Talia Castellano was making beauty videos on Youtube when Ellen Degeneres discovered the young cancer patient. Inspired by this young girl’s bubbly personality and confidence in her beauty, she was made her an honorary CoverGirl. For months and months I’ve seen Talia’s videos circulating the web. I understood why she in particular stood out so much and affected so many people, she did not let her afflictions define her, yet she was not in denial of them either. She refused to wear wigs and acknowledged her predicament with grace and understanding.
Talia Castellano died last night at the age of thirteen. She said in a Youtube video about her unfortunate, yet certain death, “This is not fair to me anymore. I’m only 13. I shouldn’t really have to be doing this. No one should have to do this, not even adults. And it’s really not fair for kids to have cancer and it really freakin’ sucks. It sucks so badly.”
When she was on Ellen she discussed how she was able to stay so positive, “When people ask me that, I’m [like], what do you want me to do, be depressed?” she said. “A little fishy told me, ‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.'” Got to love the the Finding Nemo reference at the apropo time. Talia Castellano isn’t the first person or young person to pass away from cancer, nor will she be the last. I think we all need to take a moment and be grateful for what we have and who we have in sickness and in health.
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