Peace and Love Family,
I hope these words find you absolutely golden!
I tell you no lie… nothing makes my heart prouder and full of warmth than when I see my people succeed and do well for themselves… especially my sisters.
What’s even more endearing is when that person reigns supreme after emerging from the depths of a blazing storm.
It came, She fought, She won.
During the summer of 2013, Christine Hooper was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, after discovering a lump in her breast while showering. Due to her family history, as well as her age (34th year at the time), she opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction. About two weeks after being released from the hospital, while out on medical leave, Christine’s husband had to rush her to the emergency room after she experienced pain on her right side and shoulder. Having to be readmitted, pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) were found in both her lungs. Prescribed a blood thinner medication, the second phase of her breast reconstruction surgery was prolonged.
With her lovingly supportive husband and two teenage daughters by her side, Christine underwent intense chemotherapy followed by many sessions of physical therapy to treat Lymphedema which is swelling that generally occurs in one of the arms or legs (sometimes both) caused by a lymphatic system blockage. Last year, she even underwent a critical surgery due to one of her tissue expanders (temporary breast implant) bursting.
After a lengthy medical leave, her employer turned off her flex spending account and with her disability payments ending, all remaining medical expenses came out of the pocket of this Harlem native. “With all of the expenses cancer brings, it does not bring any money.”
Struggling financially as well as emotionally, her battle with the disease was a tremendous burden on her and the rest of her family but like the words from Maya Angelou’s eminent poem, “Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear… I rise”
Today, this sister is cancer free and moving forward with life!
Chrisie Styles…Curvy, Sexy & Confident
Created by Christine, Chrisie Styles is a small family owned online boutique for the sexy and confident plus size woman. This beautiful plus size woman, who hasn’t always been her size, became so frustrated with the lack of affordable and trendy plus size options available in her local mall that she decided to execute change.
Unfortunately, there are too many magazines and other examples of pop culture that we see every day parading the so-called “American standards of beauty”. In this day, never have I seen so many women, especially black women, fall prey to these pressures by chopping, adding and sacrificing their bodies to achieve these so-called ideals that consider an American woman beautiful. No, no, no my sisters.
Thank goodness for Chrisie Styles…. A Thick Girls Boutique.
Loving and embracing every inch of herself, Christine knew just how she liked to dress and how she wanted to look, so she created this online boutique of sexy, stylish and affordable clothing to accommodate curvaceous women of all ages.
Christine said she also created her boutique to give plus size women and young girls the chance to look and feel just as pretty and fashionable as slimmer women and girls.
This catalog features a fantastic selection of dresses, tops, bottoms, jumpers, rompers and accessories.
And soon to come… handbags, hats, scarves, and outerwear too.
Whether you’re looking for something sassy to wear for that night out with the girls, something professional with a touch of elegance to wear to the office, or a sexy little number to rock the town upside down with your spouse, there is something for every woman with confidence. And you might even find a gift for a friend!
Let’s embrace our natural beauty by celebrating women of all shapes, sizes and curves.
Love the skin that you’re in!
It really is a fabulous collection ya’ll…
Chrisie Styles will have you looking as good as you feel!
Support this sister and be sure to check out her new boutique at www.chrisiestyles.com.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Incorporation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Don’t let October be the only time we increase our awareness of this disease.
My sisters, I encourage you…in fact, I implore you to please educate yourselves on this disease. Mammograms play an essential role in detecting breast cancer in its early stages.
Encourage others to do the same.
Liberation through Education.
Eat right, live right.
I AM Woman, Hear ME Roar
Love is Love.
Queen Rai Jas-Min