I am. Just know, I’m working on it. Friends and family, be patient with me. I know you are all ready for me to not bring up cancer on a daily basis but I’m just not there yet. Not a minute goes by that I don’t think about it. The way I look, the way I feel, the hot flashes, the daily chemo…all reminders of where I have been the last two years. I promise the word “cancer” won’t always be a part of my daily vocabulary. But for now, I am working on it.

This year I’m working on me. Not a new version but finding the old one I loved so many things about. Simple old Heather. She is still there, just have to find her.

Cheers to 2014 and to just being ourselves!

Xoxo

Heather

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SIX MONTH SCANS

Tomorrow I have my six month cancer scans. Starting at 9 I get a head, breast and pelvis CT, a brain scan, MRI, pet scan, blah blah blah…. I really don’t know exactly how many test I have tomorrow but its a lot. I just do what they tell me.

There is a silver lining in my day tomorrow: Corrie Bechtelheimer. Corrie and I started chemo together at the same time in the same lab. Even though Corrie and I are at different stages of our battle, we have remained friends throughout the past year and a half. I text Corrie a couple nights ago to see what she was doing for Christmas and she replied: “Scans Friday. Merry Christmas to me.” To which I replied: “Me tooooo!!! Party Time!!! “

So tomorrow it’s Corrie and I back where it all began…. and we are going to turn this day into our bitch. I’m actually looking forward to getting poked and pushed around tomorrow because I’ll be with Corrie and that, ladies and gentlemen, is always a good time.

October 2012 Corrie and I in chemo / 2012 Race for the Cure / 2013 Race for the Cure

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See you tomorrow my friend!

xoxo,

heather

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GETTING THE CHECK

Today was a special day. A day to check something off my bucket list. A day to live out my dream of winning publishers clearing house and getting to hold a life size check with my name on it. I didn’t win the lottery but I felt like it as I stood there and received my $17.5K check to Fighting Fancy.

Today, Allyson Pittman presented checks to UAMS Cancer Institute and Fighting Fancy at a press conference held at UAMS. We were able to raise a total of $80,000 with a take home of $40,000 to be split between both organizations. The money will be used to fund Fighting Fancy bags given to UAMS female cancer patients. Fighting Fancy tanks, t-shirts, koozies and cups will also be available in the gift shop at UAMS.

We also announced today that Rock the Runway 2014 will be on June 19 at the new Cache Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Little Rock. Save the Date!

Here are some pictures from today. Thanks again to everyone who made Rock the Runway happen!

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ONE YEAR CANCER FREE!!!

This time last year I was in the middle of surgery getting a double mastectomy. I don’t think I slept at all the night before. Chemo is one thing, but having both breast removed was by far the most terrifying part of my journey. It’s easy to say,”they are just boobs. Take them off!” But for me, the scars that remain in their place are so much more than just boobs. They are a daily reminder of where I have been, where I am now and what I will continue to battle.

My breast surgeon came in my room at 5:30 that afternoon. She said with tears in her eyes “well Heather, we didn’t find cancer remaining in either breast. I’m proud to say you are cancer free.” I was surrounded by family who burst into applause, laughter and tears. It is a moment I will remember forever. TODAY, I’m proud to celebrate ONE YEAR CANCER FREE!!!

Here I am one year ago today. I’ve never been so happy to be in so much pain!

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This picture makes me so happy! My family all loaded into the elevator, all smiles, as we get to leave the hospital CANCER FREE!

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Thank you all for following me on this journey. I can never express how loved and thankful I feel today. God is good!

Xoxo

Heather

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RACE FOR THE CURE UPDATE

Tomorrow is Race for the Cure: Little Rock! If you are on team Fighting Fancy or just going to be in the area, we will be in front of Tropical Smoothie on Broadway. We are setting up a table at 6:30 am and will be there throughout the race. Hope to see you tomorrow!!!

Xoxo

Heather

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