Lately, I have been getting slightly involved in charity work. Which, I must confess, was never my intention when I started blogging. It hadn’t even occurred to me to be honest with you. Yet, my little blog has taken another angle. I’m still the Italian’s wife, I’m still Bambina’s mamma but I’ve found a little something that gives me a fire in the belly. For this reason, I am planning to self-host my blog so that I can dedicate a whole section of “La Mia Bella Vita” to things that I as a person, not a wife, not a mother, like and that includes my little charity endeavours. Watch this space.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the Blog it for Babies, Save the children, campaign. I have absolutely adored being a co-founder of the Blogging4Madeleine campaign with the very talented A Mummys View.
And I am already, so so so so excited about my new little venture, in support of Dirty Laundry and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Dirty Laundry is the brainchild of Sharon Holland Taylor. It’s a stage production covering one woman’s effort to strive for a fulfilled future after recovering from breast cancer. Along the way, she receives support from an unexpected source. Check out the Dirty Laundry link above for more details.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer are attempting a Guinness Book world record for the longest chain of bra’s. Each bra representing a donation from a woman who gives a toss about her knockers!
And so, without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring to you BRAvellous!!
You might want to know why I’m a bit obsessed with my melons. I’ll tell you. My gran died of cancer. A few years ago my aunt had a mastectomy. Last year, the day before my wedding whilst we were all sitting at lunch, my mother-in-law answered a call from the doctor who rang to confirm that she had a 5cm tumour in her right breast. What was worse, as if it could get worse, was that her mother, my husbands 90-year-old grandmother, was already fighting breast cancer.
After living through the chemo, the radiotherapy, the steroids, the hair loss, the wigs (that was actually quite amusing!), I know first hand how it feels to live with the fear. The fear that the treatment won’t work, the fear that the cancer will win, the fear that my daughter who was then in my belly would never meet her Nonna or great-Nonna. It fills me with sheer delight to report that both women won! They fought hard and stomped all over that disease and lived to tell the tale.
To support Breakthrough Breast Cancer, I would love for you to join in my linky and write a post about what your boobies mean to you! And this doesn’t have to be just from a woman’s point of view! Men, Dad’s, write a post of about your wife’s boobs, have they changed over the years, what was your involvement in the breastfeeding routines etc etc – boobs are for everyone, right?
There’s something else. I need your bra’s!! Yep, YOUR bra!. A new one, an old one, a used one (you know, the ones that have gone a bit grey in the wash that you stuff to the back of the draw as a last chance saloon, yeah, that one). Any bra. I’ve not yet figured out the best way to get the bra’s from you but bear with me…details to follow. Your bra will then be a very important link in a very important world record chain to break breast cancer!
In your post, it would be great if you could:
♥ Link back to Dirty Laundry and Breakthrough Breast Cancer (and Tea&Biscotti if you’re feeling generous!)
♥ Tell us what your boobs mean to you
♥ Tell us about your bra’s: with bra? without bra? big bra? small bra? matching bra? not matching bra? You get the picture!
♥ You could even take a picture of the bra you are going to donate!
♥ And finally, make sure you upload it to the linky so that everyone can get familiar with your coconuts!
♥ Feel free to use (copy) the very bad example of a badge that I made (above) – (sorry, it was a very shoddy effort)
Admit it, fewer things in life feel better than taking your bra off at the end of a long day!
You heard it here first… BRAVellous….coming soon to a blog near you!