Breast Cancer Awareness with Mom

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SWEATER: J.Crew| NECKLACE: Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski {c/o}| HAT: BP

Photos by Dad! {I’m quite impressed}

Today is an extra special post because my mom {and Tipper!} are making their debuts on Sequins are the New Black! When the opportunity came up to partner with Touchstone Crystal for their breast cancer awareness pendant I knew I had to jump on it. 

 With the holidays quickly approaching { how is it already Thanksgiving tomorrow!?} it really has me thinking about what’s important in life: my family, my health and my family’s health and how thankful I am to have all three 🙂 If you were wondering why this post is happening after Breast Cancer Awareness month, I did that on purpose. Due to personal experience, in my heart, I believe breast cancer is a disease we should be talking about year round, not limiting it only to 30/365 days per year.

I typically don’t get super personal on my blog, but I felt there is no better time than the present to open up. Let’s take it back to May of 2003 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The night my parents broke the news to my brother and I at dinner is something that will stick with me forever as one of the scariest moments of my life. Fortunately, the oncologist caught it early and my mom went in for a mastectomy and chemotherapy soon after to start the cancer ass kicking process. I promise this story ends well.. 🙂  I remember my first day of high school so well. Not because it was my first day at a new school, but because it was my mom’s last day of chemo! This September marked her 13th amazing year in remission!!! Every year I reflect on what I could have done differently during that time and what I gained from that experience..

  1. Live life to the fullest: Cliche, I know but if you’re lucky enough to know her personally, my mom often says “I could be dead tomorrow” when she’s talking plans. I’ll never forget the family trip to Hershey Park we took the summer she was going through treatment. The woman was so determined to not let cancer slow her down that summer. Even in the extreme heat while not feeling her best, she still made the most of our time away. Mom, you’re a rockstar!! 
  2. Positivity is the only option: Watching my mom battle cancer and the sickness and pain that came from aggressive chemotherapy, her spirit never broke. Of course, some days were better than others but overall she remained in high spirits that this step back was not going to break her.  She would always say,”Negativity is what kills you” and that stuck with me! I try to live my life in the same fashion. My mom is truly one of the most positive people I know and I love her for it.

At the end of the day, yes my blog is fashion focused but my hope and dream is to always inspire my readers to see the beauty in every aspect of their life!!

I would love to hear in the comments below what you’re thankful for! 🙂 

Thank you so much for stopping by & I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving <3

xox, Tess


  1. Margie Lemay Hirsch says:

    I am thankful for being in this wonderful and amazing family. The love and support is far beyond what anyone could ever expect. I was welcomed in with open arms and this Saturday will be the 10th anniversary of our first date.Waching all of you grow from giggly teens and preteens, to the well rounded compassionate adults, is more than anyone could ask for. My wish for all of you is great health, wealth comes from hard work and dedication and determination. I truly am lucky to be in such a wonderful family. Can’t wait to be with everyone tomorrow. My love to all of you, Margie

      • Margie Lemay-Hirsch says:

        10th Anniversary of our first date. I love your Uncle more every day. He is truly an inspiration on Lung Cancer Survivor. Even Agent Orange could not keep him down. I love you all and that comes from the heart. You truly have an amazing family. And I am lucky enough to be a part of it. See you all tomorrow. And by the way the pictures don’t even do any of you justice. You are all beautiful inside and out. Much love to all see you tomorrow.

  2. Karl Felber says:

    I appreciated the sincere commnetary. It was a blog that appears to have been very good for you and your mother. It looks live someone typed the blog late at night though. By the way the photography was outstanding.

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing Tess. What a wonderful and inspiring story! Your mom is such a fighter and warrior woman! She reminds me of one of our family friends who was had cancer and is also in remission. Like your mom, she is one of the most positive and upbeat people I know – even helping one of her friends through treatments saying that she was diagnosed to help her friend! I hope you have the happiest of Thanksgiving, there is so much to be thankful for! Hope to see you soon!! 🙂

  4. katie says:

    First, let me say, PINK IS BOTH OF YOUR COLOR! Second, you are so brave for opening up about this! I am so glad your Mom is a cancer SURVIVOR and I know your family is stronger because of it.

    My Grandma had breast cancer, so it is also a cause near and dear to my heart.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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