Lots of Colorlines.com readers have left comments or sent messages about being disappointed with recent news—specifically, the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina that banned gay marriage.

Yesterday we were reminded by LGBTQ North Carolinians that the true victory was their “renewed commitment to each other and solidarity with all families.”

And sometimes we just need a clear and concise reminder: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

It’s a phrase the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche coined in the 1800s and it’s been proven by several studies that small amounts of trauma can make us more resilient.

But sometimes you have to see it to believe it.

A group of pediatric cancer patients in Seattle are sharing their strength with the world and reminding us “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” And they have smiles to prove it.

The Seattle Children’s Hospital “On the Pulse” blog provides more details:

Chris’ music video was a part of Children’s Not Now creative arts program for patients with cancer. John Blalock, Children’s Hematology Oncology Artist In Residence, and Mike Attie, Children’s video producer, helped Chris create the video. It was also filmed by Seattle University film students Ben Anderson, Sawyer Purman and Lael Rogers.

The aim of Not Now is to help adolescents and young adults cope with cancer and provide psychosocial support through creative projects and by connecting them with peers. In recognizing that art has the ability to restore a sense of accomplishment and independence that patients often feel has been lost after a cancer diagnosis, the program helps give them a voice in telling their story through a variety of mediums including photography, video and music. This project is funded by the Seattle Children’s Guild Association Teen Cancer Fund.

This post goes out to the kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital who dream in color and remind us that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.


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