When it comes to breast cancer awareness, I don’t need a designated month or color to remind me of its importance.
My mom is a breast cancer survivor. Watching her go through such struggles was a very dark time for our family. And while I’m so happy and thankful she’s doing well now, watching someone you love go through such an ordeal forever changes you and never really stops haunting you.
Image credit: The Ellie Fund
I cannot stress enough, the importance self exams, mammograms, and due diligence. So many of us know somebody who’s experienced breast cancer—maybe that somebody is YOU—which goes to show just how prevalent this thief of life is.
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Yes, my sweet mom is alive today, which I’m so very thankful for, but her quality of life will never be the same. And while I don’t need a designated time or hue to bring breast cancer to the forefront in my own life, I am taking this opportunity—the first Monday in Oct.—to switch gears from our usual trend chatter to breast cancer. Specifically, as seen from a creative perspective.
Let’s celebrate the survivors, pay respects to the many who’ve lost their lives to breast cancer, and take time to reflect on the importance of self awareness and self respect.
A FEW OF MY DESIGNS
I recently learned that a friend and former coworker of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wanted to send her a little note. If there are two words I’d use to describe someone going through breast cancer treatments, they are “Brave” and “Beautiful.” I’ve never seen such bravery in my own dear mom as I saw when she was receiving treatments, and the fight for life, while horrific, is also beautiful. Recalling these observations, I decided to create this card for my friend, using old book paper, a paint pen, and a few stickers.
Another incredibly important thing to focus on when it comes to any sort of fight for life is hope. I learned that it’s so easy to be taken by fear and despair. Hope is absolutely necessary. And remarkable. With that in mind, I created this card a few years ago. Today, it’s my most pinned project on Pinterest, which warms my heart. I realize there are so many who want to focus on the beauty hope can offer.
Scrapbooking can be incredibly therapeutic. When my mom was sick, I found I turned to scrapbooking regularly to help process what was going on. Here are a couple of the pages I created during this time.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed lately that I’ve pinned several breast-cancer related items, which I’ve added to a new board titled “Breast Cancer Awareness.” Some of the pins you’ll find there include:
Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath by Decorable By Beverlee
Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf by Sherrie E., as seen on Piece by Piece
Cancer Survivor Necklace by My Journey Jewelry
Pink Ribbon Earrings by Ranola Sg
Custom Pink Awareness Ribbon String Art by Made of the Stars
Breast Cancer Nail Art by I Feel Polished
Awareness Ribbon Quilt by Quilts 2 Sew
Mason Jar by The Red Door Decor
So many beautiful works of art here. I hope they offer you some needed comfort, if you find yourself in a place where you could use some. If you’re not in such a place now (as it relates to cancer, at least), I’m so very happy, and I only ask that you do what you can to stay proactive and attentive. It could save your life.
Borrowed from Becky Fleck's facebook page 🙂