My Second Year as a “Model”

I’m so excited to share that the creative geniuses behind the Ford Warriors in Pink Models of Courage program decided that just one year with the 11 “models” of courage they selected for 2012 wasn’t enough….and have asked us all back for a second year!  They notified us about two months ago, but we weren’t able to share until recently.

As I’ve previously written, Ford Motor Company has been active in the fight against breast cancer since 1993.  In its 19th year of raising awareness of breast cancer, Ford Warriors in Pink created the Models of Courage campaign to celebrate breast cancer survivors who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle.  Ford uses broad outreach to help keep the topic of breast cancer a part of everyday conversation.  The goal is to encourage women and men to engage in self-exams and self-care, which could lead to earlier diagnoses and in turn could save lives.

Starting in 2006, Ford began creating a line of breast cancer themed clothing and gear that they sell at www.fordcares.com.  The clothes depict a warrior mentality, because let’s be honest, anyone who faces a fight against breast cancer is truly a warrior!!  The best part of the clothes…100% of the net proceeds are donated to the fight against breast cancer.

Last year I was introduce to an amazing group of people and was able to do some really incredible things through Warriors in Pink.  They flew us out to LA for a photo shoot, brought us to NY for the big launch event, I even had an opportunity to be on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!!  All very fun and exciting things, but pale in comparison to the self-confidence and happiness the program has brought.

Having a group of 10 other survivors to talk to about the things I had / was going through, was priceless.  As a younger woman with breast cancer, there aren’t always a lot of people who can relate.  Being introduced to those 10 other people and them instantly understanding what I’ve been through was something new to me.  Initially I shied away support groups.  I didn’t think they would really help me at all, and honestly, I wasn’t really in a mood to share my thoughts and feelings.  (Who knew I’d grow into such an open book!!)  Having my own personal support group pretty much delivered on my front door was a dream come true…and getting another year with what seems like an instant family was totally unexpected!

So what does the Model of Courage program include this year?  Great question!!  A few weeks ago they flew us all out to Austin, TX for the 2013 “summit”.  We had a day of interview sessions.  Interviews were conducted a little differently this year.  I don’t want to get in trouble so I can’t share anything about them, but I think they have potential to be pretty neat!  And then a full day photo shoot “modeling” the new apparel for the year.  Oh how I love having my hair and make-up done by professionals!!

There’s a few really cute new pieces this year…so I encourage everyone to shop www.fordcares.com.  The new pieces won’t be able until summer, but there are still clothes from last year you can purchase, and you can read more information about the Models of Courage program as well.  We all asked repeatedly what they had in store for us throughout the remainder of the year….but the Warriors in Pink team remained tight lipped about the fun things they have in store.  I can’t speak for the other “models”, but I for one can’t wait!!

Nothing else too exciting to report really.  My boobs are healing pretty well and I have a follow-up appointment next week to talk about my next surgery.  I’ve spent a lot of time staring at my new boobs in the mirror the last four months and have some suggestions about what can maybe be done to get everything taken care of this time around and prevent a 4th surgery. I’m not a plastic surgeon though, so my ideas could very well be a pipe dream.  Who knows!

My hair is finally long enough to curl again.  I’m definitely a little rusty with the curling iron….I can’t seem to curl my hair without getting a burn of some sort.  Right now I’m walking around with what resembles a hickey on my neck….awesome.

I also have my 6 month check-up with my oncologist in the next few weeks.  This check-up could prove to be pretty interesting as I plan to approach the topic of children vs. staying on tamoxifen with him…stay tuned on that topic.

It’s earlier in the year this year, but the Jeans & Jewels Gala is already upon us again and taking place this Friday.  If you remember, this is the event I met my soon to be husband at  almost 2 years ago :)   We’re both walking in the charity fashion show for the third time.  I get to wear an awesome red dress….I’m pretty excited about it!!

And finally, Andrew and I are getting engagement photos taken on Sunday!  We hadn’t initially planned on doing them, but an opportunity presented itself so we’re going to take it :)

Photos from 124 weeks post chemo are below….

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One Response to “My Second Year as a “Model””

  1. Stephanie

    Hi. Do you have a Facebook? I’m 19 weeks post chemo. I always come to your blog to see if I’m at te same place as you are with your hair growth. I’m 31 with a stage 3 her2+ breast cancer. Well i was till my awesome doctors treated me and cured me ;)


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