Cax.Me embraced the nickname “Mama Cax” because she thought it sounded like an older, wiser version of herself. Now, at 26 years old, her cancer is not only in remission, but she has a thriving travel and lifestyle blog where she posts everything from her passion for the Haitian dish “Fritay” to her love for colorful clothing and unique, exuberant style. Cax.Me says that her strong urge to travel stems from when she went through chemo as a teen. “I promised myself that if I survived it, I would find a way to see the rest of the world,” she says. A two-week program for youth with disabilities in Costa Rica ultimately prompted an eight-month solo voyage to Southeast Asia where she taught English in Thailand and explored Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Though the plan was to travel with friends, one-by-one, they started to drop off. Cax.Me knew that she still had to go to prove her independence to herself. “When I got to Thailand, I thought, “what did I do?” she recalls. “But then I realized that so many people were there doing the same thing. I went alone but was never lonely.” She kept in touch with people back home via Facebook, and started her blog, www.mamacax.com
to chronicle what it was like to travel the world from the vantage point of a black, physically challenged woman. From her unique narratives, people soon realized how traveling for someone like her is different, but certainly not off-limits. It became a way to show the world that hurdles and challenges can be conquered.
Cax.Me also began experimenting with her style. For as long as she can remember, her goal had been to sport a prosthetic leg that was as human looking as possible. But when she had a change of heart and decided that she didn’t want to hide her disability, she chose a basic metal piece that ultimately garnered pity from passers-by. She knew that neither choice represented her true sense of self. Over Instagram she discovered ALLELES a Canadian company that creates intricately designed prosthetics that can be personalized by the wearer (a stand-out style depicts beautiful, artful scrolls). Now owning seven different ALLELES covers, Cax.Me says that her prosthetic legs serves as part of her self-expression. Her interaction with people has changed as well as random strangers aren’t throwing “God Bless” her way anymore. In fact, people have been known to come up to her and tell her how “badass” her leg covers are.