An independence shout out - why I became a Journalist

I was born on Brazil’s Independence Day (September 7th) in 1982 in a small town called Jaragua do Sul, in Santa Catarina State. My full name is Mariana de Cerqueira Knabben, but everyone calls me Mary. I had a pretty regular childhood and it was a fun one. When I was 6 years old, my parents decided to move to another city called Joinville in the same state.

Everything in my life was going as normal as it should be, well sort of… When I turned 10, I found out that I had leukemia and, in a blink of an eye, my life changed completely... Full blog post at


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