We can’t believe it has been ten years since the very first Beyond Boobs! calendar model was chosen for our annual A Calendar to Live By! Our calendar is also a health guide in disguise and offers a year of hope and inspiration, along with reminders to put your health first. We are beyond grateful to our generous sponsors, as well as the 100-plus calendar models who have graciously represented BB! and their fellow Boobers! over the years.
During the next several weeks on the blog you will meet the Boobers! who were chosen as calendar models for A Calendar to Live By 2017. You are also hereby invited to join us at the Pink Carpet Gala on Saturday, September 17, as we unveil this year’s calendar. See you there!
By: Jamie McAllister
When Stacy Crossett felt a knot above her right breast, she visited her doctor right away. After an unclear mammogram, an ultrasound and biopsy confirmed she had breast cancer. That was four years ago, and she credits the BB! sisterhood with helping her through the rough patches, as well as celebrating her victories. As a calendar model, Stacy wants to offer other women the same love and support she has known as a Boober!
Stacy works at Sentara as a lab assistant and is the mother of four: Jared Greene (24), Jordyn Greene (21), Jillana Greene (20), and Noah Crossett (4 ½). She and her husband Nathan have been married for 16 years. Here Stacy talks about the important role BB! plays in her life and her experiences during her photo shoot.
How did you find out about Beyond Boobs!?
My nurse handed me a Beyond Boobs! rack card when I went for a consultation with my surgeon. When she handed it to me I thought I didn’t need a support group, but she insisted I take the card, so I did. It wasn’t long after she gave me the card that I decided to make the call to BB! and spoke with Charlene Cattoi, who encouraged me to come to a meeting that month.
I was a little apprehensive at first, but all that went away quickly. Being welcomed with open arms really touched my heart. The ladies were amazing and their inspiration and courage amazed me. Everything I had been feeling, they understood. I even got a show-and-tell for those kinds of questions, too. The Boobers! became my lifeline on my journey. Just when I felt I couldn’t keep my head above water, I would go to the monthly meeting and feel energized all over again. I really don’t know how my journey would have turned out without them by my side.
What five items would you put in a time capsule to open 10 years from now?
- Essential oils
- LuLaRoe leggings
- A Snickers bar
If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be and what would you do together?
Gustav Klimt. I'd love for him to do a portrait of me to portray who I am now after cancer.
Name three things on your bucket list.
- Go to Aruba, my dream island.
- Go to Italy and Greece, my dream countries.
- Own a log cabin home on the west coast in the mountains, with a stream and horses.
What is guaranteed to always make you smile?
Being able to be with my family.
What does being selected as a calendar model mean to you?
This is by far an honor to be chosen as a model for BB! For me, it would be to show women to not be afraid. Keep your head up and beat the odds, no matter what is handed to you. Just because it says something in black and white doesn't mean it's permanent. Hopefully my story can help someone else who is starting their journey and let them know that they have GOT THIS!
What was the most impactful moment of your calendar model photo shoot?
Being able to share a portion of the shoot with my youngest son. Noah is our miracle baby. My tubes were tied for 16 years when my husband decided he wanted to have one of his own. My husband had recently returned from Afghanistan, and after being over there had decided there had to be more to life then what we had been living. We had my tubes untied and became pregnant the first try. Ten months after Noah was born, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now after having chemo my ovaries have shut down for good. So for me to be able to have him be a part of this shoot meant so much. Life is definitely a precious gift.