Breea Renee has not allowed life’s events define her but rather empower her and inspire those around her. You will see her with a knowing look, shy yet confident smile, and giving a thumbs up ready to Rock and Roll.
At age 7 Breea and her mom were held hostage for 14 hours by three masked gunman. She was treated at Rady’s Children’s hospital for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). After years of recovering from that traumatic experience she began working with her mom’s organization, Rock to Stop Violence, and became a youth advocate for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to create awareness about the realities of PTSD. She also became a Pop Warner cheerleader, a sport she fell in love with and eventually joined California All-stars competitive cheer team and became a Varsity cheerleader and gymnast at her high school, La Costa Canyon.
On December 8, 2011 Breea was given another challenge to add to her High School senior year curriculum. In the midst of planning and studying for the ACT and applying to colleges, she woke up feeling clumsy and by 6pm was admitted into the hospital, paralyzed and blind on the left side. After a battery of tests and screening she was diagnosed with a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis, Tumefactive MS, or Clinically Isolated Syndrome. Read more about her diagnosis here.
She has regained her speech and is now learning to walk again. Prior to this unfortunate sudden illness she was focused on her journey towards becoming a successful photojournalist. With A’s and B’s in her senior year at LCC, she is determined to not allow this brain disease to take from her what she worked so hard for. She applied to her dream school and wrote her college essay from her wheelchair while still in the hospital. She is determined to not allow MS to take her dream from her.