A woman of strength, power, and determination; Niya Matthews, at the tender age of 27, was diagnosed with stage 2-breast cancer. Not having previous history of breast cancer in her family or those around her, a routine self -examination turned out to be a life changer.
Though she beat it that time, in 2013, the cancer returned. This time around Matthews was prepared more than ever to fight her illness, and to remain “Too Fabulous For Cancer”. She was determined to continue moving forward. She maintained her daily entrepreneur duties, as CEO of Capital Renters Consulting, LLC, a company that helps aid landlords, property managers, and investors on how to provide efficient housing for low-income families. Long before being diagnosed with breast cancer, Matthews already had the experience with working with low-income families. She mentored young ladies become women of power, through empowerment programs, and housing authority seminars, along with being a leader at her church. She also assists with community outreach programs, alongside her husband Eric Matthews; former NFL player for Green Bay Packers.
Always having that passion for helping and empowering women, Matthews came up with the organization BossLady United, an organization that is to “encourage women to become stronger women from lessons learned from women throughout history”. The organization is not only a brand but also a MOVEMENT, which offers women education on entrepreneurship, empowerment and support, health and fitness, along with mentoring.
This Thursday BossLady United will be hosting their first event in the Atlanta area, “Too Fabulous For Cancer” Charity Mixer. All proceeds raised from this fabulous event will go to two breast cancer survivor contestant winners. The ladies that were chosen had to write a letter stating why they deserve to be picked for the “Too Fabulous for Cancer” makeover. The makeover that includes, hair, makeup and nails, a complete photo-shoot, along with a stipend for treatment, and whatever else the breast cancer survivors may need it for.
While interviewing Matthews, I was able to ask an important question that I think we all need to know the answer to, so that we are aware of the disease that is taking Black women and our community. Research shows that, although Caucasian women are likely to get breast cancer, African American women are likely to die from it. I asked Niya, “ What advice can you give young women about health and early detection?” Her answer, “Check yourself, cause cancer has no age. Become familiar with your body. Its best to be proactive than reactive. Go get checked!
Through life changes, Matthews has managed to never give up, and remain Fabulous, while becoming nothing short of a Boss Lady!
For information on BossLady United visit the website: http://www.bossladyunited.com/