Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 5 Books for Women by Women with Laura Roppe




Good Morning Ladies and today we are introducing
a lovely lady who is radiant, inside and out..
Here is a snippet about Laura...


Q&A with Laura Roppé


1.    What inspired you to begin writing Rocking the Pink

When I sat down to write Rocking the Pink, I had just completed rigorous treatments for breast cancer.  I wasn't sure if the treatments had worked or not, and I wasn't going to waste any time!  I wanted to write a book that would do two things:  1) inspire anyone coming down the cancer path after me, to give them hope and strength and laughter and support; and 2) inspire anyone NOT afflicted with cancer to get moving—not to wait until a cancer diagnosis or other calamity to start living the life they know they should be living. 

2.   How did music in particular help you through this journey? 

Music has been critical to my healing, my life, my self-expression, my evolution as a human being.  During my treatments, I constantly wrote songs, and that helped me to feel like me.  When I was writing a song, I could tap into a deeper part of me, a more honest part.   When I wrote the book, lyrics to my songs naturally were included, because they form such a large part of my story.  Also, my journey from practicing law into music is a huge plot-point in my book.

3.   What do you hope women will take away from your story?

My greatest hope is that my book will inspire others to stop ignoring their inner voice to listen to it! And make a conscious decision to make and seize every opportunity in this life to find joy, love and fulfillment.  And, I want them to feel just a little bit less alone, and part of something bigger than themselves.  We are all in this sisterhood together.

Thank You Laura, YOU are all about HOPE.
We hope all women will me moved by your story!

 This book is up for a giveaway today!  




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A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

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Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

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ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning! 



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And 

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To all those who have been leaving comments
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We will resume on Monday! 

Have a great weekend...3 more weeks of giveaways!




70 comments:

  1. I really don't want to comment first but I agree Laura looks radiant, my son who is sitting next to me asked who is that with the big boobies, I'm guessing someone who has survived breast cancer might appreciate a comment like that from an almost 5 yr.old., if not I give you permission to delete this comment.

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  2. Well, I am sitting here big eyed and not very sleepy so I thought I would come over to meet the newest author in our line up before heading to bed to try and get some shut eye.

    Hi Laura.. You are very blessed to be on the other side of cancer! Cancer touches most every family these days... if there is a family not touched by this awful disease, they should really thank God for their good fortune.

    You are a beautiful lady and there are more blessings on the horizon for you. :)

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  3. I just received devastating news of a young woman whose cancer has returned--this time in her brain and liver. I've also lost a grandson to this horrible condition called cancer. I think of all the money wasted in this country that could go to further cancer research, and I just want to cry. For those who have fought and won, how precious life must be. We should all realize life's value without having to go through this terrible fight.

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  4. Hello from another survivor - 15 years and counting!! Every day is a gift, make joy your gift to those around you!

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  5. I agree, the big C is a scary thing. Having been down that road, I know the feeling of utter helplessness. Having friends, family and a strong will to survive, you can become a stronger person. I hope reading Laura's story will help anyone, going through a life changing situation, see there is light at the end of the tunnel! Bless you Laura. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  6. Cancer has hit our family a couple of times. I think that each of us that has been hit with a health condition and are blessed to make it through it, can use the opportunity to look at life in a whole new light. Every moment is a blessing! (Even the really tough ones.)

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  7. Laura's smile lights up the page. What an utterly charming lady. I wish her the best going forward. swalker287 at gmail dot com.

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  8. "Six years ten months" -- "Twenty seven years" -- As you hear survivors recite their survival time at the BC support group meetings hope is felt. By recoding her journey Laura offers that opportunity to many more. I love that she uses music as a creative muse. Thank you Laura for sharing. May she continue to find herself on the other side of cancer.

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  9. I think we can all use a little encouragement to live in the now and not wait until tomorrow or next year or whatever to do the things that are important to us and really live life.

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  10. Laura's inner beauty is greatly reflected on the outside. I think it is what makes someone a survivor. It is a great sense of purpose too that makes a difference.

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  11. I'm so glad that Laura did come out the other side and she looks wonderful! Sadly I lost my Mother-in-Law alittle over fwo years ago to pancreatic cancer. Any cancer is terrible. Thank you for sharing Laura and continued good health in the future.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I love stories of hope and courage. The world needs more of them. She looks like a wonderful woman and another great role model.

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  13. Whether we've experienced this first hand or helped a loved one through the horrible disease of cancer, it sounds like we can gain a possitive insite from this book.

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  14. Rosemary B here:
    WOW excellent book by a courageous and beautiful lady.
    Yes, I would like to read this!

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  15. Laura --- KUDOs to you. I hate this disease! If you have never heard of "sing to live" in the Chicago area, it might be interesting to look them up and read the story of the woman who started it after her diagnosis of breast cancer. Like you, she believed in the need and healing power of music. It's an incredible group of voices who tour in the area and very well done.

    Rock on!

    Jan

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  16. I do a lot of quilts for the James Stitching Sisters who provide them to patients going thru treatment. Many of the volunteere In the quilt making group are "survivors". What spirit of hope and courage. I love to hear the story of survival!

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  17. This sounds like a must read for everyone!
    We all need cheerleaders, encouragement, boost or shove to follow our 'heart songs' and our 'life dreams'.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  18. What a beautiful lady - both inside and out! blessings, marlene

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  19. Very motivation book. Thanks for sharing

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  20. This sounds like a very inspiring book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. What a beautiful story. Very inspirational in just that little bit. I can imagine the book would be much, much more!

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  22. I look forward to reading this book.
    It is so important for those who have 'been there' to now be there for others struggling through. No one who hasn't 'been there' truly understands. They may be empathetic and kind and helpful, but it's not the same as truly understanding.
    Laura, thank you.

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  23. Best wishes, Laura! You are so right about listening to your inner voice. Life is not a dress rehearsal....you get only one chance, so make it count! Thanks for the reminder.

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  24. Sounds like a powerful message from a beautiful lady!

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  25. Sounds like a great reminder that we need to live where we are...not always looking at what we don't have or wishing for what others have. Life is too short and we will miss out on happiness and joy! What a great message.

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  26. Another winner! It sounds like Laura has a very important message that we all need to hear. I wrote down this message in the front of my journal - "My greatest hope is that my book will inspire others to stop ignoring their inner voice to listen to it! And make a conscious decision to make and seize every opportunity in this life to find joy, love and fulfillment. And, I want them to feel just a little bit less alone, and part of something bigger than themselves. We are all in this sisterhood together." I bears repeating over and over!

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  27. Thank you for such an inspirational story. I lost my sister-in-law almost 20 years ago to breast cancer. I miss her dearly.

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  28. Laura sounds like a wonderful young woman! I hope we can all learn from her experience and not have to learn it first hand! There is nothing more sobering than realizing you are not invincible after all.

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  29. Laura's inner beauty really shines through - a moving and inspirational excerp - a favorite saying is "Happiness is wanting what you have" and believing in tomorrow. Judy C

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  30. Thanks for sharing bits about this book. The messages it contains sounds like it will be a profound and life loving testimony of her journey towards healing and to the wisdom of her inner soul. I'll definetely be checking it out. Jane

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  31. Her story, her photo, and her life view are all amazing - should be an inspirational read.
    Thank you to the sponsors and Madame, and congrats to the winners!

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  32. Laura is both inspirational and beautiful.

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  33. Laura's book is one I would like to read...She is amazing like a big burst of sun. A great journey towards healing..Thanks so much for bring this book to our attention and for the great giveaways you are having..Hats off to you and your team...

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  34. I was looking for a Wonky Start tutorial to send my cousin....and found this site and couldn't believe it when I opened it...

    My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer on Friday.

    I'd love an opportunity to win this book for her!

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  35. Dear lady,
    've been twice by breast cancer and one of the two lungs, and say I'm here thanks to much,
    especially God, family, doctors, friends and my desire to continue, because even when I went for chemotherapy took a job and was doing or an embroidery or crochet.
    Never despair!!! Always Fighting!!
    Thus, I am glad to see a book like this being published, being drawn ... congratulations to author Laura, with lots of helpful health.

    hugs an embroiderer

    Maria Filomena
    http://filomena-crochet-tricot-costura.blogspot.pt/


    Cara senhora,
    já passei duas vezes por câncer de mama e um don pulmão, e digo estou cá graças a muita coisa,
    especialmente Deus, a família, os médicos, os amigos e a minha vontade de continuar, pois mesmo quando ia para a quimioterapia levava um trabalho e ficava a fazer ou um bordado ou um crochet.
    Desesperar jamais!!!!!Lutar sempre!!!!
    Desta forma, muito me alegra ver um livro como esse sendo publicado, sendo sorteado...parabéns a autora Laura, com votos de muita saúde.

    abraços de uma bordadeira

    Maria Filomena

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  36. Laura's book looks like a great read with hope and inspiration. She looks radiant!

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  37. Definitely a book for my reading list. Thanks so much for the author interviews. Congrats to the winners so far.

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  38. I had 2 close encounters with Ca and now a Dr.. wants to stop my treatment with my Remicade because I have a growth in my breast and its not proved that this medication doesnt cause Ca because it hasnt been on the market long enough. I suffer from a crippling autoimmune disease called ankylosis spondylosis. Without this medication to so the process down, I suffer pain everyday. So I can understand why someone could write a book about a disease and find their inner peace, Blogging has helped me, I am not a writer but love the snippets of blogging. I just blogged about losing someone very close to me on my blog and because she was on the medicaid she didnt get the post op treatment she needed and it killed her. So I suffer from lots of anger. Ladies need to have annual check ups and it should be free to conquer this disease.

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    1. ps... she wasnt on medicaid because she didnt have a job and needed to live off of it, she had to go on it because she lost everything.. This isnt the only encounter I have scene either. Maybe my thought to the author is could this book be put into a pamphlet form to pass out??

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  39. So many women in our lives have been touched by Breast Cancer. My sister is a survivor!! I like reading books of encouragement.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  40. I have a friend who is undergoing chemo right now. I'm going to pass along this to her! Thanks Madam Samm!

    Fawn

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  41. What a great sounding book. I can understand her thoughts. Having had cancer myself and being a survivor, I know about living your life. There is joy and happiness all arund you. Little to big things can make you smile. We all need to be living the life we want. It is so important and so true. This book sounds like winner.

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  42. I have to pick this up for my bestie who is battling her own form of cancer right now.

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  43. Looks like a great read. Can't wait to check it out. Vivian

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  44. this blog is wonderful; the sponsors are wonderful; it's a generous time of the year & I can't wait to check out this book; TFS & have a safe holiday!

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  45. I'm going to make sure my mom adds this one to her list. (She keeps a support group going for some of my dad's patients who have undergone surgery.)

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  46. I lost a nephew to brain cancer. Two of my older sisters have fought the battle with cancer and won! HOORAY! This book sounds like a must read for all.

    Thank you Madame Samm for making us aware of all of these books. So far they all sound like good reads. I'm sure the rest of your selections will be just as enlightening.

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  47. Two quilting friends have had cancer. We've shared their wish to help others;this lovely book will make them both happy. How lucky that I learned about it during the gift giving season.

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  49. What a great giveaway!!! Congratulations to the winners:)

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  50. A truly inspirational book for everyone.

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  51. This sounds very inspiration and what a beautiful woman in and out.

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  52. What an inspirational and caring person.

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  53. I think this book will give strength and support to all women. I think it is a wonderful book to read and take in.
    Thanks for a great give away

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  54. This sounds so inspiring! What a cool book.

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  55. Sounds like an inspiring book. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Best wishes to Laura. This looks like a wonderful book. Not matter where life takes us we seem to need all the encouragement we can get.

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  57. Now I think might be the perect book to give to a good friend of mine who has had breast cancer and still finds it so very hard to go for her check ups even though things have been clear so far. thank you for bringing this one to our attention
    in stitches

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  58. I would love to read this book. The message is one that everyone should hear and take to heart.

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  59. I would love to read this book, having been seven years cancer free after double mastectomy I have learned that every day is precious when you have been through that journey. Blessings to all sandra

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  60. All the women I know have been touched by breast cancer in one form or another. My BF just had her second mastectomy (25 years after the first). I'm so glad Laura 'didn't waste any time'.
    maryellen1304@hotmail.com

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  61. Today was a day of much thought on the cancer epidemic. I lost my Mom & Dad, my husband and then my 45 year old son of different cancers. It is tough to think of the disease. But, yes I will put this book on my list and thank Laura for writing about her ordeal and blessings. Thanks for this book.

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  62. My daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She had her double mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time. She starts chemo in 10 days. I think this book would be helpful to both of us in order to get through this. She is already seeing herself as a breast cancer survivor.

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  63. I believe that everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. The outcome from this disease varies from the very best, to the absolute worst. How wonderful to have a survivor story from Laura to inspire others. I think the saying "attitude determines altitude" describes Laura Roppe, as she seems to be soaring.

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  64. Our family and friends have been touched by cancer, some with wonderful stories of survival and some with sad stories. Thank you sharing the review of this book.

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  65. I missed this post yesterday due to a mammogram. How timely. This is a book I will buy. Laura Roppe`has a great outlook and the interview was great. She is inspiring and very helpful to me.
    Found out yesterday I have to have another diagnostic mammogram. I already know I have an increased risk for breast cancer. I`m cautious and I try to make the best of every day. Quilting has been great for me. This book rocks!!

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  66. It is so important for us to feel like we have some measure of control even when things are spinning out of control on many levels. This sounds like it could be a very helpful book.

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  67. This is Laura Roppe, and I want you all to know I have read all of these amazing comments. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and a sense of connectio and belonging. What kind women you are! I want to send big hugs to those affected by cancer here on this blog (and isn't that everyone these days), and also just say you all have really made me feel embraced. Thank you so much. I am grateful to this amazing blog and sponsors and to you all for spreading my message. Love to all. Thank you. xoxoxoxo Laura

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