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02/03/2011

I don’t believe he’s lifeless.

From the traditional “Teddy” to the infamous “Winnie,” stuffed bears have long been great sources of comfort appreciated by young and old alike. Years of devoted service have transformed some of our best bear friends into dust bunnies — but they’ll never lose their charm. This week’s featured story from the First Person Museum Online Gallery is about a very special bear who is full of love and healing power. Check out “Cancer Bear” below submitted by Lizzy from Philadelphia and learn why she doesn’t believe he’s lifeless.

Cancer Bear
Theme: Empowered
Object Type: Always By My Side

When I was 17 I got skin cancer. I guess I was scared, but all I remember are the motions — Going to the hospital, my mom helping me decide what to wear to surgery, what books to bring. When I got back from surgery my uncle had given me a stuffed bear, waiting on the couch where I would lay for the next week. I attached myself to that object more than my stuffed animals when I was little. It scares me how much love I feel for him, how much comfort something so silent can give me. Honestly, I don’t believe he’s lifeless.

Read Lizzy’s official entry.

Feeling inspired? Upload your story about a meaningful object to firstpersonmuseum.org. Choose from story themes like “Empowered” and object types like “Always By My Side.” Upload media of your object including photos and video. Who knows? Next week’s featured story could be yours!

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