A Letter To My Sisters:
A Breast Cancer Documentary For Young Women
The documentary gives some insight into the journey of young women dealing with their breast cancer diagnosis and life itself.
The documentary features:
One Jamaican/Asian/Puerto Rican Woman, Janique Rivera, who was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in her 20s.
One Mexican Woman, Brenda Dorantes, who was diagnosed in her 30s; the conversation is in Spanish with English subtitles.
One Caucasian Woman, Lynne Mitchell, who was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in her 40s.
A Letter To My Sisters premiered October 2022 at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, PA. We had the pleasure of having Philadelphia’s own Patty Jackson, WDAS, moderate our screening! Additionally, Philadelphia’s own Dr. Monique Gary, breast surgeon, also was our guest speaker! View Dr. Monique Gary’s website HERE!
Our second screening occurred November 2022 at Theatre N in Wilmington, DE. Huge thanks to Christian Dougherty of Society Media and Greater Good Magazine for sponsoring us! Their Website can be found HERE!
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What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)?
How can we decrease our changes of developing cancer?
Serves as an acronym for the ways women and men can decrease their chances of developing breast cancer.
[Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, Community Advisory Research Board]
B - Breastfeed
R - Reduce Sugary and Alcoholic intake
E - Exercise
N- Nutritious Foods
D - Do NOT Smoke
A - Achieve a Healthy Body Weight
About Breast Cancer (from bcrf.org)
About 1 in 8 (12.9%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
Every 2 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with 250,000 women and 2,000 men
Diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone
About 42,000 people in the U.S. will die from breast cancer.
There are more than 3.7 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today.
When caught early, survival rates are the highest they’ve ever been.
The Journal Radiology recently published research showing that has been an alarming rise in metastatic breast cancer diagnosis in younger women.
"A Letter to My Sisters: A Breast Cancer Documentary for Young Women" is an authentic heartfelt film that shares inspirational and empowering journeys of mosaic women who have battled and often defied the odds by not only surviving but thriving with and beyond breast cancer. The film underscores how women of varying ages and backgrounds are susceptible to this disease and how as a whole community, we can provide awareness, education, support, and become advocates of this cause to reduce the number of deaths and have a better quality of life. I highly recommend this film as it also exhibits the power of love, healing, and sisterhood.
Dr. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis, Philadelphia, PA.
In Loving Memory
"Despite the despondent and grievous subject matter, A Letter To My Sisters beautifully encapsulates the challenging health struggles 3 women endured; but graciously allows the viewer to experience their triumphant fight to remission. The pacing and through line is absolutely seamless and the film strategically demands your full attention. The way the creator opens and closes the film with the homage to her friend, Jaclynn Smith is earnest and gorgeously placed, leaving your eyes wet with tears and the sudden urge to check in with your doctor. An immediate must see."
- Imani Nia Robinson, Creator, Writer, Actor
Stories Behind the Documentary
As a Radiation Therapist I have seen countless of cancer THRIVERS! Unfortunately, I have also seen some THRIVERS gain their wings. I created this documentary to spread the word about breast cancer and it’s affects on young women. My friend Jaclynn Smith passed away at the age of 34 years of from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Prior to passing, she told me to never forget about her!
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Creator/Writer/Director: Dr. Nia Imani Bailey, DPA, M.A.Ed., RT(T)
Executive Producer: Nahjee Grant | DayDreamKreative Studios. dksnetwork.com
Videographer/Editor: Judy Smith Bogad | Sequel Images sequel-images.webflow.io
Translator/Co-Writer: Yanci T. De La O Rojas
Interviewees: Janique Rivera, Brenda Dorantes, Lynne Mitchell
Make-Up Artist: Jade Sky jadeskymua.as.me
Music: Dr. Nia Imani Bailey, DPA, M.A.Ed., RT(T), Narda J. Fields
Music Production: Mr. Musiq215 Click Here!
Stage Designer: Kwyanna Dyton | MUMM Inc. www.mummapparel.com