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Inspiring Story Of A Young Fashion Designer Who Is Cancer Survivor Will Surely Make You Cry!

This Young Fashion Designer’s Cancer Survival Story Will Inspire You To Take A Step Back And Move Forward With A Renewed Perspective”

A lot of inspiring stories we hear from different kinds of people around the world. May it be full of happiness, loss, new beginnings, sadness, love, and many more. It is common that people always share something they experience so that other people may learn from it. Other just put it all out there for us to decide if will follow it or not.

A recent post went viral on social media for the past few days, the post was a young designer who survived cancer and moved forward with a new perspective. Her name is Patricia Santos. She is a familiar name in the local fashion scene. She has succeeded in achieving her goal of establishing herself as a designer, one possible indication of which is how much followers she has on Instagram now (@patriciasantosatelier has 107k as of this writing).

“Life is short,” she said. “I’m grateful that I’m still here.”

She’s young. She’s beautiful. She’s successful. You’d think some people’s life is all rainbows and butterflies—the Instagram-perfect life if you will. But it’s not. This realization comes from a 28-year-old young woman, who is on the peak of success in her fashion design career. She was on a roll (and she still is), working hard to make herself known one intricate gown at a time. She would stop at nothing, with her eyes dead set on the prize. Her life was all about work. Work defined who she was.

Patricia is the talented designer behind the memorable Star Magic Ball gowns of Kim Chiu in 2014 and Kathryn Bernardo in 2017. She was clearly having the time of her life—or, she thought she was. Everything she worked hard for, she almost lost, when she found out she had thyroid cancer. Now that she is blessed with a second lease on life, Patricia vows to live life with the same passion, drive, and enthusiasm, only this time balancing it with more time for herself and her loved ones.  

Patricia loves telling the story of how she started her business with only a capital of P30,000 and one sewing machine. “I was the cutter, the seamstress, then I only had one beader,” she shares. “I was also the runner. I would go to Divisoria and even take the jeepney, carrying the things I bought.”

On her first year as a professional fashion designer, she joined a bridal fair and was commissioned to do a wedding gown for a Chinese client. Seeing that she did a great job on it, through word of mouth, she later saw growth in her clientele. Back then, she felt her designs were “girly and super young” until she evolved with an aesthetic that’s classy and ladylike. “I had a lot of struggles that made me strong. Those were the foundation of this business. I went through so much. I am set and determined to be successful.” - Patricia. Patricia was already gaining traction in the local wedding scene, but the design that really created a buzz for her was actress/singer Kim Chiu’s Star Magic Ball 2014 gown. Celebrity stylists Kim and Boop Yap got Patricia to work on Kim’s gown only seven days before the Ball. Though hesitant at first, she shortly found herself taking on the challenge.

In her nude turtleneck gown with intricate black embroidery, Kim Chiu stood out on the red carpet and was one of the best-dressed stars who really shone at the Ball. After that night, Patricia shares, “The next day, I got so many calls and more than 1,000 emails, I think. Suddenly, people knew me, and they were calling me up.” For an upcoming fashion designer, that was such a huge validation and a much-needed motivation to keep going. And so, she went on and on, to a point where it had become too much. “I was working from 9 am to 9 pm every day,” she says. “That was when I became a workaholic. When I was not doing anything, I would feel useless. I actually forgot about my family. I forgot everything else around me. I was so focused on my goal. I forgot my life in general.”

The concept of work-life balance was non-existent in her life. Patricia sacrificed a lot to get to where she is now. “The reward, of course, is I got what I want,” she says. At some point, she felt she wasted her youth. Yes, she may be successful now, but all those times she failed to enjoy her youth, she cannot bring back anymore. And that rewarding feeling she gets from actually living her dream was at one point replaced with a mixture of fear, confusion, and a whole bunch of questions and what-ifs. “I found out a year ago that I had stage 2 thyroid cancer,” Patricia. The moment she found out she had cancer, she thought, “How can this happen to me? Bakit ako? I was so young. What am I going to do? What if I die now? Sobrang dami kong hindi nagawa. I didn’t even know paano na [ang] kapatid ko. My mom, I haven’t even spoken to her; I haven’t really spent so much time with her. There’s so much in this world that I don’t know and haven’t done yet.” She had to undergo surgery to remove her entire thyroid, a move that she decided to go with to prolong her life despite lamenting over the fact that it could hurt her chances of getting pregnant later on. “I got really really sick. I didn’t expect I was going to get that kind of sickness,” Patricia shares. “I didn’t want to tell anyone about it because I was scared people might be judgmental in a way, that if they find out I’m sick, they might think I’m not capable of working anymore.” “I think the hardest part of my sickness was that I couldn’t share it with anyone. I didn’t want people to pity me.”

After going through that ordeal, Patricia now makes it a point to have work-life balance, and she’s thankful that her boyfriend is always there to remind her about it and give her a nudge whenever she shows signs of going back to her old workaholic self. Now a cancer survivor, she says, “I prayed to God and told Him I really love my life. I promise I will make it right.”

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