Real People Inspiring Hope > Cancer
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight real-life stories of people who are inspiring hope in the face of cancer.
1. Megan Mandell of Honest Twenty One
A few weeks ago, Megan shared incredible news of her latest career change. While Megan herself has not battled breast cancer, she works daily as a Certified Mastectomy Fitter, inspiring hope for women who have lost one or both their breasts because of cancer.
“Not many people, or even breast cancer patients, know what Certified Mastectomy Fitters do. In a nutshell we fit women who have had mastectomies with special pocketed bras that hold lightweight prostheses. These special garments give women the look and feel of perfect symmetry and balance they once had with their original breasts.
Breast Cancer patients and survivors are some of the most grateful people I have ever met. Women come to me just looking for something that will make them feel comfortable after their surgery, but what they leave with is so much more than that. They leave with such a positive attitude, a smile, feeling empowered knowing their chest is built up again. It’s so rewarding helping these women everyday. The best part is the relationship I build with them. In typical retail you never know if that person is coming back to see you but with this non traditional retail experience, you know they are. I’m just another person these women are able to trust, and make them feel beautiful. Certified Mastectomy Fitters give breast cancer patients hope.”
2. Chiara of Beauty Through the Beast
Chiara is a triple negative breast cancer survivor. She has been featured internationally on magazines such as Oprah Magazine, attended events as a breast-cancer treatment and health care advocate, while also walking the runway in lingerie, promoting that those with mastectomies can feel confident and beautiful in their own bodies. Her dream is to see flat chested women in Vogue one day.
Chiara has used her voice to bring to life the REAL side of breast cancer. In her words, “There is nothing cute or cryptic about breast cancer.” Currently going through another round of chemo , she’s hoping that scientific research will one day find a cure for stage 4 Breast Cancer. “There's no western cure for it, so doctors say I'll be medicated forever.”
3. Rach DiMare of RD’s Obsessions
Rach DiMare is a lifestyle and fashion blogger who has shared her brave fight with cancer with her audience. Her transparency during the most trying times in her life has brought hope and light to everyone who reads her blog. From “5 Tops on Feeling More Confident,” to her first haircut post-chemo, she shows the real effects of cancer, but inspires hope through creating positivity in her circumstances.
“I’m not ashamed of it. I do hope that documenting my journey helps some of you out there. Helping others is without a doubt one of my biggest passions in life. I also hope to share more brands that raise cancer awareness and promote funding for cancer research. Because I know in my heart we can definitely find a cure.”
She has also participated in events such as the Young Survivors Coalition Summit, and promoting the Race for the Cure event put on by Susan G. Komen, whose funding and awareness is the reason she is living right now, she says.
4. Janette, Founder of National Breast Cancer Foundation
Facing breast cancer in 1980 was not easy for women, since there was little information available for women about their healthcare. There was no internet, and a woman had to rely completely on whatever her doctor told her. That is, if she was careful enough to go to the doctor for regular checkups, as Janelle was. Janelle discovered a lump in her breast as a result of training on self-exams from her health class in Junior High School. Years later, she remembered the technique and immediately went to the doctor when she realized the lump would not go away on its own. The result was an early diagnosis of breast cancer, which led to a mastectomy. Janelle attributes her survival to early detection.
While in the hospital dealing with the experience of her own breast cancer dilemma, she became acutely aware of the lack of information made available to patients. Why should any woman ever have to make such a life-changing decision without knowing her options? she thought. The seed of caring for others was what sparked her founding the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
In an effort to spread hope to those battling cancer, Sevenly is partnering with the NBCF to provide resources and education so that every woman can know her options, and fight this battle with courage and faith. To further this message of hope, start conversations, and give back to Breast Cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you can grab your HOPE > Cancer shirt below. #Becausepeoplematter