One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. At age 27, Anna Crollman was one of them.
“Everyone thought I was too young. I’d never known anyone my age to have breast cancer before,” said Crollman.
Soon after, Crollman had her breasts removed, her eggs frozen and immediately started chemotherapy.
“I remember looking in the mirror when I had lost my hair and had a double mastectomy,” said Crollman. “I literally felt like a 12-year-old boy.”
A lover of fashion, Crollman says this disease may have taken away her breasts, but it would not take away her lipstick. She started a blog called “My Cancer Chic” to help other women going through the same thing.
Before long, women from around the world started reaching out to her. Crollman says cancer changed her life in ways she didn’t think were possible.
“I was really afraid of risk and I think cancer gave me the confidence, which is weird to say because in a way it took a lot confidence,” said Crollman. “It made me realize I’m a lot stronger than I knew.”
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