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A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Mission to Empower Women

 

By Andrew Thomas

Not only is a breast cancer diagnosis terrifying, but the ensuing treatment can also be one of the most de-feminizing experiences of a woman’s life, according to breast cancer survivor Melissa Berry.

While she was undergoing her own treatment, Berry, a fashion and beauty publicist, looked for products that could help her maintain her identity and confidence. She ended up finding a variety of different products, and started a list just for herself at first. But then her mother asked her for the list for a friend of a friend, and the list began to get passed around. In 2014, her blog Cancer Fashionista was born.

I had the opportunity to speak with Berry about her own battle with breast cancer, and how women can maintain their own identity, beauty, and confidence while undergoing treatment.

The Epoch Times: How did you react to your diagnosis?

Melissa Berry: I was shocked. Even though I felt like I was prepared for this moment because there was so much family history, and I knew that I was a BRCA gene carrier. It was still really shocking and I think that it took me some time to really wrap my head around the reality of that diagnosis.

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  • I just discovered this sight today while listening to Good Morning America. My, what a blessing!!!. After reading this story I feel more empowered. I am a 79 year old, 2 year breast cancer survivor. I feel very blessed because I do have family history with this disease. Like so many I didn’t have a lot of people to go to, to ask the most important questions because of my age. I found support at my cancer center. I had very good doctors and very concerned and loving family. I have 4 loving children and 15 grandchildren who never left my side. I never went to the doctor or to treatment without one of them with me. My church family also loved on me and gave me support. I had just lost my husband to lung cancer six months before my diagnosis and he was pastor of the church. If not for LOVE coming from all places I would not have made it. I am so blessed. I am healed and able to now care for my 82 year old cousin, who is like a sister to me. I moved her in with me after the death of my husband because she has dementia and macular degeneration, very little sight. Keep doing what you do and never forget you are a blessing to others. Loosing my hair was a traumatic experience for me but I got through it. I learned the greatness of turbans😊, wish I had know about your sight at that time. I am a very thankful and grateful senior survivor.

    Wilnette Morgan

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