In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, SAVAGE X FENTY tells the stories of Breast Cancer Survivors & Thrivers – the resilient and inspiring Cayatanita, Ericka and Nykia.
“Diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer, Cayatanita, Ericka and Nykia have also faced the unfair disparities within the health care system due to their age and race. Learn about their journeys of gaining access to adequate health care, self-advocacy, finding support, and empowering others within the underrepresented Black Community.
With every BCA style purchased, a portion of the net proceeds will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) fund critical research and support members of the Black Community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, an underrepresented group within the health care system.” – from Savage X Fenty
I notice how my body has also changed. But there’s something in that. Your body hasn’t done anything wrong. It’s important for you to appreciate the body that you’re in for getting you where you are right now. And that was really moving to me, because it wasn’t about beauty, it wasn’t about ‘Oh, I love myself.’ It was: ‘I appreciate the vessel that has carried me.’ I really give all kudos to Black femmes and Black queer people for holding me down. – Ericka
I started blogging about my experience. Sharing a little bit about what was going on—I felt it was important. I wanted to make sure I created healthy relationships with people. I built that for myself, my kind of check-in. I have my list of all who I check in on, and they check on me. It’s just nice. You know, they’re my queens. … It makes me feel good that they’re doing okay. And they make me feel confident and empowered. I wanted to have a good journey and a great support system. – Cayatanita
If my body is telling me that something is wrong, then I still need to keep pushing. There’s obviously not just one doctor in any area, or in the world, for a reason. Hey, if this doctor didn’t see it, then maybe the next one will. I know I need to continue as long as my body is telling me to. Somebody will listen; whether it’s the first person, or the second person, or even the third person—some women have had a fourth or even a fifth opinion before they were diagnosed. Definitely keep going. – Nykia