Category Archives: Recovery

Black Cancer Girl Magic

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It’s #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth. Young people, Black people, and women people get colorectal cancer too! I’m honored to ink this laugh-cry-laugh-cry story of Chellese Parker and Iman Perry to tell you how it is… The fact that their table was the only one with a grip of cancerous people of color (POC) at CancerCON, made me ask […]

Facing Chemo Project in VIEWFIND

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Sparking the Facing Chemo project as Robert Houser’s photographic subject, watching him grow it to large scale international reach, and subsequently establish the Facing Light Foundation, continues to be a personally transformative and humbling experience. “In 2008, photojournalist Robert Houser was nearing the end of a routine magazine shoot for Associations Now when his subject, Christabel, disclosed something […]

Even My Dog Got Cancer

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A few days after I first felt the nickel-size lump on his rib cage, the mass changed from soft and squishy to hard and firmly anchored. The vet decided to surgically biopsy the entire lump for analysis, because the initial needle aspiration drew some blood in addition to fat cells. Some dogs develop harmless lipomas […]

Killing Fear In Survivorship–Like Riding A Bike

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It’s been ages since I’ve biked to shrink my carbon footprint. But in my pre-cancerous life, I used to cover great distances on my road bike. Bleh! I hate how that sounds. It’s what people depressingly say when they think their life has already peaked … “I used to (fill in any challenging feat here).” […]

Facing Chemo on BUZZFEED today!

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If you haven’t heard my story already, the quotes in this BuzzFeed article nicely highlight how Robert Houser​ ended up photographing my baldness on a rainy day in my tiny San Francisco apartment, subsequently growing Facing Chemo, a photographic project and the Facing Light Foundation​. I first met Bob when he photographed me for a […]