Celebrating a Fierce Latina
October is breast cancer awareness month. Until October 15th, it is also Latin Heritage Month. Le Boudoir Studio takes women’s health and recognition seriously. The team at Le Boudoir Studio has a strong desire to help every woman feel recognized, beautiful and supported to live her best life. This mission has led to Jodi Lynn’s drive to educate women on Breast Implant Illness, feel beautiful and sexy at every age, and to break the societal norms of ‘beauty’ by highlighting beauty through the Bald and Beautiful Project. Today, we want to introduce you to another fierce woman. A woman who helps us recognize Latin Heritage Month and Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Cancer, you messed with the wrong woman
Amada Navarro is a mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt. Earlier this year, Amada was faced with devastating news. She had breast cancer. In March of 2021, Amada went for a routine mammogram that showed no concerns or problems. A few short months later in May, she commented to her primary care physician about discharge from her right breast. The doctor performed a breast exam and recommended another mammogram. This time, when the results came back, Amada was told she had two masses. After having the masses biposed, she received the dreaded call. She had breast cancer.
Tough like a Mother
Amada opted for a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction and began the difficult task of telling her family members. She shared with the Le Boudoir Studio team, “My worst fears came true. Everything was happening so fast: appointments, exams, and sharing the news with my loved ones (i.e. my husband, my children, my mother, my siblings, my nieces, my nephews, and friends). I realized that the effects of my medical situation would extend beyond myself.”
Awareness for the Latinx Community
One thing you don’t know about Amada is that she is a strong, vivacious and fierce woman. She was not about to take breast cancer laying down. She decided to raise awareness about breast cancer, especially in the Latino community. To do this, she called Le Boudoir Studio. “I read the positive reviews and the testimonials on the site. I love what they stand for. It was evident that they could help me tell a story through pictures. My story.” We have felt so honored that Amada chose us to help capture her journey. For her session we captured her images in our new Shower Boudoir set. After she has recovered from surgery, we plan on having Amada in the studio again. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see the details.
“I love the outcome! It tells my story. It shows my strength. It is empowering.”
“As I reflect on my situation, I would tell other women that family history is not the only way to get cancer. It is naïve to think that if you do not have a genetic predisposition, it will not happen to you. Women, please, be diligent with your breast self-exams because most breast cancers are found by the patient. Know your breasts; when in doubt, ask your doctor.”