October 20, 2016
Stone Fox Casey Benjamin — mother of two and Co-Founder of Juju Supply Co — beat cancer twice, then changed her life. Below, her ten commandments for living authentically.
I am a two-time cancer survivor. My first cancer came when I was 35 and my second in 2015 when I was 41. Cervical cancer then cervical cancer in my lung. Cancer was something that happened to old people. I eat the rainbow, I walk everywhere, I have two healthy kids — smiling at strangers is my thing. Cancer made me feel like I was dying. When I went through radiation and chemo my body ceased to be mine. I turned gray, l lost every hair on my body (except for what was saved with the excruciating magic of cold-capping) and looked like a corpse. The hypothesis was, if we inject her with toxic nerve gas, she will live — probably.
When you survive cancer, you either go back to where you came from or you choose to head in a new direction. With round one, I went back — picked up right where I left off. Round two, I hit the road, cliches and all. I quit my job, got a divorce, sold my house, fell in love, launched Juju Supply Co., cut my hair short, got a new tattoo and travelled a lot. My biggest post-cancer-round-two-resolution? To never, ever live an inauthentic life again. Cancer gave me crazy courage.
The selfie on the left was taken after I sat through my first and last Soul Cycle class with one of my best friends. I cried from start to finish. Cold-capping saved 70% of the hair on my head — every other hair on my body fell off. This was a tough day. The photo on the right is my chemo arm at Sloan Kettering. Nurses would always ask me to take off my Juju and I would always refuse. I am holding a smoky topaz crystal which draws out pain and toxins. Once I finished treatment, I got a heart tattoo on my chemo arm that reads: I feel great.