If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a big fan of Emily McDowell and her art. Her prints and cards make me laugh, wince, and know that I’m not alone. These are a couple of my longtime favorites:

Emily McDowell Prints - I'm a grown-ass lady and i do what I want. I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet.

When Emily was 24 years old, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After 9 months of chemo and radiation, she went into remission and has been cancer-free since.

Emily writes, “The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called “sir” by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo. It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it.” Her experience inspired her  Empathy Cards collection. Here are three of my favorites.

Emily McDowell Print - I promise never to refer to your illness as a journey. Unless someone takes you on a cruise. Just so you know. I am totally on board for driving your to treatment, cleaning your place, helping pick out flattering wigs, coming up with bad-ass visualization exercises, and if you twist my arm, I guess I'd also be cool with lying on the couch and watching trashy TV together. I know. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I love you. One more chemo down! Lets celebrate with something that doesn't taste disgusting.

Emily and I agree that getting a card in the mail or receiving a phone call nurtures connection in a way our digital world can’t. I wanted to share these with you because everyone of us is called upon to navigate these deep, swift waters and I think these cards are a wonderful way to say, “I’m here.” Showing up for people and following through on being there is everything.

Here are a few ways to connect with Emily:

Store | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 

Check out her store and her blog – I think you’ll love it!