This is a blog for Coastal Design Studio but there is a human behind it who has a life full of ups and downs like the rest of us.

I have been quiet with my business for the past several weeks and wanted to share why. My father was diagnosed with brain cancer back in February. Since I received that phone call, I have been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions - making focusing 100% of my time and energy on Coastal nearly impossible. Life seemed to go on for a while until it all started setting in. Cancer was never a thing in my family until now. And now that my Dad has cancer, it is like we all have cancer. We are all going to fight this horrible thing together!

Let me talk a little bit about my Dad. He is an amazing father of 3 (to Myself, my sister Corey and my brother Kyle). When I was born, my Dad joined the NYC fire department while also running his own construction company.

He is the most fearless, aligned, ridiculously smart and go-with-the-flow kind of dude out there. I know so many people call their father their hero, but how cool is it that my dad actually is a hero?! He is my go-to person when I need help with life and always knows that right thing to say to calm me down and help me through anything. My dad worked his way up to lieutenant in the fire department and his business was very successful. Life was picture perfect for me growing up. He truly made my childhood amazing.

On September 11th, 2001, my Dad’s and my whole families lives had changed forever. I don’t know much about his experiences that day and I don’t blame him for not wanting to tell me a single thing.

I’m taking about 9/11 because there is a strong correlation between my fathers type of cancer and the chemicals he breathed in during that day. He, along with hundreds of others have taken years to develop these horrendous cancers that are wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds if not thousands of families who have endured the same as mine.

It is the last thing my father deserves. He has been through more than anyone ever should in their lifetime. My father has handled his situation with his same courage and grace that he does with any other issue in his life. Watching how he handles cancer has been nothing short of inspirational.

With all of this going on, I’m sure its easier to see why I have been quiet lately. Coastal Design Studio was a commitment I made to myself, and subconsciously may have been my way of showing my Dad that I want to be just like him - a self starter and a goal crusher.

At the end of the day, Coastal Design Studio is secondary to my family’s health and my own health. Moving forward, my Dad will be going through treatment and spending time with him will be my main priority. The business side of life does not have emotions and it will be a long and difficult road for me when it comes to meeting all of the needs and responsibilities I signed up for when I started this business.

I have faith that it will all work out, especially with the love and support from this amazing community!

Cara Bev