‘It’s Embryonical. I Was Basically Born With It.’
The United States just marked the 40th anniversary of the end to the Vietnam War.
Thousands of Americans carry physical or psychological scars from that conflict, including the children of those who served.
But not all of them are recognized when it comes to survivor benefits. A Santa Barbara woman is battling to change that; her life depends on it.
Dozens of people gathered on a Sunday back in April during a Shaman ceremony, celebrating the life of Emilee Garfield, recently diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.
Normally, these types of ceremonies are held after someone dies. But Garfield has beaten the odds for 39 years.
“I feel like … healthy,” said Garfield, who teaches yoga and Pilates for a living. “I don’t feel like I’m dying of cancer. But I had all the signs.”
The signs go all the way back to the tender age of 4.
“Rabdomyosarcoma,” Garfield said. “It effects children in their first year of life and it talks about the cells that develop in six-eight weeks of embryo. So, it’s embryonical. I was basically born with it.”