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One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The American Cancer Society reports that it's the second most common type of cancer diagnosed among US women, but that the disease's death rates have dropped by 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. That means that while women die from breast cancer every day, thousands and thousands of women survive.
It's not a pretty battle. There's hair loss, weight loss, infertility, mastectomies, and more. Thankfully, the rise of social media has made it possible for patients and survivors to support each other. These women have documented their journeys on Instagram so that others fighting breast cancer remember that, while it isn't easy, making the most of breast cancer is possible. Follow them below for some October inspiration.
1. Nalie Agustin
HELLO OCTOBER! #feelitonthefirst 👐🏽 Yesterday’s #CIBCRunfortheCure drained me... 😴 but no excuses! 💪🏽 It’s the first week of #breastcancerawarenessmonth and what better time to spread some REAL proactive breast cancer awareness! The key to survival is early detection and the point of @feelitonthefirst is to empower you to be aware of your body and to schedule that scan when needed (no matter how scary it is). Join the movement! 1. Snap a #selfiexamination like this. 2. Post it with the hashtag #feelitonthefirst 3. Tag 3 of your girls to remind them to do the same. Have an amazing October! PS: How cute were our run-day ambassador t-shirts from @maisonsimons ? 💕 #lavieestbelle #naliesarmy
Nalie Agustin was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24-years-old, and turned her disease into a platform for good. She created her own Youtube channel where she posted vlogs following her cancer journey. Once she kicked cancer's butt, she traveled the world and vlogged her experience, vowing to make the most of her second chance at life. She then created The Nalie Show, a segment on her Youtube channel where she interviews celebs, family members, and fellow cancer survivors. Her Youtube show did so well that she got the opportunity to tape Montreal's first talk show experience, The Nalie Show LIVE, and used it to bring awareness, support and entertainment to breast cancer survivors and general audiences alike. She's motivational, bright, and a perfect example of making the best of your diagnosis, and living your life to the fullest, both during and after cancer.
2. Zoleka Mandela
Quick selfie before removing all this gunk on my face! My moustache in full affect ... I don't mind it but I can't deal with my beard caused by the side effect of my Menopause! 😂 I'm 37yrs old and menopausing for the second time in my life, on a more positive note - this is all to ensure that the risk of recurrence (the Breast Cancer coming back for a 3rd time) is reduced! Plus; I'm still cute, as infertile as I am! 😜 For now, that is ... I'm NOT done having babies! Just saying!!! 😊 #MakeUpByMrsBashala #WifeOfAnAfricanMan #MrsBashalaInDenmark #MrsBashala #MakotiKaThierry #ProudCongoleseWife #MwasiYaThierry #Menopause #Infertility #EarlyMenopause #BreastCancerSurvivor #TwoTimeBreastCancerSurvivor #AfricanSwag
You probably recognize Zoleka's last name, and you're not mistaken. She's Nelson Mandela's granddaughter, but one glance at her Insta and you'll realize she is so much more than that. With over 115,000 followers, Zoleka's Instagram is a gold mine of nutrition, style, inspiration, and pride. At 37-years-old, she's a two-time breast cancer survivor, author, and mother. Her book, When Hope Whispers covers her journey of sexual abuse as a child, an addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the tragic deaths of two of her children in two years. She's been to rehab, she's had a double mastectomy, and she still manages to stay positive and do good. She was named one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2016 and launched the Zoleka Mandela foundation, an organization that aims to "educate young people about breast cancer, road safety and social responsibilities."
3. Aly Taylor
The fight over mommy's lap is all day long. It's okay, I'll make room for all. 😇😇I'll choose these two on my lap over the dishes and clothes that pile up each day. Over the emails and to do list. Those can wait until nap time. My girls are always my priority and never an interruption. 👭What an honor it is to be these babies' mommy. These are the days we begged for 🙏🏻. #hearttwins
You might recognize Aly and her husband Josh from the TLC show Rattled. Aly was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at 24-years-old and was told by doctors that pregnancy would be impossible. They adopted a little girl named Genevieve, and didn't think their family would grow any more, until Aly found out she was pregnant. They call it a true miracle, because pregnancy had been fully ruled out by medical professionals. Even crazier was the fact that while she was pregnant, Genevieve's birth mother had another baby she wanted to put up for adoption, and the Taylor's adopted her too. They now have three beautiful little girls, and documented the entire thing on TLC. On Instagram, Aly posts pictures of her daughters, her husband, her journey, and proves that life after cancer can be just as, if not more, beautiful than life before.
4. Ashlee Hunt
July 5th -- A year ago we were shaving my head for the second time at my Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow party with our friends and family. Today we got a clean bill of health at my 3 month checkup with my oncologist! 😁🎉 Taking everything one day at a time but it's crazy to look back and see how far we have come! And how much hair I have now! 😜 #TeamAshleeH #twotimebreastcancersurvivor #breastcancersurvivor #youngsurvivor #cancersurvivor #nomorechemo #fightlikeagirl #takethatcancer
Ashlee is a young, two-time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed for the first time at just 24-years-old, in 2010. The second time, she was 28, and the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. She is now cancer free and, after having her ovaries removed, is pregnant via surrogate and due later this month. She usually posts life updates and tributes to her husband, who has been by her side through it all. Ashlee is a perfect example that there is life after cancer, and she's making a beautiful one.
5. Angeles Almuna
SATURDAY ~ Smile is the best medicine! So grateful! Happy Saturday! | #life #alive #love #angelesbag #fightinstyle #fighter #getangeles @angelesalmuna #happyme #luckyme #real #honestme #justme #dreamer #unique #creative #passionforfashion #passionforlife #miami #miamiswimweek #thankful #grateful #cancer #fuckcancer
The Miami-based fashionista is a stylist, a designer, an artist, and a fighter all in one. She's a survivor who constantly works with brands to spread a message of awareness and prevention. Most of all, she's extremely honest and posts photos of her battle with breast cancer, from her chemotherapy sessions to her mastectomy. She has impeccable taste, and an even more impeccable outlook on life and positivity.
6. Nancy Valentino
You'll find Nancy on Instagram, sharing pieces of her breast cancer journey, but for a full deep dive into her experience, you'll want to tune into her Youtube channel. Nancy gets brutally honest about all the ugly parts of cancer that can really take a toll on a woman, like shaving her hair, infertility, cancer's effect on her body, and even tattooing her eyebrows.
7. Kirstin Pretorius
Apart from the life-changing deep lessons, cancer has also taught me a few brilliant non-essentials: 1) Bright lipstick is always a good idea. Every day. Even just for a dash to the grocery store. 2) Contrary to popular belief, big earrings do actually suit everyone! 3) Every clichè about dogs being our best friends are universal truths of fact. Every one needs the love of a dog. 4) Sometimes my kids need a non sick day off just to be with their mom. For no reason. 5) Say a prayer of gratitude for a healthy memory every day. When it slips, it really sucks. 6) Strelitzias are the business! 7) Avo on toast is sacred. 8) Oncology nurses are the kindest, warmest people on the planet. 9) Text messages really do mean a lot. 10) Kindness is every where. Ok maybe some of those were pretty deep and life changing, especially the one about the bright lipstick. Essential. Every day. 💋💋
This Australian mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34-years-old, less than six months ago. She already had a mastectomy is currently undergoing chemo, and her honest photo captions fully capture the brutality of the disease. Her photos are usually bright and positive, but she never shies away from expressing how she feels about hair loss, chemo side effects, and the support she's gotten from friends and family.
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