It’s been nearly two years since I’ve posted on this blog and I have to admit feeling somewhat remorseful about that. I love this project, this book, and the good that I’ve seen it do! (So far we’ve donated $3,000 to pay for preventative breast cancer screening for non-insured and under-insured women.) We believe in the power of spreading the love!
My personal battle with breast cancer began in 2010 and sparked the creation of our book,
26 Love Letters for Mama. Inspired by a poem written as a gift to me from my daughter, Ema B Greenspan, and nurtured by the encouragement of two dear friends who offered to assist with illustrations, we made the decision to share with women everywhere the comfort, heart-lifting joy, and beauty that I had experienced. Those two friends, along with 20 other female artists, came together with no expectations except to make something wonderful. The journey toward the creation of our book was, for me, as much joy as the poem itself. In it, I found the unforeseen gifts of immersion in creativity and the community of extraordinary women.
When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in September 2012, I was totally freaked out but also blessed- not only to have a creative focus at that time but also to have the wonderful support of the artists from the book, many of whom by then, were fast friends. I’m not saying it was a picnic. But I still felt like a lucky girl- as I do today!
26 Love Letters for Mama was originally released in April 2014. Now, three and 1/2 years later, our book is still vital- and I’m happy to report- so am I! Although I find that cancer has worn out both its welcome (and its hostess on some days), here I am! Back to say that I’m still on the planet and still excited about sharing the love. One of the things that I have learned over these years is that love and support never go out of fashion. Mamas always want to hear they are adored and women’s art has an exquisite timeless quality that touches the heart.
Ema and I want you to know that we will still be donating $10.00 for every book sold to support breast cancer research but that we will no longer be doing that online.
Now that my own diagnosis has become Stage 4, Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), I’ve learned a lot about funding. Because Stage 4 breast cancer is currently classified as a terminal disease that takes the lives of 40,000 men and women every year and is also the least funded, we have decided to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is recognized as one of the most financially efficient nonprofits in the country. They are the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch and have a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Both Ema and I feel very good about them. We hope you will too.
Please consider purchasing 26 Love letters for Mama to give to the mamas in your life, or to keep for yourself on those days when you need a lift. I promise you, it’s the sweetest Mother’s Day gift ever and one that you’ll you’ll always enjoy. We have discontinues our online sales but there are two places in Corvallis, Oregon to buy 26 Love Letters for Mama. They are Rice’s Pharmacy and Pegasus Art Gallery. I realize this is really limited but frankly, at this point, so am I. :>( We hope to be back in a larger capacity one day soon but have no plans currently.
Thank you for your past, and continuing support!
With love, hope and blessings to you all –