NEW BEGINNINGS

RISING ABOVE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations; my journey having breast cancer is no different. Hearing the words “You have breast cancer”, was devastating to me. The fear and uncertainty about my future was overwhelming and disconcerting. After the gauntlets of surgeries and treatments were over I experienced major gaps in targeted, age-appropriate, and connected health and wellness resources to help me feel supported and enable me to rise above the residual effects of breast cancer. I felt alone and adrift as I began to process what had happened to me, while others around me seemed to unintentionally move on. I did not feel that breast cancer defined me, nor did I view myself as a ‘victim’ or simply a ‘survivor’. I viewed myself more in terms of thriving to be the best version of myself, in a world filled with wildly vivid colors; I did not ‘think pink’. I was determined to fill the gaps I experienced and change the conversation about what it means to have breast cancer, so that others after me could feel supported and empowered to live a meaningful life filled with good health, possibilities and fulfillment. 

 

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Young women diagnosed with breast cancer face a unique set of challenges that their older counterparts do not. They may be grappling with issues around physical and emotional intimacy with their partners. Their ability to bear or raise children may be compromised. Their career may havebeen interrupted in the middle of their professional prime, adding financial strain to the emotional burden of their diagnosis. They might be at a loss to know how they can possibly fulfill their obligations to their children or to others who depend on them. What will happen in their intimate relationships? What are the potential impacts on their sexuality and ability to connect intimately with others? How do other young women navigate all aspects of their busy, vibrant lives after a breast cancer diagnosis? How do they cope with changes to their bodies and deal with body image? The questions are endless, but chances are these young women have found few places to turn to for inspiration, answers, emotional support, and health and wellness resources. iRise Above’s initiatives and services help fill those gaps.

 

 

Our offerings are unique, unparalleled, targeted and urgently needed among the young female breast cancer community. We believe in changing the conversation about breast cancer. We strive to challenge old paradigms and change perceptions and of what it means to breast cancer. We strive for outstanding quality of life, empowerment and inspirational support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The iRise Above Wellness Collective of expert advisors surround young women with targeted, age-appropriate, and connected health and wellness resources to enable them to rise above the residual effects of breast cancer, complete a life-changing mind-body-spirit expedition, and enjoy long-term survival. Our iRise Above community consists of young women diagnosed with breast cancer and our Wellness Collective of experts who have come together to help them thrive in mind, body and spirit through a unique, transformational program, unlike any other.

The women we support close one chapter in their lives and open another equipped with an amazing toolbox for healthier living that will ultimately help improve their long-term survival and quality of life. I encourage each woman to do the thing she thinks she cannot do and challenge her not to worry about failures, but worry more about the chances she may miss when she doesn’t even try! The young women we support ultimately come away from their transformational iJourney experience feeling supported, inspired and empowered over their own health and wellness, despite breast cancer.

 

Join the journey to live well!

 

Warmly,

 

GILLIAN LICHOTA

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

iRISE ABOVE FOUNDATION