Why This Cancer-Fighting Blogger Never Considered Wearing A Wig
But she realized that it'd be against her love for letting people into her life, whether good or bad, so she decided to continue posting. From her diagnosis to her treatments and even her hair loss journey, Rodriguez has kept her 300k+ followers updated on her cancer battle, always maintaining a positive outlook.
Recently, the blogger announced that she is ending cancer treatment to live her days pain-free with friends and family. And still, her optimism remains strong. "What is supposed to happen will happen," she wrote. "I am not mad. I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been blessed with." With this spirit, followers continue to root for her, which can be seen in the thousands of comments left on her photos. It's because of this support that she continues to push forward, not letting cancer stop her from being the blogger she always felt she was meant to be. Rodriguez spoke to us about her journey, the impact that Instagram has had on her fight, and why she's not giving up.
R29: You continued posting regularly after being diagnosed with cancer, did it ever cross your mind to stop?
Kyrzayda Rodriguez: There were many times while I was lying in bed in pain that I thought that this was it and that I wasn't going to get up anymore. I wanted to stop everything, but then that meant I was stopping a big part of me. Just one photo represents who I am and who I would love to be if I recover.
You wrote in a post: "I decide not to wear a wig because I want people to see me as I am. A fighter." What made you come to this decision?
I knew since day one of my diagnosis. My hair was me and a wig wasn't going to replace that. I respect women who embrace wigs, but I just felt that if I was going to share this journey I needed to do it all the way. Plus, it's my way of inspiring those who are fighting with me.
Has Instagram been a major support system for you?
Absolutely. My followers have demonstrated a huge amount of kindness and compassion. I receive daily messages and prayers from people all over the world, and that brings me constant joy.
Were there any brands that stopped working with you after your diagnosis?
Brands actually did stop working with me. Unfortunately, I don't represent what they might be looking for. For example, a hair brand won't reach out due to me not having hair anymore. But, I must say, I keep getting work. Sometimes I have to decline, and I have given myself a max amount of projects per month.