A visit with Caridad Pineiro and giveaway *part of “Cancer” Week*

Today it is with great pleasure we welcome author, Caridad Pinerio to My Book Addiction. I hope you will join us in welcoming Caridad here and be sure to check out her great stories!

It’s October and you’re probably seeing a lot of pink around since it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I can’t impress on you enough how important it is that you do your self-checks and go in for regular mammograms.  Like that old saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It’s an adage that we all need to think about when we discuss cancer in general.  Being overweight, lack of exercise, stress and smoking are all things which we can control in order to reduce our risk of getting cancer.

I know, I know.  I’m sounding preachy, but once your life has been touched by cancer, you get a new perspective on things.

I was 22 when my mom died of cancer.  My sister was only 20 and in her last year of college.  One of my mom’s greatest dreams and something she had worked so hard to achieve for “her girls” was to see us graduate college.  She only got to see part of her dream come true and watching my sister graduate without my mom there was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.

But that wasn’t the only thing my mom missed.

My mom didn’t see us get married.  She didn’t see me graduate law school, something my mom had planned on us doing together before she got sick.  She didn’t see all the lovely grandkids we’ve had or see those grandkids graduate college.

She would have been so proud of that because my mom valued education.  She knew it was the one way that we would accomplish the American Dream.

She never read any of my books.  I think she might have been proud of that as well since my mom was an avid reader. (Although I might have been a little embarrassed to know mom was reading one of “those scenes”.)

My mom missed all of those wonderful things because she was a smoker and couldn’t quit.  She also ignored the little warning signs that should have said to her to go get a physical.  Maybe if we had caught it sooner, things might have been different.

So during this month filled with pinkness and hope, do something for yourself as well as for others.  Ask yourself what you can do to make , yourself healthier.  Lose some weight, get more active, relax  or quit smoking.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your loved ones who will miss you every day of your(their) life once you are gone too soon.

 

Thank you Caridad for your inspiring tale, hard as it is to read, it does inspire. As Caridad says take care of yourself, not just this month but all year. Now because Caridad is the awesome woman she is, she’s offered up a copy of SINS OF THE FLESH, as well as a Lost Polo Shirt! Thank you so much Caridad. Now this is part of our “cancer” week so yes once again there is a “goodie bag”, same as before with bath and body product, a notepad that is too cute, a book or two(these will vary with the bags and are in print),swag, and of course the tote itself that says “fight like a girl” plus an ebook copy of ENTANGLED.

So as with the other days we will have 2 winners. Giveaway for the “goodie bag” is open to everyone. Goodluck.

If you would like more information on types of cancers, signs, things you can do to help fight/prevent cancer, and things to help you fight this monster be sure to visit :

http://www.cancer.gov/

You can find Caridad at her website ,facebook,twitter

 

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A blogger’s post for “cancer week”

Hello all,

A fellow blogger and friend, Leagh, has done a great post on ENTANGLED, at her blog. Please take a moment and stop by to comment and check out her blog.

http://romancebookcraze.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-support-breast-cancer-research.html?zx=33a49dbe7f34e317

Thank you Leagh for taking part in my “cancer” week. If anyone else has done a post or is helping to spread the word let me know. And since is taking part in this week yep this post means another chance to win a copy of ENTANGLED. Now this giveaway is only for ENTANGLED, but you have to comment at Leagh’s blog then come back and let me know you did.

Thanks all!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is great, but I thought I’d take a week to do a “cancer” week. This week here at My Book Addiction and More we will be featuring various authors/friends and running a daily giveaway.

Today is my day, tomorrow author Lisa Renee Jones is visiting, Wednesday author Colleen Coble is stopping by, Thursday is author Donna Grant’s day, Friday is author Caridad Pineiro’s day, on Monday we’ll have author Cynthia Eden for the final Cancer week visit and author Jodi Thomas will be here as well.  Now each day from today, October 17th, until Tuesday,October 25th, 2011 we will give away a copy of ENTANGLED, an anthology that was released by some great authors and the proceeds from every sale is going to Cancer Research, here is a link to ENTANGLED, http://www.cynthiaeden.com/books/entangled/.

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Now for my blog post. Today I wanted to kick off this week by telling you a bit about my mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Whitley Keel. Now I know there are jokes about mother-in-laws and how bad they are, and while mine could drive me nuts, I loved her. She was truly like another mother, she’d get mad at me, she’d tell me things that hurt, but she loved me. She treated me just like her son, same as my mom does. My mom loved her as well. When me and my husband married we really did merge our families. My mother-in-law, who I always called, Mrs. Ann, was a great woman. She left behind a husband and only one son, my husband, and 2 grandchildren. She passed away too young.

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The image above is Mrs. Ann, my husband, and my father-in-law, Ray, it was taken on our wedding day, June 22, 1996.

Mrs. Ann battled breast cancer 15yrs earlier and won. Then she got a different form of cancer that took her life. She was a strong woman who battled this disease with grace and courage. I’m including various images of her. I’ve battled with what to write, she wasn’t perfect, but she was Mrs. Ann. She was a good woman, had her faith, and loved her family. I miss her still today. She knew before the doctors ever told her that she had cancer and that this time she wouldn’t win the battle, but she still fought it. We so wish she’d have won that battle, there are times when anger will peek it’s head up for all of us, anger that she died so young, anger that a cure hasn’t been found, anger that she didn’t fight harder. While we know she did all she could, I’m not gonna lie and say it’s not there. Here is one of my favorite images of Mrs. Ann, this is her as a little girl,

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02-03-2008 02;16;32PManother favorite image of mine, Mrs. Ann with my husband a little boy. I just love the look of this image.

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The image above is one most say looks the most like her,she was a smoker and there was nothing we could do to change that, and nope Lung Cancer wasn’t what took her life.

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The above image is hazy but this is my mom and Mrs. Ann on our wedding day. Me and my husband are extremely lucky we didn’t/don’t have one mother who loves us we have two. They both love us and can get angry at us, and don’t always take their child’s side in moments but through all we know no matter what both of these wonderful amazing woman will always love us. We are their children and for that we thank God. He couldn’t have picked better mother’s for either of us. Thank you God for giving us the mothers you did, we treasured our time with Mrs.Ann and miss her. We know each day is a blessing with my mother and pray we get to keep her for a LONG time.

If you would like to share your stories with us please do so. We will be featuring various authors later this week, some may talk about cancer, others not. I hope you will enjoy these posts and that you will learn things or find hope. I’m including a link to various resources for Cancer if you’d like to help out, help us promote ENTANGLED so tons of money can be given to research.

American Cancer Society

National Cancer, How to find Resources in Community

Susan G Komen for the Cure

Cancer Centers of America

There are so many more links I could provide. If you all would like me to, please let me know. For now I’ll give you details on how you can win a copy of ENTANGLED, ebook format only.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a goodie bag with some bath and body products, a note pad, a tote(says “fight like a girl”) and a few surprises, along with an ebook copy of ENTANGLED, all you have to do is comment here.I’d love it if you tweeted about this post and this week, helped us spread the word about ENTANGLED but I’m not making it a must. Just comment and you’ll be given a chance to win. This giveaway is open everywhere. Good luck and I hope you all will come back the rest of this week.

hugs,

WendyK

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