We were introduced to Jess in late February. Her beautiful friend contacted us hoping to give Jess an ultimate box. As a tea lover , her friend Jen thought it would help Jess through her treatment. After reading her story on Facebook we were so touched. Shortly after Jess's story was shared by the Queen of all Queens Constance Hall. We were so excited to see Jess story being shared.
The photos we received of Jess opening her ultimate box brought all our staff to tears. So happy we could help even in the smallest ways. The joy we received from bringing a smile to someones face with just a box of tea, really is humbling.
We decided we wanted to do more.
Jess's facebook page is dedicated to help bring awareness, inspire and promote good health amongst fellow sisters who are facing hardships with a cancer diagnosis. What she is sharing to the world is so important. https://www.facebook.com/percystantsister/
So from 1st March, 25 cents from each sale of a pink ribbon box will go to Jess go fund me page.
Our first contribution for March for $79.75 was paid 5th April.
If you want to donate directly to her go fund me page, it is https://www.gofundme.com/gt-jesss-journey
Please take the time to read Jess's story and share it with others
“I’m 31, I’ve got breast cancer, and I’m a mum.
In a few months after chemo and radiation, I’ll have my breasts and ovaries removed.
I’m struggling to feel pretty today. Which made me think that I’m probably not alone.
This all sounds so ugly, hey!!
Ugly because my kids miss out on their mum when I’m sick.
Ugly because I’m menopausal.
Ugly because I’ve got no idea what’s going to happen to me and my fam.
But I want to be pretty, and I want other Queens who are battling demons to feel pretty too.
Just touch your breasts. Daily. Touch them, if it feels different, heavy, hot, lumpy, even just a bit abnormal- if your nipples are more sensitive than usual.
The initial touch, and consistently checking them, makes you more conscious of how your breasts should feel and look.
Look at them.
It’s not until you look at and touch your breasts often that you can ever say, ‘that feels different’.
To get my diagnosis, I had to feel like a total dickhead sometimes. I’d walk into the doctors, and feel like they’re looking and thinking, ‘Oh, here she is again.’ But I thought, ‘You know what? I have kids. I want to be there for them. This is important.’
I felt like I had to go to that place a lot, to touch it. I needed to reinforce in my own self there wasn’t something wrong- I always went back to that place. I wanted to touch it, to feel if there was anything different about it.
There was something inside me that made me think, it’s not just a cyst.
Then I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
I have to do chemo first to shrink it, radiation to the area every day for five weeks, they’ll remove both my breasts and my ovaries, and then I will be on hormone replacement therapy for the rest of my life.
It wasn’t something that popped up overnight. I just knew. It looked different. As soon as your breast looks different to you, if you want to touch it, or go to it, I feel that’s one warning sign. Listen to your inner voice.
As soon as I got breast cancer, I started my ‘journey to health’. My nails are strong, I’m having chemo but my body feels the difference with all the changes I’ve made.
My wish for you is to be able to do the same for yourself, without experiencing breast cancer in the first place.
So this is me. Pretty, when there is so much ugly around me."
-Jess Higgins, Queen