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In May, 2006, Carolyn Newman was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  After chemotherapy, radical bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, radiation and a hysterectomy, Carolyn is cancer free!  With the help of her friends, family and doctors, she became a warrior on a mission to ensure her cancer would never return. 

Just when she thought she was through the rough spots, she was diagnosed with lymphedema in her right arm.  Most women who have had breast surgery, lymph nodes removed and/or radiation are required by their doctors to purchase compression sleeves.  These sleeves come in a very ordinary skin tone color and are specially measured for each woman.  Carolyn and countless other women must wear these compression sleeves for their rest of their lives.

Warrior Wear, Inc.®  is committed to helping make cancer survivors feel and look beautiful.  Arm Candy™, protective fashion wear for compression sleeves was created to simply make the best of a bad situation.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Definition: Waiting For the Other Shoe To DropWaiting for a related announcement or event to occur after an initial announcement or situation. When waiting for the other shoe to drop, one expects a pending situation to occur that is dependent upon an initial event; Dear Friends and family: First of all I am fine.  I am healthy and whole and feeling rather spectacular !! It has been a while since my last email  to you all about how I am doing.  I recently had my three month check up with my fabulous Oncologist and I am doing really well.  In fact, I am now going every 6 months instead of every three months, so that must be a good sign. I am so grateful every day to have this life and enjoy the pleasures of living healthy.  I yearn to let fear go and have mostly conquered the demon.  On the other hand, I always have in the back of my mind… “When will the other shoe drop?”  In fact, I wonder if we ALL don’t think that about my situation?  Somewhere in the back of all our minds I think we all fear that.  Maybe I am wrong, but I can only tell you how I feel.  Sometimes, friends and family ask the “Question”.  That is  “what are your risks of recurrence?”   I am not sure how to answer that question and frankly I am not sure I really want to know.  Maybe it is better to keep on thinking that I am cured and that it will never come back.  That I am doing everything I can to keep cancer from coming back.  That it doesn’t have a snow ball’s chance in hell of ever entering my soul again.  If you have read my previous emails you will know that I have a “recurring” theme.  FEAR.  Well maybe we all do.  Maybe it is how we fight fear that is more important?  Maybe it is okay to think about the other shoe, but maybe it is better to think of it less often or recognize the fear and then let it go. Sometimes I run the scenario in my head… what would I do if it came back?  The answer is I would fight.  I would never give up because I have way too much happiness and love in my life to let it go.  I often feel that I called my cancer up.. dialed the number and answered the phone….saying to myself, my grandmother, my mother, my father all had cancer.. when is it my turn?  Maybe this fear and ability to let it go will help me conquer this demon and stop me from waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe this is normal?  What do you think? Love and Life
Carolyn
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Warrior Woman

I am here.  I am alive, I am healthy and I am happy.  I changed from victim to victor.  I became a warrior.  I faced what seemed to be insurmountable odds, but I took control of the situation in order to survive.

Many doctors, friends and family helped me through the darkest days, the days immediately following diagnosis.  One cancer survivor in particular made me realize it was my responsibility to believe in myself.  Her words resonated in my soul.  "You will live. You simply must believe in yourself!"  These powerful words became my lifeline.  I grabbed the rope and began pulling myself up, hand over hand, until I came out of my black hole of doubt and self-pity.

Winston Churchill wrote.  A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 

My decision was to find the opportunities in cancer, and live those opportunities with passion.  I guess I belong to that club; no one ever wants to join.  What I know about this club though, is that from the minute you are diagnosed with cancer, your life changes forever.  I believe that what counts most in this life is enjoying what time you have, be it 10 days or 100 years.  I also believe that being a member of this club requires helping your sisters, your mothers, your friends and many other women who are just starting on their journey and introduction to the club they never wanted to join. 

Upon reflection, I realize that a new life for me has emerged.  I summoned the courage to live, turning setbacks into comebacks.  I became my own warrior hero. 

When I was diagnosed with lymphedema in my right arm, once again I needed to summon my warrior mode. I now have to wear a compression sleeve on my arm every day. They are pretty ugly and I felt ugly wearing one.  I knew there had to be an easy way to cover the compression sleeve and that’s why I started a company with my BFF’s Lauren and Jolene, called Warrior Wear Inc.  Our first product is Arm Candy, a protective fashion accessory designed for breast cancer survivors who suffer from lymphedema or chronic arm swelling.  Arm Candy fashion sleeves from Warrior Wear, Inc. are designed to cover unsightly medical compression sleeves that must be worn daily.  We are now selling Arm Candy nationwide and on our website and select boutiques across America.  I am almost always stopped by women who are curious about my sleeves.  I proudly smile and say it’s Arm Candy for women who have lymphedema.  We want to give women  like me something that will make them feel like warriors… beautiful, strong and in control.

I now understand that when you are faced with a tragedy in life, you have a choice: to find the hero within, or to give up.  By choosing to uncover your own courage, strength and determination, you become a role model for others.

Carolyn Newman

President

Warrior Wear, Inc.

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