The Fighter

packed-party-arrivalAs many of you know, October tends to hit close to home. In addition to it being Halloween, one of my favorite holidays, it’s also Breast Cancer and Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Having been inspired by my mom’s battle against breast cancer to open up my boutique, M of Hope, I am always seeking unique ways to help spread the word as to what exactly “awareness” means in each awareness month. You’ll see exactly what I mean by this in posts to come, so stay tuned.  Continue reading

Real Women With Style: The Earley Girls Edition

Mom and I

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014- One year later and cancer free!

On April 25th, 2013, my mom was diagnosed with Stage Two Breast Cancer. Watching her fight for her life; going through chemotherapy and radiation while working full time was something very inspiring to me. She never once complained and she never once took a day off from work. While it didn’t come without tears being shed, it was educational in ways I didn’t imagine possible. Sitting here, writing this, I think about how different I am in just 365 days. I am a little stronger, a lot wiser and, well, my skin is a little bit thicker, which is about damn time if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong- I still make plenty of mistakes (a huge one Friday night), but for growth? I think I may be on the road to becoming the woman I am destined to be, with many thanks to this journey I took alongside of my mom.  Continue reading