Meet the Warriors behind our new campaign. This fall, we called on real-life leaders who aren’t afraid to go within to let their light out. From the symbolic pieces, they wear to the powerful stories they tell, see why these spiritual trailblazers are redefining what it means to be a warrior.

For the month of October, we will be donating 20% of the purchase price from this curated collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Shop now to show your support for the strong women all over the world who persevere through it all.

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Tell us who you are in a few words:

I am Kelsey Bucci, a Breast Cancer Fighter. I was diagnosed with Stage IIB Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and DCIS in August 2017. I am a mother,  a stylist, a Breast Cancer advocate, a podcaster, and a social influencer.

What gives you strength?

Being a mother gives me strength, courage, and perspective.

What does being a “spiritual warrior” mean to you?

Being a spiritual warrior means that I am strong, I am brave, but I am also broken all at the same time, and that is okay.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

No matter the situation, I’ll never give up.

What’s something you’d want the world to know about your journey?

I would want people to know that I am not what happened to me, I am what I have chosen to become. Being diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 years old was not something I was prepared for, but it is also something I wouldn’t change. I am happier than I have ever been, and that is because I choose to be happy every day, no matter the circumstance.

What advice would you give someone currently battling breast cancer?

I would tell them that cancer does not define you. You are so much more than the disease that you are fighting. It will feel like the world is ending so many times throughout your treatment, but the greatest thing is that it starts again in the morning. Your mental mindset will be your greatest weapon, so stay positive!

Tell us about a moment that changed the course of your life.

Breast cancer changed my life, but I wouldn’t change the fact that I was diagnosed. I am not the same woman I was a year ago. I now have no fear because I have experienced the truly scary parts of life. Which has allowed me to go after my dreams and make things happen. Cancer taught me to stop living for the right time, or the perfect time, but to live now!

What gives you the courage to keep going?

My children. They didn’t let me feel like I had cancer, and for that I will forever be grateful. They kept me going every day, literally going to the kitchen all the time because feeding four kids is no easy task.

When it comes to picking pieces to wear, what do you look for?

I look for pieces that have meaning, that evoke a certain feeling when I wear them. Pieces that tell a story when I wear them all together.

Do you wear the same jewelry every day or switch it up?

I tend to wear the same jewelry daily, only adding in pieces that truly represent my style and bring meaning.

 

What inspired you to collaborate with ALEX AND ANI?

I was honored to collaborate with ALEX AND ANI because I feel that each piece of jewelry has meaning. I am able to mix and match and find pieces that bring strength to my story, but also symbolize what I have gone through.

What three words would you use to describe our products?

Mindful, expressive, Adoring.

Tell us a little bit about your blog and why you started it?

I started my blog four years ago when we lived in Alaska. It started it as a way to keep my family up to date with our adventures, but it quickly became a way to connect with other mothers and women. It now means so much more to me as it serves as a creative outlet for my styling and business endeavors, but also as a way to share my breast cancer diagnosis.

Click here to shop the Kelsey boutique.

Follow Kelsey on Instagram: @kelsey_pardonmyfrench

Stay on the lookout for all of the Warriors this fall sharing their stories. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more!

*Images by Paprika Southern Studios

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Sarah Viens
Written by Sarah Viens
A twenty-something-year-old learning how to navigate life’s paths through Spotify playlists and her fashion blog. Sarah is a Jr. Copywriter and the voice behind our social media as well as the ALEX AND ANI blog.