FIGHTING CANCER WITH STYLE
They are three women who fought breast cancer, standing tall and proud to show others facing the disease the strength and beauty they have found in survival.
As part of TODAY’s second “Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty” week, the women, Francine Rispoli, Pamela Casuccio and Madaline McKay, sat down with Hoda Kotb to share their sometimes difficult experiences dealing with the changes to their bodies during treatment.
Kotb, a fellow breast cancer survivor, noted that recent studies have shown that body image issues are among the most common psychological and emotional concerns for breast cancer patients. And sometimes, she said,“a smile, a laugh and a little self-indulgence can go a long way.”
To help that come true, TODAY invited the women to a photo shoot with Rush Zimmerman, who created images of the women that were revealed on the show Thursday. The women posed with their hands and arms over their bare chests, and in long dresses as well.
“It’s amazing,” Rispoli, 29, told Kotb and Savannah Guthrie after seeing a large photo of her displayed behind them. “I didn’t think I could look that good.”
Casuccio, 49, said that baring herself for the camera was an uncomfortable experience, but she enjoyed being with the fellow cancer survivors.
“I felt very proud, very proud to be with these women,” she said. “They were amazing.”
She posed, she said, with the goal of reaching women who are staring down the disease to show them they can handle it.
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