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    Sheyene Gerardi – Her Life Is Like A Movie Filled With Various Twists And Turns


    Sheyene Gerardi – Her Life Is Like A Movie Filled With Various Twists And Turns


    Today our interview is ina Biography style – based on the true life story of actress, director, cancer survivior - Sheyene Gerardi


    Sheyene Gerardi was born in Caracas , Venezuela. As an only child she grew-up within a small family. Her childhood elapsed with her mother and grandmother, full of anecdotes and experiences as any girl her age.


    The events that mark her life originate even before her birth. Her biological father died in a car accident when her mom was 6 month pregnant, and that was what would be her first among many other difficult situations that this stunning tv star would have to face head on and learn to cope with throughout her life.


    Her life is like a movie as it unfolds between ups and downs, joys, laughter, tragedy, and sobering events.


    Her mother a young and enterprising veterinary doctor, also assumed the role of both parents, and filled the gaps of her decessed father, filled her her with love, attention and because of the great influence her mother impressed on her this helped Sheyene cope and deal any adversity.


    Just as Sheyene began her medical career that was quickly interrupted when a proposed acting gig stole your attention - The soap operas!


    In 2005 another tragedy marked the actresses life... this time her mom and her step father died, both together in a car accident on their way back from a vacation trip, the star survived the car accident, but was completely devastated due to the loss of her parents.


    A year after this tragic event, Sheyene was diagnosed with aadvanced lymphoma, a very rare type of cancer in stage IV, that was spread in 85% of her body and doctor gave her just 3 months to live.


    Her life took a 180 degree turn, and was forced to take what would be the most important decision so far in her life, were those same circumstances, she was forced to receive treatment far away from her home, alone, in the U.S., a very hard situation.


    Steeped in loneliness, but also meditation, and reflexion... literally alone, unknowingly it would become a challenge and perhaps the cure of her illness... she assures the same sickness to set a trap to humanity...which it is in our thoughts, bad relationships and toxic feelings.


    Now Miss Gerardi shares some words of advice to people who have or have had cancer:


    “I think attitude is very important; fatalistic thoughts are not allowed. The truth is that we never know what will happen. Give yourself the opportunity to write your own history. It's hard, but worth it...


    I'm not here to save people’s lives, but I always think that if I could, others can as well. There is nothing different about me compared to other people...


    I achieved my health in a foreign country, working and staying active. In my mind the words disease or suffering has never existed. They are just circumstances and barriers that we must pass. Everything depends on oneself.


    I adopted the phrase: incurable is curable from within!


    And to people in general I say, don't wait until a tragic moment forces you to change your life; decide to be happy and be happy, because happiness is also a decision. We are the result of what we think.”


    Today Sheyene is based New York. With strong heart to write a book, interested in photography, art and travel. With her mind-set to only meditate positive emotions.



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