YouTuber Clisare on #LivingWithCancer: 'I had to face up to responsibilities I wasn't ready for'
Irish vloggers and social media influencers are sharing their experiences of #LivingWithCancer as part of the Independent.ie series.
Independent.ie will be featuring a number of vloggers during the #LivingWithCancer campaign all this week.
YouTuber Clisare is the second YouTuber to undertake the 'Living With Cancer' tag. As part of this video tag, social media influencers are asked to donate to the Irish Cancer Soc and tag others to do the same.James Mitchell on #LivingWithCancer: 'It can be very violent, very destructive... it can scare you half to death'
Clisare, real name Clare Cullen, spoke about her mother's death from the disease and her father's remission.
"I am living with cancer in that every day, I wake up and I don't have a mother".
"I am also living with cancer in that my Dad is currently in remission. So there are two ways I'm living with it".
Cullen explains that she believes 'living with cancer' doesn't end when the cancer does.
"Many films, when the main character dies, are like, that's it now. They're in a better place now. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that".
"The one emotion I would associate with cancer is fear. You live with fear that it will come back for your whole life".
"Losing a parent like that.... it's not something I think I could do twice".
Cullen says that the worst thing about cancer is that "it makes you face up to the fact that (the people you love) are not invincible".
"It makes you realise their mortality... and your mortality".
Watch the video below and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LivingWithCancer.
'Clisare' is best known for her 'Shite Irish Girls Say' video which racked up over 1.5million views. She has over 90,000 followers on social media with 14million views across YouTube and Vine.
Text PINK to 50300 to donate €4 to the Irish Cancer Society.