Meet Debbie H . . .

October 13, 2009
 Meet Debbie H . . .Hello, my name is Debbie and on Dec.5, 2005 my life changed in an instant. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer – HER2. I endured 2 months of chemotherapy, followed by a double mastectomy, radical on the right side along with an axillary node dissection. Then I had another 2 months of chemotherapy followed by 33 radiation treatments. After that I received weekly Herceptin IV therapy treatments for a full year, which unfortunately did not stop the spread of the cancer. By August of 2007 the cancer had spread from the lymph nodes to my bones. The cancer is now considered Stage 4. It is now in my right rib, right ischuim area and left hip. I am on daily oral chemo for the rest of my life. My life expectancy is two to two and a half years as of August 2007. For me, these statistics are only numbers. I will defy these odds! I will never surrender to this cancer!

I didn’t share my story with you for sympathy, but to encourage you to live your life to the fullest! You see, I’m 45 yrs. old and I didn’t really start living my life until Dec. 5, 2005. I believe all bad things happen for a reason. My cancer has been the greatest gift in my life. It has taught me many life lessons and I have truly learned what is really important in life. So, this experience my friend is a rare, beautiful and priceless gift to cherish with all my heart.

I have created Warrior Princess Wear, LLC. with much love, compassion and inspiration. I hope you will find a design that speaks to your heart. May my inspirational wear inspire you in your life. I ask you to do a monthly self breast exam. It is easy and only takes a few minutes.
Also please go for your yearly mammograms. Take care of yourself and always listen to that
little voice inside of you. Your intuition is always right and only you know your body.

Part of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Bosom Buddies, a non-profit organization of caring volunteers who have personal experience dealing with the trauma and challenges of breast cancer. Their mission is to provide support through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge. Their goal is to assure women that they are not alone in their journey through breast cancer. Bosom Buddies is near and dear to my heart. They have done a lot for me and this is my way of giving back to them. Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Please post a comment, email me at jamie@imagesbykay.com or call the studio at 602-393-9333 to cast your vote starting November 1st!

12 Responses to “Meet Debbie H . . .”

  1. Scott says:

    You are THE warrior princess. Wow…your positive attitude makes everyone feel so much better. You continue to defy the odds…and I don’t just mean battling cancer, but in providing a boost to everyone who knows you. An that’s not easy. You are truly an inspiration!

  2. Dave says:

    Debbie, You are already beautiful in my eyes and in my heart! The brave manner in which you have handled your situation has been an inspiration to me, and to everyone else who knows you. You’ve taught me that it isn’t what happens to you in your lifetime that’s important. It’s how you deal with it with it that’s important. That was a very difficult lesson for me to learn, but one that came easily and naturally to you. You continue to epitomize how to make the best out of a bad situation.

  3. Beth says:

    Debbie, you are the most incredible woman I have ever known. Despite the horrific last 4 years, you have NEVER lost your positive, courageous attitude. In fact, you often found yourself comforting others! Having seen you handle your cancer with grace and dignity is what gave me the strength to deal with my husband’s cancer last year. You have inspired so many people to be better…..I will always remember the live lessons you have taught me. I love you with all my heart. Beth

  4. Kristen says:

    Hey Girl! From the moment I met you, I knew you were special – THEN I heard your story. In that brief moment of time, you touched my heart. You and your story are inspirational and uplifting. You are more courageous than anyone I’ve met. I am blessed to know you and REALLY hope you win this simply because you are beautiful and inspiring. Lots of love to you girl!!

  5. Mary Ann says:

    What a pleasure it’s been getting to know you Debbie. You are such an inspiration… and pretty fun to be around! I can’t think of anyone who deserves being pampered more than you. We’ll need to get lots of pictures when you win!

  6. lisa says:

    Debbie you are an inspiration to all…I am blessed to call you my friend. I would love to see you win the sexy makeover, you deserve this sooo much:D…

  7. Cindy says:

    Debbie, You are an amazing woman. You inspire me to live each day to the fullest and not to take anything for granted. Many people get the news you got and simply shut down. They use it as the reason why they cannot do anything and why their lives are miserable. You on the other hand do the exact opposite! You use it as your reason to stand up and take charge. You are an amazing person and we can all take to heart the example of LIVING you set forth for us. You are already beautiful, but a makeover can be fun no matter who you are :). Good luck, I am rooting for you!

  8. Amy says:

    You are a beautiful piece of sunshine to us all and you brighten every persons life you touch! You so deserve this!!!

  9. Cindy Sutton says:

    Amazing! Inspiring! Warrior! Three words that pop into my mind when I think of you. Your positive attitude is the most incredible thing I have seen. This quote makes me think of you…”Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie

  10. Carla says:

    Debbie…you are such an inspiration – your courage and willingness to defy the numbers and to bring so much good from challenge makes me want to bring more of myself to everything I do….

  11. Cheryl Muecke says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.. the spirit of this woman. Debbie you know I tell you all of the time just how much you inspire me… you truly deserve this and I know I will keep sending postive thoughts and prayers your way! xoxoxo ~C

  12. Debbie – you are a truly amazing lady and an inspiration! I think that your attitude alone makes you one of the most beautiful women I know.