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Be Your Own Champion: Stories of Triumph and Empowerment



Nicole Tanner's Journey: Overcoming Breast Cancer

In 2009, Swig founder Nicole Tanner faced an unexpected and daunting diagnosis: breast cancer. At just 37 years old and a mother of five, her world was turned upside down. Prompted by a friend, Nicole underwent a routine mammogram, a decision that would change her life forever.  During numerous scheduling calls, Nicole continued to emphasize the need for a mammogram even after being questioned about her decision. It’s a good thing she pushed, because the mammogram revealed a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, plunging Nicole into a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainty. The diagnosis was a devastating blow, compounded by the challenges of navigating her cancer journey without health insurance. Despite the fear and uncertainty, Nicole remained determined to be her own champion and fight for her life.


Finding Hope Amidst Uncertainty

Amidst the darkness of her diagnosis, Nicole found glimmers of hope. Through a local hospital program, she received assistance with medical bills, almost completely easing the financial burden of her treatment. This support provided Nicole with a lifeline during a time of immense uncertainty and fear. With the weight of financial stress lifted, Nicole was able to focus on her healing journey. Her resilience and determination shone through as she faced each challenge head-on, refusing to let cancer define her spirit. A true example of how to be your own champion, Nicole says you have to, 

“Be bold and don’t worry about what someone will think.  You can’t care when you are advocating for your health.”   

Launching "Save the Cups"

In 2010, Nicole opened the first Swig store, seizing a renewed lease on life and vowing to make a difference in the lives of others. Inspired by her own journey and the support she received during her battle with cancer, Nicole launched "Save the Cups," a program dedicated to supporting breast cancer survivors facing overwhelming medical bills. The program aims to provide much-needed financial assistance to those in need, offering hope and support to individuals and families navigating the challenges of cancer treatment. Just as someone once gave Nicole a glimmer of hope, she could now pay it forward through the success of her company.  


Today, Nicole stands as a beacon of inspiration and empowerment, sharing her story to uplift and encourage others facing similar challenges. Her journey of resilience, hope, and unwavering determination has inspired countless individuals to embrace their own health journeys with courage and resilience. Through initiatives like "Save the Cups" and partnerships with organizations dedicated to cancer advocacy and support, Nicole continues to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals and families affected by cancer.


The MOJO Health Pillar: Be Your Own Champion

Nicole's story intersects with the ethos of the MOJO Health Pillar, "Be Your Own Champion." In a world where healthcare can sometimes feel like a maze of complexities, being your own champion is vital. Just as Nicole Tanner recently stated on our MOJO Rising podcast, it means you should,

“...listen to your body, advocate for yourself, do the research…don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and be the light for others…help them to know there's another way.”

By embracing this philosophy, individuals can take control of their health and well-being, empowering themselves to make informed decisions and navigate their healthcare journey with confidence and resilience.


At MOJO Health, we believe in empowering individuals to take charge of their health and well-being. Our Be Your Own Champion pillar encourages individuals to embrace their role as advocates for their own health. By fostering a culture of empowerment, education, and support, we strive to empower individuals to lead healthier, happier lives. 


In conclusion, Nicole Tanner's journey exemplifies the transformative impact of health advocacy. Her resilience, courage, and unwavering determination not only led her to triumph over breast cancer but also inspired her to become a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. Through initiatives like "Save the Cups," Nicole has demonstrated the profound difference that one individual can make in the lives of many. By sharing her story and advocating for health awareness and support, she has ignited a ripple effect of empowerment and inspiration that extends far beyond herself. As we reflect on Nicole's journey and the power of health advocacy, let's reaffirm our commitment to follow MOJO Health’s pillar to “Be Your Own Champion”. Together, let's create a future filled with vitality, resilience, and well-being for all. Let Nicole's story serve as a reminder that through shared stories of triumph and empowerment, we can illuminate the path forward and inspire others to embrace their own health journeys with courage, determination, and hope.

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