Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, four weeks when we can’t as easily ignore the fact that mammograms are a crucial part of staying healthy. Every year about a quarter of a million women (and an additional 2000 men) are diagnosed with breast cancer. By now we know that the earlier it is found, the better the chances of survival, and the easiest ways to find it are breast self-exams and regular mammograms.
This year I’m teaming up again with Annie and crew over at ByAnnie.com for their #sewpink initiative to help remind folks about the need to pay attention to their breasts and the changes that happen. There are a variety of designers and educators who have shared projects and I’m thrilled to be part of the group.
This time I’m sharing a fun project I made for my day job over at Shannon Fabrics. The creative genius, Gayle Camargo, thought up this cute cupcake pillow and I tweaked how it was made and together we came up with this great project to share.
We’re sharing the live video tutorial on the Shannon Fabrics page at 10am (and afterward I’ll post the video here), so I hope you can join us live or later. I’ll share my favorite ByAnnie product (spoiler: it’s the stiletto) and why I love it so.
You can also check out the mastectomy pillow we made a couple weeks ago, as well.
Last month I finally got around to getting my own mammogram done and while it’s not fun, it is important. I ended up being called back due to abnormalities and doing another mammogram and an ultrasound. I stressed for a few days, for sure. I’ve had family members and friends diagnosed with breast cancer. I know it’s always possible. Luckily the tests came back and everything was okay.
Please: Get to know how your normal breasts feel now, so if things change you notice. Get mammograms however often your doctor suggests it. We all want you to stick around and keep on creating, sewing, and living life to its fullest.
Oct. 1 (Thur):Mister Domestic
Oct. 5 (Mon): Sewfinity
Oct. 7 (Wed): Great Heron Thread
Oct. 9 (Friday): Knot and Thread
Oct. 12 (Mon):Snuggles Quilts
Oct. 14 (Wed): A Bright Corner
Oct. 16 (Fri): Suzn Quilts
Oct. 19 (Mon): HUGS’N KISSES
Oct. 20 (Tues): Sallie Tomato
Oct. 26 (Mon):LoveYouSew
Oct. 27 (Tue): Teresa Coates
The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer.
To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.ByAnnie.com/SewPINK
To find screenings available near you:
To donate directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit: https://give.bcrf.org/give/31404/#!/donation/checkout