Q&A with Melissa Berry - Founder of Cancer Fashionista in honor of National Pink Day

June 22, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

Q&A with Melissa Berry - Founder of Cancer Fashionista in honor of National Pink Day

Melissa Berry is a 6 year Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of CancerFashionista.com. Cancer Fashionista is a go-to resource for beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips to help you look and feel your best throughout your breast cancer journey and beyond. 
Not only does Melissa report on all of the latest products and trends to help women thrive through breast cancer, she’s also created a beautiful community both on and offline. She calls them her “little sisters,” and is on a mission to give them all of the tools they need to help them thrive in style.

What does National Pink Day mean to you & how do you plan to celebrate this year?

It’s funny, pink has an association with breast cancer awareness but I’ve honestly always loved pink. I plan to celebrate by wearing my pink and black striped K Deer leggings and doing a killer workout at Orange Theory!

How has fitness and leading an active lifestyle helped you on your journey?

As a busy working Mom, Ive always struggled to find the time to exercise. Now that Ive survived breast cancer and my daughters are a bit older, working out has become a really important part of my life. Its like my oxygen. Aside from the physical benefits, I need to workout to clear my mind for the busy day ahead. When I dont hit the gym, run or do yoga I just feel really off. There are definitely mornings (especially in the dead of winter) when I dont feel like getting out of my warm bed. But when I think of the times that I was knocked out on chemo and I really couldnt exercise.that motivates me to get out of bed and move. I say If your body is healthy, then honor it with healthy movement.

What advice would you give to someone currently battling breast cancer? What resources did you find most helpful?

I always say not to look at your entire treatment plan at once. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, physical therapy….it can be incredibly overwhelming. Just take one day at a time. One treatment at a time. And try to enjoy your life throughout the process as much as you can. Friends, family and laughter is the best medicine. The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was and still is an incredible resource for me. Not only do they offer information, but they have an incredible online community that I found to be so helpful and supportive. I also love Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Cancer Care. They both offer tons of great information, but they also really care about the women who reach out to them and find them to be extremely nurturing.

 Melissa is pictured in our Laura Stripe - shop this style here!

1 Response

Jamie Boomer
Jamie Boomer

October 18, 2019

Just saw u on the Wendy Williams Show keep up the great work I see u #Congrats #WeAreSurvivors #EyeCandy

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