Hello, my name is Sylvie. I’m the author of this blog. Alternately described as a creative intellectual and a polymath, I thrive outside the beaten path and don’t fit in a box. (People have tried). A former gold medal ballerina and robotic scientist, I share an equal love for the arts, the humanities, science, and everything in between. After 20 years of working in jobs that used only a fraction of my skills, I got hit by cancer and my life came to a halt.
As I recovered from the abyss of cancer, I vowed to myself that if I had been given a chance to live, it had to be a life worth living. A life where I can flourish and bring my passions and multidisciplinary skills to my work.
I started to write my cancer journey, and, through the process, discovered a new voice I hadn’t heard before. My authentic voice. Buried for so long. The voice of a person who can perceive the unarticulated pain of others. The voice of a person who can find beauty in every day. The voice of a person who can transcribe abstract obtuses experiences into concrete words.
As I woke up from cancer, I felt alive for the first time in my life. I realized that amidst the losses, I had been given a front-row seat in the drama of the cancer patient play. I had been given a chance to observe the players and characters up close. I realized that my years of meditation practice and passion for exploring the human psyche enabled me to investigate the profound layers of the cancer experience.
I realized that I could use my writing skills to document and meticulously describe this experience. Thus allowing people who’ve never had cancer to discover what it’s like to be a cancer patient. And allowing cancer patients to make sense of obtuse experiences they hadn’t been able to articulate.