I moved from Los Angeles to Miami at the beginning of 2020 to pursue my dreams, clueless to the change in plans God had for my life. At the beginning of the pandemic, my family received the heart shattering news that my sister and life-long best friend, Nicole (Coco) was diagnosed with stage 3C cervical cancer. It broke me. In that same moment of fear, I realized that my sister needed me more than ever. Not the scaredsister, but the supportive, loving and unconditional best friend she had always relied on. I put aside everything, and in the midst of the lockdown started flying to Texas to care for my sister and niece. Life changed in a blink of an eye. I witnessed my sister change physically, emotionally and spiritually. Once chemo and radiation started, we immediately realized that her clothing became inconvenient during her healing journey.
The impotence I felt was overwhelming. I am just a fashion designer, I can not do anything to take this away, but how can I help? My sister was not even going to be able to wear my contemporary brand, this is not going to work!