Woman Crush Wednesday | Breast Cancer Survivor Walks 1,000 Miles Topless

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Paulette Leaphart flaunts (yes, I wrote flaunt not bear) her scars like an Olympian flashing their medals every time she walks topless across the country.

The only difference for the Biloxi, Mississippi native and single mother of eight is the path she chose to walk down (which currently leads to D.C.) is one she was given.

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Leaphart set off on a 1,000 mile topless walk on April 30. Leaving her hometown of Mississippi, making stops in Atlanta, D.C. with her final destination New Orleans (projected June 30th) to raise awareness for breast cancer. And motivate more  Black women to get mammograms.

In 2014, Leaphart was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that resulted in a bilateral mastectomy without the chose of reconstructive surgery.

With two large scars replacing her breasts, all symbols of feminity vanished as well.

“What is a woman without her breasts?” Leaphart asked People. “I have always identified as a very feminine woman.”

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That changed when she took the bold move to go topless at the beach. The huge applause she received led her to also post a topless pic on Facebook that garnered 100,000 likes.

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Leaphart also got the attention of Queen Bey. The ‘Get in Formation’singer gave Leaphart a cameo in Lemonade. 

Who better to symbolize making lemons out of lemonade?

To donate to Paulette’s cross-country journey, which is being chronicled in upcoming doc “Scar Story,” click here.

 

 

Angie’s Choice & How Rene Syler Lives With It

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When I first heard that Angelina Jolie made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy I  thought how unbelievably courageous she was for not only sharing her story with the world, but more importantly using information she discovered from her doctor to take preventative steps to avoid the same fate her mother succumbed to. It reminded me of another fearless woman who took the reins of her own well-being amid a murky and uncertain future and steered herself towards a safe and effective route. Former morning news show anchor Rene Syler.

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After four years on CBS News’ “The Early Show,” in December 2006, her last day on the program, she announced undergoing a double prophylatic mastectomy (the same procedure Angelina did) despite not being diagnosed with cancer. Rene’s parents both had breast cancer and she wanted to cut her risk factor in half. Not only did she do that but became a champion for breast cancer survivors. Unbeknown to herself, she told Cancerforward  in an interview.

I never wanted to, or set out to be, an advocate. But I’ve found it’s important to use the platform because that’s how things change. I got involved with Komen because of my parents, but TV gave me a pretty powerful medium to get across the message about cancer prevention and detection.

Rene is a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the largest breast cancer prevention organizations, that reported medical research and cautionary  measures (similar to what Angelina and Rene did) is what led to a 30 percent lower death rate for breast cancer survivors  in comparison to 25 years ago, resulting in 2.9 million women conquering an ugly illness that takes over 400,000 souls a year, according to the World Health Organization.

What impresses me about these two women and the several others that are faceless and nameless is their strong desire to be there for family no matter how much their symbols of femininity may be in jeopardy. Just for that alone, these women should be saluted. But, to also, pass the proverbial baton to other women considering this option that may be at risk to breast cancer (talk to your doctors first, folks) is a commendable show of heroism in the face of un-forseen danger.