Marenda Taylor is a Survivor to Thriver Lifestyle Coach, Author, and an Independent Certified Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. She is the creator of Know Her Body, a campaign to increase awareness, particularly among couples to encourage frequent self-breast exams with a second pair of hands to double check; inspired by the fact that Marenda’s husband discovered a lump in her breast. She is also the founder and creator of the Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman Movement.
Marenda was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer BRCA1+ at the age of 39 while working as a Senior Field Representative for a prominent elected official of the California State Legislature. Through chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgeries, and recovery she made the conscious decision to take an integrative medicine approach using alternative medicines (such as cbd oil and medical cannabis) along with conventional medicine while addressing mind, body, and soul.
Marenda immersed herself in various therapies including Reiki, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, and fell in love with Writing for Wellness at the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. Her quest for healing and recovery ultimately led to Marenda leaving her “good government job” to pursue lifestyle coaching, becoming a flight attendant and traveling.
Marenda is currently working towards professional certifications in Cannabis Therapy Consulting and Yoga Instructing (with emphasis in Restorative & Immersion Yoga) to help people who are going through major life transitions causing stress, those with daily stressors, those coping with and/or recovering from trauma, injuries or illnesses, people in need of deep relaxation and rest or anyone else who wishes to practice.
In 2018 Marenda at the age of 43 made the difficult decision to have a bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy and total hysterectomy to further reduce risks as a Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome gene carrier. This painful decision strengthened her resolve to use her story, voice, and experiences to advocate for breast cancer warriors while supporting, encouraging, and emphasizing the importance of medical research to find a cure for not just breast cancer, ALL cancers!
Marenda Has Been Featured in Health Magazine, O Magazine, Allure Magazine, Elle Magazine, Sky Magazine, as well as on National and Local Television Programs to Inspire and Empower Breast Cancer Survivors and their loved ones.
Marenda Believes Community Engagement is Important for Breast Cancer Survivors.
She serves as an inspirational speaker at community events, participates in walks, fundraisers, and workshops and is actively involved with the Young Survivor Coalition, Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, Pink Nose Way, Keep a Breast, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, If Girls Ran the World, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, Haus of Volta Survivor Pinup Model and a Brand Ambassador for AnaOno Intimates.
Marenda is dedicated to using her journey to encourage, educate, and empower women to Never Give Up no matter what; to Fight Like a Grown Ass Woman!