Happy Birthday, Amie!

We’re celebrating the birthday of our gorgeous and gracious founder, Amie Satchu. She’s dedicated her heart and soul to supporting Living Beauties, so we asked them to share their birthday wishes with her. These beautiful responses demonstrate just how amazing and treasured Amie is!

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“Best birthday wishes beautiful Amie. Thank you for everything that you do for so many. You truly are an inspiration. Much love from NC.” – Jayne A.

“Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Amie! Much love to you and your beautiful family.” – Cindy S.

“Love you, Amie! I hope you get a little break from mommyhood to have a fun night out! Happy birthday with all our best wishes upon you.” -Vera B.

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“Happy Birthday Amie! I hope you had a great birthday day and I’m sure you celebrated in style!” -Judita M.

“Happy Birthday Amie! You are such a blessing to us all. May your next year be filled with lots of joys and memories as you share life with your family and us! Thank you for creating this loving community. We love you!” -Deb K.

“Happiest Birthday to you, Amie. I thank God for you and all that you do. Love you so much.” -Linda M.

“Happy birthday Amie! Love you and miss you.” -Susan RB.

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“Happy Birthday Amie and lots of love to a beautiful person, inside and out!” -Leslie S.

“Happy birthday to an amazing woman who does so much for others! XOXO!” -H Carol R.

“Happy Birthday Amie! You are a beautiful woman who has touched my life in an inexplicable way through your kindness generosity and most of all for connecting me to such beautiful Living Beauties! I hope you are having a beautiful birthday! Hope to see you at the Holiday gathering.” -Debbie H.

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“Happy Happy Birthday Amie! Wishing you a birthday filled with love & joy that continues on throughout the year! Much love for all you do! Xo” – Sharon H.

“Happy birthday Amie!!” -Ilena B.

“Happy Birthday Aime! Thank you for all you have done for us!” -Norma P.

“Happy birthday Aime. Many blessings to you!” -Emilia F.

Happy Birthday from the entire FFLB community, Amie!

Share more birthday wishes for Amie on Facebook or in the comments, or celebrate by supporting her beloved organization.

Sarah’s Story: stila’s Living Beauty

Living Beauty Sarah Lucero, Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry for stila cosmetics, shared special tips with fellow Living Beauty Ada on how to wear comfortable, natural and bright makeup during cancer treatment. Then, Sarah sat down with us to share her incredible story.

Finding The Light Again.

Sarah Lucero of stila’s Journey With Cancer, As Told to Trina Smith.

As a dynamic employee at stila, Sarah Lucero’s whirlwind life had no time for cancer. Then 34, dozens of work projects and world travel entertained her youthful spirit and enthusiasm. In the fall of 2010, a lingering pain in her chest led Sarah to a trail of suspicions about her health. Might the irritation be from a pulled muscle? Bronchitis or a cyst? “I couldn’t ignore it,” explains Sarah. Even during a trip to Australia, Sarah found herself considering her discomfort on a daily basis but never suspected cancer. Upon arriving home, she booked an appointment with a doctor, who further reassured her that cancer was an unlikely possibility. “She said, ‘It’s probably nothing. You’re 34, don’t have family history and seem healthy.’ I thought that it was even better she wasn’t worried, so I wasn’t worried,” explains Sarah.

Testing proved less generous. “We see something that could be cancer,” Sarah was told. “That’s when I didn’t hear anything else,” she says. Sarah went home and awaited what she hoped would be relieving news. The next morning, a doctor called at work to explain that Sarah had Stage 3 breast cancer. Fortunately, Sarah’s support system rallied, from her workplace to new sisterhood at the Foundation for Living Beauty.

Friendly knowledge bolstered Sarah’s spirit during a challenging process. She needed to decide about surgeries including a mastectomy, as well as a full body MRI and an entire course of action for treatment. Seeking multiple opinions helped Sarah gain a well-rounded outlook. “That second opinion changed everything. They helped me understand.” Sarah’s doctor was Kristi Funk, a leading MD at Pink Lotus Breast Center. Responsible for the surgeries of celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow, Funk guided Sarah through decisionmaking regarding her breasts, surgeries and treatment schedules. Sarah additionally worked with an oncologist, but didn’t neglect a more holistic route. “Acupuncture and herbs were so helpful. They got my immune system strong for treatment and after.”

Sarah started chemotherapy treatment right around Christmas, and later started radiation after a double mastectomy in April. Sarah’s breast and nipple surgeries featured revolutionary work, including the use of her own fat to round out her reconstruction. “I took a few months to like my body,” she says.

Through her treatments, Sarah began to recognize the importance of balancing her emotional wellbeing, work and cancer. Despite her steadfast, in-the-moment focus on her treatments, Sarah’s work life continued to pan out perfectly. “Everything I wanted to do that I was so afraid of missing out on, it turned out okay. Big deals I worked forever to achieve happened. There’s never a good time, but at least I could still do these things. I thought it was over and it really wasn’t.” By living in the “now”, Sarah continued to accept her illness without letting it define her routine or goals.

Sarah’s continued successes at work also translated into solace. “[My bosses] were fabulous,” she explains. Indeed they were, accompanying Sarah to meetings and appointments while offering incredible flexibility and accommodations. “What I started to realize is the energy of people. Worry and fear are negative, and I didn’t want to burden people or be looked at differently…My bosses treated me normally and gave me opportunities but understood I couldn’t predict how I felt each day.”

Despite its challenges and intense drawbacks, Sarah’s breast cancer also presented mysterious blessings. “I really felt in the now,” she explains. “I learned so much about myself. Being patient, not labeling things good or bad. I would never question anything good, so I accepted and allowed everything that happened.”

As Sarah learned the importance of peace and letting go, she found herself introduced to the Foundation for Living Beauty. After attending an FFLB Day of Living Beauty event built with help from her stila coworker Janice, Sarah herself became a Living Beauty. After attending a yoga retreat and interacting with other strong, spirited women, Sarah emerged with an even more powerful mindset. “What I loved when I came to the yoga retreat was I hadn’t been able to stop, take a minute and relax. It taught me that there’s so much more healing that has to happen after physical problems stop. Mentally and emotionally, being able to look back is a different process. There’s no start or ending to healing. I’ll forever try to be healthy and care for my body and beauty. When women say, ‘My skin glows, I look like me!’, it’s a light of how they feel and beauty that comes out. From retreats and yoga, you see your light again.”

Sarah’s experience with cancer has left her with the gift of peaceful present-mindedness. “When you’re there and present, that’s when all the miracles happen.”

Shop special products to benefit FFLB here!  $1 from each purchase will benefit Living Beauties.

Stila and FFLB would love to hear your story. How have you let your inner light shine during a journey with cancer? Share with us using the hashtag #stilalivingbeauty.
Find us on Instagram and Facebook (@stilacosmetics and @livingbeautyorg) for more beautiful shots of Sarah and her story. 

A Moment With Tari Prinster of Yoga 4 Cancer

FFLB has been blessed with the skills and advice of Tari Prinster on multiple occasions, especially in yoga sessions on retreats with Living Beauties. A cancer survivor herself, Tari has been deemed a Selfless Service Leader by Yoga Journal. She graciously answered some of our questions about four basic poses to help patients center themselves and relieve some stresses and aches during treatment. Each pose is accompanied by an illustrated guide. Thank you for your amazing insights, Tari!

1. The Best Pose for activating the lymph and circulatory system to detox the body: Knock-Kneed Cactus. 

Tari emphasized the importance of restorative poses with action quality post-chemotherapy. 

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2. A good pose to manage middle back (thoracic) tension: Restorative Fish

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3. For Activating Digestion: Cat and Cow (Im. 1) ; For Calming Digestion: Restorative Cobbler (Im. 2)

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4. For Peace of Mind and Meditation: A Base Meditation Pose, And Tari’s Advice on Preparing.

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“Taking time to breathe can lead quite naturally into a moment of meditation. To begin, sit in dynamic stillness. You can also meditate lying down, standing, or walking, but a comfortable, upright seat is an ideal physical container to develop a wakeful, relaxed mental state…In meditation, we begin to tame our monkey mind, first my choosing a point of focus. Your focal point can be your breathing, a visualization, a mantra or a guided journey…No matter the state in which you find your mind, be kind to yourself.”

All of this article’s poses and illustrations can be found in Tari’s book, Yoga For Cancer. Add it to your collection for a daily dose of healing, exercise and spiritual wellness! 

Featured photo via Mantra Mag.

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Tari Prinster and Yoga 4 Cancer

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We are so grateful to present a new series of tips for Living Beauties, their supporters and anyone wishing for a healthy lifestyle! Yoga is a very important experience at the Foundation for Living Beauty. Many of our retreats feature restorative yoga exercises, often led by yoga and cancer expert Tari Prinster. Tari will generously be helping us display some healing yoga poses on the blog.

In the midst of an incredibly athletic lifestyle, Tari was shocked to find herself diagnosed with cancer at age 56. On the road to recovery, she found that yoga gave her spiritual fulfillment while allowing release in her body. Tari recovered in 2003, but continues to share the gift of yoga with other cancer patients and survivors. She has earned a nomination for the Yoga Journal award of Good Karma. She sees both yoga and cancer as great teachers that introduce both the acceptance of uncertainty and the understanding of one’s self.

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For more about Tari and Y4C, check out this introduction video, as well as her website! We will be featuring more expertise from Tari, including healing pose ideas and meditation tips. Stay tuned!

About Us

The Foundation For Living Beauty seeks to support women through their journeys with cancer in holistic and positive approaches. Through yoga retreats, sisterhood, beauty pampering days, nutritionist advice and other creative forms of support, powerful bonds are built. We treasure our Living Beauties, stunning and strong women who stand together through their cancer journeys.

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OUR MISSION: The mission of The Foundation for Living Beauty is to empower women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy.

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Founder Amie (Petersen) Satchu with her mother Joan Petersen, a guiding memorial light to FFLB.