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IN People ON 12 Jan, 2016
Many people suffer from cancer, but not everybody handles it bravely. They lose hope with life and just wait for their end.
This model is an inspiration for every such person. Mieko Rye has stage 3 breast cancer and she faced it courageously and not with cowardice. Do read this article and make those people read who are suffering from something like this, so that they do not lose hope!
She has been a very successful throughout her career. You will find her on many magazine covers and in ads for major brands. Rye had that incredible thing which every model strives for- a consistent and virtuoso career in the modelling industry. Her whole career was dependent on her appearance.
We know living with any kind of cancer is hard and how much a person suffers from psychological and emotional trauma. And especially the impact on appearance can be drastic on any woman.
Her Facebook post reads: I had this idea to do a photo shoot while battling cancer. When I first began my career as a model 20 years ago I did not embody the American concept of beauty. I was told I was too dark, too light, too curvy, or that my hair was too dry, too curly, or too big. No make up artist could match my skin tone because they never carried around proper foundation for women of colour. Then the curvy Brazilian girls took over the fashion industry, god bless them, and my career took off. I had a niche. Being "exotic" was cool... Being "ambiguous" was cool... Being "ethnic" was cool... Being "brown" was cool. Now many of the celebrated parts of a woman that our culture defines as beauty I no longer have ... eyebrows, hair, eyelashes, and soon my breasts... Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on your body slowly. My sum of parts once interconnected and harmonious are now dissembled and out of tune. It's truly humbling to go from traveling and working internationally to being confined to my bed. Everyday is a challenge when simple pleasures such as eating, going for a walk, or carrying my child in my arms escape me. I was on the sidelines as I could no longer participate in the daily goings on of life. With Cancer comes destruction. However, it has also provided me with the opportunity to rebuild from the inside out. I have shed what is no longer necessary and quite honestly, impeded my growth. Being alive is essentially a very lonely proposition and I'm okay with this... Because I absolutely love and enjoy the woman I've become. So when I say I am alone, I mean free of a man, career, role, or title I may have clung to in the past to define myself. My happiness does not depend on the love, reassurance, loyalty, or approval of another. I am simply Mieko. I have nothing to hide. I have stage 3 breast cancer and I have never felt more beautiful in my entire life.
She replied and elaborated more about her journey: "When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I was very afraid. I am a single mom and I quickly began assessing my chances of survival and how I would financially support me and my son since I was a model by profession. I realized that fear was not going to propel me through this difficult situation. If I wanted to fight cancer, I was going to need to let go. I was no longer going to be a model. I was no longer going to recognize myself as I once was. I could not have control over cancer and what it was doing to my body, but I could control how I chose to react to it. I decided to find my strength and set an example for my seven-year-old boy. Strength fights cancer, not fear. I began to ask myself, what are the top ten best things about having cancer? The answers ranged from no longer having to shave my legs to making an effort to emotionally connect with the key people in my life. This led me to a very positive place where I have chosen to remain. Letting go is the beauty of this battle. I no longer care about what I used to look like. What I care about is the woman I am becoming. I felt I needed to share this with others affected by cancer. I have been modeling for so long that doing a photo shoot was the natural next step. I wanted to give people a picture of what cancer looks like and give them the power to embrace it. It can be beautiful!"
She is not just an idol for her young son but also for many others who are fighting with cancer. She truly proved that true beauty is not in appearance but it lies inside the heart.