i am wearing the loft cares friendship bracelet designed by jessica quirk of “what i wore“. i’m so happy to share that i am participating in the LOFT CARES “linked for life” project to support the breast cancer research foundation. i am one of a group of bloggers that have shared our stories of how breast cancer has affected our lives. my aunt is a breast cancer survivor and i will never forget when i heard the news. i thought it would be best to have her tell her story in her own words:

While performing a self-breast exam, one day, I happened to feel a bump on the side of my left breast.  I wasn’t too alarmed as I had had problems with cysts in the past.  However, over a few months time, this lump started to increase in size, showed a slight redness on the surface of the skin, and itched.  Unfortunately, a biopsy confirmed my worst fear, I had breast cancer.  The next year consisted of a lumpectomy, followed by a mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, and finally, reconstructive surgery.

I’ll never forget my last visit to my oncologist’s office, where she overheard me saying to my sister, “I sure wish they would hurry up and find a cure for this terrible disease.”  My doctor turned to me and said, “You are cured!”  Whether that is truly the case, only time will tell.  Regardless, that is exactly what I needed to hear at the time, as I began my journey as a cancer survivor.

thankfully, my aunt has been cancer free since 2003. you can purchase the bracelet i am wearing by clicking here. for each bracelet that is sold, LOFT will donate $5 to the breast cancer research foundation.

p.s. i will also be featured on LOFT.com and the LOFT’s facebook fan page on oct 12th so stay tuned! and for my mani addicted friends…i am wearing “peep show” by essie for jcrew (yes the one from the infamous jcrew ad).

THE CAUSE that unites us all – sisters.mothers.friends.coworkers.

*disclosure: i received this bracelet, a t-shirt and a gift card from LOFT for participating in this campaign. i will be giving away the gift card soon so stay tuned for it also!

10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Neris
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    I picked the same bracelet! So happy we are a part of this amazing campaign 🙂


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  2. Fashion By Alicia
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Love this bracelet and thanks for sharing the story.

  3. Heather
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    As a breast cancer survivor, it is nice to see so many people getting involved to spread the word to help find a cure for this devastating sickness. The bracelets are beautiful – very hard to pick only one – I may have to buy them all!

  4. Michelle
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    How cool that you get to be part of the campaign esp. when it hits so close to home? That’s a beautiful bracelet and an even more important cause ♥

    Oct 03, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I’m so happy that you shared your story, breast cancer awareness is so important, a great cause to let others know, because there actually still are many who do not. Beautiful post dear.

  6. Heather G.
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story! I think I’ll be picking up the same bracelet.

  7. saysskippy
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Just found your lovely blog! What a touching post- that bracelet is beautiful and it’s so nice to know it’s for a good cause. Can’t wait to see more from you!

  8. Jen
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Amazing story and love that you are supporting this cause!

  9. Lisa
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing your aunts story and congrats on being featured on loft.com.

  10. Stef
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    How long is this bracelet. I really want to get it but I can’t find any mention of how long it is.