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Breast Cancer Awareness month is almost here and we are on the heels of our Pynkalycious Breast Cancer Awareness Walk where we raise money for the Pearlie Harris Hospital for Breast Health. We have interviewed some amazing people for our Sept-Oct issue and to get you ready for the month, we will feature snippets of the interviews. Today we will feature designer Tracy Nicole Prather who recently won Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase and is also a breast cancer survivor.

How did designing help you beat breast cancer?

Designing gave me an outlet. It actually took me battling breast cancer and struggling with finding clothing to wear during that time, to gain the courage to launch my line.  Feeling your most beautiful during life’s most challenging moments may seem somewhat simplistic to some, but as a survivor, I can attest to the fact that each day, as I sat and designed pieces for myself, I had found my way of taking a small part of my strength back, and this is the gift I want to share with every woman. The outlet of designing allowed me to stay in a place that was happy and I definitely feel like that attributed to my healing.

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Being a breast cancer survivor, what advice do you give women who are going through breast cancer right now?

Live life to the fullest.  Use your experience to gain strength and one day be a testimony to help save the lives of other women.  Many women don’t share their story because of how emotionally draining it can be.  Know that sharing your story can only help someone else that may be experiencing the same thing.  Breast cancer is not a death sentence so stay positive and only surround yourself with positive people.

See more in our Sept-Oct issue which is on stands now.