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By Harmenia “Mimi” Frazier White
Breast Cancer Survivor
My journey began in 2015 when I was diagnosed with stage 3b invasive breast cancer.
For years prior to the diagnosis, I was misdiagnosed and told that I had fibrocystic breast disease. If I didn’t finally want to know what was going on with my body, I wouldn’t be here today.
Once I was diagnosed, I went into chemotherapy for 5 months and got married right after I finished. In July 2016 I got a double mastectomy and lymph node removal next, followed by 3 months of radiation. The next year, I had to get a salpingo oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes).
Luckily, it didn’t take my spirit or my strong will to live. I fought hard to maintain this whole time and I’ve gained a new sense of life and reality.
After going through so much pain and struggle with my health, I realized that God gave my purpose and my testimony is here to inspire and motivate the next woman who may be facing the same things I did.
Last year in 2019 I created my Linkage Beauty Movement and it has been growing ever since. I have showcased over 150 beautiful people fighting and surviving all cancers.
It brings me joy and fulfills my dreams to connect people and develop lifetime relationships all over the world. I am blessed to be associated and acquainted with such amazing individuals. I am truly grateful to have this job of profiling the beauty within the community and people as a whole.
As of today, my focus is living a healthier lifestyle, bringing joy into people’s lives, advocating for breast cancer awareness, finding a cure, and empowerment.
I also pray that one day soon I will be able to adopt or foster a child so I can experience what motherhood feels like and give so much love to a beautiful, deserving, baby girl or boy.
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my story.
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of guest blog posts from Breast Friends Forever (BFF) in San Antonio, Texas (64% Latino). BFF is a support group that enables young breast cancer survivors to share stories and experiences, developed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio (the team behind Salud America!) and Susan G. Komen San Antonio. Email BFF or Visit BFF on Facebook. The main image above and additional images feature Mimi Frazier White.