Have you ever noticed that some women just seem to exude great style? Their fashion choices appear effortless and their unique outfits often resemble artwork. I’m fascinated by these women with great style because they’ve nailed their look… yet remain unafraid to try new things.
Let me introduce you to Donna. She is a multiple myeloma warrior, fighting cancer one outfit at a time. I ran across her feed on Instagram several months ago and was instantly drawn in. She is a courageous and inspiring woman. And, the more I saw the more intrigued I got. Let’s hear more from Donna.How has fashion helped with your recovery?
I was diagnosed in the last stage of Multiple Myeloma after it ravished my body within three months in 2015. I was a mere shell of my former self, fighting for my life and trying to comfort and love my husband and three children through the worst period of their lives. I needed my family to see me for who I am, a person who no matter what, gets dressed. So little by little, I would apply lipstick to go to chemo or wear a cute pair of shoes. I was determined that cancer could break me down, but it wasn’t going to take who I am. I began to fight cancer one outfit at a time. I truly believe that everything in my 55 years of loving fashion came together and The Cancer Fashionista was born. I made it my mission to show others, especially fighting and living with Multiple Myeloma, that they too, should find their thing and never give it up. Also, although ravished at one point, this is what I look like now. There is hope.
From a very young age, I loved to observe others, especially what others were wearing and how a well-dressed person carried themselves. I fondly remember moving to California from New Jersey as a six-year-old and beginning the first grade not feeling like I fit in, I zeroed in on a girl in my class who had on the cutest pair of daisy sandals I’d ever seen. Certain, those would change my life, I begged my mom for them until she gave in and bam, those sandals rocked my world and gave me an enormous boost in my California style. Thus began my routine of planning out my outfit each evening before going to school the next day and discovering that fashion was powerful in how it made me feel.
Do you keep up with trends or do you prefer to march to your own drummer?
I love a good trend. Most become trends because there is something special about it. Sure a trend, but I’ll beat to my own drum wearing it.
“Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world – an emotion._ ~ Albert Elbaz
I adore this quote from fashion designer Albert Elbaz, for I dress from my own soul and emotions. I am a proud 59 and look forward to every new year added on…especially to get dressed.
Thank you for your interest in my love of fashion and how it has helped my cancer journey ~ Donna McNutt -THE CANCER FASHIONISTA