While seeking treatment for a rare medical condition, I decided that instead of laying there and feeling helpless and sorry for myself I would make lemonade out of lemons and do something about it. I created this simple, but adorable, t-shirt design and partnered with a company to print t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Write Your Own Story.”
Since its inception, the campaign has spread like wildfire and friends, families and strangers have joined together to help raise almost $2000 for medical research. Purchasing a t-shirt will help give others the second chance on life I’ve been given by supporting a non-profit whose goals include increasing awareness and understanding of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). The GBS|CIDP Foundation International also funds research through grants, establishing fellowships, and using other appropriate avenues to identify the causes of and discover treatments for GBS.
There are a lot of unknowns regarding GBS and there is little one can control during their recovery. What is within my control is how I will use this journey to create positive change. My hope is that by encouraging others to buy an adorable t-shirt (or two!) to raise money for GBS research and advocacy efforts, it will not only help another patient find answers and healing faster, but dare you to write your own story.
WHAT'S THE MEANING BEHIND "WRITE YOUR OWN STORY"?
This was a comment that a physician made to me when I was struggling with a rare illness. I had questions and concerns and, like most people, immediately turned to the internet for answers. When the physician came in to talk to me, he told me to put my phone down, stay away from the internet, and write my own story. So, that’s what I did. I decided to make something positive out of an experience that was not very fun and help raise money for medical research. While doing so, I realized that we all have our own challenges, but that isn’t what defines us. What defines us is how we handle those situations. We all have our own stories to tell. What will yours be?
HOW DO I ORDER A SHIRT?
You may order your t-shirt directly from our printing partner, here.
WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SHIRT SALES GO?
100% of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales benefit medical research. Currently, the non-profit of choice is GBS|CIDP International. You may click here to learn about the organization and their mission.
WILL MY SHIRT SHIP AS SOON AS I ORDER IT?
Because the shirts are printed in batches, there is sometimes a small delay between when you order your shirt and when it’s shipped. The tentative ship date will always be indicated on the campaign page though!
WHY DOES THE CAMPAIGN PAGE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT "IF THE MINIMUM QUANTITY IS FULFILLED?"
Because the shirts are printed in batches, there is a small minimum quantity for the campaign to be successful. The minimum has always been met though, but if for some reason it is not then don’t worry – you won’t be charged for your order!
I LOVE MY SHIRT. MAY I BUY ONE FOR A FRIEND?
Absolutely! Go ahead and buy one for your neighbor while you’re at it too. Shopping for a cause makes you not only look good but feel good!
ARE THE SHIRTS AVAILABLE IN ADDITIONAL COLORS OR STYLES?
The colors/styles listed on the campaign site are currently the only ones offered. If you’d like to see something different then please let me know though!