Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2012 at age 36. The diagnosis was especially surprising to her given her age and active, healthy lifestyle. Linda credits her diagnosis with helping her to focus on the things she has in life that she is truly thankful for. Fighting cancer has opened her eyes to all the love and support that has always been in her life that she is now able to embrace.
Linda became involved in the Rare Chair Affair after meeting previous survivor artists and realizing how many other women are affected by the disease. She believes in the WBCC’s purpose and believes they are truly determined to save lives by striving for more research on preventing recurrences and to hopefully, in the future, lessen the chances or prevent the development of breast cancer.
The inspiration behind Linda’s chair is a simple quote she read: “Follow Your Bliss”. The symbol on her chair is the Seventh Chakra, Sahasrara. Throughout her years practicing yoga, Linda has learned that the Seventh Chakra symbolizes enlightenment and a greater understanding. Linda thinks of this as bliss and intends to continue following the bliss she has found in her life since diagnosis.
The Tree of Life on the stool symbolizes many things to Linda: love, wisdom, protection, strength, beauty, forgiveness, friendship and prosperity–all of which she has found in herself and those around her throughout her journey.