OPRAH MAGAZINE: OCTOBER 2017

"I didn't decide to go flat at first; I wanted to look symmetrical. But then had six additional surgeries just for the implants because they got infected every other month. I feel better now without the implants. And I can feel people when I hug them."

THE ANTI-CANCER CLUB: HOW THE MO'HAIR FOUNDATION GAVE ME HOPE

Shedding my hair a second time, I knew what to expect physically, and this time, two years after my initial diagnosis, I am different emotionally. I told a friend that to avoid the trauma of watching my hair fall out from chemotherapy, I would get my head shaved; he suggested I donate my hair so that someone else could make a wig out of it. An appealing idea, I wondered if anyone had thought of creating wigs from one’s own hair – I wanted to wear a wig made out of MY OWN HAIR. During my two years as a cancer student, I hadn’t come across personalized wigs – just yet. Later that week, I serendipitously found myself at the Mo’Hair Foundation Fundraising Gala....

SMARTBRIDGE HEALTH

Serendipitously, SmartBridge found ME through my breast cancer blog and I jumped at the opportunity to receive an expert second opinion. Dr. Jeremy Force from Duke University called me that afternoon to introduce himself and learn my questions – 

METUP: #METSMONDAY

Chiara D’Agostino shares her story about clinical trials and ACA, "I was diagnosed with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer in October 2014. Two years later to the day I started treatment for triple negative metastatic breast cancer...."

SEPHORA IS LAUNCHING A NATIONWIDE BEAUTY CLASS FOR WOMEN AND MEN WITH CANCER

Hours before Sephora opens its doors to the public, the beauty emporium is already bustling. Inside, “cast members” (Sephora-speak for sales associates) are mingling with nearly a dozen women whose skin care and makeup concerns run much deeper than demystifying the secrets to con-and-nontouring. These participants are among the first to attend Sephora’s brand new Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer class, which launches nationwide this week. 

This unique endeavor is met with a rousing — and emotional — response from its participants, among them, 45-year-old New Jersey native Chiara, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.