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Meet Nic McLean

Hi! I'm Nic. 


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So, who is Nic? 


Nic is a smiley-faced breast cancer survivor and writer who collects nicknames the way some women collect shoes. Okay, I'm kidding. I totally collect pretty shoes too. And handbags. And smiles... and journals... wait... what were we discussing? Ha!

Welcome to My Fabulous Boobies. It is a lifestyle blog based on my journey through breast cancer. I am Nicole McLean (my friends call me Nic) and I am a young adult survivor of stage 3a breast cancer.


My journey with breast cancer



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I was under 40 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer which places me in the category of "young women with breast cancer" and it also means that I am considered a young adult cancer survivor. I am now cancer-free and beyond the fearful 5-year period when cancer recurrence is most likely to occur. I tend to look at my life in two parts:  before diagnosis and after.

Young, African-American, childless, never married... but still hoping... when I was diagnosed I found that there were not a lot of other patients who looked like me or had a similar lifestyle. Most of the stories I saw online were older women, married women, grandmothers in many cases and very, very few (meaning almost none) were women of color. I didn't see many other black women at my cancer center either -- not my age group, nor older. To be honest, I felt pretty lonely dealing with all of this and there didn't seem to be many women that I felt comfortable enough to share all of my fears and concerns with.

I'm sure that the other women in the cancer center could understand my concerns about medications or treatment procedures... but who could I talk to about my hair issues? Or concerns about dating and sex? I shared with my friends but since they had not been through cancer... they could empathize but they didn't always understand and I felt badly for burdening them with my stuff. So... I started writing about it here on this blog. I ended up becoming the voice that I wanted to find.

As open and honest (and silly) as my posts may be at times, I believe that life after cancer is challenging but beautiful.


Why is this blog called My Fabulous Boobies??


The short answer is because I'm silly... but also because body image and self-esteem are two things that I struggled with along my journey with breast cancer. Before breast cancer, I would have never dared to say out loud that my breasts were fabulous. That would have been far too overt for me. However, after going through chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation treatment, breast reconstruction and a breast reductions... I've had more people looking at my naked boobs than should be allowed (for free...LOL).

The thought of losing my breast was so frightening and overwhelming that I had to hold on to the idea that when it was all over that I would still be fabulous. So... My Fabulous Boobies is my acknowledgment that despite the appearance of my breasts today, they are fabulous. Because I am Fabulous. Things that we deem fabulous, we hold in high regard. We take care of them. We protect them. We value them. Well... I feel that way about my breasts. And while I know that a lot of survivors do not opt for reconstruction, I feel that all of us (survivors and supporters) have to accept that our boobies are valuable. That they are precious. They are worth protecting and treating carefully. My boobies are fabulous... and so are yours.

As a breast cancer advocate, one of the things that I encourage all women and men to do is to recognize the value in being proactive about breast health. This blog is one source for true life stories about life as a survivor -- the mundane, the serious as well as the fun.



Nic Nac Paddywack/Nic McLean | My Fabulous Boobies
Nic after 3 months of chemotherapy


Loving yourself, loving your body (scars, amputations and all) is a mantra of my life and is reflected in my writing and my outlook about coping with breast cancer.

Blogger, speaker... and author!


Since starting the blog, I have become an active social media presence regarding breast cancer and survivorship issues, a public speaker, and recently I authored my first ebook. I am currently finishing up the second ebook and working on a full-length manuscript about being a young African-American single woman diagnosed with breast cancer.

Reclaim your Fabulousness! outlines the steps that I undertook to reset my internal vision of myself.  Reclamation of your personal strength and identity after a trauma like breast cancer is a hugely important aspect of surviving breast cancer and going foward with your life. Some survivors get stuck after they end treatment because they are so unsure of the future and afraid of recurrence. I believe that you can learn to balance that fear and concern with striving to reach your personal goals and dreams. But first, you have to reconnect with yourself. This book helps you to take that first step.

The book is for sale here: http://bit.ly/1CQMMr4



Though the blog started as a communication between friends and family, it has grown into a strong voice within the breast cancer community and a popular lifestyle blog. Advances in science have increased the rates of survival for breast cancer diagnoses. More women than ever before are surviving breast cancer and left to figure out how to navigate the emotional, physical and financial challenges of life after breast cancer. My Fabulous Boobies is a voice for survivors and a window into life after breast cancer.


Now that we're friends... 

If interested in contacting me regarding business opportunities, please send an email regarding your needs or interest to:  fabulous.boobies (at) gmail.com



Just a few more spots you can find me...
Twitter: @nic_mclean
Twitter: @MyFabBoobies
Facebook:  My Fabulous Boobies facebook page
Instagram:  pinkribbongal on instagram
Pinterest:  pinkribbongirl on pinterest







5 comments :

  1. Nic,

    As a black woman who volunteers at Sisters Network of Central New Jersey, an organization committed to increasing attention about the devastating impact breast cancer has in our community, your post where you described feeling alone because you didn't know many other black women with the same ordeal really resonated me.

    You are brave, beautiful, and fabulous as you correctly donned yourself; keep writing girl I look forward to reading what else you have to say.

    Best wishes,

    Donna Williams

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    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I started this journey almost 7 years ago. More sisters are sharing their voices & stories now but I hope to see even more in the future. I'm not too far from New Jersey, if there's anything that I can do with the Sisters Network, please let me know.

      Take care,
      Nic

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    2. Nic,

      The fact that you would offer to help us in the midst of your own battle is truly touching, bless you. For me personally, I would just like to see you continue to get well. I read your article about Lymphaid and see that you are still battling, if only it was as easy as the drug makes it seem.

      As for Sisters Network of CNJ, we are actually in the middle of a campaign right now to preserve our greatest resource, our Sister House, the building we help our sisters out of. If you find yourself with a free moment in the coming days and would like to see our campaign, video, and hear our story, everything you need to know will be here: indiegogo.com/projects/sncnj. Thank you for offering to help, that truly means a lot.

      Continue to shine,

      Donna

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  2. Hi Donna,
    I hope this email finds you well! You are Very Inspiring like many of the women I deal with though my work.Just thought you might be interested in the work I do with Breast Cancer Survivors. I do realistic and dimensional nipple/areola tattoos and repair many Unsuccessful tattoos. It feels Great to be able to restore a bit of Self Image and confidence to these people. I also put 10% back in so that Every 11th Nipple Tattoo I do is provided for FREE to a woman in need without the means. You can view my work at BreastRenew.com. Thank you and have a Great day! :)
    Ron Antonick

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    1. Thanks for sharing your information Ron. Getting a nipple is a really important step for many of us. It is really good to know people who are doing great work for survivors. Thank you.

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