A very happy 48th birthday to my new — but already dear — friend Chiara!
We celebrated during her chemo today, because we’re crazy that way!
Chiara has been living large with triple negative metastatic breast cancer since 2016, after first being diagnosed with cancer in 2014. I just met her this summer, thanks to Instagram. I can’t remember when I first started following her on the ‘gram, but it was a while back. I definitely was intrigued by her gray hair; I follow quite a lot of gray-haired wimmin, seeing as I have gray-hair goals. Anyway, when she needed someone to help her check into a New York hospital a few months ago, I was like, “Hell, my schedule is free,” so off I went. I’ve been hitting most of the chemo appointments ever since.
As a result, I’ve also become quite a fan of Chiara’s oncologist, Dr. Kevin Kalinsky of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
I hope to have Chiara model jewelry for me some day, if I can afford her! She’s very in-demand with photographers. One aspect of herself that Chiara shares in her photos is that she ultimately decided to go flat after suffering numerous infections from breast reconstruction after her bilateral mastectomy. This is one of my favorite photos — I mean, you can see why she’s the right type for one of my “badass women” brand campaigns!
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The very first “International FLAT Day” will premier on OCTOBER 7th, 2019! 🎉 “International FLAT Day" was created to celebrate going flat – to promote breast reconstruction awareness, to promote flat closure (breastless, chest wall reconstruction after mastectomy), to promote flat reconstruction as a valid choice, and to bring together the flat community in sisterhood! October is breast cancer awareness month, and the 7th is the “Day of Maat” – the Egyptian Goddess who represents TRUTH and JUSTICE. The 7 principles of Maat are: Truth, Justice, Harmony, Balance, Order, Reciprocity, and Propriety. These principles really reflect the “heart” of the shared flat movement! Get ready to CELEBRATE FLAT! 🎉 #InternationalFLATDay #BreastCancerAwareness #OneFlatCommunity #BreastReconstructionAwarenes #BreastImplantIllness #bilateralmastectomy #doublemastectomy #flatandstillfabulous #breastcancer #TheFLATRevolutionIsNow #flatfire🔥
Here’s another photo that that I love, though it’s an entirely different mood.
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You can follow Chiara on Instagram here. Her blog is Beauty Through the Beast. Some more beautiful portraits adorn her interview with Allure magazine, and I highly recommend the longer interview here.