3 - I recently read an article about Emily McDowell, a designer and cancer survivor who created a line of Empathy cards. She wrote "Get well soon cards don't make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they're already dead. A 'fuck cancer' card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or a free boob job, which is what most 'cancer cards' focus on." Not only do I love her cards esthetic, but I love the messages of support, with humor, and of course understanding. The one in the bottom left, really resonated with me outside the world of cancer, but with loss in general. I can't even count how many times I heard "happened for a reason" line after my miscarriage. This card could also fit for someone severely injured or diagnosed with any illness. Check out the whole article here.
4 - This post went from super light to pretty heavy, but the article and cards above inspired to share another story. A friend of mine from college was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in the Fall '13. We had met before classes even began our freshman year since we were both student athletes. We hung in the same social circles, and we both had majored in Finance and shared the same classes our junior and senior year. He put up quite the amazing fight against cancer, physically and even more so mentally. He had moved to NYC after graduation and we naturally lost touch like most people do, outside of Facebook. I followed his journey and was devastated when I found out he lost his battle last month. He was 32.
Inspired during his chemotherapy treatments, Alex began a kickstarter campaign to create CureWear. A line of clothing made for patients undergoing treatment with medical ports. It allows them to keep their clothes on while still allowing access to their ports. You can read all about it here and please feel free to share with anyone you think may be interested in supporting this innovative company. They also created an active wear for supporters to purchase, perfect for wearing during a 5K.
5 - And swinging this back to light because it's Friday. I hope every one has a fantastic Mother's Day this weekend!