Breast Cancer Awareness 

with Tiah Tomlin-Harris

This week, we invited Tiah Tomlin-Harris, an overcomer of Triple Negative Breast Can’t-cer, as she calls it, to discuss breast cancer awareness. Tiah has dedicated herself to being a community change agent and advocate, with a focus on health disparities, black women’s health and healthy lifestyle education. As a result of her advocacy work, she has received recognition and awards, to include President Bush’s – Point of Lights Award. 

After her diagnosis with breast cancer at a young age, Tiah believed that no one should walk this cancer journey alone and founded the My Breast Years Ahead sisterhood and co-founded My Style Matters, a 501c grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and supporting underserved families impacted by cancer.  

Tiah is a Cancer Coach, a Breast Health Educator and a Project Lead graduate with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). She has advocated for survivors on Capitol Hill;  served as a board member and advisory board member for several organizations and pharmaceutical companies; published a research paper on Clinical Trials in Metastatic Breast Cancer; has spoken on numerous panels to include American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Congressional Briefing with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). Through her life’s work, Tiah is moving people from Awareness to Action.

What Was Your Diet Like Growing Up?

Growing up in Richmond Virginia, I had the Standard American Diet (SAD). Chicken, burgers – we lived a fast-paced life growing up. Although I didn’t recognize it until I was older, but we lived in a pretty rural community. As a result, we had a very active lifestyle.

My siblings and I all played sports, so we lived a very on the go life. Even though my mother cooked, a lot of what we would eat was hotdogs and corndogs at the rec center. Getting older, and my breast cancer diagnosis really made me take a look at my diet and my environment.

What Environmental Risks Did You Notice?

One of the biggest things I noticed was toxins. Many common household products have toxins in them such as carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. What is the easiest way to see what’s in the products YOU use? Read the label! If you are unfamiliar with the chemicals in the product, you can research the potential health issues they could cause.

It’s important to remember that just because a chemical sounds unfamiliar doesn’t mean it is harmful, and just because a chemical sounds familiar doesn’t mean it is safe. An app that was particularly helpful is the Think Dirty App, which is an easy way to learn ingredients in your beauty, personal care and household products.

Why Did You Found My Style Matters

I have first-hand experience with the cause. I know the many ways cancer patients and their caretakers can benefit from the help of a supportive community. This was my inspiration for helping others to Kick Can’t-cer.

To do this, we take a multi-pronged approach to helping cancer patients and caregivers. We provide healthy personal care kits, nutritious food boxes along with healthy lifestyle education, confidence-building resources, and much more.

My Style Matters is dedicated to providing a cancer educational program and hands-on supportive services to build confidence in people of all ages, leading to a better quality of life.

My Style Matters, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. One of our primary missions is to ease the journey for people with cancer as well as their caretakers.

Think Dirty App: https://thinkdirtyapp.com/ 

My Style Matters website: https://mystylematters.org/ 

My Style Matters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyStyleMatters 

My Style Matters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mystylematters/?hl=en 

My Breast Years Ahead: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mybreastyearsahead/ 

To view Tiah’s complete interview, click here.

Contributing Writer: Meryl Fury

Meryl Fury is President and CEO of PBNM.org.  She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree in Nursing.  Professionally, she has specialized in public health and underserved populations. Personally, she is mad about healthy eating. She enjoys everything about whole-life health, especially working with older people who can greatly benefit from the healing power of whole food plant-based eating. Meryl is the founder, and CEO of Balance Forward Health and Wellness, LLC, which focuses on playfully supporting people who want to attain vibrant health over the entire lifespan. You can read more about her on her website at www.balanceforwardhealthandwellness.com.

Contributing Writer: Carrie Bruno

Carrie Bruno is on the Board of Directors for PBNM. She is a Clinical Pharmacist and a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. After spending over a decade studying and practicing pharmacy, Carrie felt she had all the tools necessary to educate people on how to manage their chronic illnesses. That is, until she started learning about plant-based nutrition. Her goal is to use all she has learned in both pharmacy and lifestyle medicine to help people prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic illnesses rather than just managing them.