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The goal is more life, more awareness and more love. I’m now 26 and plan to spend the rest of my life serving others!

Hey loves! I’m Ilyasha Hood and am originally from Seattle, WA and now live in Tampa, FL where I work in Strategic Partnerships for a local nonprofit. I was diagnosed with stage III Breast Cancer in my left breast at the age of 24. I found my cancer through my routine self check. I have completed fertility preservation, 22 rounds of Chemo, 33 Rounds of radiation and just completed surgery #6 in July! I chose to do a bilateral mastectomy with LD Flap reconstruction. By the grace of God I am 1 year cancer free!

I have a passion to speak and spread awareness about early detection. When I’m not working, I spend my time traveling around the country to share my story in hopes to inspire and inform! I am partnered with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer locally here in Tampa for the second year. The goal is more life, more awareness and more love. I’m now 26 and plan to spend the rest of my life serving others! Tune in for my IG Takeover as I take you on a journey about how I’m preparing for best cancer awareness! #paintedpink4bc

Every situation in life is temporary. So when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully.

My name is Tehryn Nicole. I am a 25 year old breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at 24 years old after returning from Basic Military Training for the AirForce. I was highly confused because I was rarely ever sick when I was younger and showed no symptoms besides the lump in my breast. Military doctors misdiagnosed me for 3 months before I convinced my mom to take me out of network for an invasive biopsy. Within the timeframe of being misdiagnosed, my tumor went from 2cm to 18cm. Therefore, all my treatment started immediately. I have no history of breast cancer in my family at all, so my family had a hard time understanding what I was going through, but they were very supportive. Since my diagnosis, I have experienced 16 rounds of chemotherapy, IVF treatments, 35 rounds of radiation, and unilateral mastectomy. I look forward to sharing my testimony with the world because it can happen to anyone and I wish I would’ve advocated for myself harder.

“My journey is my testimony and my testimony is my ministry …the message,”God is good!”

I’m Na’Diah “DeeDee” Smith. On March 28, 2016, at the age of 33, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after an excisional biopsy. I was in shock and disbelief as there was no family history of Breast Cancer, I was training for a marathon and ran the 2nd half marathon of the year with personal record time only 6 days before the diagnosis.

I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction on May 26, 2016. I recovered quickly and scheduled my permanent implant placement procedure for a few months later. However, my Breast Surgeon encouraged a consultation with a Radiology Oncologist: radiation treatment for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 5 weeks. During the treatment planning visit, all of the risks were carefully outlined and I heard the word “infertility”. I was devastated. I knew I could live a happy life after breast cancer but I wasn’t ready to give up on having children. With medication assistance from LIVESTRONG Fertility, I completed egg harvesting and freezing, only harvesting one egg. I went on to complete 5 weeks of radiation during my daily lunch break while exercising regularly. On March 31, 2017, I finally received permanent breast implants. Although I opted out of nipple reconstruction, I received 3D nipple tattoos in October 2017.

I decided to share my journey to inform others that Breast Cancer does not discriminate, portray the reality and unknown obstacles of treatment, prove the diagnosis does not cancel your future, and encourage someone battling the disease. Tune in to the IG Story to hear my testimony. “ 💗 @prettyfitsurvivor #PaintedPink4bc

38 year old triple board certified #physician, mom, #speaker, author, coach and a Breast Cancer survivor thriver!

Goooooood Morning !!! I am Dr Alexea , 38 year old triple board certified #physician, mom, #speaker, author, coach and a Breast Cancer survivor thriver! I am so excited to be taking over the @paintedpink4bc IG stories today. I’ll take you all along with me as I navigate the day. I’ll share with you Breast Cancer facts, health tips and even take you along as I travel to a breast cancer related event! As is typical for me, it’s going to be a long and exciting day!!

Raising awareness is not only a great thing, but providing the opportunity to help others by educating and reducing the risk through early detection is important!

My name is Jessica Florence, I am an architecture major at Florida A&M University. I am 25 and from Jacksonville,Florida. I was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer at the age of 22. I was also Her 2+. You should definitely tune into today’s IG Story Takeover because raising awareness is not only a great thing, but providing the opportunity to help others by educating and reducing the risk through early detection is important! @geneva_la_jade #paintedpink4bc •

I am here today to let you know that cancer does not look one way. There are good moments and there is life after cancer.

Hi Dolls! My name is Brittany and I’m from Baton Rouge, LA, currently living in Dallas, TX. I am 30 years old and was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer estrogen positive at age 26. Breast cancer runs in my family and my mom was diagnose at age 40 and again at 60 currently in remission. I turned my journey from a negative into a positive by creating Cancer Doll LLC. There were not many positive images that reflected my experience nor anyone that looked like me. I wanted to created something that felt youthful and exciting.

Having a double mastectomy changed my life, and going through fertility treatments was an experience. The number one question I get is “What does having no nipples look like?” My response: “like a BARBIE DOLL!”

Playing in wigs, makeup and trying out different looks helped me come up with the concept CANCERDOLL!

CANCERDOLL to me means so much more than being diagnose with cancer. It represents a new chance at life, discovering the inner and outer beauty of yourself. I am here today to let you know that cancer does not look one way. There are good moments and there is life after cancer.

This was truly a process that taught me how to just let God be God.

I am Shandrè, 2 year cancer survivor and thriver. In February of 2018, I was diagnosed with HER 2 positive breast cancer at the age of 29.After 7 surgeries, 7 rounds of chemo, 1 year of hormone therapy, losing my hair and fingernails, and gaining 35 pounds the process felt more like preparation. I was given this mountain because I was made to move it. This was truly a process that taught me how to just let God be God. Join me as I take over painted pink’s IG to share my journey Fearfully and Wonderfully

I have each day (especially on the hard ones) found a way to tread forward…it isn’t easy but despite it all, I’m blessed…weirdly, I’m HAPPY!

Hi there👋🏾 My name is Natasha Ewa aka “NattyB” aka @poet_ifrica and today I am taking over @paintedpink4bc IG story alllllllllll day lol. I started counting my survivorship the day I finished Chemotherapy on Aug 29, 2017.

After being diagnosed with stage2 estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer in my right breast at the age of 29 less than 2 months after my wedding (discovered the lump myself months prior accidentally) I underwent genetic testing, bilateral mastectomy (twice as I had a major infection and 6 days later I was back in surgery another 3hrs to do some more work)…..24 weeks of chemotherapy and then hormonal therapy

After losing my hair, losing toenails, skin changes, ongoing PAINFUL neuropathy, at times wanting to quit life, randomly looking up the cost of a funeral, nerve damage, confused by my journey at times, stepping away from the faith I grew up knowing, losing friends, gaining friends, self esteem tested, being poked and prodded to keep me alive, keep me in menopause, putting having children on hold, these crazy hot flashes🔥, brittle bones, crying while sitting at red traffic lights, lack of trust in my own body, muscle aches that I sometimes can’t decipher are the meds or the cancers return…….I have each day (especially on the hard ones) found a way to tread forward…… it isn’t easy, but despite it all….I’m blessed….weirdly, I’m HAPPY!

Fast forward to today, recently was my 3yr #cancerversary …..I was working (since that’s pretty much all I do lol) and it wasn’t until I started winding down for the night it hit me, 3+yrs ago, When I felt at my healthiest, I was told I was actually sick……….

With no prior family history of breast cancer or any textbook risk factors that applied to my case, it is merely by God’s grace that I discovered a lump in my breast.

Hiii ☀️ I am Lorielle Jackson, a 7 year stage 1 breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2013 at the age of 24 years old. With no prior family history of breast cancer or any textbook risk factors that applied to my case, it is merely by God’s grace that I discovered a lump in my breast. After an abnormal breast exam and an abnormal ultrasound, my OBGYN recommended that I meet with a surgeon to have a biopsy done as a precaution. Hours before boarding a flight to see my family in New Jersey for Thanksgiving, my doc called me into her office and told me that the biopsy sample came back malignant… cue the dramatic movie pause and slowed speech in those moments as my entire world seemed to come to a screeching halt.

Fast forward ⏭ 7 years later, I am beyond blessed to be healed, alive and thriving. I am SUPER excited to share more of my story with you all on @PaintedPink4bc IG Story Takeover 💗💗💗 See you there! 🥰 #famualumni #famu

Sisters by breasts.💕

Hi, I’m Vonceil! I’m 30 years old and live in Jacksonville. I’m a pharmacy student at FAMU and I am 9 months into my Millennial Pink Warrior journey. Today I’m taking over #paintedpink4bc ‘s Story to share my journey. Cancer may have started the fight, but I’ll finish it. 💗Tune in! @vonceil_b

I had a hard time finding other young breast cancer survivors that looked like me, so I decided to share my journey to help provide knowledge and information to others that may have to experience the same fight in the future.

Hey there👋🏾, I’m Marsha McDougal from Nashville, Tn. In 2016, 3 months after giving birth to my baby girl, I found a lump in my breast while breastfeeding. A week later after a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, I was diagnosed with Stage 2, triple negative breast cancer at the age of 32. At the time, I had a hard time finding other young breast cancer survivors that looked like me, so I decided to share my journey to help provide knowledge and information to others that may have to experience the same fight in the future. I created a YouTube channel and documented my entire breast cancer journey through video. Not realizing it at the time, but those videos have now inspired thousands of people all across the country!💕

I am a wife, mother of 2 and now a full-time content creator, blogger and certified yoga instructor. I enjoy learning more about healthy nutrition, sharing simple & easy recipes on my YouTube channel, connecting with other breast cancer survivors and continuing to share & promote breast cancer awareness!💗 @marsha.eileen Watch IG Stories! #paintedpink4bc

Through her story she desires to provide hope to those who may be facing not only breast cancer but any adversity in life.

Salyndria is a young breast cancer survivor who was a 36 year old new mother when diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Now reaching her 3 year milestone of remission, she has shifted gears, becoming an advocate for young breast cancer survivors in the Dallas Metroplex, where she is the Face 2 Face Coordinator for the Young Survivor Coalition, connecting breast cancer survivors with one another through support meetings and events. Through her story she desires to provide hope to those who may be facing not only breast cancer but any adversity in life. TUNE IN to our story to watch her takeover! @missurvivor #paintedpink4bc

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