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Old 10-06-2008, 04:55 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Elaine Winstead View Post
What a wonderful challenge! I wasn't aware such an encouraging ministry existed...but would love to participate!

Please let me share my stamping story....

My son was diagnosed with bone cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma) when he was 11. I am blessed to report he is a SURVIVOR.. going on 7 years! His protocol was 5 different chemo drugs for a year..all of it had to be given inpatient. His low counts and constant fevers forced us to keep him isolated from everyone. My husband and girls were 300 miles away...so it was just the two of us most of the time.

Loved ones would send Thomas packages. Cards, markers, puzzles...and sometimes, a new ballcap! One day a package arrived addressed to ME! It was from my sweet friend, Melanie, who had recently learned of Thomas's diagnosis. She was a stamper, who had signed up with Stampin' Up. Inside the box were markers, paper, paper cutter, envelopes, ink, an idea book, and...a brand new set of stamps! I still have them! I put them together wrong (of course)!

My girls were able to join us during spring break, and we stamped everything! We even shared our treasure with our friends at the Ronald House. I had no idea that so much healing could come from red rubber!!

My son eventually required his own stamps..(the retired wolf set became his fav) and he made his own thank you cards He's very creative...but his creativity would really shine when he was stamping on MORPHINE!

Ironically, I when I thanked Melanie for my "blessing in a box", I told her that I loved stamping...but I thought it might be an expensive hobby.

I had NO idea!

SCS is my homepage, been a lurker for years and am in awe of the talent that is shared. I participate in the challenges (not brave enough to post anything) am a fanclub member.....and I've enthusiastically supported my friend Melanie's Stampin' Up business for the last 7 years!

Yep...I'm hooked! Nothing provides instant gratification like cardmaking. I am the mother of 4 children, wife to a wonderful man of 28 years and own my own embroidery shop. When my day has tanked, and I feel like I totally blew it...I can grab some ink and rubber, make a card for a friend who is struggling, stick a stamp on it and go to bed feeling like I accomplished SO much!!

Thanks for letting me share!

Blessings,
Elaine
Elaine,
Thank you for taking the time to post this. I was very touched by your story. This is the first time I've seen this new challenge, and reading through it I knew that I should participate. After reading your post, I know I will participate. It is good to be reminded how much simple gestures can mean to those who are struggling.
God bless you and your son
Arin
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