Oct
22

A Self Exam Saved Me

By Dianne Garica Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Dianne story: We moved from Utah to Indiana in October of 2005, away from all the friends and family we’d known all our lives, to start a new job and a new adventure. We found a wonderful neighborhood and school district, and slowly started to put our new lives together. The transition was difficult during the winter and holidays because we were use ...

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Oct
20

I Am a Survivor

By Debbie Lord Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Debbie's story: It began in May 2007. I went in for my annual check-up with my gynecologist. As he examined my right breast, he said, "Don't you feel this?" He took my hand and told me to feel the lump in my breast. It was the size of a pea or maybe a little bigger. He told me that I needed to have it biopsied and sent me right away to a surgeon. I had ...

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Oct
16

Throwback Thursday, Scentsy Canada!

It has been five amazing years since we launched in Canada.  During that time we've had SO much fun creating amazing memories with all of our fantastic Canadian Consultants, and as we reminisce we can't help but share a few of our favorite memories! Launching on Oct. 1, 2009 because that is where it all started Selling enough bars, laid end-to-end, to stretch from Niagara Falls to Disney World Nicknaming Dan "Canada Dan" Enrolling 61 amazing Consultants who have been with us since that first October five years ago Giving us a reason to bring back Birch the Beaver. There is something about his goofy grin we just can’t get enough of! Also, did you know you’re supposed to celebrate five year anniversaries with a gift related to wood? Really, we’re not kidding! See! And Birch the Beaver eats wood, so that counts, right? There are sooo many more memories! Since we could go on, and on, and on and never capture it all, ...

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Oct
15

Cancer Isn't for Sissies

By Lisa Liston Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.   Here is Lisa's story: Got my Diet Coke, ready for work, got my fourth-grader to school. I was so busy being a strong, single mom without health insurance that I didn't have time to get to that first “fun” mammogram. "Lisa," the doctor said, “You've had that script since January, for over six months! You better get it done. You know your his ...

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Oct
13

Loving What's On the Inside

By Kathy Young Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.  Here is Kathy's story: I had just turned 40, given birth to my third child, and life was great. About six months after Brecklyn was born, we were watching football in the basement, which we do every Sunday with friends, and I noticed a lump in my left breast. Figuring it was a blocked milk duct from nursing, I wrote it off. After all, no one in my family had eve ...

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Oct
10

Prettiest in Pink Scentsy Contest!

Submit your PINKEST photo to Instagram using #PrettiestinPink by 12 p.m. (MT) on Oct. 20 for a chance to win one or more PINK Scentsy products!  We’re all seeing/wearing/sharing PINK to help celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Scentsy we want to do everything we can to help spread a message of continued hope to breast cancer survivors and encourage awareness and early detection through mammograms. This cause has always been close to our hearts here at Scentsy. In fact, the Scentsy Family Foundation is currently supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S. and Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada for the second time with our Charitable Cause Warmer, Ribbons of Hope.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t you just love the peekaboo ribbon in the dish? Ribbons of Hope is the stylish successor to our beloved 2010 Love, Life, Hope Warmer. Love, Life, Hope is still one of our most successful Cause Warmers to date. We were thrilled to donate $646,779 to the National Breast C ...

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Oct
08

Return of the GUAC!

We recently posted about the epic Guac-Off held at our home office in Meridian, Idaho. However, we denied your tingling tastebuds a recipe! Most of the Guac-Off creations were created from the heart, on the fly. However, we were able to convince one guac master to share a tried and true recipe. This version of her recipe includes Velata Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub (which she insists is her new secret ingredient!) We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Perfect Guacamole 3 medium-size ripe avocados ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno (if you prefer a very mild guacamole, remove the jalapeno’s seeds) ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons Velata Lemon Garlic Artisan Rub Juice from one medium-size lime Salt and pepper to taste Mix together onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Add unm ...

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Oct
07

I’m a Soldier! I can fight this and win.

By Robin Dennis Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories. Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.  Here is Robin's Story: In 2007, I was ordered to mobilize in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the U.S. Army Reserves. I decided to see my gynecologist before I left, not realizing that appointment would change my life forever.  After asking my doctor about a small lump I found underneath my left armpit, she suggested I see a surgeon to have it removed. Th ...

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Oct
01

Bars Behind Bars!

This October, wax is the new black. That’s right, folks: Bring Back My Bar is coming to you live from the slammer. The stoney lonesome. The clink. Or as we like to call it, the clamshell hotel.

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Oct
01

I chose life

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.


As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories.


Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories. 

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Oct
22

A Self Exam Saved Me

By Dianne Garica

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories.

Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.  

Here is Dianne story:

We moved from Utah to Indiana in October of 2005, away from all the friends and family we’d known all our lives, to start a new job and a new adventure. We found a wonderful neighborhood and school district, and slowly started to put our new lives together.

The transition was difficult during the winter and holidays because we were used to sharing them with familiar people and places. Spring was a welcome relief from the gray, wintery days, and summer brought everyone out of their homes to get to know each other again after being cooped up for so long.

In July, I realized that the aching and stinging I’d felt in one of my breasts had been there a while, and after doing a careful self-examination, I thought I felt a lump. I called immediately to schedule a mammogram and was told that since I had a finding I would need a diagnostic mammogram, a possible ultrasound, and would need to contact my previous medical facility in Salt Lake to have them send my records.

After a very anxious week, my husband and I were finally able to get in for the appointment and, after being told that my mammogram didn’t show anything, we were sent across the hall for the ultrasound.

To this day, I believe that because I’d done a self-exam and could tell the radiologist exactly where the lump was, he was able to locate it by ultrasound and tell us that from the look of it, it was most likely cancer.

We were scheduled the next morning for a core needle biopsy and had to wait another few days for the results. During this time, some of the neighbors that I’d met were aware of the circumstances and doing their best to comfort and console me -- someone they hardly knew.

I was distraught that I had no family to spend time with and no one who really knew me apart from my husband and son. On Friday morning, we received the call that it was indeed breast cancer.

I wish I could say that the next few months and years were a blur, but I actually remember almost every moment of it all. Every feeling, sight, and sound are still with me today.

It would make sense if I wished it had never happen and that I’d never gone through it, but the truth? I’m so grateful for the bonds that were forged, the wonderful people that I met, and for finding strength that I never knew I had to get through something so frightening.

My husband was amazing, as was my son, and our family grew so much stronger through the experience.

My stepdaughters were on the phone with me frequently, and I had a chance to find out just how much they loved me.

My long-distance family did what they could and some even visited, but the people who took care of me (us) were the neighbors, school friends, church friends, and other women who were also diagnosed and placed in my path along the way.

And I learned to say “I love you” more often.

In February of 2011, I finally took the plunge and joined Scentsy after my neighbor, Shelli Anderson, asked me to for what seemed like the 20th time! Three and a half years later, two Scentsy trips, many events, parties, and orders later, I love the people I’ve met. I’ve discovered just what I’m capable of doing, and am eight years cancer free. I wouldn’t change a thing!


Oct
20

I Am a Survivor

By Debbie Lord

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women with one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness throughout the month and honor the brave women who have been touched by breast cancer, we are sharing some of our Scentsy Consultants’ stories.

Many Scentsy Consultants have been touched by this disease, and we are grateful for their candor in sharing their stories with all of us. We hope you will check back on the Scentsy blog throughout October to read more of these compelling stories.  

Here is Debbie's story:

It began in May 2007.

I went in for my annual check-up with my gynecologist. As he examined my right breast, he said, "Don't you feel this?" He took my hand and told me to feel the lump in my breast. It was the size of a pea or maybe a little bigger.

He told me that I needed to have it biopsied and sent me right away to a surgeon. I had another mammogram, and then they did the needle biopsy. Ouch! That was painful.

I can't remember how long it took to get the results, but when I went back to the surgeon, she told me the bad news.

Before I went to this appointment, my mom said she would go with me. I didn't think I would get that news, so I told her she didn't need to go.

I work at the hospital where all this took place. I went back to work and said I needed to call my mom. They told me to go home.

When I got to my house, my mom was there, and that's when I lost it. My mom and dad were there with me through the whole journey.

The next part was telling my kids. All three of them lived away at the time, so this news happened over the phone.

I remember when I talked to my son. He got really quiet and said he didn't know what to say. I said, “Nobody knows what to say.” But I told him that I was NOT going curl to up in a little ball and feel sorry for myself. I was going to think POSITIVE. And he said, “Then that's what I will do.”

And that's just what I did.

I believe if you have a positive attitude, it helps tremendously! But I could not have gotten through it without my three Fs: my FAMILY, FRIENDS, and FAITH.

My family was there for me all of the time. The day I had surgery, my youngest daughter was able to come home and be with me. My mom was there and my two BFFs.

My mom never wanted me to go to a treatment alone, so she took me to most. There were a couple of times when my brother-in-law dropped me off and then my sister picked me up.

My friends helped with chores, sent me cards and gifts, and prayed for me. Without those prayers and my faith in God, I couldn't have gotten through it all. God answered all those prayers.

I was lucky in that my doctor caught it early, and it was only a stage 1 cancer.

On the day of surgery, my surgeon said she wouldn't know until she got in there if she would have to take the whole breast or not. She didn't have to because it was only in one quadrant. So I had a lumpectomy. But I still had to go through six rounds of chemo and 35 rounds of radiation.

After my first round of chemo, they said my hair would start falling out after about two weeks. Sure enough, it did.

My son happened to be home that week and asked me if I could shave his head. I said, “If I shave yours, you have to shave mine!” And so we had a bonding experience shaving each other’s heads!

Each time I go for my check-up with my oncologist, I pray that the mammogram comes out clean and that they don't find any lumps. So far, that has been the news, and I pray I never have to go through it again.

I AM a SURVIVOR!



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