The stress of a cancer diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming. This distinguished adult coloring book created by a breast cancer survivor for breast cancer survivors uses basic to intricate meditative designs with inspirational messages and grayscale photos of actual survivors to encourage you as well as help you cope with all that comes with your breast cancer journey. You are never alone. You have Survivor Sisters around the world that have been where you are, understand what you are going through and that encourage you to Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman! Coloring in this relaxing coloring book is one of many ways to fight! As you begin coloring the pages in this book it will help you tame monkey mind, reduce stress, lower anxiety, decrease negative emotions, and maintain a positive attitude while fueling your fighting spirit inspiring you to live every day of your life abundantly. This coloring book was strategically designed for mindfulness meditation, RELAXation, and inspiration with detailed and in some cases very elaborate designs including pages with grayscale photography. It is suggested that you use sharpened colored pencils for the designs in this book. You may also use crayons, markers, and/or gel pens. Markers may bleed through the page. This is your coloring book and you make the rules. You are a Grown Ass Woman… You can color in the lines, outside the lines, or draw your own lines… Just relax and enjoy what I call Coloring Therapy!
Best Selling Breast Cancer Survivor Journal by Marenda Taylor. This new edition is larger in size (8.5 x 11) with lines for more writing space and now available in a spiral notebook or paperback format.
Dealing with the raw emotions and feelings that come up while facing breast cancer, recovering from breast cancer, and even during life after breast cancer can be like walking through a minefield. You never know what might TRIGGER you or set you off.
I spent many days in various therapies. I found that Writing for Wellness empowered me to face & deal with my complex feelings & emotions. The stuff I buried deep inside… The things I didn’t want to say or talk about. Writing THOSE things hurt. However, I also experienced a release & healing in the process. It’s why I created Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman Inspirational Interactive Healing Journal for Women Battling Breast Cancer. We have to be willing to “do the work” to heal.
A breast cancer diagnosis is by far one of the most traumatic and stressful circumstances that any woman can face. This interactive journal created by a breast cancer survivor for breast cancer survivors uses writing therapy to help reduce stress, lower anxiety, decrease negative emotions, maintain a positive attitude while inspiring you to live your best life. You will tap into reservoirs of strength you didn’t know you had, unleashing your pink-gloved inner champion. Each exercise in this journal is designed to stimulate your fighting spirit while triggering your body’s natural healing process. With each exercise within this journal, the light in you will shine brighter as your soul stirs. Upon reaching the end of this journal you will have written YOUR OWN STORY, ready to share with others (if you so choose) or keep as a memoir to empower your own internal strength. Start writing, start healing.
“Marenda Taylor has captured the spirit of the fight in this beautiful book, meant to gently guide you from a perspective of one who has been there and won the battle beautifully!!!!” ~Lynde Hartman, Breast Cancer Survivor
“I recommend every woman use this journal to capture and connect to their deepest thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Use it as a guide to design the life you know you were destined to have and then Fight Like A Grown Ass Woman for it!” ~Myla Rahman, Breast Cancer Survivor— LaShonda, Breast Cancer Survivor
“I love this journal! Not everyone is comfortable talking about their feelings. This is a great tool for self reflection. When you are battling an illness you don’t need a pity party. You need to be empowered and motivated, this journal does that for you! It gives you the tools to “Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman!”~LaShonda Parker, Breast Cancer Survivor
Ever hear the saying when you look good you feel good? Going through breast cancer treatment and looking at myself in the mirror, I did not look good nor did I feel good! Putting on lipstick, makeup, and wigs work for some survivors. I have survivor sisters that were always made up. I did it several times and instead of feeling good it made me feel like shit.
At the end of the day pulling off the wig, washing off the makeup, and looking at myself in the mirror, I saw a sickly unpretty androgynous person staring back at me in utter pain. I would sometimes forget what I looked like (chemo brain) and literally scare myself when I saw my reflection. I remember one day staring at myself asking ‘who are you?’ in disbelief.
While pink was my favorite color before cancer, I found myself constantly wearing pink as a way of signifying I’m a woman and even as a disclaimer of sorts… Like, excuse my appearance; I’m fighting breast cancer.
My bilateral mastectomy and the first phase of reconstruction took me over the top. I was angry, depressed, and disconnected from my body. Even though I had expanders (which feels like hard rocks trying to bust through your chest), the fact that my breast
My self-image was completely shattered to the point of seemingly no return. Talking to other survivors I learned I wasn’t alone.
Watching television was depressing. Sometimes commercials made me cry. Our society has this standard of beauty that most women can’t measure up to because it’s just not real or diverse for that matter. As a breast cancer patient, every advertisement on television was a reminder of how I didn’t meet this bullshit standard. As a Black woman it was even more cutting because beyond not meeting the basic societal standard, years of conditioning made me feel like I wasn’t meeting Black beauty standards either. In the African American community, HAIR is important and is often connected to one’s identity. I was in the midst of a major identity crisis.
There were many assumptions made about me and my bald head. Was I gay or straight? Did I do the big chop? Was I a trendsetter or a trend follower? I got a lot of strange looks as it was growing back. I was pulled over by the police and had guns drawn on me from the driver and passenger side… I didn’t break any laws or do anything wrong. It was clear the officers thought I was a Black Male driving a Mercedes and they were trying to catch me riding dirty. I was afraid to move and of course, they wanted my license and registration while they had guns pointed at me. However, when they realized I was a woman their posture and body language changed. They never gave me a reason why they pulled me over other than my windows were tinted (which isn’t illegal) but I knew. They thought I was a Black Man. For me, this was a sad terrifying glimpse at the day in the life of Black Men while at the same time an indication to me that my sex was unclear.
My job as a Senior Field Representative required me to be in the public eye representing a California State Senator in my assigned cities within the district. My duties involved public speaking, attending events and meetings, presenting certificates of recognition, and working directly with people on a daily basis. I felt self-conscious, completely unconnected and unable to perform my duties the way I had before…not just based on my appearance and loss of self-confidence, but my temperament, patience level, and memory too. I felt completely out of place in every aspect of the life I knew before breast cancer. I was so angry and sad!
The Cancer Support Community became my home away from home as I immersed myself in every type of therapy available. I resigned from my job and focused on healing and recovery. During this time, the Young Survivor Coalition was working with the show SkinWars to do a special episode with breast cancer survivors. I was selected to participate. I’m thankful because it turned out to be a major step in building my confidence, self-image, and healing.
While on the set of SkinWars bonding with my survivor sisters, I was told about a photo shoot for a special line of intimate apparel made specifically for the unique needs of breast cancer survivors that have undergone surgeries. Some women are able to wear regular bras after surgery and for some of
The cutting and removing of my body parts
I connected with Haus of Volta, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help young breast cancer survivors and metastatic warriors with positive body image, self-love, confidence and more. I am a model in the 2019 Survivor Pinup Calendar representing the month of August. When I saw the pictures I was like wow… I look like a woman, a sexy woman! I’m working through my issues publicly and as transparent as I can in hopes of helping other women going through similar struggles get their sexy back and a positive healthy self-image.
My participation in this project is what made me realize what I see in the mirror is not quite what everyone else sees. A friend shared their battle with body dysmorphia with me. However, at the time I didn’t know it was what I was experiencing… “Knowing is half the battle,” according to G.I. Joe. Now I know!
The proceeds from the sale of these calendars go directly to Haus of Volta, the nonprofit organization that helps breast cancer survivors and metastatic warriors. The calendars are $20 (shipping and handling
It’s a 12×18 Wall art pinup calendar featuring 13 breast cancer survivors and metastatic warriors! Full Color, glossy with large squares for writing down all your important dates!
A week after my 43rd birthday and here I am living my model dreams from when I was 23… except I never dreamed I’d be in a SURVIVOR calendar… I never thought cancer would knock at my door… I never thought that anything could ever make me feel like I wasn’t a woman any more…. breast cancer and my double mastectomy with the looming ovary removal did that to me…. see fighting cancer is one fight that starts many more…. it’s not always comfortable to talk about some of those knock down drag out fights… Sometimes just when you think you’re over it and you’ve knocked that beast out… you turn around and it’s standing there looking at you like yup, I’m still here. So when you look at this picture you might just see me bent over leaning on a car with my ass out…. that’s one way of looking at it… I’m really saying I’m reclaiming my time that cancer took from me, I’m reclaiming my beauty that cancer blinded me from seeing, I’m reclaiming my body that cancer tried to steal from me… I kind of wish my middle finger was up. However, I’m glad my ass is out cause as far as I’m concerned cancer can kiss it. we all draw strength and lessons from different things, different people, and different experiences such as this photoshoot … this is one of many ways I Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman… All we do is win! ❤Marenda #FightLikeaGrownAssWoman #SurvivorChronicles #lifeaftercancer #NeverGiveUp #fuckcancer #breastcancer #Repost @hausofvolta —————— Ow, she’s a brick house She’s mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out She’s a brick house That lady’s stacked and that’s a fact Ain’t holding nothing back #superfly #coffy #seventies #harlem #dontstartwithme #brickhouse #rnb #randb #motomama #empowerment #empoweringwomen #kittengotclaws #fightthepower
I walked into my Oncologist’s office for my routine
So today I walked into that office feeling good and knowing I’m GOOD! No anxiety. No panic attacks. No crazy thoughts in the back of my head. I didn’t have to give myself a pep talk. I wasn’t dreading the appointment as I usually do. My doctor did everything she always does. What was different was ME!!! Today was the first time that I truly felt ON THE OTHER SIDE. I’ve had days that just felt like I would never be on the other side like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Not any more. I’m almost at the point where I only have to see my oncologist ONCE a year. I no longer have to have the MRI’s, the pelvic ultrasounds, pap smears, or endometrial biopsies. I was all smiles giving up my blood today, that’s pretty much the extent of what my appointments with my oncologist will be like now. THANK GOD! We knocked out 4 years and I’m living my best life. Another year to hit that milestone 5!
If I can do it so can you. No matter what you are going through, you can get to the other side! You can drill through the mountain, climb it, fly over it or command it to move… It’s up to you. Whatever you do, Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman!!!!!