In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we had the honor to connect with Fashion Blogger Elena Grncarova who shares her journey with Breast Cancer through her instagram platform @elenagrncharova. Elena shares her powerful and inspiring story with us, which includes her commitment to empowering herself and women to live a happy and full lifestyle through clean living and wellness. Check out our Q&A with Elena below to learn more about her incredible journey.
Q: Please elaborate on your journey as a breast cancer activist, ambassador, and board member.
A: My journey started almost two years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, because I had no idea how to react to it. It was clear to me that I needed to have a voice in all of this, and to empower women of all ages to be strong, and to not feel defeated. I started to search for ways to put myself in a position to not only be a fighter, and self-involved in this situation, but to also give to the community, and to spread love, inspiration, positivity, and support. I started to search for international campaigns and movements so I could contribute as much as possible with the intention to provide support to many many wonderful and strong women battling breast cancer. As time passed, I am still here, feeling as strong and as confident as ever and continuing to empower women to do the same.
Q: What inspired you to begin this journey as a breast cancer awareness activist and to use your platform for this cause?
A: I am a young mom of two precious girls, and I never in a million years would want them (or anyone) to go through this process. That’s impossible I know, but also that’s why we all need to provide support and awareness to women so they can routinely get examined by their Doctor(s) in order to avoid late and compromising situations.
Q: What kind of response have you received from your followers?
A: The response I have received from my followers has been and continues to be wonderful! I am so blessed to have such an amazing, lovable, and supportive audience that allows me to share and be honest about my journey. I don’t have many followers, but the ones that I do have are such a treasure! I love them so much! They helped me throughout the entire process with their loving comments and support.
Q: What do you find effective when trying to have open dialogue about sensitive subjects such as breast cancer?
A: Listening, paying full attention to everything, and providing emotional support when needed.
Q: How do you use your platform/activism to empower women?
A: I’ve used it in so many different ways, and mainly I do it through inspiring women through my journey with motherhood, and by posting empowering content in the fashion, beauty, and wellness spaces. I’m simply giving my ALL to show to these wonderful women that you can live a happy and fulfilling life even if combatting breast cancer. As a huge fashion and beauty fan, I find comfort in this content. It’s helped me a lot throughout life and takes my mind to a positive space, which I think is important to be able to go to especially when dealing with a serious medical condition. I believe that life is all about finding your happy places! The places that will always bring you positive vibes and joy, that will inspire you and take your mind to a happy and hopeful place.
Q: What makes you passionate about clean, certified organic beauty?
A: Our skin is the largest organ and deserves to be nourished with healthy, clean, non-toxic ingredients. Just like the foods we put into our body show on the outside, the products you put on your skin make their way into your bloodstream. I have always been health-conscious, and my struggle with breast cancer has made me even more aware of what I put on and in my body. When I discovered KORA Organics, I knew that I needed to stick with it for life. As a clean beauty pioneer, Miranda has inspired me to live a mindful life rooted in wellness and healthy decisions and KORA Organics supports my commitment to physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Elena Grncarova is a Fashion Blogger, blessed mom of two amazing little girls, breast cancer survivor, activist, ambassador, board member, and philanthropist.