Angeles says that the whole cancer experience has been filled with both horrible and also not-so-horrible moments. When she was first diagnosed, she didn’t quite know what to expect and to compound that, she was in Miami without her family. After the initial “Why me?” reaction, she felt vulnerable, and then angry. But one day she thought that this might be happening to her for a reason. So after eight months of treatment, something motivated her to express herself online, to create posts on her blog, and to share on Instagram and Twitter allowing her to connect with people in a unique way. She found that her illness gave her a tool for which to communicate using her own voice, and with her one-of-a-kind style. Artistic projects and collaborations were the fruit of her sharing, and this was an unexpected but wonderful consequence.
She gave a speech at the University of Miami during Cancer Awareness Month, was invited to The White House, and was both honored and hosted events to promote knowledge about the disease.
After a cancer-surviving friend suggested that she do something special on the day that she cut her hair, Angeles decided to make a video as an experimental project. Having it filmed felt like the right way for her to experience that moment and to share it with others. “I wanted to show strength, reality and beauty but at the same time expose vulnerability, pain, life, love, art and the real me,” she says. Angeles presented the video – which could be considered a short film – at a local Miami festival called NOLA. The director is Miami based filmmaker, Carlos de Varona. The film is titled The Storm Inside Castanet. “When you have cancer and your confidence is gone. I wanted to say that even though I look different, there is so much beauty in winning this battle,” she says. “I learned that there is something really powerful inside of me that allows me to deal with this…also that my body is a temple and it has to be my priority, so if I have to slow down in my daily life to be less stressed and more healthy, then I will do it,” she says. Finally, she adds that she is stronger than she ever thought she was and is willing to fight with all her heart, an amazing message to just about anyone facing anything hard.