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Cancer survivor turns medication into jewelry

Susan Braig, a 61-year-old Altadena cancer survivor, takes old pharmaceutical pills and tablets and mounts them on costume jewelry to create colorful necklaces, pendants, earrings and tiaras that she sells. It’s a way to help pay off her medical debt. Read Bob Pool’s story.

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  1. November 2, 2011, 9:29 pm

    […] Susan Braig is a 61-year-old cancer survivor who jokes about the fact that she “sells drugs” to pay her medical bills. After filling her first prescription at the pharmacy, Braig discovered how medical insurance is a luxury. Since her insurance wouldn’t cover her prescription bills, Susan Braig decided she’d use her new surplus of pills to her advantage. She’s not selling drugs in the alleys of some city street, but she started her own jewelry line where she glues pills to earrings, necklaces, and tiaras. Although technically she jokes about being a “designer drug dealer,” Braig finds the light in what was a dark medical situation. […]

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