#mybodytude: Redefining Beauty After Diagnosis and Treatment
Tonie Jones, panelist for our July 14 Breast Cancer 360 program, blogs about redefining beauty for #mybodytude. Read other posts in the mybodytude photo diary series. After she began treatment for metastatic breast cancer, Hear My Voice Outreach Volunteer Tonie Jones forced herself to rediscover her body's strength and beauty. The esthetician chronicles her "bodytude" from before diagnosis, after and beyond in this photo diary for the #mybodytude campaign. Go to Instagram and share your selfie after a breast cancer diagnosis - use #mybodytude and you’ll have the chance to win a Visa gift card! Visit LBBC.ORG to learn more about this selfie contest and campaign.
I was scared of so much. I was scared of how cancer would change my looks. I was scared of how my clients would react to me as I began to lose my hair and eyebrows. But, mostly I was scared of dying and leaving my three daughters without a mother. I had to fight and, I had to live. #mybodytude #breastcancer #bodyimage #baldisbeautiful #bodypositivity #dontignorestageiv #cancersucks #bcsm #breastcancerawareness #metastaticbreastcancer
Man, did my makeup skills come in handy once the hair was gone. I did a lot of wigs and head wraps to hide my diagnosis at work from clients. But, when I would get home and wash it all off I had to face the reality of my life. The image in the mirror minus the makeup and wigs was hard to swallow. It was like watching myself disappear slowly. No hair, no lashes, no eyebrows and no facial expressions. I had become a shell of the person I once was. #mybodytude #breastcancer #bodyimage #baldisbeautiful #bodypositivity #dontignorestageiv #cancersucks #bcsm #breastcancerawareness #metastaticbreastcancer
Share your bodytude after breast cancer on Instagram with #mybodytude! Follow these instructions for the chance to win a gift card for joining the campaign. See what others are posting to #mybodytude on Instagram. Get more information and hear more of Tonie's story during our free program on Thursday, July 14, Love, Sex and Relationships: Body Acceptance After Diagnosis.
Tonie Jones is an ethetician in the Denver, CO area known as The Brow Snob. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2014. Follow her on Instagram: brow_snob.