A diagnosis of cancer can be crippling both physically and emotionally.
And when facing challenges that seem overwhelming, sometimes having something touchable to hold onto as a reminder of one’s inner strength can help make the situation more bearable.
That was the premise behind the necklace created by Shelly Fisher for her own inspiration that has now blossomed into a booming business and, more importantly to her, a community. When fighting cancer for the second time in less than 10 years, Fisher said she felt an empowering mantra dominating her thoughts, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
The Villanova resident said after being diagnoses a second time with cancer, it shook her to the core. But, she reminded herself that she faced this before, and came out a survivor. And she can do it again because, she reminded herself, “You’re one touch bitch.”
So she went to a jeweler and had them make her a necklace emblazoned with those three simple words on it, “One Tough Bitch.”
As provocative as the message was, Fisher didn’t flaunt it, but chose what some would call a more endearing way to keep it close to her heart.
She wore the necklace, backwards, so no one could see the message. Only she knew what it said, and every time she felt that the mountain she had to climb was going to be a challenge, she held the necklace and found the strength within her to power through, she recalled.
“The word ‘bitch’ is not one that would normally come out of my mouth and it never really did,” Fisher said, laughing. “The necklace was just worn by me, around my neck. People started to notice it and would ask me how I stayed so strong. So I would show them my secret weapon, which no one else could see.”
The public’s reaction and subsequent demand took her completely by surprise, she said.
To read the complete story click here.