Posted on October 09 2019
October is breast cancer awareness month and I wanted to show my support by donating 50% of the sales from our cancer awareness hoops to the MCMC reflections program. Unfortunately, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed every year in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease. My mom helped found the reflections program as a way to help those dealing with the uncomfortable side effects of treatment through self-care and positive body image.
I decided the women who've been touched by this disease could tell it best so I'll be sharing over 15 women's stories over on Instagram (you can follow along here) and wanted to start by having my mom share her story with you. I hope you'll join us in helping help women with cancer. You can purchase hoops here, or donate directly to the program here.
Now introducing my amazing mother Annette Scott and her story of why she started working with cancer patients. Warning tears may happen!
Cancer found me.....
Even though I’ve never had cancer, It's affected me. Working as an Esthetician and Manicurist for 32 years, I’ve encountered plenty of people who've had the dreaded disease. I’ve held their hand, cried with them and watched a few not make it through. Somehow, I found myself wanting to help. I volunteered at a Cancer Center for a survivorship celebration 16 years ago. Showing up eager to help, I had no idea when I sat down and held that patient's hand hers would melt into mine, this moment would change my life. She said, “you have no idea how good this feels”. I knew right then that I wanted to work at Celilo Cancer Center.
Many years later and a lot of persuading, the “Reflections” Program was born. I finally got in one day a month which quickly grew into a safe space where the patients would come to get facials, hand and foot massage, learn to deal with skin issues due to Chemo and Radiation, and makeup sessions where I show them how to create a brow if they have none and we get to fit them with hats, wigs, and scarves. They leave feeling nurtured, looking like themselves again, loved and beautiful. I’m always in awe of the strength and bravery that women with cancer have and it gives great pleasure taking care of them.
I'm truly living my dream job.
Aesthetician + Care Giver + Teacher