"unpacking the shadow" 

A collaborative women's project

by Lorri Acott


K'leena


While living in a abusive situation and pregnant I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer.  The cumulation of these events and the stress that accompanied them overtook me and in the processes of surviving I lost myself and the me I loved.


 It wasn't until I was able to get away from my abuser and start to heal that slowly I was able to bust through the darkness and rediscover all the things that make me "ME".


 I still live with the cancer and the emotional pain that accompanies survivors, it may always be a part of me, but it is not all of me.  I'm also a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friends, a artist, a baker, a outdoor enthusiasts, a swimmer, a daughter of God and the list goes on and on.  


It it feels great to not hide in the shadow I was once lost in.  It feels amazing to just be me!