I’ve had a long journey with Breast Cancer.
In 1988 as I was moving into my college dorm room I found out my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer for the first of three times and from there on out breast cancer has held a somewhat formidable place in my life. Sometimes breast cancer felt like the driver of a car going out of control, sometimes it felt like the passenger who was just a part of a bigger journey, and sometimes it took a nap in the backseat. In the years since my mother’s initial diagnosis, there have been many advancements in medicine and technology that have shifted the course of the breast cancer journey for a lot of women. These advancements have allowed the journey to feel like more of an interruption instead of a death sentence.
Through the ins and outs of my mother’s battle with breast cancer, I have had moments of clarity that have allowed me to look at breast cancer through a new lens. While I am so grateful for the developments in the medical field that have allowed my mother to live through two recurrences, I do not want to forget about the journey in between the diagnosis and remission. The vulnerable months and years of change- from losing your hair, to being bed-ridden, to derailing jobs, and interrupting your ability to care for your children. The sense of hope now offered with a diagnosis is a blessing, but I want to recognize the moments that are often lost in the shuffle of life and typically only seen by those closest to you. These moments comprise your journey and shape your life throughout your battle, and I want you to know I see them.
I’ve watched, firsthand, my Mother have to put her hopes and dreams on hold in order to deal with her health. My Mom is a writer and she is passionate about her work. When bad news comes her way, I see her passion fade, her momentum curbed and her focus shift to survival. But, here’s the thing about my Mom – she is a fighter. She’s the strongest person I know. She has handled her interruptions with hope, optimism and grace. Today she is still receiving treatment every three weeks but she’s back to feeling like her old self – kicking ass and taking names.
With all that said, my mission this month is to highlight the journey of women and men who have had breast cancer touch their lives. For Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’ve teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation whose mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. Through partnerships like this, they are able to provide free mammograms in all 50 states. Yes, FREE!
Our boutiques, stylists and online store will donate 20% off proceeds from two custom jewelry pieces to this deserving charity. From the Crown Collection, a set of three stackable bracelets made of pink jade are topped with a gold crown adornment. The bracelets are hand strung and made from locally sourced materials in our Texas studio. A Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon shaped charm, plated in 14 karat gold, can be mixed and matched with various chains for a supportive jewelry statement.
To highlight the women who’ve experience the ‘space in-between’ first hand, you can nominate a survivor or current fighter to receive an Elaine Turner shopping spree makeover through the Celebrate Her Journey Giveaway. These stories of survival and strength will be shared on our social media platforms throughout the month to celebrate these strong women. The recipient will be drawn at random and each nominee will receive a gift of encouragement.
Please join us in sharing your story, or the story of a friend- the WHOLE story. We want to hear about the good, the bad, and the bravely beautiful.