Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Hi!
I am blogging because I just registered online for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
When I registered online, I was issued my own personal fundraising web page. It explains what Relay For Life is and why I chose to get involved. My web page also has my fundraising goal and how much money I’ve raised so far.


Please visit my page, and while you’re there....why not make a donation to the American Cancer Society?  Or better yet, sign up to join us for the event!  It’s going to fall on my 30th birthday weekend and I cant think of a better way to celebrate!

Your donation will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays - the amount you donate will count towards my fundraising goal.
Thank you so much for your help - I will keep you updated on my progress!


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

ok, I'm using my blog for propaganda today, but hey, its my blog!

After an amazing weekend at the American Cancer Society Mid-South Headquarters, I'm committed more than ever to funding research and all the things needed to finding a cure for cancer.  Most cancers are preventable, but we need to get the word out.  There is a group called the ACS Cancer Action Network (or ACS CAN) and they are the friends who STAND up on THE HILL and keep the decision makers straight.  They are making budget cuts again and cancer research along with the auxiliary medical things that affect us are on the line.  We can make a difference!  Please read below about how you can get involved.  (BTW, I have a few ideas of things that we could cut....that aren't saving lives!)


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We've all heard it, friends.

Congress has created a “supercommittee” whose job is to find more than one trillion dollars in cuts to the budget. And, they’ve re-started work on a budget for next year that will cut billions.

But, what about things like cancer research and early detection programs that are working -- that are saving lives?

Who will protect such lifesaving funding from this mandate for cuts?

Friends, it's up to us. It's up to you and me and volunteers just like you across the nation, working together with ACS CAN to ensure that the voice of cancer patients is heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.

In just one minute - yes, only one minute - you can do three things to make sure we're all ready to stand up and fight for cancer patients. Can you spare one minute right now to help us continue saving lives from cancer?

www.acscan.org/1minute

We know that nearly half of all cancer deaths could be prevented through prevention and early detection. We know that research can eliminate suffering and death from cancer. And we know the impact of significant cuts on American lives could be devastating.

But what we don't know yet is if Congress is ready to stand up and fight for this lifesaving funding. These are tough budget times for our country and some cuts do need to be made, but it shouldn’t be to the research and prevention programs that are saving lives from cancer every day.

Please take one minute right now. It's easy, quick and doesn't cost you a penny. But the lives you can save - men, women and children - are priceless.

www.acscan.org/1minute

Thank you,

Brian Rubenstein
Associate Director, Grassroots at ACS CAN

P.S. We're hearing that a key U.S. Senate committee might vote on a budget as early as next week. So, please act now.





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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

O-U-A-C-H-I-T-A

My favorite Ouachita memories involve these ladies:

While the memories in Frances Crawford East and Maddox flood my mind, its the 7 years since graduation that are the most meaningful.

I could write about the posters we made for serenades in the courtyard, getting ready to go on TWIRP dates, packing to go on outings with boys we barely knew, trash schedules, late night trips to the ER, Friends running on our TV all night, some boy showing up at our door with a green frog floatie for our birthday, lighting candles when we weren't supposed to (sorry, Keldon!), watching April's dad hang Ansel Adams pics in our "living room" and wondering if she was related to the artist, a road trip to Durant complete with black and white film, helping Brooke poof her hair for a special Valentine's date, Arby's runs on Saturdays and watching Lifetime movies...  but I''ll leave the specific details of those days out!

Instead, my favorite moments with these girls are showers, weddings, pageants, cookouts, big girl sleep overs (meaning we go to be early and get up early), and new babies.

The special time we shared in 71998 created lifelong friendships.  I remember the day I called each one of these girls in March of 2008 to tell them I had cancer.  It was so difficult.

April was in a dressing room trying on dresses for Lindsey's wedding.
Lindsey was on a Friday night date with her soon to be husband.
Lacey and I played phone tag for a couple days.
Brooke and I were both driving down the highway.

I'm not sure what happened in the moments after I hung up with each of them, but I do know the moments I shared with them, they were calm, understanding, and sympathetic.  Reactions I so desperately needed at the time.

I remember getting a care package full of goodies for chemo and stuffed with feathers for packing (that book still has feather hairs and glitter in the binding).  I remember walking in to my appointment where I found out my treatment routine and Lacey's mom was standing in the lobby of the building to go in with me.  I remember April and Derek picking me up to drive to Dallas for Lindsey's wedding and I slept the whole way there and back.  I wouldn't have missed that weekend for anything, but I was too weak to drive myself.  Then, there was the one chemo weekend that my mom and dad couldn't come in town and Lacey came to stay with me.  We ate Burger King and watched every "Love comes....." movie in the series.  We laughed and cried together through each one and sweet Matt let us have our own time together.

And, I will forever cherish being asked this past spring to come to come to Cabot Relay for Life and share my story.  I watched Brooke and Robert lift an offering of praise and then we walked hand in hand in silence during the luminaria lap.  It was a truly special moment.

These girls are like sisters to me and Ouachita gave me that.

I remember every year when I worked in Admissions and we would gather with Mrs. Frazier with the housing folders of every new student and the comment was always made "no pressure, we're just helping them pick who will be in their wedding".  While it was meant as a proverbial tongue-in-cheek joke, it was true.

The people you meet at Ouachita really are your lifelong friends.  They are the people you call when you are in your darkest places and who you rejoice with in life's greatest victories.

My greatest Ouachita memories are being made right now!













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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gov. Beebe declares Sept. 6 as Ouachita Baptist University Day


August 31, 2011 Gov. Mike Beebe, the keynote speaker for Ouachita Baptist University’s opening chapel of the academic year, presented a proclamation declaring Sept. 6, 2011, as Ouachita Baptist University Day in the state of Arkansas.

The Aug. 30 chapel service served as a kickoff event for Ouachita’s 125th anniversary celebration throughout the fall semester. Sept. 6, 1886, marked the first day of classes for Ouachita Baptist College, with an inaugural fall enrollment of 166 students. During the ensuing 125 years, the university has grown to an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students from more than 30 states and 40 nations.

The proclamation presented by Gov. Beebe to Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr., notes that Ouachita “has operated continuously since 1886 to meet the educational needs of students from Arkansas, other states in our nation and numerous countries around the world.”

It adds that Ouachita “offers a strong curriculum with four bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 majors of Business, Christian Studies, Education, the Fine Arts, the Humanities, the Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences.”

Emphasizing that Ouachita “is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding as a learning community dedicated to fostering a love of God and a love of learning,” the proclamation concludes by encouraging “fellow citizens to recognize and congratulate the trustees, administration, staff, students and alumni for 125 years of service to higher education in Arkansas.”

Introducing Gov. Beebe to the chapel crowd, President Horne said, “How blessed we are today to begin our celebration of our 125th year with the governor of the state of Arkansas to come and be our speaker. I speak to you so often about being a difference maker. Here is one before us today who is truly a difference maker. … He is a man of service, now in his second term being elected by the citizens of Arkansas as our 45th governor.”

In his chapel address, Gov. Beebe detailed the biblical account of Queen Esther who had “been placed by God in that position for a time such as that” to intervene on behalf of the Jewish people who were scheduled to be slaughtered.

Noting that going before the king without an invitation “was so taboo that it might put you in peril; wife or no wife,” Gov. Beebe added that Esther declared, “If I perish, I perish.”

Citing her courage and leadership, Gov. Beebe said, “She either had to do it or God would replace her and somebody else would do it. For all of the peril, she beseeched the king and was successful.”

Applying Esther’s example to today, Gov. Beebe said, “You, me, Dr. Horne, virtually all of us at some time in our lives will be called on to do something dangerous or unpleasant or taboo or against the norm and you will be faced with that challenge and decision.

“If you accept the challenge despite the obstacles, despite the dangers, despite the challenges and if you are successful,” he added, “then you know that you fulfilled the challenge for a time such as this.”

Ouachita provides students “an educational opportunity to be able to make those judgments going forward in your life … that allow you to meet those challenges,” Gov. Beebe concluded. “I hope all of you will understand when that time comes, that you are not alone, that there are people on whose shoulders you stand and that there is a precedent for doing God’s will.”

In addition to Gov. Beebe’s visit, other 125th anniversary events in the next few weeks include a Founders Day Convocation and Musical Showcase on Sept. 6, a campus concert by Gungor on Sept. 9 and a chapel address by former Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sept. 20. Activities also will include a 125th anniversary Community Celebration on Oct. 19 and A Festival of Christmas featuring Point of Grace on Dec. 2-3.

For more information about Ouachita’s 125th anniversary celebration, contact the university’s Office of Communications at 870-245-5206 or visit www.obu.edu/125.

By Trennis Henderson, OBU Vice President for Communications

http://media.obu.edu/?p=2799

Sunday, August 7, 2011

new adventure

Wonder what I've been up to?  Well, this summer, I've been working to build an inventory for my new adventure....

Its totally something fun for me to do on the side...although its never really just that easy!  I've opened my electronic storefront this weekend and hope to do a trunk / studio show sometime before the end of the month.  You can find the "store" at kcutiedesigns.blogspot.com.  I'm also on facebook and twitter (@kcutiedesigns) under the same name.  Its just a fun little thing to do on the side since I have absolutely nothing else going on....yeah right!

Oh, and in case you are wondering what I'm selling, here's a little preview:





If you are interested in a dress, you can contact me at kcutiedesigns@gmail.com
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

lookey here

Look at this message going out later this month from the American Cancer Society's Mid-South Division.  It's not too late to join in their efforts for this year.  Everything ties up on August 31.  Arkansas is one of the leading states in the nation!  Donate Today!


Cancer affected my life at age 7 when I lost my grandmother after experimental treatment for kidney cancer. It hit me again when I was in middle school and my uncle struggled through a hard battle with prostate cancer. My next personal encounter was in high school when I lost a grandfather after two rounds of prostate cancer. The first day of my senior year of college, I lost a dear friend and long time mentor to a 3 month battle with brain cancer. 5 years later, my best friend’s youngest sister was diagnosed with childhood leukemia at age 14. That was the year I became involved with the American Cancer Society, on the most basic level. I participated in our local Relay for Life event with the hopes of taking a lap in the name of each of these friends and family members that I wanted to honor.

However, my connection with the American Cancer Society changed in 2008 when I attended Relay for Life. I walked into the gym at one of the local colleges and as the National Anthem was being played, I looked to my left and saw five of my co-workers/friends wearing black t-shirts that said “I heart KP”. Those are my initials. I had just walked in from my 3rd chemo treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. At age 26, that was not on my radar and definitely not the way I had planned to spend a Friday afternoon. But, cancer was now part of my story and I had a journey in front of me to fight through.

But my story is a lucky one. When my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, she had over a 90% chance she would not make it. When I was diagnosed in 2008, I had over a 90% chance that I would survive. That is because of the work of the American Cancer Society. I wear a lime green bracelet on my right arm that reads this, “No one Fights ALONE!” This is a battle and a journey that we share.

The American Cancer Society is not just committed to Finding Cures, they are also diligent along the path of helping people Get Well, Stay Well and Fight Back. Your financial donation moves us forward toward all 4 of these goals. Your dollar(s) could be the one that makes the difference. The support you have provided in the past to the organization has been tremendous, and we hope we can count on you again this year. Make a donation today- just click here to easily give. One of the best things about the American Cancer Society is that those in your local community can directly benefit from the donations made to this global organization. One of the chemo drugs I took is also used to treat breast cancer. We all benefit when we all connect together. Researchers, medical professionals, and community reps are taking up forces on the ground. Will you partner with us financially to continue to make a difference?

Give. Serve. Connect.

Keisha Pittman

2011 Hero of Hope

3 yr. Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor


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Friday, April 15, 2011

power of words

Below is a video my sister shared with me today.  it was definately a prospectve changer!

Power of Words

So much going on with Relay for Life right now.  I spoke at Rotary on Tuesday morning and in Bryant on Tuesday night.  Yesterday we had our last committee meeting before our event and tomorrow I'm speaking in Harrison at a Survivor dinner.

Monday we are having a community kickoff and if you are anywhere near Arkadelphia, you should join us for "Lunch for a Cure" from 11-1 at Dino's Main Street Cafe in downtown Arkadelphia. 

If you would like to donate to my Relay for Life team, you can check out my personal page and make a donation online!  We are making great strides and together we can find a cure!

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Monday, April 11, 2011

weekend

So, I've been super busy and without excuses, I'm sorry I've not been better about blogging.  It will come back..I promise.

This past weekend was Tiger Tracks and I encourage you to watch this fun little video...dont mind the annoying lady at the beginning!

Traks Video

We also had our 2nd Annual Celebrity Karaoke Challenge on Saturday night and made almost $300 during our fundraiser!  It was a fun night and I am so grateful to all who participated.

You can participate with us by donating through the Ouachita Relay for Life team!

Tonight I'm involved in a Donkey Basketball fundraiser for the Henderson team...should be interesting.  Here's hoping I'm still around tomorrow!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HOH family

My friend (Jennifer) and fellow Hero of Hope in Nashville, TN was interviewed and this story ran last week on the news. I'm so proud to be part of this community of survivors.

WZTV FOX 17 :: Newsroom - Top Stories - Special Report: Risk Removal

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Friday, February 4, 2011

again

for the record, the pics below are most appropriate for today as well!!!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

snow days

This is an old post that never posted...so, enjoy the pics a few days late!!!

Sunday we got somewhere between 7-9 inches of snow.  Which made for a fun "snow day" on Monday.  I took advantage of the time and took some pictures of our campus.  Enjoy!!






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mary or martha?

I found this today on my google reader from InCourage - one of my new favorite things filling my reader.  It spoke to me in such a clear way.  It is no news to anyone who semi knows me - you dont even have to know me well to know this fact about me.  If there is a biblical character that I identify with at all, its MARTHA.  Full blow, every characteristic, if she were living now, she would be my best friend...well maybe not, but my Doppleganger for sure!

Case in point - when I was in OKC for Kate's birthday last weekend, I found myself worried about the details and the kitchen more than the events going on in the dining room.  I cant help it.  Its how God made me!  Yet, I find myself all too often hearing the voice from the other room beconing me to to just come and sit - come and rest.  I never understood how my sister could just sit.  You know with so many things necessary to be done, she can just sit there!  I dont get it.  But sometimes in life, God gives you an outward glimpse of yourself.  Whether through a movie, another person in your life, or written word, He reminds you of how much He desires time with you.  And, today, when I read these words, it reminded me.  The quiet moments He gives me are ok.  I dont have to be "doing" something all the time.  I dont have to busy all the time.  And, for whatever reason, He is giving me a huge blessing of some quiet moments in the evenings.  So, I feel that I really need to take advantage and beckon my heart to His and rest. 

Hey Martha's are you with me?


Again, these words are from the InCourage blog and posted here (If you need your daily ounce of "other poeple who understand you", I encourage you to add this one to your daily portion!):

**I was made to plan and organize.


That’s what I do best. Give me a sticky problem and I’ll find a solution. I’ll set up a check list and organize the workers and get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Really. That’s how my brain works.

My reaction, when I’m faced with a predicament, is to analyze, determine the best course of action, and then implement it.

I don’t think things should just be left to themselves.

They need to be dealt with, planned for, and finalized.

How does that phrase go? Ah, yes! Divine interruption.

Or, “Divine, set me back on my heels and tell me to sit down and just listen”.

Martha is memorialized in the Bible because she approached Jesus and asked him to tell her sister Mary to get up and help her in the kitchen. She was, after all, doing what she did best – taking care of her guests by planning and executing.

Cooking, cleaning, serving. Much needed and necessary duties.

Mary, on the other hand, is memorialized in the same Bible, indeed in the same passage of scripture because she wasn’t doing anything at all – just sitting at Jesus’ feet and drinking in the life-altering words he was speaking.

I’m thinking that Martha, for all her hard work utilizing her greatest gift – that of organizing and serving – missed something that day, so Jesus reminded her of just what it was.

There comes a time when Jesus just wants us to sit down at his feet and listen. Absorb his love, his words, his heart.

I can guarantee you that if Martha would have asked if she could just sit there too instead of fixing the meal, Jesus would have fixed the meal for them all, just like he multiplied the loaves and fishes.

Because checklists and timeframes are no big deal to him. Changing lives is.

For me, just like Martha, it’s very hard to fold my hands, rest my mind, and let Jesus take care of the planning. The greatest breakthroughs are always at those times of quiet and submission at the feet of the One.

So, I’m sitting quietly and listening. Listening to that still, small voice.

I’ve dusted off my hands, and left the mess in the kitchen to be dealt with later. I’m resting my mind from its incessant checklists and timeframes, and I’m sitting comfortably at the feet of Jesus.

Tell me again just how much you love me. Tell me again just how much you love us all. Tell me one more time, please.

Expand my heart. Expand my reach. Expand my influence.

Until all the world knows

As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha”, the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
~ Luke 10:38-42
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

forward

This was too good not to share:

Only in America…do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.


Only in America…do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America… do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America..do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America…do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight

Only in America .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


EVER WONDER ...
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why the man who invests all your money is called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?


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