I remember coming across Lucrecia’s blog and reading a post about her diagnosis with astrocytoma brain cancer where I immediately started tearing up halfway through the entry. It may sound absurd when I didn’t know her at that time, but I felt a connection with some of her thoughts and initial frustration. I don’t usually disclose the details of my diagnosis with juvenile glaucoma, but I can admit the journey was difficult with endless doctor appointments, severe side effects from medication, lost of self-confidence, anger, and fear of the unknown. There were so many mix emotions that it became mentally exhausting while having to juggle with graduating college and working at a investment bank. But just like Lucrecia, reality sunk in and understanding that I had to deal with it whether I like it or not. It was almost like making peace with myself, and the world that surrounded me became more beautiful afterwards.
I decided to contact Lucrecia to tell her how brave and inspirational she was, inviting her for coffee if she ever decides to visit NYC. We ended up meeting on several occasions and I was glad to learn how genuine her personality is. I also find it inspiring that while undergoing treatment, she still has a positive attitude to continue blogging about her love for fashion and lifestyle, not to mention preparing the launch of her online store!