AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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“…your gratitude and this opportunity to serve is a great example of finding the light.” RUTH: I am blessed to be there for this journey. Every time I am blessed to be part of this journey. Every project, every person, every time I am touching them, I feel part of them. It’s strong. It’s very strong.

LAURA: I feel that speaks so beautifully about finding light in the darkness. Through the medical, artistic treatment and the human connection, your gratitude and this opportunity to serve is a great example of finding the light. I want to say that your patients are completely reinvented. They are so transformed following your human connection and your medical application. You are a medical artist. ∎

Ruth Swissa, C.M.M.

Instagram: @ruthswissamedspa Breast Cancer Reconstruction

The California Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Andrew Frankel with Kechi Okwuchi

Instagram: @drandrewfrankel Artists For Trauma, The Kechi Love Project and Per Bernal Photography

Transformed Fellow Traveler Kechi Okwuchi:

Singer/Songwriter, Speaker & Author

Instagram: @kechiofficial


Artists For Trauma Founder & Executive Director, Trauma Survivor & Artist LAURA SHARPE contributes to AwareNow with her exclusive column, ‘Fellow Travelers’. Trauma, tragedy and miracle are all part of the life process. They do not discriminate nor are they fairly distributed. Simultaneously they occur across all diverse cultures, countries, colors, ethnicities, genders, religious beliefs, and dimensions of time and thought on planet Earth. In this process of life, birth and re-birth; decay and destruction are integral to creating new life. As fellow travelers, we are mindful, compassionate, and intentional through our attitude and actions to one another. We share our authentic personal story of survival or service to offer relatability, respect and hope to others who are navigating intense physical, mental and emotional life impact. Uncomfortably or joyfully, we share the range of human emotions related to our personal trauma or miracle. In the end or the new beginning, we learn we are all fellow travelers.