My name is Naomi True and I am a single mother of a 6–year-old daughter. We are originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but moved to Seattle to be close to family and so I could attend the BSN program here at the UW School of Nursing. I spent a most of my waking life as a traveling musician playing in political rock bands, but after many years I decided there was a better way to help to change social inequalities. I returned to school after my daughter was born and survived the BSN program, but 2 months before graduation I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I finished my senior practicum and 12 hour clinicals while undergoing chemotherapy.
Shortly after graduation I had surgery and I am now waiting for radiation therapy. These challenges have affected many of my views about health and aging. This life-transforming event has opened my eyes to a world around me that I previously took for granted. I have found new interests in community programs focusing on cancer prevention, care, and education.