The Story Of The Photo
Did you know that exactly a year ago I found a lump in my breast? It was end of January and my husband was away on a business trip. I was 35 years old: Handbag designer and maker. An expat living very far from home, mom of two young energetic kids.
I felt these weird cramps similar to the ones breastfeeding moms feel and I thought: Oh shit! I better not be pregnant, I don’t like surprises. Little did I know that I had a real bad surprise: I found the lump in my left breast. I desperately looked for the same in my other boob but I couldn’t find it. I was more shocked than scared and that night I went to bed in total denial. (btw this isn’t really a symptom, no idea why I got those cramps)
But next day I woke up and I hadn’t dreamed of it. It was there and I knew that it wasn’t going anywhere. I was sure that it was breast cancer despite not having family history. And then I cried ALL-FUCKING-DAY-LONG! When I got the official news after a biopsy, I cried too. But much less.
A week before treatment I called most of my friends and I arranged a pre-chemo party at a bar: no sad faces allowed.
After what seemed to last an eternity, I’m happily back to work and I want to ask you something:
Tomorrow I’m going to send my pitch to fashion magazines, fashion blogs, bloggers, influencers; as well as trying to reach celebrities (lol but still..it’s a scary one). I want this photo published in a fashion magazine in the US: doesn’t have to be Vogue but it has to be important. I’m busy making bags but I know that I made a big promise to myself while I went through what I went through: I wanted to push my solo business as much as I pushed myself while fighting breast cancer. This photo represents that goal.
I owe it to the amazing team that helped me create this piece of art of a photo: Daniella Marcus and Nir Slakman. Both thrilled to be part of a project that means / meant the world to me. A project with the intention of making a difference and bringing awareness, as well as becoming a partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which I happily already accomplished.
If you have any tips and/or any contacts in media (relevant anywhere, but the US is my biggest market so far) who would like to hear my story and be interested in this photo please feel free to send me a private message. Thanks so much lovely readers.