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You’re Invited to the Wedding of the Year

You’re invited to the wedding event of the year…

Breaking Dawn Part 1

See the movie a day early with mobdod! That’s right, you can get an exclusive invitation to the wedding event of the year, one day earlier than the general public. All you have to do is win tickets from modbod. Here’s how:

1. Visit any of the retail stores (American Fork, University Mall, Springville Outlet and Blend Fashions) November 1 – 5.

2. Enter your name into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the movie premier. Two pairs of tickets will be given away every day until the 5th. Winners will be chosen at the end of business day.

3. All entries will be cleared when the daily winners are chosen. Come in every day to re-enter.

4. Show up to the movie premier on November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Provo Towne Center Mall. All winners will be put on the exclusive VIP list.

Those who are lucky enough to win an invitation to the “wedding” will receive a goodie bag, lanyard, and be entered into the drawings for the evening.

Join modbod as Edward and Bella say “I do!”

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No purchase necessary. Do not need to be present to win.

 

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Inspiring Cancer Survivor Story

1992 promised to be a wonderful year for the Quillen family of Centennial, Colorado.  We were living happily with our five children, and planning for the birth of our sixth child.

Then, on May 30, 1992, our idyllic life was shattered.

In February 1992 my wife found a lump on her breast when she was three month’s pregnant.  It did not have the appearance of breast cancer – it was like a BB just underneath the skin.  My wife went to her doctor, who examined the hard mass and declared he did not believe it was cancerous.  He told my wife that pregnant women’s breasts frequently become lumpy, and that’s all he thought this was. Nevertheless, he suggested my wife watch it closely and come in if it got any larger.

We watched, and it did not seem to grow.  The doctor had measured it initially and at subsequent appointments there didn’t seem to be any growth in the mass.  Then in mid May, my wife found a lump in her armpit.  She went to her doctor, who again expressed his belief that it was not cancer, but to be sure, he referred her to an oncologist.

On May 28th, my wife went to the oncologist.  She examined the mass and took a needle biopsy.  Two days’ later, the oncologist’s office called.  They informed my wife that they had the results of her biopsy, and would like her to come in that afternoon to discuss the results.  “Oh,” they said, “– and please bring your husband with you.”

We went to the doctor’s office with fear and trepidation, only to hear the words we never wanted to hear: “You have breast cancer.”

The oncologist was very business-like but reassuring.  She referred us to another oncologist, reputed to be one of the finest in Colorado.  She had made an appointment for us with him that afternoon, and we went to visit with him.  He discussed with us the courses of action that were available to us.

The rest is a blur – surgery five days later – a single mastectomy.  The surgeons told us our unborn son would be fine – he would go to sleep when his mother did with the anesthesia, and would wake up when she did.  Both woke up and fared well through the surgery.

We had some options regarding chemotherapy that came into play since our son was still eleven weeks from being full term.  We learned that there was no difference in cancer recurrence whether you started chemotherapy the day after surgery or 30 days after surgery.  But – if you went beyond 30 days, the odds got significantly worse.  We opted to have my wife wait 23 days before delivering our son.  He would still be seven and a half weeks early, but the intervening three weeks allowed doctors to give our unborn son steroids that would speed lung development, addressing one of the main health concerns for premature boys.

On June 25, 1992, Bonita gave birth via C-section to Jesse Lee Blaine Quillen.  Doctors were delighted with this weight – 4 lbs., 12 ounces.  That evening, Bonita started the first of four months’ worth of chemotherapy.

A few days after her diagnosis, a cancer survivor, the mother of a friend of ours at Church, called Bonita.  After introducing herself and chit-chatting a bit, she said, “Unless I miss my guess, you have already planned your funeral.”  My wife responded: “Right down to the speakers and the music.”  And then this wonderful woman gave my wife some of the best advice we received; said she: “You can’t go there.  You have to live for the future, and live your life like you are going to beat this and live.  Plan summer vacation for next summer as though you are going to be there, because you are.”

My wife took that counsel to heart and lived her life as though she was going to be here that next summer, and the summer after that, and many summers yet to come.  She was faithful and true – she responded to her health crisis as we all hope we would – with faith in God, without saying, “Why me?” and with a determination that she was going to beat this.  And she did.

One of my wife’s biggest concerns was that she would be able to raise and mother her children, who at the time were 12, 10, 8, 5 and 2, as well as her newborn.  In May 2010, my wife was able to attend the high school graduation of that 4 lb., 12 ounce baby boy, although he was now a healthy, strapping 6’-2” young man.  We celebrated not only his graduation but her being there for it.

In the intervening 19 years, my wife has counseled, loved, supported and nurtured countless women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Our family physician has used her for years to reach out to others of his patients who are beginning the same journey she took.  She has truly risen above the fears and deadly possibilities breast cancer confronted her with, and has not only survived, but thrived!

Here are comments from our two daughters about their mom:

Katie, age 30:

When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, she and my dad took the time to talk to each of us kids separately to help us work through our fears and concerns. During her treatment, she and my dad managed and organized things so that our lives were not disrupted in any way. There was peace and order in our home at that time, just as always. My mom is wonderful because she is selfless, loving, and giving. And she is amazing because she was all those things even during one of the most trying times of her life.

Emily, age 21:

I am one of Bonita’s daughters and I just wanted to add something small to what my dad  has said. My mom is my hero, she is one of the strongest people I know. She is also one of the most service minded people I know, she is always looking for people to serve and for lives that she can bless. She also has so much love for everyone around her and she is always making sure that they know how much she loves and cares for them. Growing up there were always people in our home, sometimes even living with us. She has such a pure heart, and she is so strong. I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it would have been to go through cancer and to have six little ones that needed their mother, but she stayed strong for us. I cannot even begin to express my love and gratitude for her and for her example. I cannot imagine my life without my best friend, my mom. She truly is an incredible woman.

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Fighting Cancer

“Teri Burt is my mother-in-law.  In August of 2003, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was pretty far advanced, and there were concerns that the chemo and radiation might not work, and if they did work, it seemed unlikely that the cancer would stay away.  Ever an example of a positive attitude and unconquerable spirit, Teri beat the odds and has been cancer free for 8 years.

What is truly amazing about Teri is that breast cancer is but one serious health problem she has faced over the course of her life.  I probably don’t even know half of what she’s currently battling, and part of that is because she doesn’t let her ailments define her.  She is always so upbeat and strong, and is just downright amazing.

The picture I chose to include of her was from our family camp out in August.  The reason I chose it was because it really typifies her attitude.  You can see her hauling her tent to the car with a smile on her face, despite the inconvenience of a walking cast and the significant pain her heel was in.  She’s never one to just sit and let life pass her by.  She’s always out living and smiling and taking her challenges in stride.”

Nominated by Ruth Burt

Cancer Survivor Stories

We’re so inspired by the cancer survivor stories you are sharing with us.

Kristi Newitt shares her mother-in-law’s cancer story…

Sandra Newitt is 10 years cancer free! She had a very, very rare cancer and had a very small chance of living. She found out she had cancer and was in doing treatments the very next morning. She lost all her hair and was still going to work while doing these horrific treatments. She had to even carry around a pack and do on going treatments. Her son had just left on his LDS mission and it was a very hard time for the family. She is doing great now.

Thanks for sharing, Kristi! You are an inspiration, Sandra!

Amanda Smith shares her mother’s story…Carolyn, we’re happy you’re doing better!

In March of 2009, my mother had just been told her thyroid cancer from several years before was completely gone, and her doctor told her to start going for her yearly mammograms. She went in for the first time ever, and they found a “suspicious mass.” After a biopsy, they diagnosed her with stage 2 breast cancer. She had two surgeries to remove the lump, and since it had spread to the lymph nodes, they told her she had to do the full chemo and radiation treatments.

During the eight months she was going through treatment, she didn’t complain. She tried to stay upbeat, and didn’t want anyone to worry about her. She even had a “hair-shaving party” where my little sister and I shaved her head. She was such an inspiration to us. While mom was sick, my sister had her hair cut at a “locks of love” assembly at her high school, and my mom got out of bed and drove to the school to watch. At one point (I was living at home at the time), I had two foot surgeries, and she was constantly checking on me and getting me anything I needed, even though she was sick and suffering herself. And when I became engaged, she tried her best to help me plan the wedding, taking me shopping for the dress, the flowers, and the decorations, and contacting a neighbor about catering, even though I’m sure she probably would rather have stayed in bed.

After she recovered, one of the little neighbor boys was diagnosed with bone cancer, and she helped make a blanket for him. She also went over and talked to him because he was having a hard time with losing his hair.

My mother is an amazing woman. She’s always taking care of everyone else, even when she goes through huge struggles, and I think she deserves this makeover!

This picture is at my wedding, four days after her last radiation treatment. She’s wearing a wig that she bought just for that event.

To nominate a cancer survivor – or fighter – for a modbod makeover, please send entries to contest@themodbod.com.

Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Francine Heck shares some helpful advice as she’s battled breast cancer. Best of luck to you, Francine!

“I purchased camis from Costco a couple of years ago and absolutely love them. I just wanted to take a second and let you know that I had a double mastectomy and am currently going through reconstruction, and these camis have been the best things for me throughout the whole process. I wore these before I ever knew I had breast cancer and loved them. I just bought a few more yesterday and can’t wait to wear them. I am looking forward to wearing the 3/4 sleeve shirts after my final surgery.”

Think Pink with modbod!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, modbod clothing company wants to do our part to help fight breast cancer. This week, October 10 – 16, when you purchase any modbod basics or modbod signature items in store or online, we’ll donate 5% of the purchase to the Huntsman Cancer Institute to help find a cure.

We also know how personal breast cancer can be. Cancer affects nearly every one of us. That’s why we’re also offering a makeover to one lucky cancer survivor. Nominate a cancer survivor (or someone currently fighting cancer) to receive a makeover from modbod. Here’s how it works:

1. All breast cancer survivor nominations need to be emailed to contest@themodbod.com no later than Oct. 16, 2011 @ 11:59 p.m.

2 All nominees will receive a free modbod shirt with a pink breast cancer survivor print.

3. Along with the nomination, please include:

– nominee’s full name

– nominee’s picture

– Why you are nominating them (their survival story)

– Your email address

– Your nominee’s contact information (full name, phone number, email, city and state)

4. The winner will be selected and announced via Facebook and on the blog on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

To see more survival stories and to get details about the makeover, be sure to visit modbod’s Facebook page.

 

New Costco dates for modbod (posted every Friday