On 2/22/2022, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was only 23 years old. my symptoms mimicked a regular flu virus with laryngitis, so my medical team couldn’t understand why I was persistent at appointments and told them I knew something was wrong with me. Eventually, we found the main tumor attached to my left vocal cord. That is what had been giving me a hoarse voice for two months. When they debulked it, it was blocking 50% of my airway. I was the one that pushed for scans and referrals and even went to the ED for help multiple times. It was my own research and my intuition that saved my life. I went on to finish 6 rounds of chemotherapy and be declared cancer free in July of 2022.
Now, I feel a deep calling to help other people, to be a resource for them that I wish I had. I remember what a cathartic experience that was for me to finally be able to talk to someone who “gets it.” I was so humbled by the outpouring of support for me last year, and now I’m ready to pay it forward.
I’m also a professional makeup artist in my spare time! I love helping people feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. Makeup was a lifeline to me while I was in treatment, anchoring me to at least part of my identity. I know all the tips and tricks of the trade and I love to talk about all things beauty.