Her Blog, My Cancer Chic, Helps Young Woman Face Cancer with Confidence and Style.
“I was 27, married for one year, and planning to start a family. Then came my breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and six months of aggressive chemo.”
“The medical world seemed overwhelming. I was lost in a sea of older women. There didn’t seem to be a place for me, a young woman with breast cancer. After surgery, I had to go to a place where bras were sold as ‘medical devices.’ I’d never felt more alone and desperate.”
“I was already a big consumer of information online. So that’s where I turned, but I struggled to find other young women going through a similar experience.”
“Not finding a community to turn to, I was inspired to create my own. The My Cancer Chic blog was born soon after I was diagnosed. I wrote in detail about the physical and emotional challenges I was going through. Online, I could share the words that were too difficult to share in person, and be completely honest and uninhibited. I had some pretty horrendous stories to tell, including my moments of self-doubt and depression.”
“I was able to see how my struggles could help someone else.”
“My goal was to make sure that other young women like me would have someone they could relate to. I hoped they would not have to experience the loneliness that overwhelmed me.”
“My biggest moment? It was when a woman from Rhode Island reached out to me after reading my blog. She was 28 years old and her message was familiar: ‘I was just diagnosed and I feel so alone.’ We started a conversation, and right away I was able to see how my struggles could help someone else.”
“The My Cancer Chic community now includes hundreds of survivors supporting one another. We’re connected to other blogs, Facebook groups and national organizations like the Young Survival Coalition.”
“People have asked, ‘Why the name My Cancer Chic?’ I feature makeup and fashion tips because, during the worst parts, the power to control how I looked on the outside was so important. Cancer could take my hair and breasts, but not my lipstick and my heels. In the right makeup and a great outfit, I could still look confident even when I was falling apart on the inside.”
“I blogged through my treatments, recovery and reconstructive surgeries. I continue to post daily on Instagram and regularly on the blog. Photos from different stages of my journey are on Pinterest. At least one new woman facing cancer reaches out to me each week. I hear from women all over the world.”
“While a breast cancer diagnosis is devastating, there’s a huge community here to support one another. When I was diagnosed, I missed out on that. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.”
You can learn more about Anna’s blog at www.MyCancerChic.com and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube @mycancerchic.