Cancer survivor designs cards that say all the right things
Emily McDowell is a successful business owner who previously had a decade-long career in advertising. She also happens to be a cancer survivor.
A situation that never fails to leave most of us speechless is what to say to a sick friend, coworker or family member. A talented designer from Los Angeles has come up with the answer for all of us.
She now owns and operates Emily McDowell Studio - a company that creates things like greeting cards, mugs and tote bags that convey the things we wish we could say.
The cards retail for $4.50. Here are some highlights from the collections:
When it comes to something like cancer, there really is no "right thing" and inspirational crap frankly just doesn't cut it. So, McDowell recently released a collection of empathy cards for serious illness.
McDowell writes on her website that the hardest part of going through cancer was feeling isolated from loved ones who just didn't know what to say.
"Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they're already dead. A "f**k cancer" card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better."
The cards are going over like gangbusters - when you click onto the website a disclaimer immediately pops up to warn you of a delay due to popularity.
You're probably regretting that last "hang in there, baby" card you sent right about now, huh?
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