It’s mid-October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I know the C-word is tough to talk about, a lot of us have really challenging associations with cancer. My paternal grandmother battled breast cancer and, before she passed away, the constant threat of relapse or recurrence made her cancer an ever-present, unwelcome guest.
As a woman, I feel like breast cancer is a bit of an axe suspended over me, that I’m praying will never fall, and I know a lot of women can relate. We all hope, should we ever get that terrifying diagnosis, that we’ll be able to beat it. But current cancer treatments are as tough, or perhaps tougher, than the disease itself. Chemotherapy and radiation, traditional cancer treatments, come with severe side-effects. Mastectomies and lumpectomies are major surgeries, that can deform a woman’s body, and completely alter her sense of self. And, the means of breast cancer detection, breast exams and mammograms are, well, unpleasant. The short-story is, we need to develop better detection and treatment methods for this disease. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is a front-runner in that effort, doing research into treatment options, funding cancer screenings all over the country, and offering funding for top researchers in the field.
To support the Komen Foundation’s efforts, I created a terrarium necklace, in the Foundation’s classic pink, to raise funds for the organization. 30% of the proceeds from each sale of Hieropice’s pink Terrarium Necklace for Charity will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This month is the month to make a big push for breast cancer research, so I hope you’ll purchase a necklace, and forward the link on to someone else who might! Beyond being adorable, this necklace is for a good cause.
Happy October, everyone!