A year ago today, Mallory Sauer, one of Denver’s most loved fashion bloggers, died at age 27. The sad news was announced in a final post on her blog, S W E E T & S A U E R. Her Aunt wrote, “Heaven has a new fashionista now. Mallory passed away peacefully, at home with her family on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. I know she is in heaven making sure everyone looks their best."
Mallory was already battling Crohn's disease when the cancer diagnosis hit in September of 2015. It all started months prior when she had a strange side pain that felt like runners cramp, but it wasn’t going away. CT scans showed a small amount of fluid around her lungs with tiny nodules. After more scans, many procedures, endless tests and hospital visits, her doctors determined it was stage 4 metastatic melanoma. Once Mallory learned that the cancer was treatable but incurable, she decided to break the rules of fashion blogging and started sharing her health journey.
“We've all heard the saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, the lemons life gave me are cancer lemons. That's what this is about. I have cancer. I've been diagnosed with metastatic (stage IV) melanoma in my lungs. It's not very common that skin cancer grows inside your body, but it is possible. It's called melanoma from an unknown primary. GET YOURSELF A SKIN CHECK. Like now. Melanoma can be lethal.”
'When Life Gives You Lemons' blog posts helped her followers understand the cancer side, but that was only part of the story. Though diagnosed at 18, Mallory rarely spoke about Crohn’s disease since she had been in remission for eight years. All of that changed when she was taken off Remicade in order to treat cancer. “The one thing I NEVER wanted to happen since the day I was diagnosed is now happening to me,” she said. In August 2016 ileostomy surgery was performed due to a severe flare-up. But no matter what, Mallory was determined to follow her fashionista dreams by saying, “Let's figure out how the heck to dress with an ostomy bag together."
The Colorado native and Pure Barre instructor was known for being a ridiculously good dresser and talented fashion designer, but what was she really trying to tell us in her short yet full life.
To be happy?
"I've decided I'm going to continue living a happy and positive life the best way I can. We are very much in control of our attitude and how we let things affect us.”
To be authentic?
“Enjoy the happy moments, embrace the sad, and accept every single second of your life. The highs, the lows, and everything in-between makes us who we are.”
To stop being judgmental?
“I've been getting a lot of comments from people saying I'm ‘too skinny’ and shouldn't promote being so thin. To that I say… don't judge a book by its cover and be thankful for your good health.”
To know our purpose?
“I'm not the most religious person, but I do believe things happen for a reason and everything works out the way it's supposed to. So, I have to believe that there is a greater purpose to this. There has to be.”
One thing's for sure, Mallory had passion. Because when you love what you do, you’ll work hard at it right up until the very end. Mal, we know you’re watching over us and we hear you loud and clear. Less hate, more fashion!