You Have Breast Cancer

You have breast cancer.  These four words bring many women and men to their knees. Individuals fear the loss of body image, chemo, surgery and death.  Approximately 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in women, while about 2,500 cases are diagnosed in men.  While breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, lung cancer is the most common cause of death, with breast cancer coming in second.  The vast majority of women with breast cancer have no family history.  Aside from being female, age plays the biggest risk factor.

There are many medications that are successful in treating early-stage breast cancer. However, there is no cure for individuals diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

Although the cause of breast cancer is unknown, research continues in the quest for the cure.  The best advise out there is to do all you can to stay healthy.  Here are a few:

-limit amount of alcohol intake

-stay active

-live green (avoid chemicals in cleaners, makeup, lawn products, etc.)

-eliminate hormone therapy (or lower dose as much as you can)

-screening (mammograms, ultrasound)


Breast Cancer Charm Bracelet

Now for some fun facts about boobs!

-The Guinness World Record for having the largest set of breasts goes to Sheyla Hershey of Brazil.  After more than a gallon of silicone and nine surgeries, her breast size is 38KKK.

-No one knows why, but the left breast tends to be bigger than the right.

-You can wear a bra to sleep, it does not cause breast cancer.

-Hey guys, anyone out there want a degree in ‘bra studies’?  You can get one at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.

-Your breasts contain no muscle tissue.  The only way to make your breasts look firmer and more uplifted  is to exercise the pectoral muscles underneath your breast tissue. Sorry ladies, but that means lots and lots of bench presses and dumbbell flys!

-Sleeping on your breasts can stretch the tissue and cause sagging.  Experts out there recommend that you sleep on your side and if you have large breasts, support them with a pillow.

-Guess what ladies?  Those tortuous devices we call bras were not invented by a man, but by a French woman named Herminie Cadolle in 1889.  Thanks alot Herminie:(

-Have you ever noticed that most animals, like cats, dogs, and other mammals, have swollen or enlarged breasts only when pregnant or nursing?  Once their done feeding their offspring, their breasts go flat.  Human females, however, are the only mammals whose breasts are visible throughout maturity.


Again, while age is said to be the biggest risk factor, talk to your doctor about your family history.  Tell them about any cancers in your family and try to get screened as early as you can.  Take charge of your breast health!!




Borosilicate Glass Beads

Colorful lentils made from borosilicate glass rods

These colorful sets will be used to create unique bracelets and necklaces adorned with solid sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and handmade Bali silver.

It took me about three days to create these beads (6 hours a day). Once I get started on the torch, it’s very hard to stop – I feel relaxed and completely centered. It’s my time. But, it only takes someone to say, “What’s for dinner,” for the euphoria to come to an abrupt end!

I have a vast collection of borosilicate rods to make borosilicate glass beads.  When my lampworking day begins, I sit in front of my cabinet of rods and let my mood depict which colors to choose.

While there are many options of glass to use while lampworking, it is important to me that I create durable jewelry. Borosilicate glass is beautiful and will endure the countless responsibilities we as moms, wives and business owners experience.

Borosilicate glass

  • … has a lower COE (coefficient of thermal expansion) than soft glass
  • …does not crack as easily as soft glass
  • …is used to create laboratory glassware, sculptures and kitchenware
  • …was used to coat the thermal insulation tiles on the Space Shuttle.

This glass has many unique abilities to transform into brilliant colors. Even though the heat of the torch must be higher and the manipulation involved in shaping the beads is much more involved – it’s all worth it to create these elegant yet durable glass beads.


Lampworking Inspires

Finding inspiration in our lives motivates us to reach for success (whatever success may look like for you). It motivates us to create something beautiful – whether that something is a beautiful family, a beautiful career or beautiful handcrafted jewelry.  I am extremely thankful that I have an outlet to share my inspiration and passion for making unique pieces of jewelry. I acknowledge how truly rare it is to discover a path where an intended hobby and a defined career collide.

What is Lampworking?
Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas and oxygen fueled torch to melt colored glass rods.  It has been a passion of mine for the past few years. The glass is formed by using special tools and deliberate hand motions. The first day I worked with borosilicate glass was the first time I participated in a lampworking class. I registered for one reason – to cross off “using a torch to melt glass” from my bucket list. I had no idea the magic I would find.

Every time I turn on my torch and grab my borosilicate glass rods I can’t wait to see what the flame and the glass will create. The colors of the glass are usually only revealed to me after annealing in a kiln for 6 to 10 hours. You just never know what you are going to get. Each piece begins with inspiration; each piece ends as art. Now, that’s magic!

To see lampworking in action, check out the video below. Stay tuned for videos of Denise Ward Designs studio.

What is your beautiful “something” that produces the magic in your life?