For the past five years, Talia Joy Castellano, 12, has been fighting cancer. Through it all, however, she's been a bright and bubbly presence on the Internet, providing some really amazing makeup tutorials for girls, embracing bronzers and blushes instead of a wig after treatments left her bald.
Yesterday, however, she uploaded a video that was much more serious than how to create the perfect smokey eye. In a video titled "vlog-Idk what to say :(" she tells how her cancer is getting bad, so bad, in fact, that she likely has less than a year to live. She has neuroblastoma and leukemia, and while they could attempt a bone marrow transplant, she says she's already been through too much and that she wants to "just live life for the time remaining."
As she delivers some of the most devastating news imaginable, she somehow manages to do so with a message of hope and inspiration. She even calls cancer a gift.
I've gotten so many benefits from [cancer]. Having a YouTube channel, having to inspire people and having people look up to me ... I adore, I love makeup, using it as my wig ... it's amazing ... the journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an end.
Having cancer has been a gift, but it's a horrible, horrible thing. she says.
What an incredible, beautiful soul. She is simply enchanting.
It's easy to say you're an optimist, to claim you see the glass half full; it's another to actually follow through when things are more incredibly horrible and painful than you could have ever imagined. It is what, more than almost anything, I want to try to teach my children -- that resilience and that ability to find good, no matter how bad things get -- because the fact is we just never know what darkness they may face.
I fear, however, that it's not something that can be taught, but rather something that comes from deep within from an extraordinary few, like Talia. Makeup aside, she is the epitome of true beauty.
Have you seen your children able to find the good in bad situations?
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