More than 442,000 fans are grieving the loss of the beloved Instagram fashion blogger: Kyrzayda Rodriguez. She was 40 years old.
Kyrzayda was one of the most popular style icons on the popular social networking site, Instagram. For years, she shared her day to day life with complete strangers around the world as she used fashion as a way to connect. Throughout her time as an influencer, Kyrzayda inspired millions.
When it seemed like Kyrzayda was living the most glamorous and fairytale life, she learned the devastating news: she had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Kyrzayda had gone through multiple forms of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation, paracentesis. She heavily relied on her faith in God to help her maintain a positive mindset during her journey- something her 442K followers.
After nearly a year of intense treatment, Kyrzayda made the difficult decision to stop her cancer treatment. While she loved the life she was living, the cancer treatment wasn’t working the way she had hoped. She decided to share her difficult decision with her followers in the following statement:
I’d like to start out by thanking everyone for sharing all of your inspirational stories with me and for allowing me to inspire you back. As you guys know I’ve tried my best to keep you informed throughout my journey. There are many moving parts to cancer treatment; there’s chemo, radiation, paracentesis, prayer, etc.
I am grateful for the role all of these things have played so far. However, the chemo and radiation will be discontinued because it is not working the way I hoped it would. I have decided to stop these treatments so that I can enjoy the rest of my time with my friends and family and to be as pain-free as possible. Everyone’s journey is different, God does not make mistakes, what is supposed to happen will happen. I am not mad…I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been blessed with. One of the best things you can do for someone going through something like this is to support their decision.
I will never give up on my fight. Please continue to share your stories, your love, your support, & your prayers. I love you all and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life all this time.
Kyrzayda was open with her journey on her social media and often used her platform to encourage others to feel beautiful just as God made them. When she started losing her hair, she chose to embrace her natural bald head rather than cover it up with a wig.
Several followers went to social media to share their heartbreak over her loss. Many of Kyrzayda’s followers shared her Christian faith left messages such as “Heaven gained a sweet angel today” after hearing the news.
Kyrzayda is survived by her adult daughter and her loyal 442k followers. Her wish was to encourage others to always remain positive and embrace the body, mind, and dreams that God so lovingly gave them. She may be gone from us today, but she impacted millions and her legacy will live on.
Please pray for Kyrzayda's daughter and her closest friends. Losing a loved-one to cancer is never easy and the power of prayer is truly a gift.