Breast Cancer Survivor Sharee Shares Her Story
Today, in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing a powerful interview with breast cancer survivor Sharee. This is a time to stand together and show our unwavering support to those affected by breast cancer. Whether you are going through treatment, supporting someone who is, know someone affected, or simply want to help, we’re glad you’re here. On our website, Donna Bella Hair is offering an option this month to round up your order to support The National Breast Cancer Foundation and we’ll hope you’ll join us in supporting all those affected by breast cancer.
Sharee went through chemotherapy and a double mastectomy in 2016. We are grateful for her willingness to share her story here and we hope it inspires other women around the world who might be facing a similar struggle, and anyone affected by breast cancer. Whether you're a survivor, facing a recent diagnosis, have a family member with cancer, or simply want to remain educated about the risks of cancer, this post is meant to remind you that you're not alone and
In what ways did you find strength and resilience throughout your journey as a breast cancer survivor?
Having cancer was a truly eye-opening experience for me. My eyes were opened to the love and goodness of so many people in my life and even complete strangers. Knowing there were so many people rooting for me and cheering me on, made it so much easier to get through. Also, just being grateful for modern medicine and every little good thing along the way helped make the journey more bearable and put a beautiful silver lining on the ugly word, cancer.
How has your experience with breast cancer affected your perception of beauty?
I have two large scars across my chest and 3D Nipple Tattoos. I look in the mirror every day and am reminded of how strong my body is and all I’ve overcome. Our life experiences and even our scars are what add to our beauty. True beauty shines from within and it comes from proving to yourself that you are powerful and capable of so much more than you thought!
Have you encountered any misconceptions or stigmas regarding beauty and breast cancer? How do you challenge or overcome them?
I haven’t had anyone ever make an issue of my thinning hair (from chemotherapy), my scars and my reconstructed breasts. If anything, people are impressed and touched by all a cancer survivor has been through. I would say wear your scars with pride and confidence and you’ll be surprised how well it is received.
How do you use your personal story and experiences as a breast cancer survivor to inspire and support other women?
I have a YouTube channel called “Breast Cancer Babe.” Sharing my journey with others was very therapeutic for me and benefitted not only myself but others who were going through the same thing. I believe sharing our stories and being vulnerable helps other people along their path. Isn’t that what we all want? Someone who’s gone through something similar who can mourn with us and comfort us? Who can look at us and say, hey, I know what you’re going through and it’s going to be ok?
How do you incorporate hair extensions into your beauty routine and what impact do they have on your overall self-image?
Chemotherapy caused some permanent hair loss and thinning for me. I’m SOOO grateful for hair extensions and crown toppers. They are LIFE-CHANGING! I feel beautiful every day because of the hair extensions I have. I joke to my friends all the time that I’m so grateful to live in this day and age where I can get fake hair that looks so real and makes me feel like my old self! Everyone always thinks my hair is natural and I’m like, oh no baby, they’re extensions! 😊
Thank you so much, Sharee, for opening up about your experiences and inspiring other women to walk courageously through their breast cancer journeys. We appreciate your willingness to share and we hope this post inspires anyone reading to please make a donation by rounding up your order this month, or finding out more information about The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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