@gingersnap274 (instagram), @HC_Happ (twitter)
Breast cancer survivor
Twist on Cancer: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2019, just after my 27th birthday. My year was co-opted by cancer, and everything in my life had to be rearranged to fit around surgeries, chemo and appointments. At the beginning of this year, I was excited to put my energy into activities and experiences that I chose, compared to all of the energy I spent on getting rid of cancer last year. Many of my new plans were derailed by 2020, but I was still able to be a part of the BWC program, for which I am so grateful. Connecting with Jillian, my incredibly talented artist partner, has been a highlight of this year. She has made me feel seen and understood, particularly as I navigate these early days of survivorship, which is messier and more ambiguous than I could have ever known. When I am struggling, I try to return to a place of gratitude. I am grateful to be alive and to have gained a new perspective on how precious - albeit, messy and hard - life is. I am so grateful, and truly honored, to have had the opportunity to work with Jillian and make a new friend as part of this program.