All too often we see the fake and the phony splattered across social media. Numerous filtering options and photo editing apps allow us to become anyone other than who we truly are.
We erase and enhance, pose and perfect. We thrive on likes and views, surviving off what strangers think about the false persona we portray.
But for those of you who, like me, had hoped to see a spark of the real and the vulnerable again, I’d like to introduce you to Charlotte Eades.
Eades enjoyed video blogging about fashion and beauty, but what she is most known for is truly inspiring.
17 months today pic.twitter.com/We4JMlXLqS
— Charlotte’s BAG (@alexeades1) July 24, 2017
A battle with terminal cancer could have sent Eades into hiding. Instead, she chose to stand in the spotlight, documenting her fight while continuing to remain positive and share her passions with her viewers.
“Hi, my name’s Charlotte Eades. I’m just like any other typical teenage girl,” she said in the introduction video on her popular YouTube channel. “But I have a twist,” she continued. “The twist is … that I have cancer.”
The videos succeeding her intro follow Eades’s journey. While the brain tumor she deemed the “Terminator” continued to steal her motor skills and speech, Eades never shied away from the camera.
Her videos were a way for the teen to cope with her anxiety. And video after video, she began to feel more confident, despite facing such insurmountable odds.
At the young age of 19, Eades passed away in February 2016. But her legacy and her name have not been forgotten.
“Through her videos, Charlotte made an inspirational and definite difference to people’s lives,” Eades’ brother commented.
Her mother also made mention of her daughter’s strength in a final video.
“It is with regret that this will be the last YouTube video for Charlotte,” her mother shared. “… she fought until the last minute.”
A charity known as Charlotte’s BAG (Battle Against Glioblastoma) was founded in Eades’s memory to help raise funds for glioblastoma research.
“… before her death Charlotte made a difference to thousands of other young cancer sufferers,” the site for Charlotte’s BAG reads.
Multiple lives are lost each year to terminal cancer. But if one girl can inspire the hearts of thousands, hope remains for those who continue to fight the good fight.
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