Mom and cancer survivor Samantha Paige won't let her double mastectomy stop her from living her best life (and being a total badass.) The cancer survivor is appearing in a new campaign for Equinox, scars and all.
After Samantha Paige was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she also tested positive for BRCA1 gene mutation, which meant she was at risk for becoming sick with other female-specific cancers. Since she had just had a baby she wanted be healthy to raise, Paige made the decision to preemptively get a double mastectomy.
“I didn’t want to keep going for MRIs and mammograms every three to six months — it was too unnerving and the risk seemed too great," she told People. “As a new mother, it felt very powerful to make the decision to not be waiting for a diagnosis, but to sort of flip that on its head,” Paige continued.
Paige says that she jumped at the chance to be involved in the "Commit to Something" campaign at Equinox.
"...I realized that we all know what matters most to us, and the next step is the action we take to stand up for those ideals and those beliefs and those values,” Paige told People. “Equinox’s message of ‘Commit to Something’ is about being able to look at yourself in the mirror and realize who you are and stand up to those values. It just dovetails with what I believe in.”
Samantha Paige also hopes that baring her mastectomy scars for all to see will inspire other women to be confident in their bodies.
“After coming to this place of loving my body and every scar, my goal is to influence, first of all, how my daughter feels about her body as a growing woman, and if it can influence another person to do the same, I feel as if I have done something beautiful,” she said.