19
Tuesday
Apr
2016
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:30pm

ALL MY LIFE TO LIVE
with Teva Harrison
and Bif Naked

Hosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
"Bif Naked is one of the most brilliant, interesting, delicate, determined souls on the planet. Her journey is one that is at times unbelievable, but most great journeys are.
— Jann Arden
Bif Naked - Photo courtesy of Karolina Turek
Teva Harrison

Two women share their remarkable stories and the highs and lows battling breast cancer. Far from defining them, the fight against cancer led each of them to embrace life to the fullest and to engage even more honestly and creatively with the world.

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In-Between Days, her brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, documents what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.

I, Bificus is Bif Naked ’s story so far: Born in secret to a teenager living in India, she was adopted by missionaries and then moved to North America. Targeted by girl gangs and facing other abusive situations, she escaped this early life by joining a punk rock band and leaving on tour, where she married the drummer and hit a downward spiral that found her on the floor of a Vancouver drug den. Through it all, her creative personality and unstoppable humour were her weapons of self-defence. Armed with her singular talent, she released nine albums and twenty-one videos, embarked on seemingly endless international tours, several feature films and multiple television roles, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37.

 

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