In collaboration with KL Sweden and their “Together We Can Fight Cancer” collection, I wanted to tell you about the wonderful work they’re doing and also share my story with the rest of you.
KL Sweden was founded in 2012 and is a leather goods company based in the southern part of Sweden, offering high quality products. Among their collections are beautifully crafted leather bags, wallets and other accessories. But one in particular I wanted to lift up are their “FxxK Cancer” braclets, where up to 50% of sold product goes to the Swedish Cancer Fund. Therefor, by buying from their “Together We Can Fight Cancer” collection, you’re not only getting a beautiful piece of deisgn, but you’re also contributing to something good and so far they’ve raised more than 80.000 SEK – a number that keeps rising.
Four years ago I got the news any family member dreads getting. My dad was diagnosed with Lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates from our white blood cells. This of course took me very hard. I’ve always been close to my family and my dad in particual, being a daddy’s girl all my life. I’ve always looked up to him, and I always saw him as my hero that would always be there. But this made me see just how fragile we actually are and I came to realize that my wonferful dad wasn’t made of steel or gifted with imortality. It all became very real, very fast and without even getting the time to prepair they started treating him.
You might not know exactly what chemo does to a person if you haven’t seen it up close, but for those who have might agree that the side effects of chemo and radiation therapy can be considered worse than the disease itself, at least if you take my dad’s word for it.
One of the worst days I remember was when I couldn’t get in touch with him, I had called his phone countless of times without any luck. I called the hospital where they told me he had gone home, but there was no answer there either. I was panicking, having this awful feeling in my stomach that he was in danger. An image kept appearing in front of me of him being home alone, left for dead. And I rushed there with my brother to find him in his bed in complete darkness, unable to move or even speak. He looked up at me as if he was seeing an angel or a ghost, as someone who wasn’t there, but merely a figment of his own imagination. It looked as if he was floating between life and death, and if I had to describe what your last moments in life looked like, that would’ve be it.
As time went on though, he started responding to the treatment and he went into remission. But life has a way of kicking you when you’re down and after being declared healthy for not even a year the cancer returned. This time the treatment was much harder and aggressive than the first one.
After the first time around, he used to say that if he ever got cancer again, he would rather choose to die before going through the same treatment again. But here we are, four years and three setbacks later with a cancer that won’t seem to stay gone, and he’s still fighting. During this time, I’ve come to witness one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. I’ve always known that about him, but seeing someone put in that situation where you have to literally fight for your life when life is what keeps dragging you down, there’s just nothing stronger than that. There are no words that will ever describe the admiration I have for this man. He’s my biggest inspiration, the person I look up to with such respect and awe for what he’s accomplished and how much he’s grown during these past few years. No matter what happens he will always be my real life superhero.
This is why I feel strongly about the subject, feeling obliged to shed some light on good companies like KL Sweden who, by doing what they love also find a way to give back. You can read more about them here or click the link in the picture to get directly to their web-shop.