ep 32 Surviving Breast Cancer

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Affirm is rejoined by veteran guest host Tashira Halyard. Tashira originally joined AFFIRM during episode 2, “Self Care: Soul work for Survival” and now returns to share her story of breast cancer.

Source: SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2015, 2018 [ 558 ]

Source: SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2015, 2018 [558]

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2017, Tashira has undergone chemotherapy and radiation. She can now say that she is in remission but is far too aware that women of color are dying from the disease. While women of color have lower incidences of cancer compared to white women, Black women in particular have higher rates of mortality (death) and she’s sharing her story in hopes of motivating others to self-check and improve early detection.

For more information about breast cancer specific to women of color, download this resource guide for women of color created by the Minority Health Resource Center.

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Episode 32 Affirmation

I can do anything that is well and good.
— Tashira Halyard @politicsandfshn


  • Tashira H., a reformed lawyer shares her journey through breast cancer

  • Follow her evolution of self-care practices from diagnosis to remission

  • Learn why she credits her faith and community as her most powerful healing agents



I know that without a tribe and a community, it’s no way that I could’ve overcome the disease.
— Tashira H.
Right now, I’m in a season of my life where I’m seeking more flow and less resistance…
— Tashira H.
Even if I am in the midst of some physical manifestation of my disease, I can still be in the flow with that moment.
— Tashira H.
The [self-care] practices you put into it today are things that are going to pay off when you need them the most.
— Tashira H.