Venasia breast cancer David Fox Photographer ArtBecause
My name is Venatia. I was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and I was 46 years old at the time of my diagnosis. My family has endured its share of cancer: my mother’s oldest and youngest sisters both had breast cancer, my mother and another older sister had lung cancer, my father had colon cancer, and my maternal cousin had ovarian cancer. Although I had never experienced such an extreme degree of personal fear, pain, anger, and anxiety in my life, I did learn from my breast cancer and BRCA-II diagnosis. I learned that I am Strong, Humane, Beautiful, Hopeful, and Deserving Woman! Cancer was my diagnosis, it is not who I am, nor was it my death sentence. Therefore, I view and live each day and all that comes with it, as a generous gift for me to experience, learn from, grow from, and celebrate!