INSPIRING FASHION AND SURVIVORS

 

CeCe

I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer on Dec. 30, 2009.  Three weeks later, I was told that I also had a lump in my other breast which was later determined as benign.  After my surgery on Feb.4, 2010 and 12 weeks of chemotherapy (no radiation was needed), it was a long road to recovery. This year, I celebrated 10 years of being cancer free!

Going through this period was the scariest and most difficult time of my life up to that point. When I received the doctor’s call, I thought my life was over, and proceeded to prepare for my transition.  But I prayed and God sent me angels who inspired me to fight.  These angels were women who had gone through this before and gave me hope. In addition, I had the genuine support of family, church members, friends, and Sorority Sisters who jumped in the battle with me and the next thing I know I was motivated and had a renewed strength to live!

At the time of my battle with cancer, I had a daughter in middle school, a son in high school, and an older daughter away in college.  They are now all college educated adults (Jamila, Miles, and Imani) and I am very proud of each of them.  They are truly gifts from my heavenly father and they mean the world to me.

I am inspired by God, because I know that it is by his Grace that I am here today.  I know he allows circumstances to come in our lives to get our attention.  No longer do I ask, why me? I just continue to trust HIM because I am grateful and blessed to be HIS child and I will always lean on HIM no matter what comes my way.  I know that nothing is too big for HIM.

HAIR: Jody Hamilton & Leanna Fritsch • MAKEUP: Vanessa Birchfield

In the Look:  • Black leather dress by Antonio Milani, $299 • Blue/black leather boot by Gianni Bini • Animal cuff gold bracelet, $28 • Gold bangle, $24 • Gold multi-tone bangle, $28 • Gold link bracelet by Carol Dauplaise, $28 • Gold link necklace by Carol Dauplaise, $48 • Pom pom earrings by Kate Spade, $68 | Available at Dillards

 

Leah

Married to Todd for 17 years.  We have 3 children, Tristan (15), Anna-Grace (13), and Stockton (10).  We live in Pewee Valley.  My diagnosis is Stage IV adenocarcinoma lung cancer with EGFR Exon Deletion 19.  The lung cancer is genetically driven and we were shocked by the diagnosis since I have never smoked.  Research is finding that my cancer is caused by radon exposure.  What inspires me to fight are my husband, three children, my entire family and the warriors that have come before me and are fighting along with me.  Cancer has given me the gift of perspective.  I only have one life and I am going to live my best life each day.

HAIR: Jody Hamilton & Leanna Fritsch • MAKEUP: Vanessa Birchfield

In the Look: • Elan tulle skirt in black, $75 • Elan star halter top, $65 • Cuff bracelet $100 • Snake earrings, $18 | Available at Mamili • Red plaid bootie by Gianni Bini | Available at Dillards

 

Wanda

Christian, cancer survivor 12 years of breast, lymph nodes, spot on chest and lung cavity. A daughter, mother, significant other, sister, grandmother, friend.

“12 years ago a medical diagnosis took place in my body which changed some things inside and out that made my journey with God stronger and my faith.  What I thought that would break me, made me P U S H harder, Pray Until Something Happens!”

HAIR & MAKEUP: Mikhail Schulz of JMichaels SalonSpa

In the Look: • Liberty black boots, $350 • Printed dress by Umgee, $49 • Tribal jeans jacket, $124 • Kori Green LOVE earrings, $68 • Julio Design necklace, $89 | Available at Tunie’s Boutique

 

Karen

Married 30 years to Paul. Sons: Paul, David and Mark Two beloved German Shepherds, Tiberius and Barolo

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all.  Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach.  The world you desire can be won.  It exists..it is real..it is possible..it is yours.” Ayn Rand.

HAIR: Jody Hamilton & Leanna Fritsch • MAKEUP: Vanessa Birchfield

In the Look: • Abella puff sleeve top by Alice & Olivia, $295 • Maeve asymmetrical slip skirt by Alice & Olivia, $275 • Gold georgian drop earrings, $295 | Available at Rodeo Drive


Posted on 2020-10-09 by photos by Jolea Brown
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