I am Emily, a 38 year old mummy of two, wife, and inspired breast cancer survivor dreaming of creating something that I found to be missing whilst going through my breast cancer treatment.
I am inviting breast cancer survivors, and BRCA previvors, to write a letter to their wobbly womanly body parts as part of a unique, first of its kind book project that I launched after completing my treatment in 2017.
The Dear Boobs Project intends to start conversations about how women feel about their bodies and breasts after breast cancer or BRCA surgery, to address the impact of altered body image, and explore how it can be overcome.
The Dear Boobs book will be a collection of intimate, courageous, and often hilarious letters from women of all walks of life who have undergone surgery due to breast cancer or BRCA. The intention is to bring the conversations together to share boob wisdom, inspire healing and celebrate the incredible breast cancer community.
During 2017 the project rapidly gained momentum and as we begin 2018 I have over 100 Dear Boobs letters ready to share!
I pledge to share 1000 Dear Boobs books to waiting rooms where those undergoing treatment will pick up and read "Dear Boobs..." and immediately feel that they are in great company.
I hope that all readers, with or without personal experience of breast cancer, will feel supported and encouraged to know their unique relationship with their wobbly womanly body parts really does matter. I expect laughter, tears, but mostly that women will be able to better grasp their own experience, and ultimately a feeling of hope and healing of being part of a sisterhood that understands how it is.
My intention is also that the stories will educate and inform all readers about the significant impact of breast cancer surgery on women’s emotional and spiritual health, and offer a unique insight into the long road to a ‘new normal’ for women who have had surgery due to breast cancer.
A fundraising campaign to share 1000 copies of the book into the community around New Zealand, and beyond, is well underway. If you would like to contribute a little or a lot to sharing the boob wisdom you can find the details here and be sure to check out the gallery on the givealittle page too, for a preview of some of the imagery for the book.