In October we wear pink is very close to my heart as I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in May of 2013 with ductal carcinoma in situ. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a type of breast cancer. This is also called non-invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer.
I had a biopsy done in 2009 and they found something which turned out to be benign. So every six months after that I had either a mammogram or an MRI so my doctor could keep an eye on me.
In January 2013 I felt a lump in my left breast. It scared me so I didn’t do anything about it, which was totally irresponsible of me. So in April my doctor, during a routine exam, found it. A breast cancer surgeon was recommended to me and she did a biopsy, and that’s when we found out it was cancer.
We talked about my options and I decided to have a double mastectomy because I was so tired of being scared. Plus, I’d heard of women having lumpectomies and the cancer coming back. I had the surgery in June of 2013 and had my reconstructive surgery done in December of 2013.
It doesn’t mean I won’t get cancer again, just not in my breasts. Out of nine factors that can cause breast cancer, I had seven of them. Cancer doesn’t run in my family.
Anyway, last year I saw this In October We Wear Pink design on Design Bundles, and bought it immediately. I didn’t end up getting a chance to make it then, but this year I was determined to get it made.
Materials I Used For This Project
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- Cricut Maker or Explore Machine
- Standard Grip Mat
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
- Cricut Tools
- In October We Wear Pink Design
- Pink & Black HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
- Pin Pen
- Vinyl Weeding Scrap Collector
Making The Shirt
Just like with any HTV project you will mirror your design and put the shiny side of the HTV down on your mat before cutting. Once the design is cut out, you will weed it with your Pin Pen or Cricut Tools.
Next press the black layer of HTV, covering the pink “In October” with the black “In October” and then the pink pumpkin pieces. Last, add the pink breast cancer ribbon to the work “Pink”.
Be sure to get your mammogram ladies. Stay safe.
Until next time,
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