dr martens brighton Staten Island cancer warrior releases second music video
Staten Island musician and cancer warrior Jacqueline Epstein has a passion for making music and even cancer doesn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams.Recently, the 22 year old released her second music video, “Motorcycle Rides in July.” This music video truly is like no other. Why? Because she recorded it in the midst of her chemotherapy.Determined to record the video, Jacqueline even filmed some scenes of her music video shortly after her surgery with her chest tube in.It all began three months after graduating college when Jacqueline was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma is 85 percent remediable, but sadly Jacqueline falls into the 15 percent. This past November,
this Michael J. Petrides alumna and SUNY Purchase graduate received a stem cell transplant in hopes of terminating her cancer for good. A stem cell transplant involves taking out your own stem cells and putting them back into your body.Jacqueline was hospitalized for a month undergoing transfusions and receiving treatments. “I was always nauseous but I had my mom by my side. I wouldn’t have survived without her. I was so weak, and couldn’t even go to the bathroom by myself. I know it was just as hard for her to see me that way. There was more than one occasion where I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I just looked at my mom and she reassured me I had too much to do in this life,” shared Jacqueline about the support of her mother.”After a month of being in the hospital and being released, I was told I still basically had to live in a bubble for the next three months and I had to be careful who visited me at home. If someone in my family was sick with cold,
they couldn’t see me. A simple cold could’ve put me back in the hospital.”Jacqueline is currently on day 60 of being released from the hospital and thankfully, the restrictions on what she can do are lessening. She is now allowed to be in public without a mask unless it’s really crowded and can eat out at reputable places.Jacqueline wrote “Motorcycle Rides In July” in the summer. She admitted that people are wrong when they say the song is about a boy or romantic interest.She then explained how the song is about the motorcycle itself along with the sound of the engine, the freedom, and the lifestyle.”Knowing I was going to be in a hospital for a month with no fresh air trapped in a white room made me want to write a song about when I was free. My two good friends Ralph Bavaro and Kara Guezze both made this vision come alive. I told them my idea and they executed it. I wanted the video to be fun; I decided on a Modern Day biker edition of Bonnie and Clyde,
” said Jacqueline.In addition to releasing the music video to “Motorcycle Rides in July,” Jacqueline released a song called “Rebirth,” which is an extremely important song to her.She explained that doctors often call a stem cell transplant a “rebirth” because you are basically rebooting your body and starting over with all of your cells forming for the first time again. “I wrote Rebirth as a reflection of who I was before this and about what I held of importance. I was your average 22 year old girl. Fresh out of college, drinking, partying,
looking for work; stressing over mediocre problems. The song represent no matter what life throws at you, if you are unhappy with the life you created for yourself, you can always start over.””Right now Motorcycle Rides In July is the last song I’m releasing under the name Jacqueline Epstein. Not only have I been reborn but so has my music. My plans for this year is to record eight to 10 songs in hopes to find management to support me and get my music career rolling,” shared Jacqueline.