Stills from Angela’s Journey: Breast Cancer Hits Home
By Stefanie Atkinson Schwartz
Sound Alchemy by Harmonic Dreams - Timothy Dixon
In an instant, Angela Padilla's identity transformed from successful lawyer to cancer patient.
When breast cancer hit, Angela was enjoying great success in her career as an attorney at Morrison & Foerster. She had just been named one of the “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in the State of California by the Daily Journal’s California Law Business. She had also just been profiled in a national legal magazine as a “Portrait of Success” for “excelling in unprecedented areas of the law.”
I met Angela and her recently adopted baby, Isabella, in 2002, soon after Angela had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Angela asked me to document her journey, adamant that it would be a journey “to recovery and it should be recorded.” She said if a tree fell in the forest she would want to be sure it was heard. I have been a quiet witness to intimate, frightening, precious and wonderful moments of Angela’s journey.