I’m the Daughter of a Breast Cancer Survivor

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m making a few videos that are breast related during the month of October. This week, I thought I’d start with a personal story that I’ve never shared in detail before. About 15 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I was 14 at the time and from that point on, my life was never the same. Breast cancer is a disease that not only affects the person who is diagnosed, but all the people around them as well. Growing up with a sick parent is incredibly painful, confusing, complex and isolating. For so many years it felt like I was alone in my story, but now I know that I’m not. Finding the path to healing is possible and as someone who has been on this path for half of my existence, I can tell you that true healing reveals the most vibrant colors this life has to offer.

A note about this video: This is intentionally focused on my story and I’ve only incorporated elements of my mom’s experience when the details were necessary. I believe that our stories are ours to tell and we should honor that for others as well.

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WEEKLY UPDATE: The thing that’s top of mind for me right now: this video is incredibly scary for me to publish. My heart is racing as I type this, but my soul knows *this* is what I’m meant to be making right now. As a creative, that’s probably the most enriching and invigorating combination I could ask for. ❤️



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