New beginnings

The past nine-ish months have been life changing in ways I never expected but I’m happy to be back and ready to start making again.

Rewind back to June last year I went through a crazy time in my life where it felt like my world got turned upside down and time stood still for a while. I had just been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I honestly never imagined cancer coming into my life at 29 and at the time, it was a huge shock to hear that all the sudden symptoms I was getting were signs of blood cancer. Since then, I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe how incredibly difficult it has been to adjust to a new ‘normal’ of life with cancer and the physical and emotional challenges that came with going through chemo.

Reflecting on 2023 I am so grateful for the support I’ve had from close friends and family. The photo above is from my last day of chemo in December. Although treatment is over and I am now in remission (yay!), getting my life back on track has been just as challenging. I’ve learnt to take things slow and have realised that my life now post-treatment will never be the same as it was pre-cancer.

Looking forward, I have had mixed feelings about restarting my small business up again. A lot has happened and I wasn’t sure if I was still passionate about making jewellery. After spending time in my studio recently though, I have rediscovered my love for making again and appreciate this creative outlet even more as a positive stride for my mental health.

I can say without a doubt that the support and encouragement I’ve received from those of you who follow Dewdrops on social media, purchased earrings or who participate in workshops gives me purpose to continue doing what I love. In saying this, I am very excited to be re-opening the online store this Thursday 21st March with a special Welcome Back event with all earrings at $25 per pair (for a limited time) to get my jewellery out there again. Your support from this will go a long way towards restarting the Dewdrops journey.☺️

Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sent their love over the previous months, it means a lot to me knowing how much people care and it definitely helped me to get through some of those tough days during treatment.❤️