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I Was Fighting Breast Cancer as an Underinsured Woman, and I Couldn’t Get the Care I Needed to Live by ~ N. Trip

“I’ll do whatever I have to do to get out of here,” Nikki “Trip” Tripplett, 39, remembers thinking when she showed up at one clinic for breast cancer testing. But the self-employed, underinsured Texan wasn’t talking about fighting and surviving breast cancer. She was talking about getting out of that particular rundown facility. She was […]

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Loving Yourself After Breast Cancer: Shay speaks on the controversy that often comes with sharing mastectomy photos online.

I usually receive countless negative comments whenever I post topless mastectomy photos. People can be extremely mean! Women and men have called me a man, unattractive, undesirable & better off dead. Surprisingly, most of my negative comments come from WOMEN. The same women who could possibly have to face my same fate one day. Crazy […]

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It all started with a Beyonce concert… By guest blogger, Channte K.

It was one of the best nights of my life. After having front row seats to the Beyonce Formation concert, I was on an ultimate high. I crashed in the bed at 1:00 am, anxiously looking to recap the night. I scrolled through picture after picture on my phone, grinning at how remarkable the night […]

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Service in the Community: Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes will collect and distribute Feminine Hygiene Products for homeless & displaced women, in honor of our 6th birthday on July 15th.

After watching a very impactful video on social media, we have decided to collect and distribute feminine hygiene products {tampons, pads & new underwear} for women in need, whether homeless, residing in a shelter or temporary housing. Please join us! —————————————– SSPW does way more than educate, advocate and grant wishes for breast cancer patients.. […]

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Cancer treatment breaks you down … physically and emotionally. By Robin G.

For me the hardest part about having cancer is not ever understanding why or how it happened. You scroll through your Rolodex over and over in your head and nothing makes sense. Every new research report I see only makes me angry. Fact is … when it comes to prevention we just don’t know. By […]

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Here we go again! by Guest Blogger, Shanicka.

Well it was the second week in September 2016, almost 6 years after my initial Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. I was scheduled to see my plastic surgeon for my annual exam. I wasn’t going to go because my implant felt fine. I’d already had five surgeries and I didn’t want to endure another, so […]

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Beyond The Shock and Beneath The Scars: Who Walked the NYFW Breast Cancer Show? *Borrowed from ihadcancer.com

By now you’ve probably seen the articles and photos of the sixteen models who bore everything at New York Fashion Week’s first-ever “Exposed” event, a show by AnaOno for #Cancerland. But what you probably didn’t realize was that they weren’t models at all – they were survivors, fighters and previvors who risked it all to […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Madame President, Shay Sharpe.

❤️ Self love. We can so easily fall out of love with ourselves after cancer treatment. Weight gain, weight loss, darker skin, black nails, low libido, dental issues, no nails, lymphedema, scars, ports, radiation burns, hair loss, belly scar, 1 breast, no breasts, etc. Society will offer you a million reasons to hate yourself and […]

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Love Amazon? Shop and Make a Donation to Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes at the same time!

Did you know that you can have Amazon automatically make a donation to Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes every time you place a qualifying order with them? All you have to do is start your order at smile.amazon.com and select Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes as the charity you would like to support. It’s that easy! The […]

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Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Has Officially Opened Our Christmas Wish List! 🎄

Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes LOVES holidays, especially Christmas! It’s something about the holidays that make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Unfortunately, many young women in Maryland, aren’t feeling too festive, because they are currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. I was a single parent who had breast cancer twice before age 36, so I know […]

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Meet our next Wish Recipient, Chanda.

At age 28 you don’t expect to hear you have cancer. I went in for a routine check up, and while being examined my doctor asked if I notice that my nipple was inverted inward. I explained that its been like that for a few weeks along with a brownish color discharge from my breast, […]

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I HATE CANCER! Our friend, Rachell, has been placed in home hospice.

Our beautiful Rachell, is resting, pain free, in home hospice. I hate cancer! Here is the latest update, I found it on the Prayers for Rachell page.  Please keep her friends and family in prayer.  Thank you! ~ Madame President Our beautiful girl has given an amazing, powerful, and most of all, inspirational fight against […]

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My Life After Cancer. By Guest Blogger, Tameka J

Often times, people believe that when the surgeries are complete and the chemo is over the fight ends for people who were diagnosed with cancer. Well unfortunately that’s a myth. The fight continues and honestly, I think I’ll be fighting for the rest of my life. Every ache, every pain, every abnormal occurrence leads you […]

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Cancer was the easy part, the side effects of treatment have proved to be most difficult. By Madame President, Shay Sharpe.

Three broken ribs! What else is new? It’s always something! ALWAYS!! But that also serves as a reminder that I’m alive! I AM ALIVE! Even in the midst of all my mess, I am alive. I have no idea how I fractured my ribs or when it happened. I’ve been in pain for awhile and […]

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Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer! Guest blogger, Micha, shares her story.

  Being diagnosed with anything is always a tough pill to swallow and considering I can’t really swallow pills, hearing I had stage 2 cancer at the age of 31 was unbearable. I was having issues with my period so I was going back and forth to the doctor and it just so happened to […]

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Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes 2015 White Tie Fundraiser

    It’s our favorite time of year again! We are preparing for our 2015 White Tie Fundraiser. The theme this year is ALL WHITE! This will be unlike all the other white parties you have attended this year. When is the last time you attended an all white formal event? 100 women in all […]

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Six young breast cancer survivors had the time of their lives in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Girl 6 Getaway 2015

    Reflecting on my trip to DR and my life up to this point. It’s been a rough road but I have never been happier in my life. I would not change or trade my walk with anyone…what God has for me is for me!! I will continue to walk this path with my […]

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Young survivors share their BC stories as they prepare to launch a fundraiser to aide in a much needed getaway!

Help send 6 Young Breast Cancer Survivors on a much needed getaway, next month. (We’re hoping to send them on an all inclusive trip to Punta Cana) You can make a donation via https://www.crowdrise.com/youngbcsurvivorgetaway/fundraiser/shaysharpespinkwishe.   •   At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with osteosarchoma (bone cancer). The tumor was located in the lower […]

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Young Women Can and Do Get Breast Cancer! Amanda shares her story.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer on April 3 2014. I was 33. I have 2 children Vincenzo who will be 9 and my daughter Makenna who just turned 7. I think I have been in complete denial through this all and haven’t let myself believe or feel that I have cancer. […]

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My Stage IV Cancer Story by Guest Blogger Danielle R.

In Dec of 2013 I, by the grace of God, found a lump in my breast and I put off going to get it checked out. At first I didn’t tell anyone about it. I was keeping an eye on it daily in hopes it would go away. After 2 weeks I noticed it was […]

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Surviving the Fight! My Journey with Breast Cancer. By Guest Blogger Crystal G.

I am a breast cancer warrior! My first battle with breast cancer began October 1, 2009 when I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I didn’t know how to digest this information. I was only 26 years old, a single mother of two, working a full time job at a law firm as a […]

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Only 9 days remain to donate to our # PrayForShay campaign!

Shay was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at age 26 and unfortunately, she has just been diagnosed again, at age 36. In these past 10 years, Shay has underwent countless appointments & surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap procedure, dealt with numerous side effects, co-pays and currently takes 26 pills a day. […]

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The Stranger in the Mirror: Dealing with Hair Loss as a Cancer Patient by Guest Blogger, Sylvia Soo.

My cancer diagnosis startled everyone in my life, including myself. The first question I asked my doctor was if I would need chemotherapy. I was concerned that I would lose my long hair. I received a definitive yes to my question. And as with most chemotherapy treatments, it was confirmed that mine would induce alopecia […]

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18. In College. Cute Boyfriend. Breast Cancer. No Insurance! By Guest Blogger Leah W.

Around November 2010, I found a lump in my right breast myself and, I went to the doctor as soon as I could. We didn’t have insurance at the time so I had to wait on some things until we had to money for it. I had ultrasounds, mammograms, and a biopsy and they found […]

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Help Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Send 30 Breast Cancer Survivors To Our Annual Black Tie Fundraiser, Free Of Charge!

It’s our favorite time of year! Time for the Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes, Black Tie Fundraiser. Every year we host a beautiful evening of food, fun, fundraising and philanthropy, to assist in our wish granting and education efforts. This year, we have 3 pending wish requests. Help us make these wishes come true! Being a […]

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I Was Not Built To Break! By guest blogger Tameka J.

At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with osteosarchoma (bone cancer). At that time I underwent a total knee replacement and 1 year of chemotherapy. Since then I had 2 knee surgeries and had been in remission for almost 20 years. This past May, something just wasn’t right. I felt a large lump on […]

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Learning To Love Yourself After Breast Cancer. By Guest Blogger Kiana B.

My name is Kiana and I was diagnosed with breast cancer April 29, 2013 about 24 days after my 28th birthday. I discovered the lump randomly. From there I went for a mammogram, biopsy and then was diagnosed shortly afterwards. This all happened within a two week period. A few weeks later on Mother’s Day, […]

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My Story. By Guest Blogger Sheria N.

At 33 years old I never thought I would hear anyone telling me that I have invasive ductal carcinoma, better known as Breast Cancer. Going in for a routine check turned bad in a blink of an eye. I’ll always remember the day, August 23 2011, the day Baltimore had it’s first earthquake. My doctor […]

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My Pink Testimony by Guest Blogger Tianna

January 21, 2014- The Day My Life Changed! I received the news that I had Stage 2 Breast Cancer (after finding my own lump). Receiving this news certainly hit me like a ton of bricks- everything around me got still, I couldn’t breathe, the tears started to flow and would not stop. All I could […]

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Breast Cancer Affects Us All. On this Mother’s Day, a young woman shares memories of her mom. Written by Guest Blogger Brandi Proctor.

Shelia Martin Proctor… was born to overcome adversity… she had some struggles early in life… her biggest battle became the one she had with cancer. Unlike those early detection commercials… she did everything right. Shelia was high risk, she was cystic and complained of breast pain since puberty. she went ti breast specialist every 6 […]

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Young Women CAN and DO get breast cancer. Newly diagnosed patient shares her journey with us. By Guest Blogger Glee Edwards

My Breast Cancer Journey” My Bio: I’m 31, single mom of an 8 year old boy name Jalen, part-time student, full-time employee, I love drinking, eating, running, walking, exercising, being healthy, spending time with my friends, dating, having fun, laughing, being honest, smiling, and just living life as it should be lived. I currently reside […]

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Great news!! Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Inc. has been approved for the Verizon volunteers program

Great news!! Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Inc. has been approved for the Verizon volunteers program. Verizon employees and retirees have the following 4 options to donate to SSPW: 1. Matching Gifts – There is a match program where they will match monetary contributions up to $1,000. With this program the verizon employee or retireee has […]

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Breast Cancer Divas – The Journey Begins | guest blogger Kimberly H.

Looking back on it all, I knew I had breast cancer even before I got the diagnosis. On some instinctual, guttural level, I knew. When I got the official diagnosis, I was not surprised. Without even thinking about it, I went through everything almost virtually alone. I told probably 5 people and as far as […]

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Our 3rd Wish Recipient: Charelle’s Story. Written by Charelle Barnes

Have you ever been sooo sleepy, that if you go to sleep you could sleep for hours, but you’re afraid to go to sleep, because you may never wake up? Have you seen someone, maybe you just saw yesterday, but you stare at them because you may never see them again? When you’re diagnosed with […]

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Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Partners With Macy’s

Press Release for Immediate Release Baltimore, Maryland – Monday, August 6th – Macy’s will partner with Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes to invite customers to participate in Macy’s seventh annual “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event. Macy’s 2012 Shop for a Cause will take place on August 25, 2012; customers can purchase tickets now from […]

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We Have Been Nominated For A Stay Classy Award

We are overjoyed to announce that we have been nominated for a Stay Classy award. Crossing our fingers and hoping that we are selected as a finalist. Thanks to the word count restriction I had to cut our story in half, so I will share the entire story with you here. Thanks so much for […]

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Our First Wish Recipient: Dana’s Story. Written by Dana G. Robinson

I started this journey on February 13, 2002 when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 31. On this day, my life forever changed. I originally found the lump in my breast over a year earlier. An ultrasound confirmed that I did have a solid lump in my breast. However, […]

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