100 episodes

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.

Dear Cancer, I'm Beautiful Melissa Berry

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

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.

    “Reclaiming Vitality: Coping with Weight Gain and Exhaustion After Cancer,” with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor, advocate, and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program

    “Reclaiming Vitality: Coping with Weight Gain and Exhaustion After Cancer,” with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor, advocate, and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program

    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Dr. Amy, cancer survivor and creator of the Cancer Freedom Program. With over 13 years of clinical experience, Dr. Amy shares practical strategies for coping with weight gain and exhaustion post-cancer diagnosis. Discover evidence-based approaches to reclaiming energy and vitality as Dr. Amy dispels common myths and offers empowering insights. Tune in for actionable tips on navigating life beyond cancer with hope and resilience.

    • 43 min
    "Policy Perspectives: Advocating For Change In Step Therapy Practice” with Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation

    "Policy Perspectives: Advocating For Change In Step Therapy Practice” with Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation

    Meet my new friend Alan Balch! Alan is the CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation which provides patient services, eliminating obstacles in access to quality healthcare.   
    Alan has over 20 years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector spanning multiple advocacy areas including access and affordability, health equity, prevention and early detection, and cancer research. As part of my special podcast series, “Your Voice. Your Health.” focusing on step therapy, today we’re going to take a deep dive into policy perpsectives and advocating for change. We’re also going to learn Alan’s “why” behind his mission. 
    Thank you Amgen Oncology and Merck for making this episode possible!
     

    • 52 min
    “The Fine Line Between Fear & Empowerment: A Story of Young TNBC Survivorship And Advocacy" with Advocate Chance Osborne

    “The Fine Line Between Fear & Empowerment: A Story of Young TNBC Survivorship And Advocacy" with Advocate Chance Osborne

    I’m so excited to have my dear friend and TNBC sister, Chance Osborne here with us today. We met through our advocacy work and I smile every time I hear her name - and now you will too!
    At the young age of 24, Chance received a stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis, all while carrying the weight of a family history of cancer and the BRCA1 gene mutation. This aggressive form of breast cancer presented her with daunting challenges, from enduring the grueling side effects of chemotherapy to navigating unexpected complications during her recovery from a double mastectomy.
    Despite the hurdles, Chance's spirit remains unwavering. She’s a force in our community and a shining example of advocating for yourself - and why you should NEVER accept the words, “You’re too young for breast cancer."
    Join us as we delve into Chance's breast cancer experience, share the power of not taking “no” for an answer, managing that fine line between fear and empowerment, as well as some advocacy tips that she learned along the way.

    • 29 min
    11 Years Strong: Reflecting on My Cancerversary

    11 Years Strong: Reflecting on My Cancerversary

    Join me in this special episode as I mark my 11-year cancerversary by reflecting on the twists and turns of my journey, and how it's shaped my beauty and fashion routines.
     
    I'll open up about the emotional and physical challenges I've faced, from diagnosis to treatment, and share the lessons I've learned along the way. Through it all, resilience and positivity have been my guiding lights.
     
    I'll discuss the adjustments I've made to my beauty routines due to treatment, and how I've found beauty and confidence during tough times. It's been a journey of growth and self-discovery, with each moment shaping my perspective on beauty inside and out.
     
    This episode is a celebration of resilience, reflection, and the power of finding beauty in every step of the journey. 
     
    Join me as I embrace 11 years of strength and self-love, and look forward to the road ahead.
     

    • 30 min
    "How a Routine Checkup and Self-Advocacy Revealed a Breast Cancer Diagnosis," with Triple Negative Breast Cancer Advocate Lorelei Colbert

    "How a Routine Checkup and Self-Advocacy Revealed a Breast Cancer Diagnosis," with Triple Negative Breast Cancer Advocate Lorelei Colbert

    Introducing my dear friend and TNBC sister, Lorelei Colbert. We met through our advocacy work with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and her beautiful glow and energy are absolutely infectious!
     
    At the young age of 28, Lorelei was diagnosed with TNBC, a direct result of going for a very routine doctor visit for a physical so she and her husband could move abroad on military orders. Her inquiry about birth control led to a breast exam that would change her entire life.
     
    Join us as we explore Lorelei's narrative, a powerful testament to self-advocacy, overcoming a TNBC diagnosis, confronting fertility obstacles, and ultimately embracing motherhood!

    • 38 min
    "Breast Density Matters: Understanding Your Unique Risk,” with Leslie Yerger, Founder and CEO of My Density Matters

    "Breast Density Matters: Understanding Your Unique Risk,” with Leslie Yerger, Founder and CEO of My Density Matters

    Meet my new friend Leslie Yerger! Leslie is the Founder and CEO of My Density Matters, which empowers people to find out their breast density, learn their screening options, and insist on essential additional screening. Today happens to be the annual, “Find Out My Breast Density Day,” so what a perfect time to learn what breast density is, and the importance of knowing your breast density - whether you’ve had breast cancer or not. We’re also going to hear Leslie’s incredible story, her “why” behind her mission as well as tools and resources to support all of you in knowing your own breast density.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Leslie Yerger ,

What an incredible intersection!

I think the intersection between having cancer and how we feel about how we look, which includes fashion, is a deep and personal subject that is rarely talked about, or even acknowledged. I really appreciate the deep dive into that.

Also, cancer effects us all in so many ways that the subject is very broad. Thank you Cancer Fashionista for this podcast, and for reminding us just how beautiful we are in so many ways!

It’s real, relatable, informative, personal, and warm. I highly recommend this podcast!

D-Mo24 ,

Impactful!

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.

Denis

Rosie Mang ,

SO INSPIRING

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.

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