Shoes Walked Me Thru Cancer Into The Spotlight

577192_10200924910977799_1563700974_nMichelle Berndt is a former Mrs.Texas International 2013. She contributed a very powerful story. A story that brims with love, friendship and hope. And of course a very special Shoe.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with late stage 2 invasive breast cancer.   I went through a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation and a hysterectomy.   Four weeks after my hysterectomy I was on stage competing for Mrs Texas International and won!  During my journey I was given a pair of high heels from my friend Katie Maskey.  She spent hours putting each individual sequin on by hand.  The moment I put those heels on I could feel her love and support.  My soles sensed the power of the words survivor and hope on my new pair of shoes.  I wore those shoes to almost every appearance and I promise you my smile was bigger when wearing them.  At a time when I needed it, never has a pair of heels made me feel more confident and sexy.”
Michelle Berndt