If you are looking for a unique gift idea for a special gal in your life, this is the post for you! Sometimes I need a reminder of how precious life is and welcome a change in my priorities. Yesterday all I could worry about was getting to the gym and getting my house clean. In the grand scheme of things, do those things REALLY matter? No.

Fight for Ryan

Meet Ryan Talbot.

Ryan teaches at my kids’ school, and she is an absolutely amazing person.

She is a beautiful, witty, spunky, and intelligent 31 year-old wife and mother of 3 young children, ages 6, 3, and 16 months.  Ryan has worked as a 4th grade teacher, and most recently as a Special Education teacher.  She enjoys biking, running, reading, crafting, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.

On October 14th, 2013, just 9 days after running her first marathon, Ryan received the devastating news that she had breast cancer.  Ryan was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma and had a lumpectomy on October 23rd.  Also removed were 7 lymph nodes.  After more testing was done, a second type of cancer, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) was discovered.  This resulted in Ryan having a second surgery on November 6th and a third on November 27.

Ryan’s first round of chemotherapy began on December 5 and will take place every three weeks for four months.  On top of chemotherapy, she will also undergo weekly Herceptin treatments to help slow the progress of the cancer.  When chemotherapy is finished, Ryan will undergo radiation treatments, as well as five more years of oral Herceptin.  

Ryan’s deductible is $10,000, which she has already reached, but hasn’t paid for yet.  Because it is the end of the year, another $10,000 will likely add up in the first few months of 2014.  In addition to at least $20,000 in deductibles, it is unclear if all of her medications, scans, tests and treatments will be covered by insurance.

I cannot imagine how overwhelmed Ryan and her family have to be with everything that has happened in the last two months.

Hello Sweet Love {a fabulous online boutique that helps raise funds for those in need} has designed a beautiful necklace to help. Thank you Brittani and Tiffani for reaching out to me.


Proceeds from all sales of the “Fierce” necklace will be donated to help Ryan and her family. The peekaboo “Ryan” is optional.

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The necklace is only $24.00, and it is a great way to support a great cause. Or if you would like to make a donation please visit www.FightForRyan.eventbrite.com. No donation is too small.

For more information on Ryan’s battle and for updates on her progress, visit

www.ianandryan.blogspot.com or https://www.facebook.com/FightforRyanTalbot


    • Brooke says

      It says, Though she be little she is fierce.

      Also, I was just informed that proceeds from the sales of any necklace on their site will also be donated to Ryan.

  1. says

    Each year my children and I decide which charities we should donate to. Just came across your post and my 9 YO son said we should help after I read about Ryan. So we did. I have no need of a necklace, but we donated through the link. We are sending up healing vibes for her, and peaceful thoughts to her family.

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