Imagine your sweet child suffering from a broken heart. Or worse, suppose she has to endure the pain of battling cancer.

A mother can only hope, pray and beg the universe to spare her child from all suffering, no matter how big or small. But Bob Carey, from The Tutu Project, reminds us that, although we can’t control some parts of life, we choose how to let these events shape us.

Carey’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer almost a decade ago. Talk about a painful journey! But if you ask him, he’d tell you that the cancer has taught them that “life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.”


Those are just the words a mother needs to hear to be able to sleep at night and put those fears to rest. Laughter really does take troubles away. Carey even shows us how to put those words into action. While dealing with the pain of his watching his wife battle with breast cancer, not only does he make us giggle at photos of him posing as a not-so-typical ballerina, he sells the photos to raise money for breast cancer organizations!

Image courtesy of The Tutu Project

Adopt Bob Carey’s code of survival, and you’ll make it out of motherhood’s trying times with a smile on your face.

To find out how you can support The Tutu Project, click here.

P.S. For more giggles, count the similarities between the photo of Tiana in her custom handmade tutu and another photo of Carey looking pretty in pink, as usual.

Image (on the right) courtesy of The Tutu Project

P.P.S. If you’re in Vancouver on May 3, 2012, celebrate 20 years of progress in breast cancer research by attending the 20th annual Awareness Day luncheon. Deets here.

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