Metastatic breast cancer means there is no longer the opportunity to overcome the disease, and you are faced with a shorter life expectancy. In this video for Rethink, Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, describes what building a legacy looks like for her, and inspires other young people with metastatic cancer to create their own legacy. This video is part of Rethink’s LiveLaughLearn video series, which helps young women with metastatic breast cancer learn tips and tricks to handle difficult conversations and situations, and plan for their future, while balancing stress and anxiety.
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#YWMBC (Young With Metastatic Breast Cancer)
Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.
Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.