Christina hasn’t been shy about her breast cancer journey. It was important to her to share what she went through in hopes that she could encourage other women going through similar experiences. And Christina’s experience was especially painful.
Just four days after starting chemotherapy, Christina lost her dad in a tragic accident. He was her biggest supporter, and when she lost him she knew that she had to fight even harder because it’s what her dad would have wanted. “I had to pull up my big-girl panties and start fighting this,” she said. Christina shares the story of how she fought through losing her dad after being diagnosed with cancer here.
Now that she’s completed her cancer treatment, she takes us through the memories she’s tucked away in what she calls her cancer keepsake box. Rather than forget what was an extremely difficult time in her life, she wants to celebrate the victories and the outpouring of kindness from friends and family.
Christina doesn’t want to forget the good things that happened and the journey she went through, because that journey is a part of her now—the joy and the pain. The keepsake box helps her remember each special moment.
You can tell that Christina cherishes each item in her box. The little gifts and cards people brought her gave her hope and are still giving her hope. The pink feather boa, the flowers her dad gave her before he died, her chemo bracelet… each item tells a story that is part of a larger story. Her keepsake box is a beautiful way to celebrate the pain she came through and remember that there was joy even in the midst of it.
A keepsake box would be a great way for anyone to commemorate a cancer battle. The little mementos, while small and perhaps silly to others, remind Christina of how strong she is and how much people love her.
“Sure there’s a lot of sad parts,” Christina says, “but there’s a lot of happy parts as well.”
Thanks for sharing your special memories with us, Christina!
See what Christina tucked away in her keepsake box below
Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.