Buddy Check 25: The Stylish Survivor

By WEEK Producer

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- After winning the fight against breast cancer, it is difficult for survivors to return to a sense of normalcy.

But they can renew their self-confidence and it starts by dressing the part.

Women and fashion go hand in hand but this style lesson isn't about rockin' the latest trends. It's about living life to the fullest after worlds were turned upside down by breast cancer.

"You have your down days, but you just keep going and you just keep your faith,” said Breast Cancer Survivor Carolynn Tiraboschi.

It was faith that inspired four-year breast cancer survivor Diane Shankwitz to start "Stylish Survivor."

"The stylish survivor comes from Proverbs 31 that she walks with strength and nobility and she smiles at her future,” Shankwitz said.

She said breast cancer survivors have lingering effects from chemo and radiation, like weight fluctuation, swollen arms or hot flashes.

But those changes don't mean they have to hide in the background.

Diane starts by helping women find their body type. From there, she uses Sassy Savannah to show which type of clothes look and feel best using what's already in your closet.

"It could be the cut of a garment. It could be the type of layers we use, the selection of a scarf or earring something to draw attention up to our face,” she said.

Diane said these simple tips open a new wave of hope and survivors say it's a blessing.

"I may not feel good, but I can look good and I can thrive. I can thrive through this journey,” said Tiraboschi.

A journey that can release one's inner beauty.

On the 25th of every month, remember to do your breast self-exam and remind a friend to do the same.

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