Knowledge is Power! Bright Pink’s Tips to be Proactive About Your Health

At Aerie, we are so excited to be partnering with Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the early detection and prevention of breast and ovarian cancers in young women. The organization was founded by Lindsay Avner, a pretty powerful Aerie girl herself, who started Bright Pink while she was in her early 20s. Lindsay was frustrated by the lack of resources for young women of all levels of risk, so she set out to make her own!

Bright Pink’s mission is to help girls get the tools and information they need to be proactive about their health today. Check out the videos below as Lindsay sets the record straight on some common misconceptions, and gives her tips for being your healthiest self, right now. Knowledge is power!

Assess Your Risk

How do you know your personal risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer? Bright Pink has a 5-minute quiz that will help you determine just that. Take the Assess Your Risk Quiz today to find out your risk, and some lifestyle choices you can make to reduce it.

Is It Time for a Checkup?

You only need to see a doctor when you’re sick, right? Wrong! Lindsay explains how often you should be seeing your doctor to keep your breasts and ovaries healthy, and some questions you should be asking each time you get a checkup.

Ovarian Health 101

So, we hear a lot about our breasts at this time of year. But what’s the deal with our ovaries? Watch below as Lindsay explains the basics about ovarian health, and signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to look out for.

Know Your Normal

One of the biggest myths of all is that there’s a “normal” when it comes to your body. Every body is different, and your body and breasts will naturally change over time. The key is to know YOUR normal. Lindsay gives some tips for checking in with your body below. Another great reminder? Text PINK to 59227 to receive monthly reminders to check your breasts!

Xoxo,

Aerie

 

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#AerieSupports Bright Pink

For our fifth consecutive year, Aerie is proud to be partnering with Bright Pink, the only national non profit organization focused on educating young women about the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer starting at a young age. We kicked off our partnership by giving life-saving information and a healthy Pink Lady apple to our corporate and distribution center associates; hosting Brighten Up workshops on all of our campuses; and hosting a 5K on the South Side Campus. Read on below to find out how you can join us in supporting Bright Pink! 

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Time to run for our girls!

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Jen Foyle, Aerie’s Executive Vice President welcomes and thanks everyone for attending and their support!

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Sprinting to the finish line!

Breasts, boobs, ta-tas…whatever you call them. It’s time to check them. Share the video below with your friends and family!

Now it’s your turn. Support your girls with our new limited-edition Charley Bra! 100% of the sales of this bra go to Bright Pink. In US stores & online!

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100% of the sales of our limited-edition Charley Bra go to Bright Pink! Shop now.

For more information, visit, Aerie.com/BrightPink!


Xoxo,

Aerie

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Welcome To Bright Pink University!

Kristen L., Aerie’s Associate Buyer for Undies, had the opportunity to join Bright Pink in Chicago for one of their Bright Pink University training sessions to become a Bright Pink Educational Ambassador! From take-off to graduation, she covered it all! Read on below to get a behind-the-scenes look on all the fun!

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Sounds like a blast! Want to Brighten Up your community? Click here for more information!

xoxo,

Aerie

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#AerieREAL Panel of Amazing Women

We’ve seen an incredible amount of support for #AerieREAL and we love seeing the support spread from woman to woman as each shares their #AerieREAL story. Your kind words, open hearts, and courage are what inspired us to launch our new challenge, “What Do You Love About You?”.

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You’re invited to self-nominate or to nominate a friend that you believe is #AerieREAL. We want to feature their moments, celebrate them and their accomplishments in hope that they inspire others.

5 individuals will be chosen to receive the ultimate Aerie experience! They’ll be invited to join us at Aerie’s HQ and will be featured in an interview on the AEO blog (right here!) complimented by a mini shoot in our Photo Studio. Then, our winners will join Aerie’s style and fit expert, Jenny Altman, as they enjoy a $200 shopping spree and more!

We have a panel of amazing, REAL women who will read through the entries! Read on below to learn a bit more about each and what makes them #AerieREAL.

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Dana Seguin, Aerie’s Senior Director of Marketing has been in the retail business for over 14 years. The last eight years has been spent in brand development and marketing for Chico’s, American Eagle Outfitters and their intimates brand, Aerie. She has spent the last year working on Aerie Real and refuses to use retouched images and helps to promote positive body image.

Amy Levin is the founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista, a fashion website featuring content from college students at more than 400 campuses around the world. A Chicago native, she launched the website in 2009 after a semester abroad in London, where the growing importance of street style inspired her to create a community for fashion, photography and self expression.

Jenny Altman, Aerie’s Style and Fit Expert, is the go-to resource from how-to’s and bra quick fixes. As a fashion editor and stylist for InStylePeople Style Watch, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Jenny has helped dress some of the world’s most celebrated personalities and most importantly she helps transform countless REAL women on a daily basis with her website ILOVEAGOOD.COM. Celebrity or not, Jenny believes intimates are (literally) the foundation of a confident look for all women and her passion is helping women find the right pieces for their body shape by talking about it in a REAL way.

Lindsay Avner, the Founder and CEO at Bright Pink was the youngest patient in the US to bravely opt for a risk-reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction. During the experience, Lindsay was frustrated by the lack of resources for women in her specific situation. So, armed with optimism and dedication, Lindsay founded Bright in Pink in January 2007. Now in its seventh year, Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support to high-risk individuals.

Each day these women exemplify what being #AerieREAL means. It’s being true to you. Believing that imperfections are beautiful and believing that no one can change who you are.

Tweet us, tag us, or tell us your story today! We’ll be highlighting our favorites by April 6th, but you can always tell us your #AerieREAL story anytime on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us with #AerieREAL.

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xoxo,

Aerie

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Aerie Friends & Family: Bright Pink Medical Professional Adviser, Dr. Rachel Wellner

Aerie Friends & Family: Bright Pink Medical Professional Adviser, Dr. Rachel Wellner

Meet Dr. Rachel Wellner, a Medical Professional Adviser for Bright Pink. Read on to learn more about how she is lending her medical knowledge to the Bright Pink community.

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Meet Dr. Rachel Wellner, Bright Pink Medical Professional Adviser

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a breast surgeon practicing at Hackensack University Medical Center.  I offer comprehensive breast health care, treating both benign and malignant condition, and I aim to do so with compassion.  My aims of treatment include rendering my patients disease-free, restoring and enhancing physical form, and promoting a healthy lifestyle and quality of life. I am very interested in international health care, setting up many programs around the world to aide those with less access to medical technology.  I spent the past several years as an attending at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, and was Director of Breast Services at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  I currently reside in Manhattan.  My hobbies include tennis, yoga, cycling, reading, playing musical instruments, writing.  I also practice meditation and concentrate on optimizing the mind-body-spirit connection in myself and others.

How did you hear about/ get involved with Bright Pink?

Last year, I met several inspirational young women from Bright Pink, including Lindsay Avner.  I was honored to be an invited speaker at one of their forums.

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

My four grandparents were Jewish refugees in Europe during World War II.  All four experienced the Holocaust- and survived. Growing up conscious of the potential for human suffering, I wanted to dedicate my life to its prevention and mitigation. Treating patients with breast cancer was a natural fit. Helping women who are inherent survivors through their battle both inspires and humbles me daily.

Why is it important for girls/women to become educated in breast/ovarian health?

Information is power! Prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer save lives.  Women/girls should get to know their bodies and learn some of the early warning signs in order to get the medical attention they need early on, vastly improving their chances of having a positive outcome or preventing a life threatening situation altogether.

What inspires you in everyday life?

My patients, the earth, music, art, fresh air, love, Bright Pink!…. life!

What do you love about Bright Pink?

Certainly, the cohort of incredible young women working to raise awareness is awe-inspiring.

 

 

 

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Aerie Friends & Family: Bright Pink Support Ambassador Julie G.

Aerie Friends & Family: Bright Pink Support Ambassador Julie G.

Meet Julie G., a Bright Pink Support Ambassador  from Denver, Colorado! Read on to learn more about Julie and how Bright Pink has made an impact on her life.

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Meet Julie G., Bright Pink Support Ambassador

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Julie Gordon and I reside in beautiful Denver, Colorado.  I am fortunate to live in a state that has 300+ days of sunshine per year, which means there are no excuses to get out and enjoy the beauty.  I live on a park and we are less than an hour away from the mountains, so we take full advantage of an active Colorado lifestyle.  Winter hobbies mostly include skiing!  Summer activities include biking around town/to baseball games/concerts in the park, hiking the trails and/or mountains (I have summited 10 of the 54 14,000 foot peaks), running, fly fishing, dinning al fresco.

I have the most fun and rewarding job!  I am the owner of barre3 Denver.  Barre3 combines the grace of the ballet barre with the wisdom of yoga and the strength of Pilates.  I work with an amazing team of instructors, and we together have shaped the bodies and self-image of women (and men) in our community by teaching challenging classes set to an upbeat soundtrack.  But to be honest, I get more out of seeing my clients in class and sharing their stories and successes…much like working with Bright Pink!

 

How did you hear about/ get involved with Bright Pink?

I first heard about Bright Pink after Giuliana Rancic (a close friend and supporter of Bright Pink) shared her breast cancer diagnosis and mentioned her work with Bright Pink.  A few months later, I had my genetic testing done after my aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer (she is also a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 29 years of age).  After I received my results (I am BRCA negative-the only one out of ten family members who have been tested; all the others are BRCA positive) I came across Bright Pink as a result of internet research, and I knew I wanted to be involved in this amazing organization-to raise awareness and education for those with a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer (like me), have been diagnosed, or carry the BRCA gene mutation.  Like Lindsay Avner, the brilliant founder of Bright Pink, I feel with education and empowering young women about their risk that not another woman should be diagnosed or suffer with breast/ovarian cancer.

Then I registered to run the 2012 Chicago Marathon as a member of Bright Pink.  My involvement didn’t stop there – last summer I joined the Denver Bright Pink Chapter as our Support Ambassador.  I have met some incredibly inspiring, bold women here in Denver and on the leadership team in Chicago and the ambassadors in other cities.

 

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

As silly as it seems, it is my kitty, Emily–she has changed my life for the better.  For the last 16 years (yes, she is 16 years old) she has been my constant companion through good times…and the not so good times, I find more joy in witnessing her actions and how she delights in the simple things (her fave toys are a cardboard box or a paper grocery bag and a plastic pull tab from a Whole Foods container), she gives generously, she has helped me realize the benefit of an afternoon “cat nap,” her loving gaze and gentle touch have opened my eyes to my surroundings and how I connect with others, and let me tell you about some of the conversations we have had…!  I could go on and on!  I don’t know what I will do without her.

 

What inspires you in everyday life?

The beauty of my surroundings–the snow capped mountains, the sunsets that take your breath away, the wind that creates music as it blows the leaves of the aspen trees, the calming sound of water trickling in a brook, a delish meal prepared with my boyfriend, and a lovely glass of wine.  Then there are the experiences of travel…!!  Isn’t that why we work so hard? ;)

 

What do you love about Bright Pink?

I love that it has connected women who would not have for any other reason met in life.  Through sharing our journey, we can support and build each other up on a local level and help the leadership team achieve so many goals and reach that many more young women.  I love that it has forced my family to communicate and be proactive about our results and consider our options-it has joined us together as a family no matter how spread out in the country we are.  I love too that Bright Pink has given me that extra nudge to open my own business so I can have an impact on the health and wellness of women (and men) in my community-at-large.  My business has also provided me with a space to host events for our local Bright Pink women.

 

How can girls/women get involved with Bright Pink?

The Bright Pink website www.brightpink.org is a wonderful resource and would be the first place to find more information.  It can send one in the right direction to connect with a local chapter, you can make a tax-deductible donation, and learn more about the amazing programs that Bright Pink offers.

 

 

Bright Pink’s message is about the importance of taking a proactive approach to your health and they offer an interactive online quiz that combines your family health history and lifestyle factors to create a personalized risk assessment for you to save, print, and bring to your doctor to craft a proactive breast and ovarian health strategy unique to you!  Check out Bright Pink’s Assess Your Risk tool and check back for more updates on our partnership.

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