We all know the importance of a strong support system. Having people around us, to support us, is invaluable — especially when fighting cancer. At the heart of it, sometimes we just need to feel love, and that virtual bear-hug, to get us over whatever roadblocks lay in front of us. Cancer survivors know this well, so it’s not at all surprising they are lifting one another up by joining the viral #WomenSupportingWomen challenge.
The #WomenSupportingWomen challenge is a social media photo campaign where women share their strength and resilience with followers. In order to participate in the challenge, users upload a black and white photo of themselves with the caption #challengeaccepted, and nominate friends and followers to also take part. The campaign has gone viral across social media platforms, and understandably celebrities are also jumping on the train.Read More
Among the celebrities accepting the challenge are cancer survivors such as Giuliana Rancic, Sheryl Crow, Sophia Vergara, Shannon Miller, Amy Robach, Erin Andrews, Samantha Harris, Abby Lee Miller, and Rita Wilson. Female empowerment is important for many women, but for this particular group, they know first-hand how important support can be. A common theme about many women battling cancer is how support groups (whether it’s from friends, family, or professionals) is essential in helping them fight through treatment. Clearly, these women have taken their personal challenges and have grown stronger from them.
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Challenge Accepted ❤️ #womensupportingwomen ❤️ Thank you @coletabedi @zannarassi @rosemarymonicahair @kikihaircutter @gotogirlfriend @tanjaharry and all the wonderful women who nominated me. Let’s keep supporting each other and reminding one another of how special we all are ❤️ #challengeaccepted
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#challengeaccepted from @yancyworld @paulafaris Some of us tend to downplay our strengths, successes and our failures out of fear of acceptance – but that has really changed for me over the past several years and it’s in large part because of the beautiful women I have all around me! I hope we can all remember how important it is to lift each other up, root each other on… not just when the chips are down but when the chips are up. Let’s celebrate and congratulate and elevate our sisters at home, at work and around the world #womensupportingwomen
Women Supporting Women: During Cancer Treatment And Beyond
When it comes to coping with cancer treatment, a support system is everything. While some people may turn to friends and family, other survivors have said connecting with support groups helped them tremendously. By connecting with fellow women who have gone through the same experience, those battling cancer can not only learn what to expect, but also feel less alone in their journey.
Support groups aren’t for everyone, but breast cancer survivor Vera Trifunovich says she found in a sisterhood in other women diagnosed with the disease. Her support system helped her so much that she created Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer, a website dedicated to empowering women who have faced the disease.
“Throughout my treatment, the only thing that helped me was talking to other women that had gone through what I had gone through,” Trifunovich says. “I know that there are a lot of women out there that are very, very private…what mattered to me was hearing how many stories there were out there and learning from all of these other women because that’s what it really all boils down to. We are a sisterhood.”