Breast Cancer, DIY

Hello World, My Breast Cancer Story & McCall’s 7716

Finally! It feels like it’s taken me forever to get myself together and find enough time to figure out how to do the WordPress thing. This blog is still under construction. There’s a few glitches and things I need to fix, but I’m learning as I go along. So improvements will be made as I learn. The first being creating a really nice logo!

I felt this was the opportune time to release my first post to end and commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also the exact time in history when I felt a tiny lump in my upper chest, that would ultimately lead me to becoming a member in the dreaded breast cancer positive group.

Here’s my story:

Almost two years ago, during the second week of October, (yes, ironically it was during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it was the last thing on my mind), I felt a very tiny bump high up on my upper chest, right before the breast tissue begins.  I noticed it while showering. As I was 44, and had repeatedly put off my gynecologist’s recommendations each year to have a mammogram, I still made sure to do self exams routinely. I didn’t know anyone close to me, let alone in my family, that had been affected, so I didn’t feel it was something I needed to worry about. When I felt this tiny, hard lump that seemed to appear out of nowhere, I noticed.

A week went by, and it still hadn’t changed, and I started to manipulate it a bit, so I knew it wasn’t something I had ever felt before.  My husband tried to reassure me that it was nothing, but deep down in my spirit, I knew that this would be something. In my soul, I knew this tiny bump, was just a symptom that had finally risen to the surface. It was the result of the inner turmoil I had been dealing with inside for many years, that was finally forcing me to actually “deal” with things.

Needless to say, I went through all the expected steps of going to the doctor, having another mammo, and ultrasound only to be given the life changing results that I somehow already expected. “Mrs. Brown, I’m sorry to tell you it’s what we hoped it wasn’t”.

As I share my life with you, I will share more of my story and how I decided to take a different path to healing and ultimately changing my life. For now, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’m sharing this wonderful McCall’s pattern result in the color pink. Let me add, that since my diagnosis in 2016, I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible about breast cancer. The different types, stages, grades, tests, protocols, drugs, natural remedies, and organizations that claim to support the cause and search for a cure. Pinkwashing and the pink ribbon have come to symbolize the hope for a cure and the support for all women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, but does it actually do this? The answer is No. I won’t go into all the reasons why I don’t support the pink ribbon movement (you can google this in depth but many of the commercialized, so called charities and foundations that claim to raise money to support and fund cancer research or patients dealing with the expenses of fighting the disease, actually have a cap on how much they will donate, no matter that they raise tens of millions, or did you know that many of these Pink Ribbons are selling and promoting products that are actually known to promote the disease?), but I will say that I support all the women that the pink ribbon represents, which includes myself.

So in honor of all of us, I wanted to share my swash of pink with a prayer and hope for all. The statistics state that 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and that’s just unacceptable. I’m going to share everything that I’m learning, (some which has been hard learned but useful all the same), in hopes of helping in my own way.

I used Alaffia Wavy to Curly Defining Gel on my hair and then teased it when dry to make it wild, full and fluffy.

I made View B of this pattern and love it! The pattern states it’s fitted through the bodice. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly fitted. There’s plenty of ease. I measure a 12 bodice and 14 hip, so I cut a 12 bodice and graded out to a 14 at waist and hips. With the ease and how I like my clothes to fit, I could have easily cut a straight 12 and been fine. I used a pink challis fabric and love how it drapes with this pattern. I love the back opening detail and wide sleeves. This high-low hem and cold shoulders just add even more “yum” to this already yummy dress.

Shoes are by Guess.

God bless and have a great week!

By kimberleeb, October 31, 2018
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I'm a 46 yr old Christian wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 3, and vegan. My passion is fashion sewing and holistic health.
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