I had cancer in this photo, but didn’t know it yet. And MAN, things were finally happening for me. Such bad timing, thanks cancer. After living in Nashville for a little while, I was finally sharing and recording the new album and then BOOM, we were hit with this incredibly life rocking news. In the years following I have come to realize how precious and important that chapter was. It was a time to turn inward and really reflect on what was most important.

2020 has many of the same qualities. 

There’s a lot of loss, heartache, and confusion, and it has definitely forced us to look at the uncomfortable/painful things in an honest open light. There are things about the world, my country, and myself that I am really broken up about. No more glossing over the crud. We need to flush out what’s suffocating us, so we have the room to firmly plant some good hardy worthwhile roots. 

So yeah, I’m super done with this year, just like you. But to share a perspective, being on the other side of all those blasted surgeries, chemo, radiation, and about a billion scans, and radioactive drinks, I’m grateful I had the opportunity to live through that because now every drop of love, health, and life I have today feels like a big juicy miracle. 

I think we should all write down the things we’ve felt and learned during this experience. This way we won’t forget what it felt like to not be able to hug someone, or go see someone, or go to a family member’s wedding, or be able to see the world smile at each other. That way, when we have it all back, we’ll be able to cherish those things forever and ever.

All my love,

Rachel Adell

This month is Child Cancer Awareness month! I am a cancer survivor, but I cannot imagine going through something like that as a child, or having one of my children suffer through the trenches of treatments and uncertainty. Imagine Dragons created one of my favorite Cancer Foundations. If you know me, you know that I have survived cancer, and that I am also not convinced that the research foundations are completely legit. Maybe it’s the fact that foundation CEO’s are extremely wealthy and the cancer industry itself is a multi billion dollar industry. I wonder why we haven’t found a cure yet? 

But I LOVE Imagine Dragons Tyler Robinson Foundation. They had a fan who came to all their shows, Tyler, and he was so positive and sweet. When he passed away, they decided to make this foundation in his name. You can read the whole story on their website.

They raise money and give it directly to families. As you know, the medical bills get so out of hand, and sometimes both parents have to work to make ends meet. A time when a child most needs their parents presence and peace of mind, TRF provides them with the funds needed to support these families during one of the most heart breaking chapters of their life. Here’s where you can learn more, if you feel so inclined.