My Latest Favorite

Cat Strav
2 min readFeb 7, 2022

She has nothing to lose, and everything to gain — she inspires.

Two open hands facing upwards
Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash

At first, I thought it was a joke. Opening a candy bar is considered therapy? Then, I watched her video. You can, too. See below:

She calls it funny in the title.

This woman is an inspiration.

I thought about the last KitKat I ate. Feeling frustrated at work, I bribed myself with the thought that after I developed a mammoth piece, I would march to the vending machine, swipe my card and munch down that chocolate.

And I did.

I did not even consider opening the wrapper as part of the process. Then, I watched Jan and felt deeply humbled. By her persistence. By her vulnerability. By her openness.

It gets better.

How can this happen? What happened to her? Slowly, after reading her stories, I pieced it together.

I would say it’s tragic, but she is such a hero, having overcome so much, I cannot help but admire her.

Her Everyday Life is a reminder for all of us, but in case you miss the point, she spells it out in this headline

Death is definitely going to happen to all of us. I am not certain I could live with the fierce tenacity her life requires.

I have new gratitude for the fact that I do not have to.

Read her articles and tell me I am wrong. I bet you won’t.



Cat Strav

Yogi. Wordsmith. Hutch Pup. Diagnosed with I.O. (idiotic optimism) since an early age.