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When cancer tried to ruin Christmas, Taylor Swift came through in a Big Way…

By: Lisa Mo’ Chin for Medium
Date: December 24th 2017

I would like to tell you a wonderful story about my friend and someone I do not know…Taylor Swift. How do I begin…

My friend, Linda, has had the most terrible history with cancer. She’s a single mother who has tried everything within her arsenal to stay positive, healthy and motivated. So when she found out it was back, with the holidays approaching, she started to reach out to her friends. She wrote on Facebook:

I helplessly watched her post messages of her condition for months. I read through them trying to find any opportunities of things I could help her with, or just to try to make her feel better. When I saw this post, and read that she wanted a card from Taylor Swift, I thought to myself, there’s no way I can make that happen. Still, you can only ever try, and that is good enough for me.

So I started to try.

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Scarlet Tourmaline! I have a friend who survived cancer so I wanted to honor them and other cancer survivors/patients by making a Tourmaline who doesn’t have hair. I don’t think hair really matters for someone to look good. I mean it’s all in their personality, right? Also her pose is based on Trapiche Tourmaline’s because she is a close friend and follower of Trapiche. She also has healing powers and her gem is on her tailbone, if she had one. :)

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Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:

The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”

The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.

Perception

The first time I whispered the words “I have cancer” it was masked with defeat. The more those three words were spoken I became fearless and confident in my diagnosis. My perception gradually changed about life. Reality is that there is nothing to look forward to when it comes to this match except the extreme appreciation for life. Cancer will try to steal your DNA, humiliate, & assassinate you but it can’t take away your character. If I can look dead on in the blackness of this disease and somehow change the perception of this battle then I have won regardless of the outcome. Positivity is everything in this position. There will be days I feel defeated. There will be tears, weakness, and fear but a powerful mindset can conquer those moments. My children will be the faces that create a warrior inside of me. Instead of allowing this illness to define me I’m defining it.

Bohuslav, 60 years old

“My wish is to buy TVs to the rooms at hematology division. It would help patients to find other thoughts while fighting the disease, so that they are not left to think only of what will come next. I would also like to pay for my wife´s surgery, so her epileptic attacks become less frequent.“

a part of a portrait series for the Lymphoma Society and their project I Can Dream Again dedicated to patients who won their fight with cancer

ph. Viki Kollerová, 2014

Cancer-stricken kids, parents kicked out of park so Obama could pass by on his way to a fundraiser

This is ridiculous, even for Obama….

from Washington Post:

The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group’s plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness and research funding for childhood cancer, participants said.

Some of the parents and children expressed hurt and disappointment that the Secret Service and Park Police, citing security precautions, virtually shut down part of a two-day event called CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

“We ended up waiting at the gates for two hours, and they never let us in,” said Natasha Gould, an 11-year-old Canadian girl who started a blog after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor this year. “And to be clear, the entire crowd was half kids. I cried last night in my hotel room because it was my first CureFest, and I couldn’t believe people were acting like they don’t care about children.”

Public information officers for the Secret Service and the Park Police were not able to comment immediately. Closures of Lafayette Square have occurred periodically since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and security incidents at the White House.

Organizers, aligned with the Truth 365 grass-roots child-cancer advocacy program, had obtained a permit to hold “A Night of Golden Lights,” in which participants would light electric candles.

But as the closure dragged on, some of the sick children, fatigued by the wait or the need to receive medication, had to return to their hotel rooms, organizers said. Others began crying, and some parents became enraged. Attendees said the group of at least 700 people were not allowed access to personal items they left behind, such as chairs and blankets.

Police officers and agents on the scenes told some parents that the closure was necessary because President Obama had left the White House from an entrance near the square to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala.

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Look, I’m all for keeping the President safe, even if he is a lawless narcissist, but does anyone actually think these children with cancer or their parents gathered to hold a vigil posed a threat.  And for TWO HOURS!?!?! It’s one thing to pause activity in the park to let him drive by, but to close the park for TWO HOURS!???!

The man is despicable. 

You guys have no idea how awesome this lunch was! This was no quick meet and greet photo opp. We sat and talked to Taylor and her mom for two hours, had lunch and Kayla received a gift basket, then she signed pictures. She is the sweetest, most down to earth person I have ever met. This was more than we ever expected.
—  Kayla Kincannon’s dad about her lunch with Taylor in 2013. (X)