Meet Sheri Brisson, Founder of Digging Deep Project
As a young adult brain tumor survivor and someone who had a number of surgeries and hospital stays as a child, I understand firsthand how difficult it is to deal with medical challenges. While I was being treated for my brain tumor, my family tried to “stay positive” no matter the circumstance. But my most powerful memories are the one or two times that my parents cried with me. It was a relief to acknowledge that what we were going through as a family was anything but normal.
I felt most supported when my parents shared their feelings with me, which invited me to show them mine. Through the process of being ill, I learned that the most important thing for me was to connect with people in a real and honest way. It took a lot of self-reflection to uncover this ultimately simple principle on which I now base my life. Now, more than 30 years out, I’ve come to value how much honest sharing of my feelings and myself has changed my relationships with the people I care about the most.
At the time I was sick, there was no tools like Digging Deep or Shadow’s Edge that created a space to work through and express my feelings. It was only after I had recovered from the physical part of my illness, that I realized I still had a lot of emotional healing left to do. If I had an opportunity to use these tools, I feel I would have more easily worked through my emotions and moved past them.
From my many personal medical challenges and over twenty years spent counseling families and children with serious illnesses, I have made it my life’s mission to empower seriously and chronically ill young people and their families. I know firsthand that these children and teens need more than distraction; they need to heal their hearts. My is that they learn to find and trust their voice and build resilience through their experience, discovering their personal meaning of illness along the way.