Cancer May Have Taken Her Leg, But She Refused to Let It Take Her Confidence
She has infiltrated the beauty industry in the best way.
Instagram is a social media platform notorious for people showing off the best versions of themselves. But model Cacscmy Brutus-better known as Mama Cax-is changing the status quo by exposing parts of her body she used to want to hide.
Brutus is a bone and lung cancer survivor who was given three weeks to live after being diagnosed at just 14 years old. While she survivedher battle, she was left with a 30-inch scar down her abdomen and an amputated right leg. In an inspiring new post, she describes herself as "Frankeinsteinesque," but shares why she's totally okay with it. (Read: This Empowering Woman Bares Her Mastectomy Scars in Equinox's New Campaign)
"Due to a chemotherapy procedure I ended up with a nickel sized scar near my right shoulder blade," she writes. "Whenever I would go out I'd cover it with makeup and thought to myself 'one day I'll save enough money to fix it surgically'."
"Months later I had a hip replacement and a muscle flap and 4 months after that, an amputation," she continued. "All in all the surgeries left me with a scar of about 30 inches long from abdomen to back."
"This was what I used to describe as my Frankeinsteinesque body and suddenly the nickel sized scar was the least of my worries," she says before quoting Alexandra Floss:
"We all have scars, inside and out. We have freckles from sun exposure, emotional trigger points, broken bones, and broken hearts. However our scars manifest, we need not feel ashamed but beautiful. It is beautiful to have lived, really lived, and to have the marks to prove it. It's not a competition-as in "My scar is better than your scar"-but it's a testament of our inner strength. It takes nothing to wear a snazzy outfit well, but to wear our scars like diamonds? Now that is beautiful."
Brutus' booming social media following and success as a fashion icon are proof that she's carried Floss' words through every part of her life. As a woman, a person of color, and a person with a physical disability, she is changing what it really means to be beautiful-and we can definitely get behind that message.
Thank you, Mama Cax, for teaching us all to truly #LoveMyShape.