In October 30, 2016 fashion blogger Kyrzayda Rodriguez posted a picture of herself attached to tubes in hospital and said they were running some tests as what she thought was bloating ended up being fluid in her lungs and stomach. Seven days later, and she took to Instagram once more to share the devastating news that she had been diagnosed with cancer.
Kyrzayda posted: “Unfortunately I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I still don’t know how to wrap my head around all this info. I know God will guide me but guys this has been the toughest challenge. I have learned so much this week … that kindness is stronger than anything, than your past and your mistakes. Thank you IG family for your prayers. I’m doing ok for now, and I will start treatment very soon. This is a new journey for me, I don’t want to fall into “why me” but find ways to overcome. My family & friends have been so supportive, I’m beyond bless! For now my IG friends remember to be kind to one another! #FUCKyoucancer”.
On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Kyrzayda passed away – less than a year after her initial diagnosis. On Monday, September 10, Joanne posted a message to Kyrzayda’s Instagram to let her almost 500K followers know she had lost the battle: “You were someone who inspired so many people across the world. Not only were you an icon, you were an amazing daughter, mother and friend. Our hearts are broken to see you go. But we know you are no longer in pain and can now rest. Heaven has gained an Angel! We love you forever! – Joanne 8.18.78 – 9.9.18”.
A truly inspirational person who has shared her journey throughout the course of the cancer, followers and the fashion community are devastated by her death. Despite her demise, Kyrzayda has kept strong the whole way through – posting in January: “I’ve learned through this process that it’s important to never stop working on yourself and to continue to fight!”
While she was determined to win the battle against the disease, in August Kyrzayda informed her followers that she would no-longer be doing chemo and radiation. “I’d like to start out by thanking everyone for sharing all of your inspirational stories with me and for allowing me to inspire you back. As you guys know I’ve tried my best to keep you informed throughout my journey.
“There are many moving parts to cancer treatment; there’s chemo, radiation, paracentesis, prayer, etc. I am grateful for the role all of these things have played so far. However, the chemo and radiation will be discontinued because it is not working the way I hoped it would. I have decided to stop these treatments so that I can enjoy the rest of my time with my friends and family and to be as pain free as possible.
“Everyone’s journey is different, God does not make mistakes, what is supposed to happen will happen. I am not mad am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been blessed with. One of the best things you can do for someone going through something like this is to support their decision. I will never give up on my fight. Please continue to share your stories, your love, your support, & your prayers. I love you all and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life all this time.”
As we farewell this beautiful soul, we celebrate her life with some of our favourite fashion moments delivered by the extraordinary style icon.
The aftermath of death is incredibly difficult to cope with – whether it be by family, friends or just someone who was looked up to. Please share the love to those who are left behind. Even if it’s a year later, chances are close ones are still hurting… and hugs never go astray – even if you think that person might be doing okay – Husskie Editor, Yelena.
All images: Kyrzayda