SicChíc was created by freelance illustrator and designer Wendy L. Jarva. For over two decades her passion and talent for art and design have nourished and fueled her creative vision. In addition to being a talented artist she is also an avid martial artist, training in both Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
After many years of training, she recognized the need for a really strong, edgy line of fight wear for women. Women who like to train the way she enjoyed. Presented with many extremely difficult times in her life, she continued to train and forge ahead with sheer determination and will with the attitude of fall down five times stand up six. Continually learning and growing from these life lessons.
Today she moves through life following her heart and using these very experiences to help, inspire and encourage others in difficult situations.
On March 24th 2011, she had a phone call that no woman would ever want to receive. Four words that would forever change her life: “You have breast cancer.” She was 39 and in the best shape of her life. She never saw it coming. She had no family history, and was an avid fitness chick, spending many hours per week training. The majority of her diet was organic foods. She was not a smoker. She was not someone that was on the radar for cancer. The news crushed her and she lost her sense of identity. That diagnosis and the treatment that followed brought her to a low that was beyond hell. She has walked in shoes that no woman would ever want to walk in. Unfortunately, too many do and will follow in her footsteps.
What saved her life was her intense Krav Maga training. It was an accidental punch to her chest by her training partner and best friend—her sister Tammy. The impact to her breast drew attention to the small, silent tumor growing unannounced in her chest. Cancer is silent and sneaky. It doesn’t make its presence known until often it is at a later stage. That punch aggravated it; it became angry and began to hurt. When she brought it to the attention of her doctor his response was “I am not concerned, but if you want I will send you for some tests.” The mammogram did not show her cancer. When you have dense breast tissue—as many young women do—cancer is not easily seen on the mammogram. It was the sonogram that showed a very small, silent, black spot.
Today, she thanks God that she was very proactive in her health. Unfortunately, even though it was caught at Stage 1, she had to go through the grueling treatment because of her age. She not only lost her hair, she lost her beauty, her passion and soul. When treatment was over she felt a sense of re-birth. Unfortunately, all don’t have this life-altering experience. Today, she lives her life each and every day to its fullest.
“I don’t wait for tomorrow, I love to laugh out loud and often. I dance, sing, create, and have an endless amount of energy! I am not concerned what others think of me. I am fueled by love and charity.”
“I feel if I can change just one woman’s life out there, then all of my time and effort was worth it! I always follow my heart and that is what I use as my compass.” Wendy feels she has a very important mission and journey.
Wendy Jarva is the engine behind SicChíc. The engine runs on love and passion. The higher purpose is to find out why so many young people are being diagnosed with cancer. She is doing this by promoting her line of fight wear and 10% of her net profit on everything she sells is going directly to StopCancer: The Marni Fund for research.
SicChíc also plans on helping families directly affected with this devastating disease. The reward is from paying it forward and not by a paycheck.
“Together we can all make a difference! Embrace your life and inspire others to do the same.”
—Wendy L. Jarva