“This is what I love about this woman, her journey is not about her but the Love and Passion she has for the kids and the people” – Facebook User
“Her role model, her inspiration…Alyssa loves this woman so very much, as do I and many others” – Facebook User
Who is this woman that the public so genuinely speaks of? She is, Sabre’, a former model and advocate who has now devoted her life to spreading awareness for Graves’ Disease and other Autoimmune Disorders.
Sabre’ was born and raised in Philadelphia. At age 15, while walking the streets of New York City, she was discovered; she had always had a passion for fashion and modeling, it was a dream come true!
Her life became a whirlwind of runways and magazines; working with Top Agencies, such as Ford and modeling for designers as well known as Donna Karen.
Having a grasp on life and her career going in the right direction, in a matter of months, it all came to a screeching halt. In September 2011, Sabre’ noticed that her body wasn’t responding the way it used to. She had shortness of breath, severe headaches, and hair loss; among other symptoms.
She went to a neurologist and it was thought to be just stress. But in January 2012, she was rushed to the hospital, where she stayed for 7 days, fighting for her life. Sabre’ was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland.
“The Toughest part of this disease is not knowing when you are going to have a flare up or a setback, it’s like a thief in the night, it comes with no warning signs on how it attacks the body and it can be very cruel…” she says.
Though this disease has been a journey of highs and lows, she has used her story to become an advocate for health. Her goal is to share her remarkable story with the world. “ I am trying to make a difference”, she adds.
She is doing just that! She founded, Sabre’ Inc. and is using her love of fashion to execute some of the greatest fashion shows to benefit Graves’ Disease. In just a couple weeks, she will be bringing one of those shows to New York City. The Autoimmune Metro Style Fashion Show is a charity event helping to raise awareness for Autoimmune Diseases. “This event brings together designers, models, top fashion industry reps, sponsors and vendors; all of whom want to support the consistent advocacy of Sabre”
This year’s event takes place on August 8th at the Holiday Inn Midtown. For more information, please visit http://sabreinc.org/Auto-Immune-Metro-Style-2015.html.
The show serves many missions as it allows up and coming models and designers the opportunity to showcase their talents. And the proceeds from the event will go to fund a Graves’ Disease Center, to be built in Philadelphia in 2016.
Sabre’ has impacted me as well as so many others. I suffered from Graves’ Disease and unfortunately had a full thyroidectomy because my thyroid was unresponsive to treatments. In those moments you feel alone, lost. I’ve always wondered, why me. Just like her, I struggle not knowing when I will have a flare up, not knowing when my body will fail. Sabre’ reminds us to “never give up!” She is using her greatest obstacle as an amazing triumph. She is an inspiration. I remember the first time I saw her Instagram, I said to myself, “models have Graves’ Disease too”, it is silly but I felt connected to her in that moment. I started my blog with the same intention of spreading my story and I hope to one day be at her level.
Sabre’ is providing an opportunity for us to learn, share and grow together. As she says, “I have Graves Disease. I am not dead and in my grave, so body, you don’t get to quit yet!”