Beading for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 10, 2013

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a.k.a. "Pinktober." As many as 1 in 8 women are affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives, making it the second most common cancer among women in the United States. So it's incredibly important to get the word out and educate women of all ages (and men, too!) about risk factors, symptoms, and preventative measures. I personally know several women who've battled through it, and I've seen how important it is for we women to support and encourage each other.

Pink has become the signature color of breast cancer awareness. While wearing pink won't cure cancer, giving a piece of pink handmade jewelry to a friend who is battling or has battled the disease can be a kind gesture of support, and sporting pink in October can serve as a reminder to women to perform those self-checkups and schedule routine mammograms.

For the month of October, 30% of sales from our newest eBook, 10 Favorite Pink Jewelry Projects [To Honor Breast Cancer Awareness] (presented by Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines)will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). NBCF was started by breast cancer survivor Janelle Hail in 1991 to provide education and diagnostic breast care services to women in need,. The organization provides free mammograms to women in all 50 of the United States. Early detection is critical for best treatment success, and lives are saved with the help of NBCF.

Here are a couple of my favorite projects from the eBook:

These Sparkling Medallions earrings by Amy Haftkowycz are classy and classic. The decorative ear wires and sparkly crystals and pearls lend a vintage vibe, and although they look complicated, they are stitched with simple netting and fringe.

This charming Woven Wonder bracelet by Nancy Peterson is made with a right-angle-weave base and netted embellishments. Fire-polished rounds and silver-lined seed beads make it a little fancy, but it's still casual enough for everyday wear.

Whether you choose to make a piece of jewelry, donate to National Breast Cancer Foundation, or lend an ear to someone affected by breast cancer, I want to encourage you to support women who've faced breast cancer. You can purchase your copy of 10 Favorite Pink Jewelry Projects [To Honor Breast Cancer Awareness] here.

Use the comment section below to share your ideas about how to use your beading skills for breast cancer awareness. We'd love to hear your ideas!

Bead chic,

Kate Wilson
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Kat West wrote
on Oct 12, 2013 11:04 AM

I have been making beaded jewelry for 13 years. I have been certified in x-ray for 21 years. For 20 of those years I have also been certified in mammography.

If you really want to do something for breast cancer awareness, and you are :a) over 40, or b)high risk GET AN ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM.Bring your sister/ neighbor/ co-worker with you.  Go bead shopping afterwards.

In two decades I have seen some truly awful things that could have been avoided by earlier detection.

There are still places where breast cancer is a death sentence. This is not one of them.

Yes, there is some fleeting discomfort-considerably less than a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy.

Some women have a lower threshold than others.  If you are one of them,  avoid coffee the day of the exam, drink lots of water, and take an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Tylenol, Advil,(whatever you use normally) about an hour before your scheduled appointment. It will help.

Happy Beading!!!

Kat West wrote
on Oct 12, 2013 1:21 PM

Immediately after posting a comment, I was sent this link.  I hope you find it as hilarious as I did.

Kate Wilson wrote
on Oct 14, 2013 10:26 AM

Kat, thank you for sharing that recipe link! I literally laughed out loud in the office!

You are right; we need to be encouraging each other--making a girls' day out of it by going shopping after the appointment is such a great idea!

And thank you for what you do in the medical field! It is so important!