Jenn & Pete nominated Emily into the Warpaint Project including this touching letter below. Emily D. would be a name among more than 300 nominations to us, until we met her ourselves. Then we would learn why Pete and Jenn jumped to the opportunity to recognize this special and beautiful individual who would become our friend, our inspiration to another dozen pieces of artwork called "The Goddess Project" recognizing the women of Breast Cancer. Meet Emily.
JENN AND PETE WRITE. .
We met Emily through the love of our dogs. Our breeder has a page on FB for Desert Sky Alumni so all of the owners can keep in touch and share stories with people who own puppies from the same litters. Emily has a sister to our Bullmastiff, Remi, named Katana. Through this dog family connection, she would comment on our posts and we would comment back. We would ask questions and she would ask questions. Remi was the runt of the litter so we would often compare Remi and Katana to see how similar they are, or aren’t! She just seemed like a wonderful down to earth person. We became FB friends outside of the alumni page and started talking daily. I have been having a difficult time in my own life. I had lost both parents, my uncle and my 9 year old Bullmastiff Karma, my heart dog, all in a span of 15 months and this led to increased depression. Emily and I had a conversation one night because she reached out, worried about me. We realized we had both been through some tough situations in our past. She had been battling something I had dealt with first hand in my family and came out the other side. All of this was before we even knew she had cancer. That in itself was really amazing to me that someone dealing silently with what she had going on still had the compassion to reach out and help others. Emily has always been positive and a fighter even in the worst situations. She posts positive and enlightening things even in her darkest hours and shows support to me and builds me up when I’m feeling down. So our relationship continued to grow. One day she colored her hair a really pretty silvery/purple color and we would come to find out shortly after that post that she has breast cancer. From the minute she found out, she had some more fun with her hair, and then shaved it all off. She took everything in stride and always had that confidence that she was a fighter, a warrior, and she was going to beat this. She has documented her journey, always being positive, regardless of how she felt or what she was going through that day. Trips she has had to the hospital, in a hospital gown, fighting infection or complication from her chemo with a smile on her face. Not only does she continue to fight this cancer like the badass she is, she has been a constant support for me and my struggles and I have no doubt to others as well. I can’t imagine the battle she is fighting and hope I never have to. She has been a bright, positive light in my life. As our relationship grew, Emily sent me a bracelet that she bought for herself, myself and our breeder Danielle that says: Fate whispers to the warrior “You cannot withstand the storm.” And the warrior whispers back “I am the storm.” I couldn’t believe in just the little time we had been getting to know each other that I would get something so amazing and heartfelt from someone who had barely gotten to know me at that point. It showed me what kind of person and friend she is. She continues to put a smile on her face every day. She still has a difficult road ahead but I have no doubt that because of her positivity and her will to fight she will beat cancers ass. To me, that is a warrior, a person I look up to and someone we are so blessed to have in our life.
Thank you Pete and Jenn for introducing Emily to our family and to our Project, we are forever grateful to know Emily's Warrior Ways. She remains the most Influential woman we have ever met in the Warpaint Project and in our lives. Because of Emily, we are able to understand the special respect due to women who fight cancer and give them a special space in our project today, the Goddess Project beginning with Emily, Katie, Lindsay and more. Emily hopes to reach teens, young women and even young men, diagnosed with Breast Cancer so that she might walk them through what to expect. She's honest but loving, bold but sweet, and so healing to anyone she encounters. Emily, we adore you, this is for you, so that you know how far your light shines.
Aubre and Joe