Thank you for visiting Treasuring Women With Breast Cancer.com. This site is designed for families and friends of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Why This Site?
We started this site to help you show your love, care and support to the important women in your life who have breast cancer. I wrote the first book, Writing Treasuring Notes for the Breast Cancer Journey, to help family and friends support women with breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Journey takes time and is very hard to travel alone. Many times, caring people struggle with what to say. This site provides you with the resources to admire, encourage and appreciate your loved one with written treasuring notes.

What My Friend Judy Told Me
My friend Judy W. is a spiritual companion. She has listened to me and given me feedback at different times on life’s journey, and she conducts retreats for women. Judy read the book and wrote me this note. I’ve posted a scanned version along with the text below it.

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Dear Dave,
I was so honored to receive your book. What a labor of love and tribute to your wife, Cheryl and the many women who travel this difficult journey.

So many people, including family, are at a loss for what to day or do when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer, so they say nothing or pull back. You have given them the gift of words – the treasure of vocabulary n a devastating situation.

Just the reflection exercises and the L.O.V.E. Compass will loosen the “feelings” and delve to a deeper level.” As I read, I thought that this is a book that can be sued on multiple levels and with any serious illness. What value it gives to a person’s life – that they are treasured, noticed, affirmed and supported.

But it gives the reader the idea to be aware, to pay attention, notice. Living awake brings us to a new appreciation and understanding and brings us to gratitude and a deeper spirituality. It is so beneficial for the care giver as the patient. Thank you, Dave, for the jewels in your book.

Blessings…All is grace,
Judy

Having Breast Cancer is Hard!!
Every year, hundreds of thousands of women of all ages are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is horrible.  Many women do recover. Every year, tens of thousands of women die of cancer.

Who gets breast cancer? Wives. Daughters. Moms. Sisters. Grandmothers. Aunts. Nieces. Friends. Neighbors. Colleagues and co-workers. People who are close to you and who matter a great deal to you.

According to the American Cancer Society, the estimates for 2013 are staggering. More than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States. Nearly 40,000 women in the U.S. may die from breast cancer during this year.

Click here to see the 2013 Breast Cancer statistics.

Our Personal Story
My wife Cheryl was diagnosed with DCIS, ductile carcinoma in situ, a Stage 0 breast cancer in June, 2009. A mammogram revealed a dense mass in her right breast and a biopsy confirmed that cancerous cells were present.

After consulting with several doctors, we tried a lumpectomy to remove the mass. That surgery was not successful. Six weeks later, a mastectomy was done. Then, Cheryl spent another six months preparing for reconstructive breast surgery. The entire journey and recovery took about 15 months. The journey involves doctor appointments, good news and bad news, surgeries, post-recovery, treatment and reactions to treatment, living in the shadow of a life-threatening disease.

During that time, I wrote frequent “I Treasure You” treasuring notes to Cheryl to encourage her, to validate her feelings, to tell her how precious she was, to share my thoughts and words of love with her. Cheryl would read these notes throughout the day and it helped her cope with her breast cancer journey. That entire time, I was walking the journey toward wellness with her. Every day.

As family, we made sure that she was affirmed, loved, and valued for herself. We did that through a regular practice of writing personal treasuring notes.

Treasuring is Part of the Cure
Getting the best medical treatment and taking good care is only part of the solution to recovery. Women with breast cancer need to feel love and support.

Personal treasuring notes are written from the heart. They are touching, one-to-one expressions of love, care and support. Receiving, reading and keeping a written treasuring note is a very real way to open your heart to treasure your loved one.

The truth is, many women recover from breast cancer as survivors. Some women die and go on to a new, brighter life. The journey is different for every woman. You can play an important role by sharing your thoughts, feeling and words in a way that shows how precious she is to you. The cure to loving is to express that love.

Use the Resources on This Site
The resources on this site are designed to help you write these short love notes on a regular basis. To walk the journey to recovery from breast cancer with your loved one. And, sometimes that journey may take you where you don’t want to go.

Feel free to browse through this site. Sign up for the free How to Cure the Bad News of Breast Cancer report and emails with treasuring tips. Order the books and resources we offer on this site and use them to treasure the women in your life.

Breast cancer is serious, so take action and get serious to show how much you care. Life is a priceless treasure. Let the women in your life know how much they mean to you. Get started today.

God treasures you and so do we,

Dave and Cheryl Pipitone

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