Friday, October 19, 2012

Meet Julie Rice: Breast Cancer Survivor!

It's always a pleasure to meet the women behind our skirts and this time is no exception.  In honor of  Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am proud to introduce you ladies to Julie Rice, a breast cancer survivor!  Julie Rice is a Sevier Skirt customer and was nice enough to shed some light on her  experience and snap some photos of how she wears her Sevier Skirts!
Julie in her Kearney Brown
Julie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February of 2009.  Julie did not discover this from a doctor or a self exam.  Oddly enough her massage therapist found a lump in her pec right off the bat during one of her massages.  Immediately Julie went to the doctor where she had a mammogram followed by a needle biopsy, followed by the unexpected Breast Cancer diagnosis.

Julie has no family history of breast cancer, she doesn't smoke, she eats organically and works out every day.  She didn't even realize you could get breast cancer in your armpit, which is basically where she got it.  I didn't know that either.

When diagnosed, her three children (ages 12-17) and her husband were obviously sad, but Julie told them that she would be fine and would persevere and that was that.  Julie believed that God had this in the works for a reason, so she turned her negative into a way to be there for other women going through it too.

With stage two breast cancer, loss of hair, six rounds of chemo and 34 radiation treatments, I am glad to  announce that Julie beat her cancer just as she said she would!
Julie had a lot of support from friends and family.  Phone calls, check ins, and cards were a huge support to Julie.  The most helpful thing Julie said was the meals cooked for her and her family.  It was the most practical thing.  

Julie is a supporter of the Army of Women.  They are a breast cancer research organization with the initiative to test 1 million women to find a cure for cancer and new ways to treat this disease.  Sevier Skirts has named the Antique Paisley Pink as our Breast Cancer Skirt of the Month.  Every time you buy an Antique Paisley Pink, we will donate 20% of the sale to the Army of Women.

Thank you to Julie for sharing a bit of your story with us.  Julie believes that had she done self exams more regularly then perhaps the cancer would have been detected sooner.  So do those self exams ladies!  Or better yet, get a massage once a month!  You never know, it could save your life.

1 comment:

  1. My sweet friend, Julie looks beautiful, but the best thing about Julie is she is just as beautiful on the inside!