|DD and Giuliana Rancic|
On Thursday, I attended a lovely luncheon for a new website called Cure Diva, on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Hotel. It was an intimate event for press and bloggers. We were introduced to co-founders Ester Gofer and Efrat Roman, who shared the inspiration and behind their timely site.
The key concept here is, "Stylish Living Through Breast Cancer". As survivors, they were thrust into a world where information is readily available, but not organized in one place to help women through different stages of diagnosis and treatment...queue Cure Diva.
Additionally, it is filled with quality products that you will hopefully never need; soft sleep caps for bald heads, shower shirts that accommodate surgical drains, post mastectomy bras etc..., If you did,however, it is great to have them available on one site for the first time.
Lastly, there is the ability to connect on the website with other women, going through the same treatment, fostering a sense of camaraderie among women, who know exactly what each other is feeling.
We also had the pleasure of being introduced to Giuliana Rancic, TV personality and co-anchor of E News and Fashion Police. Giuliana was diagnosed with small breast cancers in both breasts nearly two years and opted to undergo a mastectomy and reconstruction.
Giuliana was warm, gracious, open and funny. I asked her how she dealt with her decision to go public about her breast cancer. I also wanted to know how she felt about Angelina Jolie's recent disclosure of being BrCa 1 positive and subsequently undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy.
Giuliana told us that she and her (adorable) devoted husband Bill decided it would be best to be open and truthful with her colleagues and fans, Though at times it can be overwhelming, she feels great about being in a position to help other women and feels it is a privilege.
She rightly pointed out that Angelina, (who was not diagnosed with breast cancer,) could easily have chosen to keep her BrCa 1 diagnosis and mastectomy private. The fact that she is one of the most recognizable and beautiful women in the world and chose to be public, for the sake of the better good of others filled her with respect and admiration.
I couldn't agree more.
As I said in an earlier blog, October can be a bit overwhelming for us survivors, but on this day, I felt energized and cheered. I was not public with my breast cancer journey until 5 years ago and I'm inspired by the open and caring path these three women have taken.
If you are reading this and know someone recently diagnosed or going through treatment, please share this blog or simply tell them about Cure Diva.
It's time has come...