Inspired by a lizard’s ability to survive a variety of harsh conditions, Sherrie’s Lizards reflect her ability to find beauty amid hardship.
Soft to the touch, these socks are made from a polyester blend and sit just below the calf. With moisture wicking properties, they are great for work, lounging, or anything the day brings.
“I’ve always been a worrier, and I think I’ve learned to just let go. To worry about the important things, and let the rest go.”
Diagnosed at age 57 with invasive lobular carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sherrie Webster is now in closely observed remission after two years of treatment including the works: chemo, radiation, and surgery at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC.
Inspired by her mom’s optimism and persistence, Webster was determined to make the most of her two years. In fact, she quickly became well-known at the infusion center after she and her mother began bringing baked goods for the nurses at each infusion. Active by nature, Webster began participating in Yoga offered through the integrative care program at Levine. Cherishing the sense of community among the patients, Webster continues to attend classes into her survivorship.
“Although I was skeptical in the beginning, I want people to know how much of a difference this holistic approach has made. The mind body connection is so important to your health, and although we may be reluctant to involve ourselves in these programs, you can’t ignore the emotional and spiritual components of health. It’s made the world of a difference in my healing.”
Webster attributes part her ability to overcome her hesitation to a friend and cancer warrior, Mea Pierman. “Every yoga class Mea would egg me to come to the arts classes..so eventually I appeased her and went.” Under the leadership of Susan Yaguda, Integrative Oncology Coordinator, Sherrie and Mea designed the foundational elements of their socks and worked with the Resilience team to shape it into a sock.
Although breast cancer may have forced Webster into an early retirement after 37 years at IBM, she retains a deep sense of gratitude for her life and the people closest to her. “If I had a microphone that could reach everyone in the world, I’d tell them to hug and cherish your loved ones.”