Finnish designer Elina Halttunen is a breast cancer survivor “with one breast and a passion for swimming.” She collaborated with Finnish art duo Tärähtäneet ämmät (“Nutty Tarts”) to make these incredible “monokinis,” designed especially for women who have lost a breast to the disease. “Having only one breast made finding fitting bikinis difficult. Therefore I fashioned my own Monokini,” Halttunen says on the Monokini 2.0 website. “I thought that maybe there would be others out there like me, women who wanted swimwear that would not make them feel that they were missing a breast.” Here are six of the swimsuits she designed, modeled by the very women they’re intended for. So cool! [Monokini 2.0 via The Gloss]
Us ladies can always use another reminder to touch ourselves … while checking for lumps on our breasts, obviously. Olivia Newton-John and other Australian celebs teamed up for a cover of the Divinyls’ classic “I Touch Myself” — written by the late Chrissy Amphlett, who died from breast cancer — for this touching reminder. [I Touch Myself]
A breast cancer survivor in Australia posted powerful, naked photos on Facebook to show the hidden effects of breast cancer on a woman’s body, which is something that goes largely unmentioned when we think about breast cancer. Her goal is to raise awareness about cancer prevention, and expose the reality of the disease, as opposed to the pink ribbons we normally associate with breast cancer. See Beth Whaanga’s photos on The Gloss…
Few things in life are ever guaranteed. We would all like to believe that we have forever with our spouses and that no one will ever get sick and die. But we don’t. We are all lucky for every single blessed second we get. This is a lesson no one gets more than Bob and Linda Carey, a couple who faced devastating news when Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Learn more about the Tutu Project on The Stir…
Angelo and Jennifer Merendino were married only five short months when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Angelo decided to catalog his wife’s treatment through his photographs, which he posted on a blog titled My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer. The images are beautiful, startling and heartbreaking, especially as they reveal Jennifer’s detereorating health. Unfortunately, Jennifer succumbed to the disease in December 2011, but her inspiration lives on in Angelo, who has started The Love You Share, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to women in need while they are receiving treatment for breast cancer, with 50 percent of the profits from his book The Battle We Didn’t Choose going to the cause. Check out a few more of Angelo’s incredible photographs after the jump and then peruse his blog for more about he and Jennifer’s wonderful love story. But bring the Kleenex, because it’s a multi-hanky read. [My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer via Viral Nova] Keep reading »
You may recall the skeevy dudes of YouTube channel Simple Pickup who managed to persuade more than 100 women to be motorboated to raise funds for breast cancer research. Well, they ended up donating more than $2,000 burying their faces in tits, all of which was flat-out rejected by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In an email to the founders of Simple Pickup, the BCRF thanked the bros for their valiant efforts, but insisted on refunding their donation “out of respect for the sensitivities of the community we serve.” The bros of Simple Pickup think that the BCRF were totally out of line in this case and are outraged by the “small minority of haters” who found their sexual harassment for a cause offensive. Small minority? Heh. Let’s play our teeny tiny violin for them.
Here’s how we can help: the boys need suggestions for what to do with the money that breast cancer research lost. I’ll start! Donate it to a shelter for abused women. Your turn. [Gawker]
When life threw Michele Prieve Wilkinson a curveball with a breast cancer diagnosis, she chose positivity. A survivor in more ways than one, she just completed her second Ironman Wisconsin competition last month. Wilkinson, who is gracing the cover of Brava magazine this month, participated in her first Ironman just 10 months after finishing cancer treatment.
When Wilkinson found a lump in her breast, she expected it to be benign. When she instead received the call that she had cancer in September 2008, she was determined to fight it on her terms. She resolved to turn her diagnosis into a launchpad for positive changes in her life, and began racking up accomplishments she never dreamed possible. Her choice to find humor and hope in life’s darkest moments carried her through difficult treatments and even several marathons. Instead of making the anniversary of her diagnosis a grim reminder of tough times, she chose to dub it her “Canciversary” as a celebration. Keep reading »
Ah, the Hand Bra: I know it well. Granted, I am more familiar with the Rachel Krause Hand Bra than the Rebecca Romijn Hand Bra, but a Hand Bra is a Hand Bra and they all work just the same. Except Rebecca’s version helps to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while mine functions for more selfish reasons, such as not losing an eye while running for the subway. [Gossip Cop]
“Boobies” isn’t a bad word, especially when it’s being used to promote a breast cancer awareness campaign. A judge in Pennsylvania seems to think so, too, which is why he reversed a Pennsylvania school district’s decision to ban the “I (Heart) Boobies” bracelets. In a 9-5 decision, the court ruled that the “bracelets here are not plainly lewd and because they comment on a social issue, they may not be categorically banned.”
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