Dear Cancer, I’m Beautiful is the first podcast of its kind to bridge the gap between life-saving cancer treatment and fashion, beauty and wellness advice.
Host Melissa Berry is a veteran fashion and beauty publicist, eight-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer thriver and founder of CancerFashionista.com. She’s on a mission to help you reclaim your inner and outer beauty, and welcomes you to listen in as she chats with nipple tattoo artists, post-mastectomy lingerie designers, clean beauty gurus and everyone in between, because cancer isn’t beautiful…..but YOU are.
“Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cold Capping” With Claire L Paxman, Brand Ambassador & Director of Global Training for Paxman Scalp Cooling
Introducing my new friend, Claire L Paxman, who serves as the Brand Ambassador & Director of Global Training for Paxman Scalp Cooling. Listen to the amazing story about her mother’s chemotherapy-induced hair loss andhow it paved her path to her current position at Paxman Scalp Cooling. Claire is truly on a mission to help us preserve our hair and tells us everything we ever wanted to know about cold capping. What it is, how it works, if you’re a good candidate for it and so much more. Do not miss this episode!
“Your Health Coverage for Cancer Treatment Was Denied…What Happens Next?” With Joanna Doran, CEO of Triage Cancer
This episode is part of my special series, “Your Voice, Your Health and is designed to teach us all about step therapy. Joanna Doran is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization providing free education on practical and legal issues that may impact individuals coping with cancer and their caregivers. Joanna has spent nearly thirty years working on behalf of individuals with cancer and co-authored a book called Cancer Rights Law for the American Bar Association. Tune in to learn how to identify step therapy hurdles, the appeals process - and how to educate your healthcare provider to do the same!
“Leveraging Art & Culture For Metastatic Breast Cancer,” with Beth Fairchild, Stage IV breast cancer thriver, advocate and founder of Cancer Culture
Beth Fairchild is an artist, metastatic breast cancer thriver, advocate and founder of a new non-profit called Cancer Culture. This patient-led non-profit organization is designed to sound the alarm about the growing public health concern that is breast cancer. #CancerCulture uses art and storytelling to raise awareness, provoke and inspire change by bringing a hopeful view to the community and shining a light on the realities of the disease, all while creating a sense of community among patients, building bridges between those with early and late stage disease, and helping to fund life-saving metastatic breast cancer research. Tune in to hear Beth’s story and her “why” behind Cancer Culture!
“How To Reduce Breast Cancer Risk & Manage Your Weight” With Rachel Beller, MS, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and the CEO of The Beller Nutritional Institute
I’m so excited to have my good friend Rachel Beller back on the show! Rachel is the author of several books including her latest one called, “Spice Rack.” She explains the benefits of the Beller Nutrition approach, offers up expert advice about maintaining a healthy weight during and post-treatment, and the easiest ways to incorporate the Beller methodology into our meals each day.
“Navigating Genetic Testing & Breast Cancer Screening For Our Daughters” With Dr. Eleonora Teplinksy, Head of Breast Medical Oncology at Valley Health System and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
I’m so happy to welcome back my dear friend AND my very own breast oncologist, Dr. Eleonora Teplinksy. Tune in to learn about Dr. Teplinksy's expertise, as well as explore strategies for effectively navigating genetic testing and breast cancer screening for our daughters. This subject holds great personal significance for me, given that I have two young adult daughters with an elevated risk of breast cancer due to our extensive family history. Dr. Teplinksy guides us in forging a collaborative approach with our daughters, emphasizing prevention and empowering us with knowledge about risk factors and proactive measures to help safeguard them from developing breast cancer.
“My Beautiful, Resilient Mother Navigating Breast Cancer Again At 75” with Barbara Berry, Melissa’s Mom and Breast Cancer Thriver
This was one episode I never expected to record. My beautiful mother Barbara is one of the sweetest, caring people you’ll ever meet. She saved my life by encouraging me to get a BRCA test and continues to be a true advocate for our entire family and for everyone she meets. A few months ago, and 17 years after her initial breast cancer diagnosis, she was faced with a very difficult decision to make about her own health. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her. Do not miss this episode. Thank you Mom for being such an incredible example of self care, hope and resilience!
There are people who talk about touching lives and and there are people that actually do it. I’ve listened to several episodes and find the positive vibes to be contagious. Thanks for making a difference in people’s lives.
I love this podcast! One of my favorites. There are always such valuable lessons to be learned for anyone, whether impacted by cancer or not, from each episode.
Supportive and informative
Melissa turned her passion for beauty and fashion into a way to help other women feel beautiful and confident even in their darkest of days. Incredible guests sharing their knowledge and expertise. Such an uplifting and inspiring podcast.