Many of you have asked for a piece that honors the cancer journey for yourself or a loved one. It has taken time to fully wrap our hearts around. We wanted a design that would resonate beyond the “C” word, that could move beyond fear and bring forward the undeniable strength one needs. A symbol universally understood and yet, unique to honor this moment in time. And ultimately, something with a meaning that would continue to grow and become part of a story as it unfolds.
My name is Dyan and I'm one of the designers here at Brevard. For me, my story begins with the loss of my mother as a child. Younger than she was when I received my own diagnoses, cancer is something I will always carry with me, but it is NOT all that I am. I am more than my cancer, I refuse to let it hold me back and I needed a symbol that was more than a “ribbon”.
Shortly after my last surgery, I attended a yoga retreat offered by the Foundation for Living Beauty. An AMAZING non-profit organization that provides community support for women living with cancer through empowerment and wellness programs. In spite of my limited mobility, I learned to trust my body again and that retreat was the turning point I desperately needed to heal. Yoga had been a small part of my life before cancer, but it wasn’t until the retreat that it took on greater meaning. I felt like I could breathe again.
These days, when I find myself off track, I take a deep breath, gather my strength and begin again.
I first met Tari Prinster at that retreat. A cancer survivor herself, Tari teaches a yoga method which combines lymphatic massage into a yoga system adapted specifically for those living with cancer. Her program and book Yoga 4 Cancer offer easy to follow yoga routines for every stage of recovery to help you regain control of your body and ACTIVELY take part of your recovery and long term health.
In Tari’s class, she reminds us we need “to trust ourselves and to trust the yoga.” She is right.
Through the yoga, I unexpectedly found a community of strong, active women, who just like me felt hijacked by cancer and were struggling with displacement that was hard to explain to friends and loved ones. Together we found understanding that didn't require words. And together we face our fears, renew our strengths and we laugh - from deep in our bellies we laugh. For the first time since my diagnosis, I am no longer isolated from the life I once knew, instead I am surrounded by vibrant women in motion and unconditional love. Today I am stronger than I ever was.
I am a LIVING BEAUTY and will forever be grateful for the compassion of so many. Proceeds from these designs are donated to Foundation for Living Beauty to help support more women at a time when they need it most. Opportunities like these could not exist without the compassion of so many. With all my heart, I thank you.
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We are honored to have you join us in supporting the Foundation for Living Beauty and would love to hear how you or someone you love has found their strength. Please share your story and tag us on Instagram wearing your Brevard: @HouseofBrevard