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Friday, September 14, 2012

One more post about non-cancer websites

Thanks for the indulgence to link to something not directly about Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Here is the Wall of Websites that were started or improved by women taking part in the Startup Training School One K in 1 Day event:

In case you ever wondered about the power of women using technology, this site should show you the evidence!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Activities in my life - a new website!

There was one thing that cancer brought into my life that I hadn't experienced much before - not an increased love of life (I was already well-aware of how precious life is, as any military wife grows to realize), nor a new zest for physical activity (the head hurts when it bounces - 'nuf said) - it was making jewelry that made other people light up and smile when they looked at it and tried it on.
I have been making and selling it now for a couple of years through my company Teresa Hartman Designs - and have now made a website for it: . (If the link doesn't work yet, it only got switched on today - evidently the servers have to chew on it awhile before moving it to the new address.)
It is a beginning that has taken place in a year full of endings of one sort or another, and I am so glad I took the chance and made it happen. It was due to the encouragement of the One K in 1 Day project, an online group of 1000 business women around the world that joined to get their websites onto the Internet. This was a one day event, but if you are interested in taking on something like this (and yes, you DO have the know-how to make it happen, especially with the support this group gives), check out the source company in Great Britain that led the group as it leads others to success -

Friday, September 07, 2012

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation has updated its website

You can check out its new website here:
They have reorganized the patient information, arranged information specific to researchers, and generally improved the site overall. Please consider this wonderful organization in your estate planning or annual gift list - 100% of the monies donated go towards Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma research.

They also offer a link to the partner organization that has a ACC support message board: ACCOI . Their list is a Yahoo Group - sign up and see if it offers you information or even just a place to make comments that others facing or having faced similar situations can support you and/or your family members. (If you are a free Yahoo email user as I am, watch it that Yahoo doesn't turn off your account if you don't check in every so often - I lost all my previous messages that way, and only now have been renewing my contact with the group.)

Thanks to both ACCRF and ACCOI for the work they do on behalf of ACC wearers like me. This ACC wearer appreciates all the fights you take on to keep information and research flowing!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Finally, I am in fashion

I saw this post on the Fusion Beads blog (a really great bead store that I really must visit again soon!):
Pantone Fashion Trend Color Report Fall 2012

Please note that one of the colors is Titanium. My temporal plate that was installed in 2007 is made of that material. I will interpret this cosmic coincidence as the Cheeky Librarian is now at the height of fashion as deemed by Pantone.

Ok, ok, maybe not - but as a jewelry maker, I am pretty excited to see this range of colors for the coming season.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

For those of us with rearranged ears or radiated necks: Comfy Earrings!

Since I no longer have spices or flavors to jazz up my days, bling pretty much has to pick up the slack. I love making and wearing (and sharing!) my necklaces that I make and sell through Teresa Hartman Designs (website coming real soon!). But earrings have just escaped me. When the surgeons went after the first tumor, my ear was removed and replaced closer to my head (gee, hope you aren't reading this during a meal...), and got even closer after the radiation took place.  Think Steven Colbert, only with a 50+ female face attached. I have not been able to wear post earrings since then, 6 years now, since the sharp point in the back hits my radiated neck and no amount of bling can overcome a day long pain in the neck. I gave my entire collection of jewelry to number one daughter (made her day, I can tell you!). I have stuck with hoops, especially those that have few pointy parts near my head, and basically really glad I still have an ear to hang something in.
I just learned about these earrings: Comfy Earrings
The owner says on her site that she merged the best things about regular earrings and body jewelry (yep, I too have noted that body jewelry has smoother backs for more comfortable wearing). Give it a look-see. These might fit your needs.
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