HealthCentral Contributor, Breast Cancer and Psoriasis Advocate
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Empowering Young Women Living With Breast Cancer and Psoriasis
Sabrina Skiles has lived with psoriasis for more than 20 years. She created her blog, Homegrown Houston, as a lifestyle resource for millennial women and those living with chronic conditions. But when she was also diagnosed with breast cancer just two days after her 35th birthday, she realized the need to bring heightened awareness and attention to what it’s like living with breast cancer as a young woman.
“The recent stat I read of the median age of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer is 67, just blew me away,” Sabrina says. “There is no way that stat is the same right now.” One way she knows, the daily messages she receives from women under the age of 45 who are being diagnosed with breast cancer. “The fact that they find my story inspiring means I want to keep reaching as many more women as I can,” she adds.
Even though she knows it is a huge undertaking, her overall goal is to help get the conversation started around lowering the age of getting a mammogram from 40 to 30. Led by her passion and commitment to changing the way young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are seen and treated, Sabrina continues to offer her insight, compassion, and resources to those in need.
Her overall mission is to encourage young women living with breast cancer and psoriatic disease that is possible to live a healthy, happy, and stylish life. Since joining HealthCentral as a contributor, Sabrina has ranked #75 of the Top 100 authors overall (out of 779) and #56 of those specifically published from March 2019 through February 2020 (ranked by overall unique visitors to the content they authored). Sabrina’s stories received more than 520,000 unique visitors and 2,439,106 pageviews.
Since 2011, Sabrina has also volunteered as a mentor, coach, and social ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), providing guidance to those who are newly diagnosed. And in 2018, she advocated for additional funding for psoriasis research on Capitol Hill alongside other psoriasis patients who shared their experiences with congressional leaders.