October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we wanted to do more than raise awareness. We also wanted to do something inspiring and healing. 33 breast cancer survivors feel so strongly about the need for this resource that we're baring our scars and insecurities, and our beauty and triumphs to create this. Only with your help can we print it, and get it to our friends, neighbors, and family members that need it!
A nurse and author, together with 32 other breast cancer survivors, a professional photographer, and a team of book publishers, are “baring it for breast cancer” in a unique book meant to bring hope to over 230,000 women annually. This is the number of women in the United States who will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer this year.
A breast cancer diagnosis is terrifying. The woman that hears, “you have breast cancer, and I think you need to have surgery” faces horrible ideas of losing herself, disfiguring herself, removing what makes her feel most feminine, and having a body that no longer truly belongs to her. The only photos that show surgical options are faceless, clinical pictures from the surgeon’s office or (worse yet) terrifying images of surgeries-gone-wrong from the internet.
The women in Beauty After Breast Cancer have undergone different versions of mastectomies, lumpectomies, reconstruction, or not. We are sharing bare-chested portraits of ourselves and our surgery results to help provide answers to other women facing surgical decisions. And we are sharing our stories, to teach women battling breast cancer how to hang onto themselves through the process of breast cancer, surgery, and recovery. Beauty After Breast Cancer is the only resource of it's kind: one that gives information and is also uplifting instead of frightening. This book can create understanding, hope, and a better ability to talk about feelings and options without feeling alone or self-conscious.
I have been trying for 10 years to give the perfect resource and voice of hope to all the breast cancer patients who came after me…the resource I (and my family) so missed having as we struggled with our surgeries and diagnoses. It will take $20,000 to professionally produce, edit, design, and print this book (yah, I know, I was surprised too). But if that's what it takes…I'll do my utmost to make it happen. Every bit of money raised is going to placing this resource in every Breast Center and Cancer Center we can get it to, across the world. The more money we raise, the more realistic this becomes…we have the possibility of reaching and giving hope to 1.7 million women annually, worldwide. What an amazing gift…to help a woman you love, and others in your community, by given them the gift of self and strength in the most frightening time of their life. Please contribute.
Risks and challenges
We are self-publishing this book in order to maintain the integrity of these women and their stories, and to better direct our marketing specifically to the medical industry. As such, we have assembled our own team of professionals to make this happen.
Author Katelyn Carey is a nurse with Ashland Community Hospital in Oregon, and has already started to talk with local surgeon's offices and other potential sponsors to help fund and promote the book. We are looking to them to help raise the additional money beyond the $20,000 needed to the first printing. The Elizabeth Institute (www.elizabethinstitute.com) is our first partnership, and we're happy to have their collaboration!
Our team also includes: a professional photographer (Joseph Linaschke- www.photojoseph.com); a professional filmmaker (Sean Nipper- www.reelhousefilms.com); and professional book editor, book designer, print house, and publicist. Most of them are working at reduced fees, but as we have chosen career professionals, they cannot do their work for free. Again, $20,000 gets us to publication. This amount covers preliminary payments to the photographer, videographer, publisher, designer, and book editor that is needed to print the first round of finished books. Most of it is printing cost. Anything raised after that is going to pay the balance of the moneys owed, then is going to promotion…to get this book to the women who need it.
Quite frankly, the more money we raise, the more women we reach. Outreach marketing has started with radio, newspaper, and television interviews (see our website www.beautyafterbreastcancer.com for links) . This is just the beginning. We are teaming with some incredible people (like Allison Gryphon from "The Why Foundation"- www.thewhyfoundation.org) to concentrate efforts on getting this book into every Cancer Center in the country, so that it can reach every woman who needs it. This project has been in the making since I recognized the need for it. It will happen, it will publish. But truthfully we will impact the most people if the word of this book can go out in a concentrated barrage of heart-felt story sharing with the media. The more money we raise, the more likely that is to happen…because I'm just not famous enough to do it any other way. :}Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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