I met a very fun young lady over the weekend. Julie is an artist who also happens to be a breast cancer survivor. She showed me some of the ways she is using her art to help other women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, and I wanted to share it with you.
Julie has put together a site called Cancer Vacation. It contains pictures of her mastectomy and hysterectomy, hair loss, weight gain, post-surgery appearance, and some sexy photos to make her feel good about herself. She is frank and open about her experiences, and that is something women need after receiving such a life-altering diagnosis. The photos can be graphic, as many were taken during the surgeries, so be fore-warned if you are squeamish.
One of the really great things Julie did was create a Breast Cancer Paper Doll that is free for families to download and use to explain the diagnosis and treatment to their young children. She was appalled that all of the books and resources to help explain the disease to children were so expensive–the last thing a woman needs to worry about when she is looking at so many medical bills is to have to shell out $50 for one book for her kids.
I hope you visit Julie’s site and share it with any friends of yours who have been touched by breast cancer. It is an amazing resource.