RiverStone Journals “creates beautifully crafted planners designed to help those facing health crises navigate the demands of chronic illness,” and the company recently released its first planner. Ooh La La. Called “A Survivor’s Guide for the Breast Cancer Journey” this product is seriously pretty.
RiverStone Journals partnered with Day-Timers, Inc. to create the journal, and the production quality is superb. The front cover feels like suede and is embossed with an elegant “Courage and Strength” logo that is echoed throughout the binder. The paper, the fonts, the color scheme…yumm.
There are eight tabbed dividers. Some of the sections represent a phase of the journey; for example, “Understanding Your Diagnosis.” Within that section you will find:
- A small pocket to hold slips of paper
- Informational text designed to help you understand your pathology report coupled with spaces for notes
- Questions to ask
- Tips from Survivors
- Journaling pages with a few prompts
- A list of resources
No planner / organizer is perfect for everyone. Some folks are just as happy with a few file folders and a spiral notebook. But if you are the type that (a) drools over beautiful journals or (b) doesn’t get the appeal of digital scrapbooking because you don’t get to fondle paper or (c) is well aware that Kate Spade sells stationery – then this planner has you written all over it!
Priced at $39.95, this organizer is not cheap — but every order generates a $5.00 donation to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. And I think it would be an awesome gift to a newly diagnosed woman.