Touchée par le cancer du sein, elle trouve du réconfort dans le Cosplay

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Beth Pendergrass, une Américaine touchée par le cancer du sein, lutte contre sa maladie en se déguisant en personnalités connues.

En mai 2018 alors qu’elle avait 39 ans, un cancer du sein a été diagnostiqué chez Beth Pendergrass. « Je n’avais jamais ressenti de douleur auparavant, explique-t-elle à Metro UK. J’ai découvert la bosse totalement par hasard. » Un mois plus tard, elle subira sa première séance de chimiothérapie. « Depuis, j’ai eu une opération chirurgicale pour retirer la tumeur. Je fais également des chimios préventives car je présente un risque élevé de rechute. »

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Week 41: "If you feel so bad about yourself there’s always things you can do to feel better." Marge, The Simpsons We all have bad days. Days when we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see. Days when we don’t like our job. Days when we don’t feel well. Days when we feel like we’ve accomplished nothing. Days when we miss someone we love. Days when we don’t want to get out of bed. Days when we feel like we’ve been dealt an unfair hand. Just, those plain ol’ days when we feel bad about ourselves. I get it. It happens. Maybe we all need a little time to feel sorry for ourselves, but I’ve also learned that it doesn’t help. I’ve learned that while I can’t change my situation—the hand I’ve been dealt—I can do things to feel better about it. I can continue to share my story and hear other’s stories. I can remind myself that I am not alone and that others are fighting battles far more difficult that my own. Even better than that, I can go out of my way to do nice things for others—to smile, share a compliment or buy someone lunch. It’s simple and it works. Over and over again, it works. As the quote goes, “Kindness can make a bad day good, and a good day better.” #breastcancer #susangkomen #StandUpToCancer #breastcancersurvivor #bethstrong

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Après une de ses séances de chimio, Beth décide de se couper les cheveux. C’est à ce moment qu’une de ses amies lui fait remarquer qu’elle ressemble à Maria dans « La Mélodie du bonheur. » « Pour plaisanter, j’ai pris une photo de moi et je l’ai collée à côté d’une autre de Maria pour l’envoyer à mon amie. » C’est à ce moment qu’est né son amour pour le Cosplay. « Mes photos me permettent de me concentrer sur le positif. Elles me permettent de partager mes expériences et mes émotions liées au cancer. »

Via ses clichés partagés sur Instagram, Beth veut également inspirer d’autres personnes qui vivraient des moments difficiles. « Je veux dire aux gens c’est normal de vivre des mauvais jours. Mais il faut se reprendre et continuer à vivre, » conclut-elle.

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Week 42: “SUPERSTAR!” Mary Katherine Gallagher, Superstar I don’t always give myself the credit I deserve. Whether in work, friendships or life in general, I always feel like I can do better. I think it is both a strength and a weakness. A strength, because I am always looking for ways to improve. A weakness, because I am never satisfied. I have struggled with this throughout my chemo treatments particularly on bad days—days when I don’t feel well. I slow down. I am less productive. I lose my positivity and drive. And even though we are all entitled to bad days, I feel ashamed, and I shouldn’t. Instead, I need to feel proud of myself for getting through the tough days. As they say, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” And, by God, I need to remember that I am tough. I am doing the best I can. I am kicking cancer’s ass, and I am a SUPERSTAR!  #breastcancer #susangkomen #StandUpToCancer #breastcancersurvivor #bethstrong

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Week 40: "A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none." Marilyn Monroe I like to think that I have no limits—that I have unlimited energy, that nothing can touch me, that I can hold my emotions in and that I have no fear. But, weeks like this week remind me that I have my limits. As a Chief Communications Officer for a school district, the last call I want to receive is a call about a school shooting. But, that is what happened this week. I put my health aside, canceled my doctor appointments and went into action—almost robotic action, just doing those things I knew I had to do. Fortunately, and by the grace of God, there were no injuries. Nonetheless, the event weighs heavy on me and it will weigh heavy on my community. Even today as I write this, I recognize my limits as I fight back tears of frustration knowing that I cannot make this go away for the students, teachers and parents. Just as I have had to learn through my journey with cancer, I need to remember that healing will take time. But, it will happen. While I have learned that I have my limits, there is no limit to the love and support that I know awaits. Just as people have supported and rallied around me in my time of need, this community will do the same for our school.  A smart girl knows that storms happen, but a wise girl knows that they pass. #breastcancer #susangkomen #StandUpToCancer #breastcancersurvivor #bethstrong

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