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The Dear Boobs Project

  • $3,470.00 donated
  • 67 generous donors

The Dear Boobs Project is my endeavor to publish a book of letters addressed solely to boobs, from women affected by breast cancer.

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New Ideas Cancer Awareness

The Dear Boobs Project is about creating a book of intimate, courageous, and often hilarious letters from women of all walks of life, who have undergone surgery due to breast cancer.


I launched The Dear Boobs Project on social media on the 31st May 2017, the day after my last radiation treatment, after a year of my own treatment for breast cancer. Within 30 days I had 30 Dear Boobs letters in my inbox, and now, only 5 months in I have been gifted almost 100 Dear Boobs letters from all over the world! Clearly others think 'Dear Boobs' is a great idea too!


The inspiration to create The Dear Boobs Project came to me during my experience of breast cancer treatment from July 2016 to June 2017. The letter writing was something I used during chemotherapy, when I was very sick. On the better days, I would write to myself “Dear Emily on a bad day” and reassure myself there was light and hope to come. After 5 months of chemotherapy, as my breast surgery date came closer, and after a little ignoring and much agonising over why I was feeling so low and sad about losing my floppy, uneven, cancer filled breast and its partner, I wrote: “Dear Boobs". Writing it helped, and reading it helped, and I couldn't NOT share it.

The Vision!

Once published, I intend to distribute 1000 beautiful and bold Dear Boobs books to waiting rooms all across New Zealand.

Boobs wisdom for all!

I hope that for the women who have had personal experience with breast cancer, reading Dear Boobs will not only make them feel that they are in great company, but also that their own relationship with their breasts, boobs, tatas, lady lumps, bosoms, whatever they call theirs, really does matter. I imagine that Dear Boobs will make readers laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly grasp their own experience better, and feel the hope and healing power of being part of a sisterhood that understands how it is. I hope the stories will also inform supporters and families about the significance and sometimes ongoing impact of breast cancer surgery on women’s emotional and spiritual health, and their relationships. Also, to provide a unique insight into the hard decisions, the emotional complexities involved in letting go of a body part or two, and the sometimes-long road to a new normal.

The future!

I can't wait for the essential boob wisdom, in the letters that I hold, to be printed onto real pages. Every day as I work on the project I visualise a Dear Boobs book, portraying incredible images of some of the women who wrote it, in the hands of those who will benefit the most.

Use of Funds:

The funds!

The funds will contribute to the printing of 1000 beautiful and bold Dear Boobs books, and their distribution to waiting rooms all over NZ. A crowdfunding campaign was planned for 2018 but it seems many would like the opportunity now. So here it is.


Thank you so much for backing The Dear Boobs Project, your contribution is gratefully received and will be put to excellent use. Boob wisdom, shared, really can make a difference!

Warmest Regards, Emily

Page created by:

The Dear Boobs Project (Emily Searle)

Bay of Plenty

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of The Dear Boobs Project (Emily Searle).

“Should be excellent reading for after the surgery. I had surgery 1yr. ago at age 76yrs. Just know I will never fully recover from the emotional side of it all.You just get on with daily living with all its ups and downs.”
“Looks fab. When can I get one?”
“Emily, your courage is a source of strength to others. Good luck. Thank you”
“Wow. Go Emily”
“I wish I was in the right headspace to write my own letter. Congratulations to all of you brave women I am looking forward to seeing the end product. All the very best wishes and Aroha Gloria”
“Well done Emily keep up the good work xxx”
“Such a beautiful thing to create for other women 💜”
“Wonderful initiative. Mine is a small financial contribution, but hope it helps you reach the goal.”
“This is awesome. You are awesome.”
“Wishing you all the best with this amazing project!”
  • $3,470.00 donated
  • 67 generous donors

$3,470 donated



This cause page was created on 03 Nov 2017 and closed at 23:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 20 Apr 2018.

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