What Is Your Story?
When I was 13 years old, I started feeling sick, tired, and having recurring daily migraines. Worst of all, I started losing passion for the things that I loved. One day, my mom took me to the ER because she thought I might have Mono. They did some blood work and realized that my white and red blood cell counts were abnormal. They sent me to the Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis and I was checked into the Oncology Department. It was there that they did an MRI of my head and spine, as well as a spinal tap.
That day I was diagnosed with a Brain Stem Glioma, a tumor inside of the Brain Stem. Unfortunately because of the location it is inoperable and chemotherapy/radiation have a very slim chance of working. Because of these roadblocks to traditional medicine, I was given an 8% chance of survival over the upcoming 6 months.
That was my “ah hah” moment. I decided that if that was all I had, I was going to make the best out of it and go for my dreams NOW! That was when I moved to LA. I had always been passionate about acting, modeling, designing, writing, etc. but it was time to pursue it as a full time career. I started going full force, and things took off!
My recent ventures include;
A Ted Talk, Teen Vogue It Girl, going to London with Vogue, hosting fashion shows for Brain Cancer Survivors all over the country, and much more.
I still have my brain tumor and I continue to fight everyday, but it is a battle I am proud to be a part of. I exceeded all of the doctors expectations, and just hit my two year mark. I continue to share my story as inspiration for others who are fighting a deadly disease and have dreams that they aspire to as well. Every kid I can possibly reach through one of my talks or fashion shows, is one more that may decide to go full force for their dreams as well. And then we would have a world full of dreamers.
How Has The Diagnosis Changed Your Life?
TedX- How Was That Experience?
Model or Actress If You Could Only Choose One?
Favorite LA Boutique, hotel and restaurant?
LA Boutique: Social Butterflies LA
Hotel: Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills
Restaurant: il Pastaio with Sweet Beverly for desert
What's Your Style?
It changes drastically depending on the city/environment I’m in. One day I can be in a gown and the next I'm in Army pants. My mom says I'm a chameleon, and it’s so true.