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Posted by Mallory Neal on Friday, March 24, 2017
UPDATE!!! March 28, 2017

Mallory ringing the bell after finishing her last radiation treatment!!


UPDATE!!!  January 4, 2017!!

The PEARL Project/AlexaArt would like to thank Maria Bleahu, Videographer for an AMAZING day of filming the GORGEOUS Mallory Neal and documenting her journey with a benign brain tumor called a Meningioma. Her video documentary is currently in the works, but here is a sneak peek of Mallory's Bombshell makeover!! More updates to follow!!!  Hair, Makeup & Photography by Alexa!

Mallory Neal:  
Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege to participate in helping launch The PEARL Project by AlexaArt. We did some filming for a documentary about my story and struggles about living with a brain tumor, as well as, my journey to getting and staying sober. The documentary with my story and what the amazing PEARL Project is all about is in the works. Here are just a couple pics from my BOMBSHELL Makeover.   Thank you Alexa Art and Maria Bleahu for such an fun emotional amazing day!!

This is a story of struggle, a story of pain, courage and strength of character, of bravery, faith & love...this is M's journey...please send her prayers and love & light for a peaceful recovery.  Dear God, Thank you for the surgeons, doctors and nurses that have cared for  Mallory.. Bless the work of their hands and lead them as they give out to those in need.  


Mallory's  story

I don't need a name attached to my story, even though this one is mine to tell. The one thing I have learned is that I am not alone and there are others who have walked in my shoes, or perhaps, mine in theirs.  I am no stranger to fear, pain and shame. I have been to that place that I thought I couldn't dig myself out of. That place seemed to be so much more forgiving than the world I thought I knew.  When I got to that point, that point that so few recover from, I knew I was ready... to live.  


In 2004, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called a Meningioma. The tumor was located at the base of the skull pushing on my right optic nerve, right auditory nerve, pituitary gland and brain stem. It changed my life. I had surgery. Afterwards, I had no movement in my right eye for about 6 months and was deaf in my right ear for 3. I would constantly lose my balance, I couldn't drive, my eyes weren't aligned so I couldn't read. My short term memory was completely shot. Still till this day I will get half way through a book and realize I read it. I have a hard time retaining the information I read. I could go on, but this is not what the story is about. In the end, I started self medicating.


Alcohol is where I found refuge from my anxiety, my fear and my pain. A decade later I went to rehab. In those 10 years I had gotten married, gotten divorced and lost a lot of my close friends. Believe me, I know how fortunate I am to have the people in my life that I do. Almost 9 years ago, I found a man who wanted to take on the world with me. He is my Savior, my Hero, my Husband.

4 weeks in rehab. I worked so hard to accept my life, health, my choices and my shame. I started to understand and confront myself. I went there; by there I went to places with in myself I didn't want to go. I knew I had to be brutally true and raw with myself. I learned and experienced a lot. I didn't make it 3 weeks before I was drunk again, and 8 weeks till I found myself in rehab again. I left and went straight into sober living. It was there that I found another tumor.


I had a benign Lipoma removed from my right knee, 6 months later another one from my right shoulder, then 7 months later another from my left arm. 3 surgeries. 3 rounds of narcotic pain meds. I felt it. It took everything in my to keep from hiding a pill or two for later. I didn't. Still Sober.


Almost 20 months sober, I started with the migraines. I wasn't able to find my words, it was hard to even put a sentence together. Completely lethargic, I couldn't make myself food even though I was starving. Between the pain, being disoriented and guilt from not pulling my weight, those creepy feelings started coming back.


Almost 22 months sober and another surgery. The residual tumor in my brain has grown. It is putting pressure on my brain stem. I'm tired. 2 trips to rehab, 4 surgeries and now on the eve of another, I find myself anxious. With what I have been through, I am starting to feel a bit brave. It's true that you don't know how strong you are or how capable, until you go there. When I refer "there", it's somewhere where you haven't been before.


I have accepted everything; who I am, who I was, and now I can see how strong and brave I really am without actually knowing. One does not simply become a bad ass overnight. One does not become a survivor with out giving more of yourself than when you have nothing left to give. I am sober. I am a bad ass. I am a survivor. All I ask is that you turn around, hold out your hand and help another survivor up.


AlexaArt/PEARL with Nicole Mucurio, Marketing Director featured on WKYC, Channel 3, Latino Cleveland with Host, Myra Rosario; Aired Friday, February 12th!
In today’s show we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day! We’ll start it off by spending time in our Kitchen aka “Cocina Latina” with our Executive Latin Chef ‘Cesar’ and will be making us a dish from Ecuador, Sancocho de Res. Nathan Lancry from Jay Auto is going to share some advice about Auto Tips as well as giving us some Food For Thought. We are going to step out and visit our Education Sponsor, Tri-C. We have in studio someone that does great things to help women in shelters feel great about themselves, Deborah with AlexaArt Photography. Finally, I have my stunning bachelor with me and we are excited to find him a Valentine so they can go on a romantic dinner for two! Remember, you can print out today’s recipe on LatinoCleveland.com. Check it all out right here on this week’s episode of Yo Soy Latino Cleveland. And click SUBSCRIBE to receive instant updates delivered directly to you!

January 2016
LeeAnn Sherman: I just heard I made it into Fahrenheit magazine again.... Model of the Month...I want to thank Alexa Art once again for her beautiful work. I can't wait for our next project together 😉💜

March 2016