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    No.420: Meet Gina aka Gina Being Brave

    Handling a breast cancer diagnosis after giving birth. 

    Meet AnaOno agent, Gina LaPapa, @ginabeingbrave. Gina is a faith warrior and encourager. She writes a blog where she encourages her readers to grow their faith through everyday brave moments. For the past 15 years, as a breast cancer overcomer (Paget’s Disease), she is a speaker, writer, and mentor for women who face their own trials. Gina was diagnosed with Paget's Disease in 2004, shortly after the birth of her second child. She underwent a mastectomy of the right breast. Read her full story here

     

    Fun fact:

    Gina likes maps, the beach, and museums. While on vacation, she once found a map museum on the beach. A little slice of joy!

    Read on to hear more from her and join us in welcoming her to The Agency! 

    What's your passion?

    Helping others grow their faith through everyday brave moments. 

    What makes you happiest?

    Watching my children grow into independent young adults.

    What do you do to feel confident and embrace your body?

    Exercise and eat healthy.

    What does "Never Alone" mean to you?

    There is a community of women, just like me, who are there to support each other.

    Which is your favorite AnaOno bra? Why?

    The Gina, of course! I love the lace and the pocket for the option to wear my prosthesis, depending on what I'm wearing. (Editors note: the Gina bra is named after her!)

    What does being part of The Agency mean to you?

    It means that I have the privilege to partner with a company I fully believe in. It's an honor to come alongside a brand that is not just another brand. It is a sisterhood and a community that is committed to hold each other up and support each other's journeys. It is deeply personal to me to be able to encourage and empower women to rise above cancer and thrive.

    If you were to give advice to someone diagnosed with breast cancer or having a preventative surgery, what would you say?

    Be your own advocate. Take your time to learn your options. You have options! You are stronger than you know and you will overcome this. Cancer may be a part of your story, but cancer will not define who you are.

    What's your guilty pleasure?

    Dark chocolate and kombucha.

    You can follow along with Gina on her InstagramFacebook and Twitter

     

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.