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We wanted to offer a new section at the Boobie-Thon where you could share your stories about Breast Cancer and the way it has effected you or someone you love. Tell us your story and we'll share it here.

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Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Submitted by Ladyhawk

Together We Stand For Hope



From °l||l° ♥ AnGeL ♥ °l||l°‘s

Ride the Merry-Go-Round

I have dedicated this photo to Dori, she will be missed as much as she was loved!

The following is an excerpt from her website:

Ride the Merry-Go-Round

It’s a pretty day,

Lets get on the merry-go-round of life,
Look at all the different faces,
Look at the various colors.
The faces looking on go by quickly, blurry.

Here we go, round and round, up and down.
The rythm of life, continuous.
Some choose to ride forever
Others can’t seem to get off,

Caught in the circular motion making a life of repitition.
Few get off and find a new ride.
Me, I like to ride, but there is a time to step off and leave the merry-go-round.

-Dori Van Cleave (Johnson)
date unknown

I walked for you…

Finding A Cure

She gives us life and gives us love
Always there for us when in need
A loving mother, a caring wife
It’s our job to help save their life
A dollar or two to help find a cure
That’s one thing I want for sure
Losing a loved one hurts so bad
I remember thinking about what she had
A battle that she lost because of no cure
She was honest, innocent and pure
It’s been about 10 years since she left us
I still remember getting the bad news
It was too late, the battle was lost
My aunt was taken by this disease
All I ask of you is to give what you can
So that you don’t have to go through that
To all of those who have given, thank you
To those thinking about it… please do
My Aunt is one of those who lost the fight
It’s time to donate and make things right
It doesn’t matter how large or small you give
It’s the thought and the caring that is within
Help raise some money, and help save a life
You never know, it could be your own mother or wife

In memory of my Aunt, who lost the battle to Breast Cancer


My Mom

My mom was such a gentle lady and when she was first diagnosed 6 yrs ago, we were all stunned - after all, breast cancer only happens to someone else doesn’t it?

One breast removed and a series of chemo, she was on the road to recovery. We had 5 more years with her before it returned with a vengence spreading to the lings, liver and bones. She passed away 6 short weeks after being diagnosed and we’re still try to recover from the loss.

I’ve tried to document from start to finish on my site. Kind of therapy for me I guess, but it’s not finished. The memory is still raw, but one day I WILL complete her story.

My Mom


This is not my story, this is the story of my sister, Anita.

Today would have been her 38th birthday, but she died almost 2 years ago, she died on October 4, 2005 from a rare fast spreading form of breast cancer; she had just turned 36.

Breast cancer does not run in our family but on Valentines Day 2005 my sister found a lump, she went to the doctor and found it was cancer. She went through treatment and when her hair started to fall out she just shaved it to save the trouble. She was trying to fight hard with the chemo and treatments. But by September 2005 the cancer had spread throughout her body and she couldn’t fight anymore. She was bedridden and they called the family in. All of her brothers and sisters and our parents and her friends were by her side in her last days. My parents were at her side when she died. My sister was cremated and we had a wonderful service for her, she had actually planned it a few months earlier herself, she seemed to know what was coming.

The day she died one of her favorite singers newest songs was released for sale and it was played at her memorial service; the song was “This is not goodbye” by Melissa Etheridge. She is missed very much, and I just wanted to share her story and for everyone to know that she is not forgotten.


Two down, one remains.

Bartene - the woman of powerful faith,
of infinite strength and
of unwaivering devotion.

She cared for her dying husband,
She neglected herself;
was diagnosed late,
struggled, loved, fought and lost.

Marianne - the mother who longed for children,
who had a son and
who had a baby daughter.

She cared for her family above all,
She neglected herself;
was diagnosed late,
struggled, loved, fought and lost.

Lori - the woman of movement and passion,
of determined advocacy and
of unwaivering strength.

She cared for her growing family,
She cared for herself;
was diagnosed twice,
struggled, loved, fought and won.


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