a big favor

***please, everyone, read this post***

I apologize in advance for the turn to serious town but I have a favor to ask of you. Dena was just like you and me. She ate organic, bought most of her food from the the farmer’s market and exercised regularly, but a few days after her 29th birthday, everything changed for her. She was diagnosed with breast cancer.

You may have seen her story on refinery29 here and here. If you did, much like myself, you probably cried a bit. But no matter how bad I think my day is, when I read Dena’s blog I’m not only humbled but I’m inspired. She is so upbeat and positive that it’s utterly contagious.


That’s why I’m reaching out here and hoping to use my blogging powers for good. It turns out that even with insurance cancer is REALLY expensive. Imagine not being able to work and fighting this battle. I can’t. So please, if you can, donate. Even if you can’t donate, would you please pass this along? Every little bit helps and I know that Dena would appreciate it more than any of us could ever understand.


  1. NatJanuary 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Going to read her story now- I hate hearing stories like this!! Why do young people who do everything right have to get cancer?! Thanks for sharing

  2. AlexJanuary 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I haven’t heard about this, going to read her story now. I can already tell I’m going to sob through the whole thing.

  3. Drew @ Catfish & CaviarJanuary 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    About to read her story as well. Will pass along.

  4. Grace - Stripes & SequinsJanuary 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love that you did this. Donating now.

  5. ritaJanuary 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    done and done. thank you for sharing – i hadn’t seen the R29 articles… she is inspiring and providing such a great reminder that you can make the most of any situation.

  6. Julie & LaurenJanuary 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing her story. Donating now.

  7. AlexJanuary 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Such a strong lady. Off to read more about her and see how I can help her!

  8. TaylorJanuary 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

    :/ this is ….. oh man. Loss for words, and sharing! XOXO

  9. Heidi {Dooley Noted Style}January 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    inspirational – need to look at things being more glass half full – starting now!

  10. nicole - frankie hearts fashionJanuary 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. She certainly is an incredibly inspiring and strong woman. Donating now.

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  13. morganJanuary 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    its a total shock to the system when it hits this close to home. it makes you much more aware of your own mortality and how not to take life for granted. I had a friend who was very similar, although, her outcome ended quickly and tragically. it’s great that you shared Dena’s story!

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  15. La Chapstick FanatiqueJanuary 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

    my step-mom has had cancer three times and god do insurance companies piss me off. i can’t believe that we live in a society where people who could BE DYING can’t get affordable health care – especially when they have been paying into insurance.

    i will donate. and i will put this on my sunday links.


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