Two summers ago, my closest friend received the awful news. She had breast cancer. The last two years have been spent getting operations, chemo, radiation, and more operations. I remember two Octobers ago sitting in the chemo room with my friend. We were looking at a magazine and seeing all the ads about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We chuckled at the irony. Neither of us needed a special month to be aware of breast cancer. At this point, it was a daily part of our lives.
I am happy to report to you that today my friend is cancer free, a survivor; complete with her new boobies and freshly grown hair. She is part of the 98% of women who, because of early detection, can proudly say that cancer is no longer the thing she thinks about every single day.
My guess is that most of you reading this blog have been touched by breast cancer. The disease is far too prevalent and disgustingly common. So this October, we decided to increase our ongoing efforts and support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
I have designed projects using all three of these sets and 10% of the proceeds of these will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The thread sets are available to purchase on our website now and I will be introducing the projects and tutorials on the blog every week during October.
The projects are geared towards supporting a friend or family member who is going through the journey of breast cancer. I will tell you about my experience supporting my friend and give you free tutorials for a Cancer Fighting Tote Bag (a simple bag full of things that will be useful to someone going through chemotherapy treatments), a small wall hanging/prayer flag, and a couple of hand embroidery projects.
All the projects will be free, but I do hope you will buy the thread sets to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It is an excellent organization and their mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.