I first stumbled upon your work in Seventeen and Cosmo Girl! magazines. You were covering topics like sexual abuse and mental health, and let me tell you, your pieces were eye-opening. They helped me recognize my own unspoken trauma, and I slowly started working on myself. Looking back, your contributions to these magazines were uncommon, especially for the 2000s. I became a stan of both magazines, and of course, you!
I followed you on MySpace, you had me at your book recommendations. I remember picking up “Succulent Wild Women” by Sark, and it was such a game-changer for me. I still own it today! Sadly, as I grew up, I lost touch with your work.
Yet, I stumbled upon Instagram account, @thankyouatossa, and wondered where you had been all this time! I found you on Spotify too and listened to your stories. I realized that you were sharing your own experiences of trauma, similar to what you faced as a teen and young adult. It is truly inspiring. However, my heart sank when I learned that you have breast cancer. I can’t even imagine how tough that must be for you. But know that I’m sending all my love and virtual hugs your way. You’re an inspiration, and I want you to live a long life for yourself and your girls. Here’s to hoping that the universe allows us to continue following and learning from you for many more years to come.
Thank You, Atoosa!