Collaboration: Infinite Hope with Booby and the Beast

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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. 

Life throws you both good and bad circumstances. You can choose how to live with them. I choose hope -Jennifer Campisano

Life throws you both good and bad circumstances. You can choose how to live with them. I choose hope -Jennifer Campisano


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.

This is Jennifer, documenting her hair growth.

This is Jennifer, documenting her hair growth.

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.

'Tis the Season of Secret Sales

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Planning out gifts for loved ones, yourself included? Keep your eyes peeled for a surprise we have planned, we will be announcing later this week! Until then I hope everyone has a blissful workweek and that your hearts are filled to the brim on Thanksgiving.

 

Photo: Sarah Bishop Photography

 

Going Gold for Desi

This little ray of sunshine is  Desi . She was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma cancer (I could go into detail but just know, this is a very scary childhood cancer) last April. This 5 year old girl has been putting up one hell of a fight and we want to help her win. Her family is trying to raise $300,000 so that they can send her to a hospital that will greatly increase Desi's chances of survival. Unfortunately, their insurance won't cover any of this cost so it is completely up to them to come up with the money. We want to help them reach that goal, every  curve bar  sold until December we will donate $10 to Desi and her family and hopefully get them closer to that goal and this little girl closer to getting back to her normal daily life.   If you are willing to and can donate more, please do at  YouCaring .

This little ray of sunshine is Desi. She was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma cancer (I could go into detail but just know, this is a very scary childhood cancer) last April. This 5 year old girl has been putting up one hell of a fight and we want to help her win. Her family is trying to raise $300,000 so that they can send her to a hospital that will greatly increase Desi's chances of survival. Unfortunately, their insurance won't cover any of this cost so it is completely up to them to come up with the money. We want to help them reach that goal, every curve bar sold until December we will donate $10 to Desi and her family and hopefully get them closer to that goal and this little girl closer to getting back to her normal daily life. 

If you are willing to and can donate more, please do at YouCaring.

Rainy Day Pick Me Ups

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It rained in Arizona yesterday, a lot, what they call a "100 year flood." Rainy days happen, in weather and in our personal, emotional lives. So if it's raining buckets in your area of you just feel like there's a little thundercloud over your head alone here are a few suggestions to keep your spirits up.

1. Our Silver Cloud necklace, to remind you that behind every cloud is a silver lining.

2. Silver Linings Playbook, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, I just can not get enough of her.

3. Wellies for puddles! Hunter Boots are always a timeless choice.

4. A got-o lullaby in our house, why not a throw pillow to brighten up your home. We found this gem on Etsy.

 

 

Lennon is Love

I haven't been eager to write this. As a mother the death of anyones child is difficult to realize and fully process. Lennon has passed, he passed on August 21st, two days after his birth, peacefully and surrounded by his family. The Myers family story is truly inspirational, the amount of love and grace that they showed Lennon speaks as to how pure their love for him was. I hate the cliche if you love someone let them go, but there is such truth in it in this situation. Little Lennon was very sick, besides having no kidneys or bladder he was also born before his lungs were fully developed so his lungs had a small hole in each side. There are medical interventions such as kidney dialysis that may have prolonged Lennon's life but with no guarantees or promises, just a very sick baby, Josh and Cara had to consider Lennon more than themselves.

His short time here Lennon was so incredibly loved by his family that they let go of their own agendas to end his suffering while surrounding him making his passing both gentle and beautiful. Josh and Cara Myers made the decision that no parent should ever have to make and they had so much love for Lennon that they let him go instead of holding on for themselves. Little Lennon, in the two days you were here earth side you showed and were shown so much true love. 

Please help show your support for the Myers family, we are donating $10 of every Love necklace to the Myers family, which will now go to funeral expenses. We've only made 100 of these and it's important to us to reach this goal, we want the Myers Family to know that they too are loved and supported. 

This little baby has shown us so much in his small life. He has shown us through his family what true love looks like. When you wear the Love necklace, remember Lennon, remember the ultimate sacrifice that his parents made for him, the love that surrounded him before he was even born and the truest purest love that you can possibly experience earth side. Remember that love and remember to spread that love to all around you, we are all someones child.

Here is a beautiful excerpt on what Josh had to say about his son and his passing, 

 

You see sometimes and more often than not Love calls us to give something up unselfishly instead of clinging onto it. As much as we loved little Lennon from the moment we laid our eyes on him we loved him too much to hurt him or even drag him through OUR fight. Lennon wasn't about us. Lennon was about Lennon. Lennon was about Love. We don't blame God at all. Lennon had some sick little guy issues that no baby should ever have to suffer through. Please hear me in this. Sometimes the fight isn't the thing you're fighting but the fight is letting go of self. We aren't special, we just chose from the moment we found out about Lennon that we would let love win.

Read more from Josh Myers and the story of Lennon here.

If you can and would like to make a larger donation to they Myers family, please do so here.

You can find Love for Lennon on Facebook.

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Lennon is here!

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Hey everyone, Lennon is here and he and his family need our love and support now! This is from Go Shout Love:

Friends, sweet baby Lennon surprised us all and was born today. He is a month early and was born 2Ibs 12oz. As most of you know, Lennon is our August feature and he was not due until the end of September and had been diagnosed with Renal Agenesis. The Myers went for a routine appointment earlier today only to find out it was critical for Lennon to be born ASAP. Lennon is stable, but in critical condition. Tiffany and Jessica from Go Shout Love have been at the hospital most of today and our photographer, Jessica was able to capture Lennon's birth. Lennon has a lot of hurdles to get through, but he is strong and is a fighter! We know this community can show up BIG and we are asking for that right now. Please pray and please shower Josh and Cara in love and encouragement and support over at Love For Lennon. They may have some very difficult decisions to face soon and they need our love and support more than ever. Please please pray and please surround them with love. We will update with details as we get them. Please share this if you feel led and let's rally the troops! #loveforlennon

We have our Love necklaces for sale, proceeds go to Lennon and his family to help with their medical bills. Keep Lennon in your thoughts, this little babe is in for a fight.

 

All You Need Is Love: Love For Lennon

This month we are working with Go Shout Love again for a very special little baby. Little Lennon Myers hasn't been born yet, he is due next month and once he's here he will need a lot of extra care. His story is already a very special one.

Lennon has been diagnosed with renal agenesis, which is when one or both kidneys fail to develop. Renal agenesis is a genetic condition that affects 1 in 750 babies which little Lennon's parents, Josh and Cara know all too well. On the morning of September 11th, 2001 Cara gave birth to a baby boy Zachary Mathew. Zachary also had renal agenesis and was unable to get life flighted out of the hospital due to the grounding of all planes after the terrorist attacks. Tragically Zachary was not able to receive the help he needed and did not make it. Now lightning has struck their family again yet they are still hopeful in Lennon.

Josh and Cara are facing difficult and emotional road as they prepare for Lennon's arrival, not to mention the financial burden that comes with needing a team of specialists. This month we have created a limited edition necklace just for Lennon. With the inspiration from his namesake (that would be John Lennon) we have created the Love necklace because all you really need is love and we want to surround this little baby with love. The Love necklace comes in silver and with an adjustable chain. We will be donating $10 of every sale of the Love necklace to the Myers family, they are a very limited edition with 100 made so don't wait and donate to this baby. Help us spread the love to him and his family.

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If you wish to give more to the Myers family, you can do so through Go Shout Love or Go Fund Me

Help Support Silas Jacobsen

We are just over the halfway point in June, that means you only have 2 more weeks to help support this courageous little guy! Little Si is the perfect example of what our curve bar stands for. Life threw him a huge curve at birth with his chromosomal abnormality but this little dude not only keeps on fighting but he does so with a smile. Okay, he is a baby, I'm sure he isn't all smiles but check out his Facebook page, Mighty Si, and his little face will light up your day. Help us support his family in caring for him by ordering a curve bar for yourself, a great reminder to keep fighting for what you want, even through the curves life sends your way, just like Silas has done from the start of his young life. We will donate $10 from every bar sold to his family, just use the code mightysi in the coupon code box.

Check out Go Shout Love for more ways to help Silas and his family.

 

photo from Mighty Si

Show us your necklaces!

Hey ladies, we want to see your heart yourself fashion. Snap a photo of you in your favorite Heart Yourself necklace, tag us and use #projectheartyourself so we can see you and feature you on our page. Share those beautiful faces with us!

Curve Bars

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When life throws you a  curve,  fight for what you want.     Curve bars are very special to me. They symbolize that when the path you've been on sudden curves instead of going straight forward, that you just need to fight for what you want and go for your dreams. I've personally had a lot of experiences where  I've been thrown curves and this piece is very special to me.  These delicate pieces of jewelry  retail for $48 dollars and come in your choice of sterling silver or gold filled. You have the choice of wearing your curve on a 16inch or a 18inch chain.  Wear your curve daily as a reminder that you can get through whatever life has thrown your way.

When life throws you a curve, fight for what you want.

 

Curve bars are very special to me. They symbolize that when the path you've been on sudden curves instead of going straight forward, that you just need to fight for what you want and go for your dreams. I've personally had a lot of experiences where  I've been thrown curves and this piece is very special to me.

These delicate pieces of jewelry  retail for $48 dollars and come in your choice of sterling silver or gold filled. You have the choice of wearing your curve on a 16inch or a 18inch chain.

Wear your curve daily as a reminder that you can get through whatever life has thrown your way.