The bubbly and vivacious fashion designer has been cancer-free for 12 years, a fact she's been very vocal about. But, when she first diagnosed, Betsey only revealed the news to her daughter, Lulu.
"The biggest fear I had was that people were going to worry about my business, my health and whether I was going to live or die," she tells the Washington Post. "Back then people didn’t think about getting through it and going on to live, in some ways, even more powerful lives."
Thankfully, she has since become a loud voice in the fashion industry for breast cancer awareness. Every year, she designs some sort of fashionably chic item for October – this year, she has an "I'm A Survivor!" t-shirt, tote, hat, gloves and socks, with proceeds benefitting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and the Weill Cornell Breast Center of the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (where she was treated).