Kumu Hula Iwalani Wahinekapu Tseu
In October 2005, after the previous year's clean mammogram, she was diagnosed with stage three invasive breast cancer. Her response to the diagnosis followed the typical steps: disbelief; realization of its future impact on her life; waves of fear; gradual acceptance; then into the "let's get it done" phase with a positive attitude. This emotional transition took only 4 days from diagnosis to surgery.
Like so many practitioners in Hawaii's culture, health insurance was a luxury that she hoped she'd never need so she opted for outpatient surgery. Within weeks she began two months of radiation treatments thanking Ke Akua every day for the opportunity to receive such great treatment from the staff at [then] St. Francis West hospital. She became a comedic compass of positive thoughts and laughter to the other patients who became her "laser ohana".
In latter 2006 she formed the "Iwalani Foundation for Healing and Breast Cancer Awareness" because of the lack of information about breast cancer statistics among islander people. During her radiation treatments, she converted her Honouliuli (Ewa) property into a Hawaiian pu`uhonua and healing garden. She is now seven years cancer free and lives a daily "attitude of gratitude". She's a firm believer in the saying "what you hold in mind, you create in kind". She continues to LIVE as a creative artist!