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Breast Cancer, New Beginnings

Chemo Cards are Here!

It’s been a busy few weeks with the kids and designing and I think we’ve stumbled into something I feel really great about. In creating these greeting cards, I truly want part of it to be something that helps others. Something that will bring a smile to other folks faces when they are going through a hard time. I loved and cherished each and every card I got. In fact, I still have them all – every single one of them. In a bag, right here by my desk. It like a whole bag of love… :)

The creative process is beautiful. And fun. And exciting. And frustrating all at the same time. But, mark my words, there is no glamour to it. When I go into uber creative mode, I’m not sitting at a perfectly polished white desk, carefully jotting down ideas, while dressed in my skinny jeans, cute boots, crazy cool Anthropologie shirt, with perfect hair and makeup.

Nope. It actually looks more like I went on a creative bender. Which, now that I think about it, probably looks a lot like an alcoholic bender. I have trouble communicating with other humans because of ideas spinning in my head. My desk is a crazy mess with papers full of scribbles, ideas, words, sayings, inspirational quotes and a random assortment of granola bar wrappers and day old glasses of water/coffee/tea. I’m not entirely sure the last time we all had a home cooked meal. And at some point, I realize that I haven’t showered in days and I strongly resemble “The Dude” waaaay too much.

Only my robe is a really dark green...

Only difference – my robe is a really dark green…

But soon to follow is that “aha!” moment. That moment when inspiration truly hits. And after several variations and many redo’s (and maybe a shower and wardrobe update), I have it. I hold my breath, and send it to the printer. It finally arrives and I cannot wait to share it! So here it is folks, the first in my line of chemo/cancer cardsLots of Drugs - Feeling Hungover - Can't Remember the Weekend   ProdPic_ChemoRockStar_inside

The difficult part is that I don’t actually want you to have to send this card. Because it means someone is going through chemotherapy. And that breaks my heart a little (a lot). But it’s a fact of life for many of us and during that time, if you can give them a reason to smile or even giggle a little, then we’ve done some good.

And honestly, you don’t have to buy the cards I create. Heck, you don’t even have to like them. But if it encourages you to send a card or a hand written note to someone – well then, we’ve done our job!

I’m also working on fun and funny cards that are just simply that!

Happy Valentines Day! Granny Panties
Happy Valentine's Day

The point of all of it is for you to take the time to write your friend or loved one a simple note. Even if you just put a quote on it, and say you are thinking about them. That’s all that’s needed to brighten someone’s day and to make them feel loved, especially during such a lonely time as when dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. So let’s #sendSomeLove folks! It only takes a minute for something that can totally make someone’s day!

If you’d like to see more, you can find all of my greeting cards on Etsy @ StripedHatPrintWorks.etsy.com

Much love to you all,
Shannon (no longer “the dude”) Cox

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2 Comments

  • Reply Stacey Johnson May 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Shannon- My Sister Brett just sent me the link to What a difference a year makes and I posted it to my Sisterhood Community on Facebook. Your story is one of hope for me. I am facing my battle head on for the past month now and am recovering from bi lateral mastectomies. I have a 5 and 9 year old girl and they are begging God to let me keep my hair. I learn Monday of the pathology results to determine my need for chemo. One doctor said yes and one said no- regardless I have to take a hormone drug blocker for 10 years- blah! BUT… this journey is a blessing as you wrote- and incredibly challenging and yucky but beautiful blessing for my soul. I get to meet people like you. In peace and love, Stacey! My other website is sistersfortomorrow.com.

    • Reply Shannon May 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Oh Stacey! Sending so much love to you! Thank you for sharing the post – the more we share, the more we can help others going through tough times. Sent you an email – would love to talk more if you need or want to! Hang in there friend and take care!

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