Monday, July 4, 2011

Yes I have been mia- happy 4th of July

Blogging....why have I not taken the time to blog???? When I first starting finding out all my bad news from drs it was my only way to process all my thoughts. When I was going through my treatments it was a way to let everyone know how I was. I knew people were afraid to call. It meant so much to see all the comments. It really pushed me through. I was great to see people praying for me all over the world. The Internet is an amazing thing. So now life has gotten so busy that I have not taken the time to blog. I totally miss it. It is time that I really need. So I will be visiting blogs that I use to visit, looking for new ones and blogging about what is going on. I hope everyone is well. I hope everyone is taking time to slow down and enjoy every little thing. Cant wait to catch up!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to all my military friends. Thank you for all you do:)

fighting like a girl

Friday, May 27, 2011


I have been in shock the last few days. 2 and half years ago I found out that I was going to be fighting for my life. It was the worst day of my life. 9 months of treatments that dragged me down and made me feel like I could not live my normal life. Once I finished my treatments I was thankful for being alive and for all the good that was surrounded around me. I knew at that moment that I wanted to do something. I had a very clear picture that God put in front of me. I just did not know that I would be strong enough to follow through. In a short time Cindy's Hope Chest was a vision that become a reality. A true dream that I am able to be a part of everyday.

During the last 14 months so many wonderful people have come into my life. The women that I have bonded with during this fight will be friends for life. I am very proud of what we have done and excited to see what we will do.

One of the wonderful things that CHC has been blessed with was being chosen as a finalist for the Toyota 100 cars for good program. It was a contest on facebook. On Monday there were 5 nonprofit organizations competing for votes. We created a video to show the country what CHC does and what we would use our new car for. It was a fun and thrilling day. I watched a community and beyond come together to rally votes for CHC. It was amazing to watch and it made me feel like they were fighting for all the women who have and are currently battling this terrible disease.

At the end of the evening CHC had the most votes! So Toyota will be delivering us a Highlander Hybrid. I still can not believe it but you all know me I do BELIEVE:)

Thanks to everyone who voted and supported us. Thanks to Toyota for believing in us. We are so excited.

If you are just reading and you have not heard of their program go to facebook and vote for your favorite organization today at Toyota USA, 100 cars for good!

YAY!!!!!! More to come.....Ill keep you up to date to join us when we receive it.

fighting like a girl

Saturday, May 21, 2011

God is good! Toyota wants to give us a car

IF YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK please go to Toyota USA and go to "100 cars for good" and vote Cindy's Hope Chest. We would love to win this car for our organization. Helping women battling breast cancer is how we roll!!

If you vote be sure to post on our wall (Cindy's Hope Chest) for a raffle ticket. If you click on the bottom of the voting page to share on your wall that you voted you can get 3 tickets. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I can't believe it is coming to an end!

I am not sure where to start. I have been dealing with approaching my husbands 20th yr of active duty service. It has been an amazing journey. I am posting the next few days my feelings good and bad. What are the right choices.....Is the Army being fair. How do I feel. I have always been very real and up front with my battle with BC but been very careful about being an Army wife but it is time for my side.

Hoping you have a wonderful day!

fighting like a girl

Friday, April 8, 2011

URRRGGHHH half of my husband's pay

Really?????? I already have enough to deal with and now I find out that half of Mike's pay is gone this month. He is an active duty soldier......what is everyone going to do. Some people may have to live check to check. Some our dealing with diseases. Some have sick children. GEEEZZZZ

I'm super annoyed right now!!!!

Thanks for your service!!!! yeah right:(

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Learning how to tweet

Well since I have founded 13 months ago I am learning that Internet is the way to get the word out. There are so many different links. I'm trying to learn them a little at a time. I have been blogging since 08. I was able to blog my journey from waiting for the results that I would be fighting for my life to being a survivor.

CHC is learning how to tweet. I'm not very good at it. I am trying to learn how to add the different areas of interest so that it shows up in the right places. CRAZY but fun! If you have a twitter account and you want us to follow you let us know. If yo have any ideas of good Internet sites that can help CHC let us know that too.

Update: I'm doing well-next apt May. My arm is still giving me trouble-seeing someone this week to give me some answers.

Hope everyone is loving Spring

fighting like a girl

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last night to vote......ends midnight thurs tonight

I am so behind on blogging sorry! I have been dealing with a lot. I am in a contest on facebook and need your support. It will just takes a minute.

GO TO SCOTT CLARK TOYOTA SCION "like" their page first and then post I VOTE CINDYS HOPE CHEST

We are trying to win a place on a billboard on a main street in Charlotte NC.

Thanks so much!!!!

fighting like a girl

Monday, February 28, 2011

im in contest i need your vote

Go to facebook and search SCOTT CLARK TOYOTA SCION.......once you get to their page post on their page.....I Vote Cindy's Hope Chest..........

Please take a few minutes. They are going to give the top 10 local businesses free advertisement on their billboard!!!!!

fighting like a girl

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Charity Event to benefit CHC

The past 4 weeks have been super busy. I was very excited all day to share with you how yesterday went for us. You have to excuse me because I had a very hurtful comment left on my blog about my children and the misunderstanding of "brat". So I am trying to get passed that.

First of all I want to thank Intimate Culinare Catering and Personal Chefs for hosting the 1st annual Texas hold'em tournament. He approached me a month or so ago about doing it. I was excited to hear what his plans were. I am normally the one who runs the events. So for the past few weeks I have watched him work tons of hrs on collecting donations and getting people to purchase tickets. It was the first one that I really did not do anything for. Not even was strange to let it all go but I cant be everywhere so it was nice to concentrate on another event that we were working on. Please check out his website-thanks

Yesterday I walked into a very organized event that was ready to roll. There were auctions set up with bids already started and food cooking for the players and CHC servers ready to help. Players and staff wearing my shirts. It was awesome. I was able to walk around and meet people and thank them for coming. Tons of fun. I heard happy stories and I heard sad stories but we all were there to support and raise money for CHC.

The evening got very exciting when the last table was full of the final players. One of then happened to be a husband of a beautiful women who is currently fighting for her life. We have been supporting each other for a few months now. So I was excited for him. I walked around a bit and watched him come down to the final two. Wow, Michelle would have been so proud to see him sitting their playing for her and I know Michelle would have been there if she wasn't resting from chemo last week. Finally the winner......the 1st annual CHC winner was Mike! He was that a Good thing or what. Out of all the players the one person who is walking this journey "breast cancer" with his wife is my 1st winner. AMAZING. So I am so thrilled grabbing my camera to watch him be presented with the champion bracelet and his gift and he turns to me..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

...........................................................................................................and hands me his winnings to help other women who are battling. Ok I could not hold back the tears. What a wonderful thing to do. It was a perfect night. I want to thank everyone who helped make it a huge success and I look forward to next year. Please be sure to "like" the chef on face book and check out his website.

AS you finish reading this post I ask you to pray for Michelle (husband and 2 boys) lets ask God for complete healing on her body. She is an amazingly strong woman and I am proud to call her my friend!!! Love you Green Family:)

fighitng like a girl!

Calling my children "Brats"

Hey I wanted to blog about something before I blog about the charity event tonight. I received a comment for an anonymous blogger about calling my children brats. In the military it is a saying when a child moves around with an active duty soldier. They are called "Army Brats" blog is my life journey and my children as we travel as a military blog. I am sorry if I offended you and at the same time thank you for info on my arm. I hope that I straightened out any confusion. Thanks again for coming to me instead of walking away.

fighting like a girl

Wednesday, February 16, 2011



My arm.....ouch

OK so I have had 3 Dr's now yell at me about my arm. If you have lymphedema and you have some advice PLEASE get back to me. It is bothering me bad. I am working on finding someone who can help me with the lymphatic drainage. So will you stop and say a little prayer for me. I need some relief.

Hope every ones healthy.

fighting like a girl

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

more dr apts- half way through Feb

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's military friends if your better half is away I wanted you to know that I was praying for you and your family. Thanks always for everything you do.

Today was the end of my apts for the month! YAY! Lab results came back good. I just need to get the vit-D up. Thanks for praying.

I have some fundraisers coming up and I am super excited about them. Can you believe CHC has been around for a year now. Amazing! Because of all of you it is a wonderful place that is very much needed. You will need to keep checking in to see what is happening. I am very close to having a guest blogger every week. If you are interested in being a guest blogger in the future you can contact me at

up-coming blogs: Do we retire from the Army? How do you think I will adjust to my husband not being in the military? Do we move again? Do I open more boutiques for CHC?

fighting like a girl

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I am so happy my dr was very excited to see me starting my third year. I really needed that reaction. I need to make it through this year and then I can hopefully sail through yr 4 and 5. So I see him again in 6 months with a new plan. YAY!

As for the not so yay news. My lymphedema is very bad. I need to find someone in the Charlotte area you specializes in lymphatic massage. If my arm does not get under control then it can be a permanent problem. So I hope you will say a little prayer for me.

Mike is entering his 2o year as an active duty soldier. There are some big decisions to make. More tomorrow.

fighting like a girl

missing my girls and look forward to seeing them soon

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Long drive but God was my copilot

Well today I spent the afternoon driving to my house. Yep its that time again. Another 6month check-up. I have been struggling a little with some stuff and I really needed that time in the car.

This month is a big month for me. I have 3 apts and then I will be done for another 3months. It really never gets easier. Waking up everyday the first thing I say is thank you for today. Do you thank God for each and everyday? Or do we forget how precious are time is?

So while I was in the car I Praised God for all He has done for me this week. I am giving Him the Honor and Glory for trusting me with Cindy's Hope Chest. If I look back 2 1/2 yrs ago.......ha who would have thought. He picked me to be one of His miracles. WOW~

God thank you for being my copilot today. You gave me the strength to walk in the Dr's office tomorrow with a positive attitude. Sometimes we just need to remember to spend more time with Him.....we can not do it alone.

Please pray for me tomorrow and ask God to continue to heal me:) It means a lot!

fighting like a girl

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Contest ends Feb 3rd at 5pm

i need your help I am in a contest and I am in second place by 100 votes......Please take a min and go to model source on facebook and "like" their main profile page and then go to photos and click on business logo and look for mine. it is halfway down and "like" it.

Cindy's Hope Chest has a chance to be in a magazine. If you have any questions please let me know or you can go to Cindy's Hope Chest on facebook and look at my logo.

Thanks for your support

Fighting like a girl

Contest ends Feb 3rd at 5pm

I need your help please! I am in a contest and I am in second place. I am 100 votes behind.!/photo.php?fbid=173156392728005&set=a.172861399424171.34283.143790412331270

It is just too close for me to give up. Please take a moment to vote for Cindy's Hope Chest. Please remember that you can click on the link above but you have to "like" the main model source profile page and then go back to my logo and "like" it. You have to do both to make it count.

Please please thanks so much:)

fighting like a girl

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Contest! Facebook...need your help:)

Ok I am in a contest on facebook. It ends on the 3rd. I need your help. I am about 150 votes behind right now. So I am asking you to help me. It only takes a minute. For you taking the time to vote I am going to have a contest for you:) From the 22nd til 3rd if you vote for me or have someone (as many as you can) I will put you in a drawing for one of my shirts, rings and bracelets. You have to send me a message on facebook Cindy Martin Summers or here or email and let me know that you voted or whoever voted. If I win I get a page of advertisement in a magazine which is always a great opportunity for Cindy's Hope Chest. Please just take a moment I really appreciate it. Oh and feel free to post it or talk about it on your blog if you do I will put you in for 10 more chances to win my stuff. Please help me continue to help women battle this terrible disease.

go to model source on facebook and "like" their page first. then go to photos and click on business logos. look for mine and "like" it. you have to like both to make it count. thanks

fighting like a girl

Friday, January 21, 2011

Yay! My website and blog now match:)

I really needed to see this today. Thanks Kristy with TSE group! I just love my marketing company. I have had a few rough days. On Monday I started having some pain under my arm (the side that does not have cancer). It has just put in a terrified mind set. I don't get like this very much but when I do it can really take over your entire life. I am going to give it a few more days and then see the dr. I did talk to them today (if I did not Mike would have). So I am trying to pray about it and move on.

I have a lot of exciting things to share. I have decided since this is my third year and the goal is to make it to 5yrs after diagnosis. I am going to celebrate everyone month that I am alive. I am already so thankful for everyday:)

I HAVE AN ONLINE STORE TOO. Go to and click on online store:all process go to CHC...there are some really cute things:)

My open house is coming up in a week. I can not wait to show off my store. It is turning out to be beautiful. Some of you that have been following me from the beginning know how much the word Believe means to me so tomorrow will be a sneak peak!

Continue to pray for me as I fight like a girl!


If you know someone who is currently battling breast cancer please

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

If you facebook you can vote for me.....

OK so there is a contest on facebook right now and whoever gets the most votes gets free advertisement in their magazine.

You will be voting on logos. I am logo number 78. I hope you will please take a few minutes and vote for me. It will be a great opportunity for more to know abut Cindy's Hope Chest.

If you go to facebook and go to Model Source- you have to like the pg first then go to business logos.....then last find mine and like it! Thanks so much for your support.

fighting like a girl

pictures tomorrow of my new store:)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blog Underconstruction......:)

I have been out of touch for a bit. I opened my store and had a wonderful end to the year for my organization. My blog will be getting a makeover and I am super excited about it. I am learning how to twitter so I can keep everyone updated on Cindy's Hope Chest. I have lots of pictures uploaded on our a facebook page. The fundraisers for our first year were amazing. Have you heard of boob painting.....well be sure to check it out. Thanks for sticking with me. This year is going to be a year that I am going to need lots of emotional support. I am heading into my 3rd year. Lots of dr apts. So just remember to say a little prayer for me and all the women that are fighting this terrible disease!

fighting like a girl

If you have any ideas about my blog or my or breast cancer let me know.