Tell us about yourself and the story of your diagnosis…
I live in Seattle with my husband and puppy, and I am also pregnant with our first little one! I was diagnosed at the age of 29 with stage 2b HER2+ Breast Cancer. I have always been very health-conscious and fit, and I do not have any family history so this diagnosis caught me completely by surprise. Although my grade was aggressive, I completed chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and had a double mastectomy, and I am now celebrating being cancer free for 3.5 years.
Share why early detection is important to you.
After I discovered my lump while taking a shower, I listened to my gut, and went in to get it checked by my doctor. When caught early, breast cancer has a 95% survival rate, and if I had not gone in when I did, my prognosis may have been very different. I am incredibly passionate about early detection and raising awareness for young women, so when I heard about the Keep A Breast App, I immediately shared it with all my friends and family.
Even though you were already very healthy and fit at the time, were there any lifestyle changes you made after learning of your diagnosis?
One of the first lifestyle changes I made after my diagnosis was evaluating my beauty products and I began seeking out brands that only used clean, safe products. Now that I am pregnant, I am even more focused on ensuring all the products I use are safe for both me and my little one on the way. I love that any Odacité product I choose will fit this criteria and am especially loving two products in particular right now. My skin tends to get extra dry in the winter, and the All-Embracing Serum packs all the hydration I need. I love using it with my Rose Quartz Gua Sha for extra contour and lift. Additionally, the Ba+S Eye Contour serum is the best product I have used for correcting under eye concerns. The cooling roller immediately depuffs, while the serum helps correct fine lines and dark circles that tend to become more prevalent when pregnancy insomnia leads to less sleep than usual. Both products have been a game changer for my skincare routine!