Artist: Magdalena Cuevas
Inspiration: Alicyn Yarbrough
I am very lucky to have been chosen as an artist and to have been paired with an incredible soul. Alycin is such an inspiration and a great example of perseverance. We connected instantly and shared our stories. Alycin described to me how she takes care of herself and in the many things she shared with me - the one thing that stood out the most was meditation and yoga. One of the things we agreed on was the importance of self love and taking care of ourselves. I shared this sentiment with Alycin "that we are like a cup and can't pour love onto the world from an empty cup." We need to heal ourselves and do things that we like and enjoy. It was wonderful to be a part of Brushes with Cancer and to have met such a wonderful human being.
Alicyn's Twist on Cancer:
My twist on cancer is my newfound perspective around the depth of my own strength and courage. I spent years running from big, scary feelings, afraid I couldn't handle them. With my cancer diagnosis, life changed in an instant and I was faced with my most dreadful, terrifying, paralyzing feelings of all. I knew I needed to address and heal old stuffed down emotional wounds alongside the chemo and surgeries and physical healing. I needed to feel it all. And, I learned that I could. I am so much more in touch with my strength and courage after cancer. I deeply believe that in order for me to stay healthy I have to continue this ongoing healing process of connecting and healing within. And, as a result I've created more space inside for peace.
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