Resist cancer. Resist a healthcare system that doesn't guarantee you treatment. Resist shame. Resist simply by being yourself. Resist gender enforcement. Resist the binary of ‘he or she’ and demand the pronouns that suit you. Resist beauty norms by feeling beautiful with your scars. The world expects you to cover these marks with plastic surgery and new breasts, but what if you don't want something on your own body that doesn't belong to you, and doesn't represent you?
Most people would be defeated, depressed and confused, but not Emily Jensen. She managed to take out all the positive energy from her story; she managed to embrace the change brought by disease; she managed to feel even more comfortable in their body, with all its marks of disease; she managed to spread this voice and message all over the world. With her campaigns “FlattopperPride" and “QueerCancer” she showed to the world that every human being is beautiful in their unique way, because of their struggles and pain, not despite them. She gives voice and advocates for all people facing breast cancer who may be feeling lost and scared. She knows that there is no other loneliness like that of facing disease. She knows you will need to fight if you want medical treatment; you need to be self confident and strong if you want to Resist!
You can read this story in her eyes; her gaze tells you that she has a lot of pain and also it tells you all the positive energy inside her. Emily is a very special human being and everybody should meet her to learn the lesson that our life is a great possibility. We have to honor that every day. Everything we do with this possibility is in our hands and in our hearts. Thanks, Emily, for being such a wonderful creature; we feel so lucky to be your friends. Thanks for always being yourself. Today she won another struggle, to Resist and demand to be known, today HIS name is Vonn.
Alessandra Pace & Fausto Serafini