First Hand Knowledge Put to Good Use
When Kim Carew went to her first chemotherapy session after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, she didn’t know what it would be like. No one had told her it would be so cold in the chemo room. She didn’t expect to be so thirsty. And, while she had heard all about the nausea, she hadn’t prepared for the hours with nothing to do but think.
That’s why, after beating breast cancer, she decided to put that first-hand knowledge to good use. She founded Peace Love Tote, a California-based, breast cancer support non-profit that provides first-time breast cancer chemotherapy patients with the necessities they need to get through their treatments in as much comfort as possible.
Peace Love Tote’s team of volunteer breast cancer survivors deliver tote bags filled with support items including a blanket, water sipper, book, magazine, and more to newly diagnosed breast cancer chemotherapy patients. In addition to the practical items in the totes, Peace Love Tote volunteers also offer empathy, kinship, and the kind of inspiration that only women who have experienced a breast cancer diagnosis can provide.