Teen Cancer Survivor Finds Strength in Jewelry Design



At just 16 years old, Linda Cifuentes has certainly faced her share of hardships. She spent her ­childhood in foster care in Colombia and was finally adopted two years ago by a family in San Diego. Then in 2011, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Yet the bubbly teenager remained positive throughout aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. She even began making her own jewelry while in the hospital, and sold her first design to her nurse. “While going through treatments, I prayed, surrounded myself with my family, and focused on making jewelry and having fun,” Linda says.“For Linda, jewelry is a source of happiness, beauty, and inspiration,” says Carmen Cifuentes, Linda’s adoptive mother. Carmen recalls the time she took her daughter to the local YMCA to play basketball. “She showed up decorated head-to-toe in jewelry,” Carmen laughs. “The coach didn’t
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