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Celebrate Life08 was founded by Jeannette Tyson Gregory, a breast cancer survivor. The following events helped birth the organization and its name. I read an article on the internet that addressed several questions that forced me to look further into “Celebrate Life.” The questions were: Why we as a culture, wait until somebody has passed away before we tell them how much we love them? Why do we wait until someone's ears can't hear before we let them know how much they mean to us? Why do we wait until it is too late before we recall the good qualities of a person? Why do we build someone up after they have gone into eternity? What good does it do then! We share memory after memory, as we laugh, cry, and think back about what was positive in a person's life. Yes, it does help us cope with the grief of losing someone that was special to us. And yes it does bring those who are coping, closer together. But as we lovingly remember this person, our words fall short of the ears that most needed to hear them. Wow! My sentiments exactly, I could have written that article identically. Celebrate Life 08 represents a pivotal and defining moment in my life. January 2008 was to be the most exciting year of my life. I had my New Year’s resolutions in order and ready set, here I come. February 12, 2008 would bring an unexpected turn of events. My oldest brother, James died on this day. He was scheduled to enter the hospital for more tests because of a spot on his liver. He died a few days later after the diagnosis. It was very traumatic time for our family. February 14, 2008 was Valentine’s Day, this is the day we had his funeral. It was also the day my 57 year old sister informed me her test came back as Lung Cancer when originally the doctor thought she had pneumonia. She shared this with me and asked me not to tell anyone in the family until she found the right time after the funeral. March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday. My sister, Carol asked me to gather the family at my home and she would give them the update from the doctor concerning her health. I watched her as she broke the news so eloquently but continued to say, “I still trust God.” She told them of the doctor’s report of six months to live. It was a very sad moment but I watched how my family pulled it together afterwards and we took family pictures laughed and talked. I told my sister I would walk with her every step of this journey and would always be there for her. Her greatest concern was our mother since she’d just lost her oldest son. My sister and I spent a lot of time together and we talked about everything including life and death. She believed that God would heal her and would say, “Now, if he doesn’t, it does not mean that He can’t.” July 19, 2008, we had a surprise celebration/tribute for Carol. We celebrated her life with a fellowship of women at Ovations. Dinner was served, her son, Gervase presented her with a very dynamic and inspirational poem, and she was presented with gifts and inspirational words from many. Her husband, Moses was also one of her special guest. Carol told me later that this event was one of the most memorable times of her life. I am so glad we did this for her. All guest were given an opportunity to express to her how much they loved and cared for her. She was so happy and fulfilled! September 8, 2008 I was taking a shower and felt a lump in my left breast. I drove immediately to my medical doctor where he did a breast exam. Because of my family history of breast cancer, the nurse made an appointment for the next day with the breast cancer center for a digital mammogram. I watched her as she diligently was placed on hold and told there were no appointments available but she did not give up until she was told, “yes.” September 9, 2008 I had a digital mammogram, ultrasound and they performed a biopsy immediately after the ultrasound. September 15, 2008 I received the results as cancer in the left breast. I was totally devastated when I received the diagnosis, breast cancer. It lasted for a moment but my faith in God was stronger than the diagnosis. September 19, 2008 a lump was found in my right breast so I started from square one with mammograms and biopsies. September 23, 2008 results from right breast was diagnosed as cancer. September 25,2008 celebrated my 54th birthday. October 16, 2008 underwent bilateral breast surgery. Good News! All cancer removed and no sign of cancer in my lymph nodes. Praise God! During the above dates my sister was a patient in the hospital in Durham, North Carolina undergoing radiation and chemo therapy. Her doctors sent her home and said there was nothing more they could do for her. October 17, 2008 I was released from the hospital and my sister was released also. November 17, 2008 my husband and I celebrated our 36th year of marriage. This is also my first day of chemotherapy. November 19, 2008 My sister Carol died. Since then, I have undergone three months of prophylactic chemotherapy. The side effects of chemotherapy can be unpleasant and many days I was sick and had to remain in bed. As you can see I’ve experienced a lot of pain, tragedy and death. It is my choice to Celebrate Life. Each second is so important to me now and I refuse to sweat the small things. God has healed my spirit, soul and body. Grief could not hold me in solitary confinement and I’m grateful. Now I have a stronger resolve to tell those around me about the goodness of God and how we can command ourselves to live and celebrate life each day of our lives. I find a way each day to celebrate life and to pass it on to others to make them aware of how valuable these times are to us. Let us not place so much concentration on funerals, flowers and giving tributes to those who cannot hear it. My friend, Audrey spends hours in card shops just to find the right card to send. Many of these cards were sent to me and they always arrived on the days that I needed it most. Her actions encouraged me to write inspirational cards, booklets, bookmarks and other items that would brighten someone’s day or encourage them to celebrate life. By the grace of God, the year of 2008 was the catalyst that caused me to pivot and began to walk in a destiny that will impact many lives and encourage people to LIVE and Celebrate Life. We are one word, one card; one visit or letter from changing a life and impacting them eternally. Words are very powerful tools and if presented in the right manner, words can be as soothing as a rich salve. Writing has always been a passion of mine. I love presenting words tht can empower and move you from a bad situation to the best. As i journeyed through my trial of sickness there were so many people that encouraged and inspired me through phone calls, letters, visits and cards that met me exactly where I was. Celebrate Life08 is about touching one life at a time and leaving each life much better than we found them. I send cards, bookmarks, posters through the mail daily to make sure that at least one life is touched per day. If you know of someone that is sick, grieving, facing surgery, sickness or disease please email the name, email, address and phone number to ichoose2live08@yahoo.com and we will contact them asap.  

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  • P.O. Box 19665
    Charlotte, N.C. 28219
  • Tel. (704) 606-7621
  • E-mail: ichoose2live08@yahoo.com

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