The Nail Art Story behind Sarah’s Magic Nails

Posted by Kara Crail

Your Nails! Your Message!

nail art for cancer survivors
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Nail art isn’t just a “girly little thing” that we like to do. Maybe at times, we do our Nails at Home match our manicure to a cute top or dress up our nails for some holiday festivity. But sometimes, nail art is an expression of our true feelings and beliefs. A little while ago, we received a beautiful email from a beloved fan named Sarah. Her message captured how meaningful this form of expression is for us nail junkies, and we wanted to share it with all of you:

[To: Maniology]

I wanted to thank you for my replacement stamper heads! I received them a while ago and forgot to say thanks. I also wanted to tell you guys something.

My mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Stage 4 in her lungs and other cancer that had spread from her brain, down her spine, both arms, pelvis and her left leg. Shortly after I received my first orders from you guys, I went to visit with her. My sister had come down from Wisconsin, and we all got together at my mom's house in Kentucky. [My mom] was the original nail junkie. Her nails were always flawless and gorgeous, so I brought all of my stuff down to do up her nails.

After everyone got done laughing about the fact that I still own a Caboodle (gotta keep my stuff somewhere!), she spotted the plate in your Series 3 collection with the ribbons. Whether they were in fact the cancer awareness ribbons or just looked like them, I don't know, but she loved them. I stamped them on her ring fingers, and it was the first time I had seen her smile in months.

She passed away a week and a half later on March 9th, but she still had those ribbons on her nails. The cancer in her brain caused a lot of problems and the rest [of the cancer] kept her in a ton of pain, so she wasn't really herself towards the end. But I will never forget how that stamp made her smile. Something so simple gave her something to be happy about.

I just wanted to let you know that her and everyone else there thought [it] was the coolest stuff they had ever seen. You guys were round-aboutly responsible for making her happy for one of the last times. She was absolutely the original, O.G. nail junkie.


cancer survivor inspiring story
For a lot of us nail junkies, we know that our nails, no matter how small, are a part of ourselves. Nails, makeup, hair, tattoos, and piercings are our own way of proclaiming that “this body is my own absolute work of art.” Sickness, disabilities, scars, and aging aren’t going to make us any less proud of who we are and the beautiful bodies that able us to live, love, and laugh.
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Like Sarah and her Mom, Deborah, we love that Nail Stamping can express so much of our creativity. Whether you do nail art to bond with loved ones or to express your hopes, beliefs, and emotions, we want to hear from YOU. Comment below your nail art inspiration story or simply answer these burning questions in a short response: Why do you do your nails? And what inspires your nail art? We’ll choose our top 30 favorite stories and responses to be featured in our social posts. If featured, you’ll win a free Maniology Nail Stamping Starter Kit of your choice!
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