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Breast Cancer Awareness Month -Words from a Survivor

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early and to help and acknowledge the effort of those who are fighting against it. Breast cancer is an experience that can have long-lasting mental health effects. From anxiety about the future to the stress of treatment, it’s totally normal to feel a mix of intense emotions after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Linda Delgaudio, the founder of Loba Mane and hairstylist, experienced and survived breast cancer a few years ago, and by telling her story she reminds us of the strength and perseverance that lies within ourselves. Having cancer is a fighting experience in many different ways: is a fight to survive. A fight to accept reality. And a fight to please those around you and keep yourself together,” Linda says.
After a breast cancer diagnosis, a woman’s relationship with her body might change as well. And life-saving, mastectomies and chemotherapy can decrease women's self-confidence. “Realizing you’re slowly losing your hair and feeling how fragile is becoming, is heartbreaking. I felt like I was losing my crown”. 

But as with every war, you take up arms of courage and fill yourself with love for yourself and for others around you. Filling your heart with hope, accepting everything as it comes and changing tears for smiles is the most beautiful thing you can do”  Linda says in a more positive note.


 It’s never too late to make a difference. Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, and families to get involved. Women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.


While mammograms can help you to detect cancer early on, breast self-exams can help you detect any changes in your breast. Here is a link about how to correctly perform a breast self-exam https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam. 


If you would like to donate your long mane for those in need, here's a link for https://locksoflove.org/get-involved/. Donating your hair gives you the chance to support other women and make a difference in the world.


Lastly, we have a few reassuring words from Linda, “My advice for women who are battling breast cancer is to try and see the world through love. I know it is hard, but we have to believe that our bodies will heal, our hair will grow back stronger and our crown will shine again”.
Breast self-exam provided by 


https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam


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