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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign is a spotlight, illuminating awareness of a disease that can affect everyone. Although significantly more prevalent in women, men and LGBTQ+ individuals can also be diagnosed. Any gender can be affected by breast cancer. 

This disease kills approximately ~40,000 women and ~500 men in the U.S. every year. In the U.S., about 1 in 8 women and individuals with breasts will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. These numbers are staggering, the effects heartbreaking, and may leave many feeling helpless. However, increased awareness, education, and preventative care are critical in the fight against the disease. 

We’ve put together a list of uniquely informative IG accounts to follow which encourage education and community, and also share life-saving preventative care content. Seeing inspirational content and stories on your feed will be a great reminder to stay on top of your health, check in with your breasts, and encourage your friends, family, and community to do the same!  

@paige_previvor

 Paige Moore is your new breast friend. She is “empowering women to take control of their health and their lives.” She started Paige Previvor to share her own health journey after being diagnosed with the BRCA 1 gene and undergoing a preventative mastectomy at the age of 24. From breast reconstruction options to dating after a mastectomy — her page is full of empowering content to keep you educated on all things preventative care and post-surgery reality. She is also co-founder of The Breasties, a community for those affected by breast and reproductive cancers. 

 

@nalieagustin

Nalie Agustin is redefining stage 4 breast cancer. At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and started recording her journey on day 1; sharing her story with women all over the world. She created and nurtured a global community of women who had turned to her blog for inspiration, aspiration, and awareness. From being cancer-free in 2014 to discovering the cancer returned in 2017 — Nalie is a fierce survivor and advocate — sharing her cancer journey, personal life, and self-care tips with her IG community.

 

@acampoverdi

Alejandra Campoverdi is a women’s health advocate, specifically for women of color, who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer. She is the founder of The Well Woman Coalition, a community of WOC committed to empowered health and healing. Recently, she produced INHERITANCE, a documentary that intimately follows the surgical journeys of three women who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer which includes interviews with top experts in the hereditary cancer field.

 

 

@lipstickangels

This nonprofit creates space for those diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses to receive self-care as a way to strengthen dignity, hope, and self-esteem. Lipstick Angels provide free and personalized wellness programs and oncology-sensitive beauty and skincare services. Their goal is to create a space for each individual person to feel pampered in the moment and to spark empowerment and joy through the unique practice of self-care.

@iheartericka

Ericka Hart, M.ed. (She/They) is a black queer femme activist. They’re a breast cancer survivor, sex education expert, writer, speaker, racial justice educator, podcast host, and much more. The work they do challenges racial and gender injustice from many intersections, including medical, environmental, sexuality, and class. Their IG feed is rich with educational content, including their own experience as a breast cancer patient navigating medical racism.

@the_breasties

The Breasties is an organization with dedicated space for everyone: survivors, previvors, warriors, thrivers, carevivors, and supporters. Their work empowers anyone affected by breast cancer and reproductive cancers by igniting strength and positivity through connection, free retreats, wellness activities, events, and an all-inclusive resourceful online community. Their feed is full of positive and educational content, and we love their dedication to nurturing the community by highlighting diverse survivors and previvors.

 

tips & reminders to keep in mind:

•You will always be your number one health advocate. You know your body best. Stay vigilant about breast cancer detection.

•If you are able, find a doctor you trust. Finding the right doctor and learning to feel safe and comfortable asking questions, challenging answers, and seeking out a second opinion may be critical for your health. One doctor's opinion may not be the same as another’s.

•Ask follow up questions. Navigating healthcare is a challenge and not intuitive to many. Another challenge? Translating physicians’ medical jargon. If you do not understand what they are telling you, ask them to explain. It is their job to ensure you understand.


•Be a health advocate for those around you and for disadvantaged communities. Whether it be your family, friends, or your community — know that other generations and communities may not feel safe or comfortable asking questions or advocating for themselves.
 
•Cancer does not discriminate, but health care, access to preventive care, and life-saving education does. Although white and Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at similar rates, Black women are more likely to die from the disease. If you’re a Black woman, you must advocate for yourself in every space, especially in the healthcare environment. Your life matters. Do not let the healthcare system tell you otherwise.

     

    take care of your beautiful bodies — we love you!

    The Lady Suite Team

     

     


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