A Reason to Celebrate | Seersucker Sass

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Reason to Celebrate

Today, my heart is bursting with joy.  Why?  Four years ago today, I was cleared as cancer free.

In fact, the dress I'm wearing in these photos is my first Lilly dress - my mom bought it for me as a surprise four years ago today!



















I know that I talk about my cancer battle a lot, but there was a time in my life when I hid that I had cancer.  I wanted no one to know, and I used so much energy to hide my secret that I was a less than pleasant person.  But I want you to know why I talk about it so much - I want you to know that cancer doesn't discriminate.  I spent a lot of time asking, "Why me?  I'm 20, I have a lot going for me, I'm in a sorority, I want to be a lawyer... Cancer does not happen to girls like me."  But it does, and it did, and by the grace of God, I'm still here.

Could you do me (and yourself) a huge favor?  Could you get your skin checked?  If you learn nothing else from my story, I hope that you will go see a dermatologist once a year.  (If you are scared or need support, I will virtually hold your hand through the whole process.)  If I had been keeping an eye on my skin, my story may have been completely different.

If you're interested on hearing more about my story, check out these posts:

Thanks for celebrating with me today!  If you have any questions or want to chat, you know where to find me :) 

XX,

SS

58 comments:

  1. Congratulations sweetie! This is such a great day, and you are so blessed. I don't feel as though you talk about your experience too much- we need to use whatever platforms we have to share important information like that!

    Cheers to you!
    xo. A Peachy Sonder

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    1. You are so sweet! Hope that you're having a great week! Love ya! Xo

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  2. Congrats! You deserve to celebrate today! Thanks for being brave and sharing your story!

    Kelly
    Ohio Stripes

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    1. Aww, thank you, Kelly! Your kind words make me smile :) Happy Tuesday! Xo

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  3. Congrats!! That is so amazing and you deserve to make the most of today! You are so brave and inspiring - keep being amazing!

    Annie N Belle

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    1. Annie, thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by to celebrate with me!! Xo

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  4. 4 years is awesome! Breast cancer runs in my family, so I'm even more aware of getting every part of me checked! Congrats on being 4 years cancer free

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    1. Despite the circumstances, I am so glad that you take preventative measures! Thanks for your kind words!! Xo

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  5. Yay! This is amazing! You're incredibly inspiring! xoxoxo! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Ashley! You are so sweet! Happy Tuesday, love!! Xo

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  6. Wow .. what a brave and fearless woman you are!! Congrats!! Both of my parents have had melanoma so I go to the derm every year to get moles checked. It's a tedious and unpleasant process but VERY necessary. Thank you for sharing!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://www.how2wearit.com

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    1. Thank you!! I agree - it is no fun, but so worth it! The discomfort is worth the peace of mind :) Happy Tuesday! Xo

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  7. I applaud you for being brave enough to share your cancer story. I think it's one that needs to be heard, and so many people can find inspiration from it. Yay for four years cancer free!

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    1. Tiffany, thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by to celebrate with me! Hope you're having a great week, sweet girl! Xo

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  8. Oh my goodness sweet girl, what an amazing day! I love that you share your story and are willing to be the voice people need in this day and age. This is so inspiring, thanks be to God you're cancer free now for FOUR amazing years!!
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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    1. Brooke - you are the sweetest! Thank you love! And yes, praise be to God! I wouldn't be here without him :) Hope you're having a great week! Xo

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  9. Ahh YAY Congratulations, girl! You are a fighter and a true inspiration. Woohoo, four years free!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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    1. Aww, thank ya, Mikkaela! You're so sweet! Hope you're having an amazing week! Xo

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  10. I had no idea! (Haven't been following your blog long enough it seems) Congrats! And thank you for sharing your story and encouraging people to get checked.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Thanks for such kind words! I appreciate you stopping by to celebrate with me :) Xo

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  11. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story! I went back and checked on the other links that you shared at the end of this post. Congratulations!

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Alessandra!! :) I hope you're having a wonderful week!! Xo

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  12. That's so amazing! Congrats!! You are such an inspiration, thank you!
    xo, Maria
    Gal and the City

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you Maria! Happy Tuesday :) Xo

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  13. This is definitely something to be celebrating about. Cancer has touched my family, and I can't tell you how happy I am for you to be cancer free!!
    xo
    Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

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    1. Your kind words made my night! Thanks so much, Sydney!! Xoxo

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  14. I think it is so amazing that you share your story! I really want to have my skin checked, I am so careful to protect my skin now but there was a time that I was obsessed with being tan and let my skin get so damaged. I really regret all of the harm I caused to my own skin out of vanity. Now I don't even want a spray tan-I love my natural skin. Congratulations on being cancer free for 4 years beautiful girl!!!

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    1. Girl, you should definitely go for it! You will feel so much better afterwards :) So glad we are embracing our natural skin now! You're so sweet, Jord! Love ya lots! Thanks for celebrating with me :)

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  15. Congratulations and that is something that worth a celebration! Thank you for being so strong and sharing your story! xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Shireen, thank you sooo much for your sweet words! I appreciate them so much :) Thanks for celebrating with me today. I hope you're having an amazing week!!

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  16. Congrats!
    I am so happy for you!
    I have actually been thinking about scheduling a derm appointment in the near future to get my skin checked.
    Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Aww, thank ya, sweet girl! And thank you so much for supporting my Relay for Life fundraising :) I definitely recommend going to the derm. It's not the most glamorous thing, but you'll feel a lot better afterwards :) Xo

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  17. I normally go one a year to get a body scan from my dermatologist and I'm due for an appointment, I will book one this week. SO happy for you and your health!
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  18. Congratulations on being four years cancer free, love! My sister is the same age as you and recently celebrated being eight years cancer free about two weeks ago. So happy for your health!

    XO
    Ashley
    privateschoolprepster.blogspot.com

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  19. Congrats! That is so amazing!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  20. Wait... how did I miss this in any of your previous posts? Wow. I love you THAT much more now. You're such a source of strength and inspiration to me! 4 years... you go Glen Coco, four for you Glen Coco! Love you and know that you have a family here that supports you and cares for you! <3

    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  21. Amazing, there is so much to celebrate! Have an amazing week love.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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  22. SO, so happy for you!!! I am making my appointment tomorrow. Prayers that it never comes back!
    xoxox, claudia
    www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

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  23. That is so amazing & you look stunning and as happy as could be!!

    Kendall
    http://www.ohiostripes.com/

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  24. Congrats! Thank you for sharing your story! I'm sure your story has helped a lot of people.

    Anchors and Pearls

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  25. You are an incredibly inspiring person for sharing your story with the world! I hope you had an amazing day because you definitely deserved it.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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  26. I feel like an incredibly bad blog friend because I didn't know that you had gone through this! I am BEYOND happy for you on this day and happy that it was something that you over came! You my lady are a bad ass! I love the dress btw! I love having pieces in my closet that mean so much to me!

    XOXOXOXOXOXO
    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

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  27. YOU ARE SO INSPIRING!!! (caps lock necessary!) Thank-you for being so brave to share your cancer story. It will touch many and maybe even save some lives!!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  28. Wow! Congratulations! It's so nice to hear that. :) I'm happy for you. Love this shoot as well. Cute dress.

    Looking forward to see more of your posts. Do you have an instagram account? Maybe we could follow each other. Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or sending me a request. I'll follow back :) Thanks!

    IG: @shairangelique

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  29. Congratulations girl! Sending you lots of love!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  30. Congrats for the 4th year.
    Getting stronger and prettier,
    I love how you handle those tough times.
    YOu go girl!
    XO

    Check my new post.
    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin

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  31. Congratulations my dear!! You are a really inspiring person!! when I had a really bad time, a teacher told me: "God gives the worst battles to His best warriors", because He wants to give you a huge reward.
    I´m absolutely sure you are who you are, because of your experience in life, and that made you such a wonderful person!
    xx, Natali

    100% natural & homemade cosmetics => sano sanisimo

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  32. Congrats again SS!! It's always so inspiring to hear your story - you've made me a lot more aware of my skin health (I've already started hoarding SPF for Florida and want to get my skin checked out before and after down there). Sending lots of love on your special day!!

    Pick Your Beau

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  33. Cancer-free for four years! That's something to celebrate all the freaking time! You are so inspiring and so strong, you are amazing. <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  34. Such a huge milestone! You are an inspiration!

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  35. huge congratulations! you are amazing :)

    xo, Maddy
    http://cassidylou.com

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  36. Congrats on 4 years! And thanks for the reminder, it's about time for me to schedule that pesky skin check appointment!

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  37. Congrats! This post has such a positive message and also an important reminder so thank you!

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah

    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

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  38. Congratulations, sweet girl! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to virtually meet you. Your blog is definitely a bright spot in a world of negativity! Because of you my sisters and I have all stopped laying in tanning beds, regularly get our skin checked (and remind each other!), and are more diligent about sunscreen, sunhats, and generally covering up in the sun!
    Thank you so much!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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