Keri’s not-so-secret secrets
- There isn’t a day I don’t listen to house music.
- I pull tarot cards daily, and I also sleep with crystals. I am an urban hippy.
- I love making lists. I have lists of lists.
- I think fuck is the perfect word. It can be used as every part of speech.
How Do You Know When To Take A Risk?
My story starts in April of 2016, when I told my husband of almost 26 years, I was leaving our marriage. After 3 years of couples counseling, it was time. Two days later I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. It felt par for the course, as my life was falling apart. I had never really followed societal norms, so it was no surprise to those who knew me, I would do divorce and cancer in my own way. Even with the very scary diagnosis I knew I had to listen to my gut, the marriage was over. I needed to tap into my inner strength and find myself. I had to be brave, face my fears and take a leap of faith, and trust that everything would be ok.
A Little Crazy, Right?
Two and a half years after taking a risk and doing some major soul searching, I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been! Cancer and divorce helped me to become the person I always wanted to be and never made time for. I am healing my cancer mainly with alternative methods and at the moment I am tumor free! Told you I do things differently! I’m keri vaca- intimate, a little raw and a lot spontaneous. When I work with you, my goal will be to learn all about you, get your number so we can text, and ultimately become BFF’s. Ok, I also want to capture your essence at this moment in your life. I want to tell your story in photos.
This is what I know for sure:
If we looked at every person we met as an individual, instead of a stereotype, and with compassion instead of judgement, we could solve every problem our world has today.
But let’s start local.
I’ve been volunteering at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco since 2007. I’ve photographed more than 1,000 women there, and it taught me one very important thing: at the end of the day, we’re all just people, experiencing a lot of the same hopes, fears and dreams, no matter where we live, what we drive, or which degree hangs on our wall (if we have one at all).
I believe that volunteering is a gift you give to yourself and your community. There are countless opportunities to give back, from something small like connecting with the people you meet everyday, to something huge, like organizing a food drive.