Monday, June 27, 2011

How Are Your Tatas?

How are your tatas??

Yeah, you read that right. Today I’m talking about the tatas!

We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, right? So what if you could spend the summer reading some great short stories from really wonderful authors AND you could help fund breast cancer research come October?

Well, here’s your chance. I am so proud to be a part of a great fund raising effort by Omnfic Publishing this summer that will benefit Save the Tatas Foundation. Omnific has put together two separate anthologies that will be released on July 5th and for sale through the summer. The best part is that ALL the proceeds from the sales of these two books will be donated to Save the Tatas Foundation in October.

Breast cancer is one of those things that when you hear about it, very few people can’t tell you about someone they know or knew that has dealt with it in some way. I thought that I would share a few stories about how my life has been touched by this disease and how important it is for us to find a way to fight it.

I first became aware of breast cancer as a little girl when my grandmother, who I adored and we had lived with for several years when my parents divorced, was hospitalized. Apparently she had found a lump in her breast and within weeks they discovered that the cancer was so advanced, had metastasized and was ravaging her body. I was six years old, and only knew that my mom was crying all the time and going to the hospital to visit my grandma every night. My grandma passed away not long after being hospitalized. Even though I was young, I was very attached to her, and missed her terribly, but didn’t understand really what breast cancer was.

As I grew up, I started to understand more about breast cancer, and the importance of checking for lumps. When you have a history of the disease in your family, all the precautions are in the forefront of your mind. Every year when I would go for that dreaded exam, I would hold my breath during the breast exam…waiting for the doctor to tell me that he found something that I missed. Then it happened last October (of all months, right?). I had been putting off getting my first mammogram (I was 41 with a history in my family so I should have had at least one already). Bad move on my part. My heart nearly sank when I was told that they found something on my mammogram and I would have to have another one for clarification. Panic flooded me. What would I do if I had breast cancer? What about my kids? Of course the next appointment that I could get was almost a week later.

I spent a week silently worrying about my future, my kids’ future, how my husband would be able to manage (I do a lot around here!). I only told one of my friends about it, and tried not to let my husband know really how scared I was, but I was TERRIFIED!

The week finally passed and I went back for my follow up mammogram. Fortunately, what they had seen on the first mammogram was only a cyst and I was given a clean bill of health. But, as I was walking out of the building, I saw a woman who had been in the waiting room with me; her husband had her wrapped in his arms and she was crying…getting good news had never seemed so empty. No matter how lucky I was, there would always be someone else who was going to have to fight this horrible disease.

Finally, I want to tell you about a good friend of mine who I think is one of the bravest women I know. Her name is Stephanie Swartz, and she is smart, and funny, and a FABULOUS photographer (check out her work here) and graphic artist.

I’ve talked about how I love Facebook, and this is just one of the reasons that I do. Recently I was lucky enough to become part of a group on Facebook that put me in touch with several people that I went to high school with. My friend Stephanie was one of those people. What’s really funny is that Stephanie and I knew each other in high school, but didn’t know we knew each other, but have become great friends now. Well, not only did I discover that Stephanie used to run around with my brother in-law in high school, but that she was a breast cancer survivor.

Stephanie had no history of breast cancer in her family so, when she was diagnosed at 36 she was more than surprised. Five years and two mastectomies later, Stephanie is open about her experience, and wants to make sure that women are aware of how this disease can attack anyone. It doesn’t matter that you don’t fall into the “high risk” group – all women are at risk and need to be aware of their bodies.

Oh, and I mentioned that Stephanie was a graphic artist, but I forgot to mention that she designed both of the covers for Omnific’s Summer Lovin’ Anthologies. For Stephanie, as for everyone at Omnific from the authors to the editors to the production team to the marketing team it was so rewarding and important to donate their time and talent for this wonderful cause.

So if your life has been touched by this disease, here is a great way to make a difference while getting to enjoy some wonderful summer romance. You can take your pick from sweet to sultry - or buy both and double the donation and get ALL of the wonderful stories!)

If sweet and romantic love is what you crave this summer, then Summer Breeze is the book for you!

What’s better than lying on the beach with a great story to read? How about lying on the beach with seven great stories to read? Whether you're going to the beach or you just wish you were, Omnific Publishing's Summer Lovin' Anthology is a compilation of romantic short stories that will whisk you away on a sweet escape.
Sweeten up your summer reading and contribute to a great cause at the same time. Omnific Publishing has partnered with the Save the Ta Tas Foundation and all proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization. Read the romance and do your part to Save the Ta Tas!
This collection of sweet summer romances brings together seven of Omnific Publishing’s authors for some “breezy” romantic reading. In just one book, you can find Carol Oates’ Irish mythical storytelling, Jennifer Lane’s sassy swimmer, and Hannah Downing’s second chance at first love. While Nicki Elson spins a beautiful tale of remembered love, Killian McRae employs a modern twist with her technology-based romance, and Sarah Glover tells the story of best friends’ summer discovery. Rounded out with Susan Kaye Quinn’s glimpse into the next chapter of her Life, Liberty and Pursuit gang, this anthology offers something for everyone to get lost in this summer.

If hot and steamy is what you’re looking for to keep things heated up this summer, then Heat Wave is the one for you.

Heat up your summer reading and contribute to a great cause at the same time. Omnific Publishing has partnered with the Save the Ta Tas Foundation and all proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization. Read the romance and do your part to Save the Ta Tas!
In this anthology, you'll find six steamy romance stories by some of your favorite authors for some “heated” reading. Fans of paranormal romance will enjoy Robin DeJarnett’s vampire lovers and Lisa Sanchez’s unexpectedly compatible lovers. While Debra Anastasia transports you to a long ago time for some steamy romance, Jessica McQuinn brings you back to the hot protectors of modern day. BJ Thornton and Kasi Alexander dip into the exotic with their touch of super sexy. There’s something in this collection to get every reader’s temperature rising!

So remember on July 5th to head to Omnific Publishing and purchase your copies of Summer Lovin’ Anthologies. They are only available through September so make sure you get them before they’re gone!

And don’t forget to make your appointment for a mammogram this year!

Next week it's the Fourth of July! And what better time to give you a quick peek at my's men in uniform (SWAT) of course!

And now on to the Blog Hop! Make sure to check out everyone's today to see their posts on the Summer Lovin' Anthologies!

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  1. Hi Jessica,
    How sad about your grandmother and I hear ya about trepidation of getting your own mammogram with a family history of cancer. Did the tech tell you it's quite common to want a second scan for your first mammogram? I just had one last year and they warned me about that, which could've saved some panic had they wanted another scan. I'm so glad it was just a cyst.

    Thank you for sharing Stephanie's story. I absolutely love the covers, especially since the beach is my favorite place.

  2. It is so very cool that our cover designer is a two time, awesome survivor! She's a talented, brave lady.

  3. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  4. Your grandmother would be so proud of this gorgeous post, Jessica. You brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait to read your story.

  5. Condolences about your grandmother.

    Your blog is beautiful, and thanks for sharing more of Stephanie's story.