Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m Kellie! Colour loving, pattern clashing, accessories obsessed face behind My Shopping Dreams (and now also Bisou Creations). I’m also a wife, a mum to 2 young children and a breast cancer warrior! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2019 at age 38, I’m part of the smaller group of woman diagnosed with breast cancer under 40.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it?
I share my love for colourful outfits and accessories with my followers, but have always been open about my mental health issues. I believe it’s important to normalise the conversation around mental health and to keep it real on Instagram. Over the past 11 months I have shared my journey through breast cancer. The good, the bad and the hot flushes, I’ve tried to keep it real here too. This is important to me because I want people to understand that cancer is horrible but it’s not the bad ‘C” word. I want to normalise conversations around breast health and raise awareness about early detection. I want woman to understand the importance of getting to know their breasts and their bodies, because I know that if I hadn’t known mine my outcome may have been a little different.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
A well put together outfit makes me feel courageous. When I was undergoing active treatment I would plan my bright, colourful outfits. I called them my “battle armour” and make up was my ‘war paint” (something that became very important when I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes). I feel like I can take on anything when I am wearing bright colours.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I would tell my 16 year old self to be grateful for the body she has and talk kinder to herself. That regardless of size... her body is capable of amazing things and will achieve amazing things (hello - can some say kicked cancer’s ass). I would tell my 16 year old self to not listen to others and have faith in what her body can and will do and not what it looks like!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Before my diagnosis I had begun a journey of self discovery by facing some fears. It began with trying indoor skydiving as a plus size woman, and progressed to things like: holding a spider, climbing a mountain and wearing a bikini to the beach. It doesn’t matter the the fear is, the motto I tried to hold was “screw it, just do it”, a brash mind over matter strategy but it helped. I feel this helped me a lot for what was to come only a couple of months later. I have a list of fears and I will get back to them eventually. Every journey starts with a first step, sometimes you have to look the other way while you take it.