"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."
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....
“I’m the flat woman,” says Chiara, a breast cancer survivor and author of Beauty Through the Beast, a blog about fighting cancer with beauty in mind. “To me, this photo exudes freedom. It illustrates the fact that we have choices and beauty has no boundaries. For example, some may choose reconstruction with beautiful tattoos, while others may not choose reconstruction at all and remain bare.”
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 –
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...."
Metastatic breast cancer survivor and patient advocate Chiara D’Agostino of Montclair, New Jersey, credited the ACA with saving her life. D’Agostino said she was approved for ACA coverage in September 2014. In October 2014, she felt a lump in her breast that led to a stage III and eventually stage IV breast cancer diagnosis.
AnaOno, il brand di lingerie lanciato nel 2014 sfila alla New York Fashion Week contro ogni pregiudizio. Rilanciando la bellezza di donne vittime e reduci dalla terribile esperienza di un cancro al seno.
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.
When Montclair resident Chiara D’Agostino sat down for her first appointment in Dr. Jan Huston’s office at then-Mountainside Hospital in October 2014, she expected the usual doctor in the white lab coat to walk in. Instead, in came Huston, wearing a “cute leather jacket,” D’Agostino recalled.
Chiara D'Agostino has been frank about her experiences as a cancer patient since she was diagnosed in 2014. In the latest chapter of her often harrowing saga, she is participating in an immunotherapy trial trial at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Chiara D’Agostino, another breast cancer activist, shared her story with NBCC: “When I finished a Master’s Degree program in Italy and returned to the U.S. in August 2014, I had no job or insurance....
Chiara D'Agostino, of Montclair, came to the meeting even though she had another round of breast cancer surgery last week. The former Italian teacher from Montclair told Burwell she signed up for Medicaid in 2014, and was diagnosed with the disease a few months later.
October is a meaningful month for all Italian Americans – even more so for those who are fighting breast cancer. But for blogger and model Chiara D’Agostino, October will always be more than Italian Heritage Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month....
“I feel strong these days simply because I am alive,” says Chiara D’Agostino, a woman who has been fighting breast cancer since 2014. AvaCare Medical included an interview of me in their October blog post.