Alejandra Campoverdi@acampoverdi

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Alejandra Campoverdi

History was made yesterday. Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School opened, named after my dear friend and immigrant rights advocate @joseiswriting. It is the first school in the country to be named after an undocumented immigrant and a breath of acceptance and inclusion in painful times for our immigrant communities. I’m so proud of you, Jose. Go Golden Owls!🦉 #immigrantsmakeamericagreat


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I am proud to be one of the 200+ Latinx leaders who have joined forces as signatories of the #QueridaFamilia solidarity letter to the Latinx community and our allies. Read the letter, declare yourself an ally, and speak out for the humanity of all people. Thank you @monicaramirezdc for the love you bring into the world. Link in bio 🖤
Me enorgullece haber firmado la carta de solidaridad #QueridaFamilia dirigida para la comunidad Latinx y nuestros aliados. Lee la carta, comparte el amor y declárate un aliado. 🖤


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Any other matcha mamas out there? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I’ve never been a coffee drinker (makes me jittery) and it used to bum me out to not have a mug of something warm to drink as a morning routine. Then I found matcha. I love its earthy taste and when I learned about its many health benefits, I was on board.
Matcha:
🍵 Has the highest antioxidant rating of all major superfoods 🍵 Is high in EGCG, which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body
🍵 Detoxifies your body naturally 🍵 Boosts your metabolism 🍵 Fortifies your immune system
🍵 Enhances brain function 🍵 Rejuvenates skin and diminishes signs of aging
And more.

I prepare my own ceremonial grade matcha during the week (high quality matcha whisked with only water) and treat myself with matcha lattes using oat milk on the weekend. Or really whenever I want/need a special pick-me-up. Are you team 🍵 or team ☕️? .
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@lululemon #boobtruth #thesweatlife


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Always face your fears...except spiders🕷It’s well-documented that our physiological, psychological, and emotional states change when our surroundings change. Cortisol levels decease and we become more emotionally engaged and can focus better in natural environments. I stayed in this rustic cabin in Los Olivos this weekend and fell in love with the area. Where do go when you need to reset? x


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Thank you for the love and support 💙 Our wounds are our source for empathy and connection, and vulnerability is our greatest strength. To the women who have reached out in the last 24 hours to share their own health stories, you are my heroes. Always speak your truth (and #boobtruth). cc @lululemon
#brca #breastcancer #survivor


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I’m in a @lululemon campaign talking about my #boobtruth and you know it’s all about breast health! (•)(•) My episode is now *live* so head over to lululemon IGTV to hear me talk about the BRCA gene mutation, breast cancer, and the importance of trusting our intuition. And keep tuning in to lululemon IGTV every Tuesday at 4pm PST to catch the rest of the series. Thank you to the wonderful team @lululemon for providing a platform to talk about this critical #boobtruth for millions of women! #sweatlife #brca #breastcancer #sponsored
cc @wellwomanhealth


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It’s #feelitonthefirst, our monthly reminder to perform a self breast exam. Even if everything is normal, getting to know what that feels like can help us to detect any breast changes right away!

This is my first bathing suit season post-mastectomy. Talk about intimidating. This photo was taken last summer right before my first surgery but it feels like a lifetime ago. A tough part of recovery that you don’t hear a lot about is what it’s like for your clothes to now fit differently or to not fit at all. Trying on your old favorites just to realize that they don’t look right anymore is disappointing to say the least. So I’m retiring all of my old bathing suits and starting over. No more comparing bodies. Time to make some new memories. 👋🏼 #tbt #brca #breastcancer


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Words can’t describe how proud I am of my sister @monicamedellin_ whose short film Water Warrior is screening at @laliff_ this weekend! 🎥 #latinafilmmaker


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Very excited to share the news that @wellwomanhealth will be hosting its first retreat during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at one of my favorite places - @esalen in Big Sur! Breast cancer surgeon (and my doctor) @drkristifunk and I will co-teach “Well Woman: A Restorative Retreat for Women Touched by Breast Cancer.” Whether you are considered high risk for developing breast cancer, carry a genetic mutation, have breast cancer, or are a survivor, this educational and experiential wellness retreat is for you. Enveloped by Big Sur’s magical ocean, earth, and sky, this empowering retreat is an opportunity to foster greater health and renewal, all while being nourished by fresh organic meals from Esalen’s farm and pampered in the healing hot springs. Scholarships are available on Esalen’s website but you must apply asap to be considered in time for our workshop. Hope to see you there in a loving and supportive group setting to focus on collective healing for body, mind, and spirit! Learn more and register at esalen.org #wellwoman


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Let’s be real: recovery sucks. Bruising, lack of mobility, low stamina, shortness of breath, insomnia, weight gain, shooting nerve pain - you name it. Now #8weeks out from a revision and fat transfer, my focus is turning to extended recovery and the many holistic ways to support health and healing.

Once you’re past the first couple months, strength training, gut health, and playing wack-a-mole with random symptoms that appear weekly take center stage (is itchy skin a thing?). I want to share my current and ever-evolving roadmap back to health, wellness, and equilibrium after surgery/treatment.
Comment below with any questions about surgery, fat transfers, or recovery ⬇️. I’m always happy to answer DMs but this way we can all share knowledge/resources, which was the motivation behind going public with my #brca journey. *Note: These are my recs based on personal experience and NOT sponsored or ads*

Lymphatic drainage massage: Especially after fat transfer, lymphatic drainage massage helps to reduce swelling and detoxify the body (and relieve soreness). Plus it’s covered by insurance.

Mobility stretching: The stretch called “walking the wall” has been especially helpful. Make time to do it every day to see incremental gains.
Probiotics: My stomach was destroyed after another full month of antibiotics. I’m taking a nightly probiotic before bed (@seed) for gut health.

Daily Vitamins: I stopped taking megadosed vitamins one month after surgery. For maintenance, I like @ritual vitamins because they are tailored to fill in gaps in women’s diets, without unnecessary vitamins.

Daily Matcha: High in antioxidants, protects the liver, prevents cancer, boosts metabolism, detoxifies - need I say more? @breakawaymatcha is excellent.

Digestive tea: Peppermint, meadowsweet, gentian, and turmeric optimize your digestion naturally. I’m drinking @sakaralife digestive tea at the moment, adding a dropper of dandelion for extra detox.

Daily walks/hiking: The first few months, daily walking or hiking is my go-to exercise. As tempting as it can be to hit the gym, chest sutures don’t completely stabilize for about 6 months so take it easy on your chest.

Happy Healing.


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Have a beautiful weekend & be sure to find some shade...it’s gonna be a hot one in LA! ☀️ #heatwave


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Ain’t no love like sister love 💕 Happy Birthday to my forever baby sister (swipe >> 👯‍♀️) and best friend @monicamedellin_. I love you with my entire heart and feel SO lucky to take this journey of life by your side. You are the absolute greatest. I can’t wait until our sister trip this summer!


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Breaking Bad or bee keeping in Ojai? Thanks to @lorenatapiero_ and @seedlipdrinks for a fun afternoon! 🐝 swipe >>> #beekeeping


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Entre las mujeres hispanas, el cáncer de seno es el más común y el que más mata. Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death amongst Latinas. Yet it is rare to see brown faces or stories reflected in national cancer awareness efforts, let alone any quality educational materials on hereditary cancer IN SPANISH. This is why I launched the LATINX & BRCA campaign in partnership with @basserbrca - to address the lack of awareness and education of BRCA in the Latinx community (particularly for Spanish-speakers). Thank you to @peopleenespanol for highlighting LATINX & BRCA, hereditary cancer, and genetic testing. #latinxBRCA #cancerdeseno


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Celebrating one month post-revision surgery with a visit to my extraordinary surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth. Breast reconstruction is such a physically and emotionally challenging process. I am so fortunate to have found a plastic surgeon who is as talented and thorough as she is kind. Thank you @cassilethplasticsurgery for taking such good care of me. You truly are the very best! 💐 #onemonthout #breastcancer #brca #revision


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Get you someone who looks at you the way I look at Art Laboe 💙
I’ve been listening to the Art Laboe Lowrider Oldies Show on the radio since I was 12 and last night I finally had a chance to meet the living legend himself. The lowrider oldies genre is rooted in California’s Chicano lowrider culture of the 70s and Art is its radio godfather. His voice and these songs are the soundtrack to many of my memories and mixtapes. Oh Honey, The Bells, 18 With A Bullet, Baby I’m for Real, Natural High, and so many more. And at 93, he’s still at it! Thank you @artlaboeconnection for the joy and comfort you’ve given to our community for the past 75 years...I’ll never forget our talk. And thank you to @radiojomo for making it happen. #artlaboe #sundaynightoldies


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Your grandmothers prayers are still protecting you. ✨ I’ve asked a lot of my Abi over the past year and like usual, she’s been right by my side, even if only in spirit. Today would’ve been her 92nd birthday. While this picture was taken for the @latimes, I was listening to her favorite song - Juan Gabriel’s “Amor Eterno” - and wearing her wedding ring.
There are loves that change you and that was my Abi’s love. It was unwavering and unequivocal, like the rock she was. Sometimes this love comes from our parents but sometimes there is another person who steps in to hold us unconditionally. These people are angels, and their love ripples through and redirects our lives. Say a prayer of thanks today for whoever that person is/was for you. 🙏🏼 #amoreterno #angels
photo: @therealchristinahouse


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There were shared tears this morning at #WellnessDay19 during the @weallgrowlatina Summit. We talked about healing - body, mind, and spirit. Not only for ourselves, but for our ancestors and descendants. Thank you to la jefa @laflowers for creating such a beautiful loving community. To the women who approached me afterwards to share intimate stories of breast cancer in themselves and in their mothers, aunts, and sisters: I see you, I hear you, I am you. 🌕 #nationalcancersurvivorsday #empoweredhealth #wellwoman #latinxbrca #healing


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Excited to speak about empowered health, ancestral healing, and @wellwomanco at Wellness Day during the @weallgrowlatina Summit this weekend! I’m still flying at half mast but I wouldn’t miss the chance to spend time with 500 Latina entrepreneurs and creators, brought together by the incredible @laflowers. This year, #WellnessDay19 will be an entire day of conversations about health, wellness, and healing for mujeres. See you there ✨ #WeAllGrow #WeAreChangemakers


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Guess who’s finally allowed to shower again. NBD. 🧖🏻‍♀️


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How to heal. It’s a question I ask a lot lately and not just as it relates to my body. When you’re knocked on your back, it’s all you can think about. Healing seems to move so slow that sometimes you wonder if it’s even happening at all. But it is; in every passing minute. Right now, I’m trying to support my body in its healing work by doing the following:

Vitamins/supplements: I am continuing the lipotropic detox combo for 2 weeks post surgery and the wound healing combo for 4 weeks post surgery. (see last week’s post for specifics)

Pure celery juice: Drinking every morning on an empty stomach. Nothing added per @medicalmedium.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: I’ve done three consecutive sessions. I may do a couple more as needed.

Green tea/matcha: Drinking ceremonial grade matcha every morning and sipping green tea throughout the day, adding dandelion drops for extra detoxification.

Walks: Taking one short walk a day to improve blood flow and speed wound healing.

Probiotic: Taking a @seed probiotic every night before bed. I’m on antibiotics for a solid month and the doctor asked me to temporarily eat a high carb diet in order to maintain the fat grafting. Both are destroying my stomach so a good probiotic is a must.

Sleep: Lots of it, which is hard to do at a mandatory incline with back pain but lots of pillows help and renting an adjustable hospital bed for a week to a month is surprisingly affordable (I highly recommend). Lastly, try to follow the doctors directions to a T. The compression garment around my waist barely lets me breath and I haven’t been allowed to shower since last Tuesday (dry shampoo is my friend) but you know what’s waaay worse than that? Going through major surgery and diminishing your own results by insisting on moving more than you should and in ways that you shouldn’t.
Happy Memorial Day and Happy Healing (from whatever you may need healing from) 🌱 #healing


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One day out of surgery and, I’m not gonna lie, the pain is searing and the bruising on my chest looks like I’ve been hit by a semi truck. So I’m going to hyperbaric oxygen therapy again. In hyperbaric, you lay in a pressurized chamber for 60-90 minutes breathing 100% oxygen, which has been shown to speed up healing, help problem wounds heal faster, fight infections, and address circulatory problems by providing concentrated oxygen to damaged tissues. I did this for a week after my mastectomy and I believe it helped my recovery so I’m doing it again for the next few days. Thank you to Barry and @beverlyhillshyperbaric for taking such good care of me. Television show of choice? Breaking Bad season 1 episode 1. #healing #revision #breastcancer #brca


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I’ve been prepping for tomorrow’s surgery for weeks now, doing all the same things I did back in October when this photo was taken. If it ain’t broke! For those who asked, below is my pre-surgical regimen, recommended by @drkristifunk. All of this info will soon live on the @wellwomanco website too:

These megadoses of vitamins and supplements enhance wound healing. Begin them two weeks before surgery and continue taking them four weeks post mastectomy.

Vitamin A: 25,000 IU daily, Vitamin C: 1000 milligrams daily, Zinc: 30 milligrams daily, Glucosamine: 1500 milligrams daily, High-potency multivitamin: 1 daily, Aloe Vera juice: 1/4 cup inner fillet daily.

Also, doing a lipotropic detox helps promote liver function and detoxification, which is important after extended periods of anesthesia. For operations that will last longer than three hours, supplement with this combo one week before and two weeks after surgery: Choline: 1000 milligrams (daily), Methionine: 1000 milligrams (daily). I easily found all of these at a local homeopathic pharmacy.
While this is the regimen that has worked well for me, please *check with your doctor* before taking any megadoses of vitamins and supplements. Also, per my homeopathic pharmacist, it is important to *stop* taking all vitamins/supplements 36 hours before surgery.

I also squeezed in one last @soulcycle class today and did a somatic hypnotherapy session to center my emotions. Preparing for major surgery isn’t one size fits all. Find what works best for you but remember to approach your prep holistically - mind, body, and spirit. ✨ #brca #breastcancer #revision


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Back to black 🖤
I’m having surgery again this week and feeling pretty zen about it right now. Mastectomies and breast reconstructions are rarely “one and done” and even though I was fortunate to have a smooth recovery last time, I need to have revision surgery to resolve some issues with my previous reconstruction. I wasn’t sure if I was going to share details of this surgery too but I never want to give the impression that everything is perfect because this ongoing process definitely has its peaks and valleys. I’ve been back on my pre-surgical vitamin and supplement regimen for the past two weeks, which I’ll share again in case it’s helpful, as well as working out a lot to get my strength/stamina up (spinning and hiking). So in the spirit of keeping it real, comment below with any questions you may have about the mastectomy process, recovery, or revisions. I’m still in the beginning of the revision process but will try my best to be an open book! 🗣 #herewegoagain
#brca #breastcancer #revision


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Thank you @accessonline for having me on during Women’s Health Week to talk about breast cancer, genetic testing, @wellwomanco, and being the CEO of your own body. Even though breast cancer and BRCA are not the easiest topics, the more openly and often we talk about prevention, the greater the chances this important message reaches a woman who needs to hear it. To that point, swipe to read an email I received right after today’s episode aired. 💗#breastcancer #brca #wellwoman


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Sometimes taking care of your health is just taking time to rest. You don’t always need to be pushing and planning. You are allowed to rest.🌴


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Not a bad place to kill a weekend between meetings on the east coast 🏝 Any other last minute travelers out there? I’ve definitely been know to hop on a flight at a moments notice. A change in scenery recharges my batteries like nothing else & I love a good adventure. How do you invite spontaneity into your life? #bahamamama 🇧🇸


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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Latinas and their leading cause of cancer deaths. Latinas also present for care with more advanced stages of breast cancer. That’s why I have partnered with @basserbrca at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center to found LATINX & BRCA. It is a comprehensive initiative to raise awareness, provide education and resources, and build community for the U.S. Latinx community around BRCA-related cancers. We provide ongoing resources for patients and families, including Spanish-language videos, fact sheets, and guidance on finding Spanish-speaking genetic counselors in your area. This is the first awareness campaign on the BRCA gene mutation that targets Latinos and offers Spanish-language educational materials and I couldn’t be more proud to help lead this effort through my work with @wellwomanco. Go to basser.org/latinxbrca to access these resources. #LatinxBRCA #WellWoman


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What an honor being on the cover of my hometown paper with my mama. Thank you to @alejandrar95 and @latimes!


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“You had breast cancer.” After my preventive double mastectomy in October, I never thought I’d hear those words.

I’ve been super open about every aspect of my recent surgical journey, as someone who is BRCA+. And there is one more chapter I want to share.

Just six days after my “preventive” double mastectomy, I received a call from my doctor telling me that turns out, it wasn’t preventive after all. When the breast tissue they had removed was routinely tested, doctors were shocked to find Stage 0 DCIS (non-invasive breast cancer) in one of my breasts. To say that I was floored is a massive understatement.
I had recently had a mammogram and a breast ultrasound and both had come back negative. My doctor let me know that the only way we could’ve found my cancer this early was by doing what I had already proactively done. And because we caught it at such an early stage, I didn’t need to do chemo, radiation, or any other kind of treatment. In essence, I beat cancer before I knew I had it.
Our intuition is a powerful and wise guide. I felt in my gut that this was the right thing to do and the right time to do it. Learning to cultivate and trust that voice inside at all costs is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves. It has been one of the great lessons of my life. I thank God and my grandmother’s protection for carrying me through this. I am utterly humbled by how fragile and precious life truly is.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis in your 30’s has a way of refocusing your life in an instant and I will never be the same. I hope my experience can be a testament to the fact that being proactive and preventive about our health makes a difference. Sometimes, it makes ALL the difference. #survivor <link to @latimes story in bio>


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