Sara Papa's story helps us understand who to include in "design that's usable by all people."

And not just in Zion Crossings, Virginia, but anywhere.

During the summer of 2017, Sara noticed a lump in her breast that wouldn’t seem to go away and grow larger. Sara decided to get the mass checked, and was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer at the young age of 26.

In order to treat the cancer, Sara underwent 6 sessions of chemotherapy, followed by a double-mastectomy, and finally, completed 25 rounds of radiation.

Following the treatments, Sara experienced profound fatigue that interfered with essentially every aspect of her ability to perform self-care routines, housework, driving, sleeping and meal preparation. Sara has many recommendations for home and community design in order to help make performing every day tasks easier for individuals recovering from cancer.

Location: Zion Crossings, Virginia, United States


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