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BY Brissa Castillo

For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a source of strength. She’s my comforter, advisor, mentor and role model.

But in 2017, the tables turned when a doctor discovered my mom had ocular melanoma, a type of eye cancer. It was in her right eye. My mom would need many months of treatment, with moral support along the way.

Now it was my turn to support her, just as she had always supported me.

Early eye cancer...

Photo of Brissa Castillo and her mom, Julia