Cancer is a c word we are used to. It constantly touches the periphery of our lives, we all have someone close to us that suffered or suffers from this disease.
February is cancer awareness month. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone over the age of 6 that isn’t highly aware of cancer, therefore, I think we need to make more of an effort to be aware of our own bodies, being aware of your body and the changes that happen internally and externally can make all the difference in the world when if comes to cancer. Know your body, know if that mole changes shape, if there is a lump, if you have persistent headaches- know what is your normal and take enough care of yourself to have anything checked out. Be aware and be preventative (that includes quitting the smokes) and be an advocate for yourself, if you think something is wrong then trust your gut, it's okay if you think you are crazy, get it checked out anyway.
We have collaborated with Jennifer Campisano from Booby and the Beast for a new necklace, the Infinity necklace. This piece stands for the infinite hope, hope that you cling to when life becomes its most difficult.
Jennifer’s blog is touching, charming, funny, informative, and it will grab your heart and twist it. She gives us an honest and endearing account of what it is like to live with cancer.
In 2011, at only 32, with a brand new baby boy, Jennifer thought she found a lump in her breast. Her doctor assured her it was only a clogged duct from nursing her infant and assured her it would go away. She knew better, got a second opinion and that “clogged duct” turned out to be stage IV metastatic breast cancer.
Jennifer has gone through multiple chemo treatments, losing her hair twice and while she has been cancer free for a year now she continues to endure chemo treatments and will have chemo until there is a cure.
The way Jennifer is so open and honest really opened my eyes as to what her world is like and while I knew what cancer and chemo does to the body scientifically she showed me what cancer does to the person and their family. After reading through her experience I will never look at cancer the same way, neither should you. While you may have little control on developing cancer you can still fight it. You can still be aware, aware of your body, aware of the effects that cancer has on those that suffer and aware that we need to find a real cure.
I asked Jennifer about the loss of her hair, her blog is filled with updates on her loss, gain, and loss again and the gain again of her hair. I’ve seen/heard many a woman warrior make the bald head a battle statement of cancer but Jennifer didn’t necessarily embrace this loss, instead she accepted the situation that she was in and validated it with utter honesty: loosing your hair fucking sucks. Women everyday obsesses over their hair, I rarely remember to brush my curly mess but I would be lost and naked without my hair. Our founder of Project Heart Yourself is herself an Internet celebrity thanks to her hair blog, even if it was en vogue to shave your head (it does come in and out of style) you wouldn't shave your head because it is part of your feminine identity, hair is a huge part of being a woman and feeling good about you.
Jennifer’s story goes hand in hand with Project Heart Yourself. Loving yourself is one of the hardest but most paramount aspects to life. You do not always have control over what happens to you, or in you but with grace you can accept it and learn to continue living a beautiful life.
As always, profits from the infinity necklace (and all jewelry here) are donated to charity but we encourage you to make a donation to METAvivor which donates all money to researching metastatic cancer because we lose 1 woman every 15 minutes in the U.S to breast cancer.