(For A Good Cause, Of Course)

Good Enough Mother did something today she’s always dreamed of doing and will certainly mortify the children; I was photographed naked. Well, not fully naked, but naked enough!

I got to be part of The Estee Lauder Companies digital social campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness.  The 2010 core campaign features a woman taking a pledge with her hand over her bare breast.  Today, we recreated that, using a handful of what they called “digital influencers” and they included lil’ ol’ me in that group (I KNOW, RIGHT?!).

For those of you who may not know, I am the daughter of two breast cancer survivors; my mother was diagnosed at 63. She found it on a mammogram, had a lumpectomy and radiation and is now 12 years cancer free! My father also had breast cancer, which always surprises people, as they don’t know men get the disease. But they can and they do; roughly 1900 cases are diagnosed each year in men.

In 2007, right after being let go (YOU’RE FIRED!) from my gig at CBS’s The Early Show, I had a preventive mastectomy. I had been diagnosed with the stage right before breast cancer and four biopsies in four years had taken their toll. Did you know breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 200-thousand women each year and 40-thousand a year die from the disease? Did you also know that family history only accounts for 5-10 percent of breast cancer cases? The rest come right out of the blue to people who have no family history. Did you know that, while not perfect, mammography is the best tool we have to date for finding early breast cancer? I have made it my life’s work to spread the word about early detection and treatment.

Which brings me back to today and the doffing of the top. So here are a few snaps from the shoot. Thanks so much to the folks at the Estee Lauder Companies and Marissa Thalberg for including me in this vital campaign!

Rene Syler is a wife, mother, breast cancer advocate and television personality whose burning desire to tell the truth about modern motherhood led her to create When not spending time with her family or burning something for dinner, Rene travels the country as host of Sweet Retreats on The Live Well Network and Exhale on Aspire.


  1. Susan Alcox

    August 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I knew your story but your dedication to the cause is to be commended!! Keep doing you!! xoxo

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  3. Karen

    August 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for “baring” your soul for a great cause! Look out PETA! (JK).

  4. Wendy

    August 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    You are such an awesome inspiration Rene! I can’t wait to see this campaign!

  5. Rochelle Riley

    August 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I am SO proud of you!

  6. pattyrowland

    August 13, 2010 at 11:57 am

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!! you rock!!!!!

  7. Juli

    August 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Good on you.

  8. Wendy

    August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    You as always are so amazing!

  9. Karen A.

    August 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for posting this – it is right on time. Was just debating whether I should have my annual mammogram or if it wasn’t necessary, as recent reports have suggested for women under 50. Will call to make the appt. on Monday!

  10. Mad

    August 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    You’re my hero! 😉

  11. Clarissa

    August 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful!!!!

  12. mom

    August 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Rene you were beautiful when you began life and are still beautiful now. love

  13. Avinash

    December 6, 2010 at 6:11 am


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