Every person's story is considerably different; each experience proves as individual as the person who faces it. Here are the perspectives of four courageous CafePress Designers, sharing the Breast Cancer journey from their point of view:
Breast cancer is a cause near and dear to my heart. My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer in January 2010. She fought hard and managed to exceed doctor's expectations of a month of life left. We lost her in March 2011. She was my hero, and always will be. I plan to do all I can to fight this awful disease!
A month after I turned 40, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. I was lucky we caught it early, and luckier still to have amazing doctors and support of family and friends. I'm now 4 1/2 years cancer free, and counting down the next six months to reach full remission. My design reflects the luck and love it took to get me this far, not to mention the pride/gratitude I feel when I say I am a survivor!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 39 years old. I went through 2 years of surgeries and treatments, and I was so fortunate to be able to have access to the best possible care, giving me a chance to watch my little girls grow up. I am dedicated to making sure that other women have the best care they can get - and to finding a future where my daughters won't ever have to worry about breast cancer. All of my designs are a reflection of the feelings I went through while going through the whole experience myself, and I always hope that I can offer inspiration or strength through what I have designed to other women who are facing the same thing.
In 2012, my family lost my mom to breast cancer. My sister and I wanted to do something in honor of her memory, so together we signed up for the Komen 3-Day Walk. We named our team "Walking for the Racks" in memory of the times my mother spent hunting with my father. From that team name spawned our "Save the Racks" t-shirt design. I wanted the shirt to be fun and different, like our mom, but to also portray the important message of breast cancer awareness. While a cure won't help my mom, I still want to be a part of the hope for a cure so that others won't face what our family did.