Each of you are on your own journey to recovery. Your strength, your stories, and your smiles inspire us all every day. My journey began, like so many others have, when cancer moved from a thing other people had, to an unwelcome visitor in my own family.
In 2002, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was starting my career as a fashion designer in NY City, just a few hours from our hometown, DuBois, Pennsylvania. While we were geographically not that distant, the miles seemed to stretch out forever and my heart ached daily for my Mom, Jayne.
We've always been extremely close and her journey brought us closer. During her treatment, I gave her a kimono to wear. I wanted her to feel the love I felt for her and to retain her dignity and beauty as a woman. I understood, from her stories, and later so many other women would echo her sentiments--that cancer strips you of everything, but it doesn't have to take away your beauty and your power. The hospital gowns were demoralizing and embarrassing and simply cold. The original kimono was my gift to her to wrap her in love and became the inspiration for my own design and garment: Jayne's Robe.
Fast forward to 2017, my cousin, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer. Remembering my mom's journey, I decided I wanted to design my own robe for her, just as I had done for my Mom. This was the beginning of my journey with designing Jayne's Robe.
I am proud to say, my Mom and cousin are both strong Survivors. Their journey has provided me an opportunity to give to women and support this community. For every Jayne's Robe purchased, one is donated to Project Hope in South Florida, as well as other treatment facilities.
I hope you'll join me as we traverse this journey together. This blog will provide you updates, tips, events, and words of wisdom and inspiration from other strong Survivors.
If you'd like to read more about Jayne's Robe and our project for giving--take a look at this local news article.