TiffanyThinks is a YouTuber who first uploaded in 2013. She lives in England and studied Optometry at University. From makeup to mukbangs, her videos have covered a broad range of topics over the years, but most recently, she has started documenting her cancer journey.
I feel inspired to write about Tiffany for the first-ever ‘Strong Woman’ blog post because, over the past months, her positivity and courage has been infectious. I first discovered Tiffany’s videos 6 years ago, when I was 14 (ish). It was her video showing her university accommodation that I watched first. In addition to this, I then discovered her amazing makeup tutorials. I felt so grown up and like I was witnessing a whole new world! I subscribed instantly! However, as time went on, YouTubes algorithm stopped her videos showing up on my page, and I didn’t know about the ‘bell button’ to receive notifications at the time. By fate, last month, a video popped up on my recommended page. I instantly recognised who it was! Nostalgia filled memories flooded my mind, and I was happy to have ‘re-found’ her channel. Then my eyes drifted down to the title…it was titled ‘Cancer.’. I clicked on it, and a feeling of dread overcame me. In the video, Tiffany explained how she was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma cancer and that she was going to film her journey. In that video alone, she is so determined, and her optimism shines through. If I had to judge someone’s personality by one 9 minute YouTube video, I wouldn’t be able to. However, with Tiffany, you can. Instantly it’s visible how much of a strong, thoughtful, genuinely good-hearted person she is – only minutes in.
Over October and November, she has been uploading more videos about her journey. She has been through a lot in such a short amount of time, such as a misdiagnosis to egg freezing and starting Chemo. Yet, one thing that has been a constant presence is her indestructible perseverance. Nothing is stopping her. I am in awe.
In one of her most recent videos, there was a little segment where she talked about how her diagnosis has changed her perspective on life, which reconciled something in me. Tiffany talks about how certain things don’t matter to her anymore, like exams and certain people liking her, how she wants to travel more when all this is over, and how she wants to live her life to the fullest. I was so inspired. I feel like we all feel a bit demotivated sometimes, especially with the goings-on with the world at the moment, but her just reiterating these things really hit me. I can’t find the words to explain it, but I feel like it was a reality check in a way. She’s so positive, even with all she’s been through, and here I am, sometimes feeling down for minor reasons – when she has so much more on her plate! She states how lucky and content she is now, whilst before, she had never felt that way properly until faced with this challenge. I really admire her. When watching her videos, you feel a plethora of emotions, but the emotion you feel the most is happiness. I know I’ve said it previously, but I’m going to say it again – her happiness is infectious. I find myself smiling at my screen, watching her and listening to her talk. I’m always happy when she uploads, and I can’t wait for the day she uploads the video title ‘I’ve Beaten Cancer!’. I think I will cry from pure joy and can’t wait to see what she has planned after. But for now, Tiff, you’ve got this!!! We believe in you!
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