I am a 34 year old mother, wife, business owner, graduate student, community outreach activist and a Metastatic Breast Cancer Thriver. I am also a Breast Cancer Advocate
- When were you first diagnosed with cancer?
I was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 07/2012
- What type of cancer were you diagnosed with?
I was initially diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) in my left breast.
- Were you put on chemo therapy? If so, how did the treatment effect your body and your hair?
My doctors where pushing chemotherapy, but I personally was against it. I did do one session and realized it was not for me, so I told my doctor and I stopped the treatments.
- Tell us briefly about your cancer story and how cancer has changed your life.
My life has changed dramatically. I now live with a new normal, but everyday is a chance to do something I never did before, to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I have been through so many life changes in the past few years, none in vain, and all for the good of those around me. There have been many tears and there may be more before this journey ends, but I will always remember that God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all I could ever ask Him to do, and with that I know I will make it.
If you want to know Darlene’s full story click the link here: https://fantabulousthriver.com/breast-cancer-the-new-accessory/
- If you are currently in remission, has your hair fully recovered after chemo?
Because I am now a Meta-Thriver there really is know such thing as remission for me, but I am stable and doing great.
- Do you find that there is enough representation for your hair type within hair sponsorship programs or organizations?
There is not enough, if any, representation for black women’s hair during this trying time of her life. Going through so many changes so quickly can be very difficult, so sometimes being able to look like your old self does wonders. But the majority of the wigs are not made for African American women. Unless you have a stylist like I did, who made a wig for me, the African American woman is out of luck.
- How can TK Natural Hair Wigs help women of colour affected by cancer?
There are many ways to help women of color affected by cancer, but I think you are doing great things with your wigs. I would also remember that treating cancer is BIG BUSINESS, so the patient is already being milked dry. So when pricing, please keep this in consideration. I remember having a bill for $200,000, thankfully it was taken care of, but for many people it’s not. In October everything goes pink and so many organizations claim to be supporting the cause, but they are not. They are capitalizing on hurt, pain, and frustration of others and it sucks big time.
- What would you say are some preventative measures, or early warning signs that people should be aware of?
Some preventive measures is to always ALWAYS do a self breast exam at home, if you notice anything weird get it checked out right away. Don’t wait and assume it will go away, this is a matter of a long life and death. Find out your family history, and if the disease runs in your family, go to a geneticist to see what is your probability of getting the disease and other cancers. The truth is there are many variations to look for, so I would just say if your breast feels weird in any way go check it out. Better safe than sorry.
Thank you for sharing your story Darlene.
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