Meet Shoni Brown, our favorite bada** breast cancer thriver and advocate. Shoni has been a health and physical educator for over 16 years. Her passions include educating others about health and fitness, lymphedema and being "your own advocate." Shoni's health and fitness background lent perfectly to our Revive Collection launch last year where she modeled our new sports bras.
Shoni also advocates for eliminating the health disparities and under-representation among BIPOC people within the breast cancer community. Her passion for bringing tough topics to light and starting conversations we so desperately need to be having is just one of the many reasons she's perfect for The Agency.
Shoni's Breast Cancer Story:
Diagnosis: Stage 2b IDC and DCIS ER/PR+ HER2- in November 2015
Treatment: Mastectomy, ACT chemotherapy, radiation, implant exchange, fat grafting and DIEP flap surgery
Shoni is obsessed with purple, loves rock climbing and is a kid at heart. She can sit and color in a coloring book all day.
Join us as we welcome Shoni to The Agency! Read on to see why her strength is so inspiring to us.
What's your passion?
Education, health, fitness and advocacy
What makes you happiest?
Moving my body
What do you do to feel confident and embrace your body?
I'm still a little insecure, but when I'm taking care of my body, I feel it will take care of me.
What does "Never Alone" mean to you?
It means that no matter your journey, struggle or fight, someone has paved the way for me or I will pave the way for someone else.
Which is your favorite AnaOno bra? Why?
I love all the ones I have. I believe its an oldy, the lace Kelly (bring her back). And of course, the Bianca and Paige because they are so comfortable to wear day to day and work out in.
What does being part of The Agency mean to you?
It means I get to spread the word that having a mastectomy, lumpectomy or any reconstruction doesn't take that sexy away. With AnaOno, you can feel comfortable anytime - right after surgery and anytime after. These bras are for any women who love sexy and comfort.
If you were to give advice to someone diagnosed with breast cancer or having a preventative surgery, what would you say?
Do your research and ask questions (no questions are dumb questions). Ask your doctor to see his or her work. Get a second opinion and ask others in community that had similar experience and do what you feel is best for you.
What's your guilty pleasure?
I'm a sneakerhead and a show fiend.
Follow along with Shoni on Instagram @brsuga for more.