I’m sure by now you’ve seen one of these confession t-shirts: yes they’re fake, the real ones tried to kill me. Right? My boobs never actually tried to kill me, I got rid of them before they could, so I never really felt I could wear one. Well, now I can with a more appropriate phrase: yes they’re fake, my real ones were plotting to kill me.
With that design and others, I created a new zazzle.com store to make them available to others that may want to express their sentiments about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome, BRCA, previvorship, cancer, etc. Here are a few of them:
I will be donating 20% of sales to FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. FORCE is the only national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by HBOC. People like me. With each Dollar FORCE helps educate the public, advocate for our common cause, support our community, recruit participants for HBOC-specific research of detection, prevention, treatment, and quality-of-life, and so much more. If you’re looking for a fun previvor-style shirt and want to support FORCE, this is your place!
On that note …
FORCE just celebrated its 15th birthday! FacingOurRisk.org is one of the first places I landed when I was embarking on my mastectomy journey. It is an amazing website filled with an incredible amount of information relevant to individuals and families facing HBOC. There is a message board, local group finder, lots and lots of articles and other resources, a photo gallery, info about studies and clinical trials, etc. If you haven’t yet visited FacingOurRisk.org, check it out!