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12 year old cancer patient inspires the world with makeup tutorials

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She is mesmerizing and sobering all at the same time.

12-year-old Talia Castellano's uses a camera to film herself when creating her now viral make-up tutorials and cancer video diaries.

She's been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for years, and she no longer has hair. Talia doesn't like wigs, but  she loves makeup.

"It makes me feel like I'm flawless, and that I can work my baldness," said spunky pre-teen.

"What's your secret?" asked FOX 35's Tracy Jacim. Talia replied, "Sometimes if the lighting isn't right in my room, I'll go outside, but I don't really have a secret."  Jacim asked, "Just natural beauty?" And Talia flashed that gorgeous smile and said coyly, "I guess."  

Jacim continued, "Now I'm embarrassing you."  Talia laughed.

When asked what inspired Talia to start her own YouTube channel, called Make-upisMYwig, Talia said, "I just saw other people doing them and it looked fun."
But fun turned into inspiration when hundreds of thousands of people around the world began to respond to this young girl posting makeup tutorials while battling one of the most aggressive forms of cancer: neuroblastoma, cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.

Her videos now have over 8 million views.

"It's really cool to know that people watch me, and that they like me, and they think I'm inspiring.," she said. "Every single comment that I get that says they think I'm inspiring or whatever, it feels so good. It's really cool."  

"So, they think you're inspiring, but they're really inspiring you," said Jacim. "Yeah, that's basically how it is," said Talia.

If you search YouTube under "TaliaJoy18", you'll find many of Talia's video blogs. In one called "Coping with Cancer", Talia bravely and boldly looks into the camera and says, "My cancer spread to my bone marrow, which it's never been there before, which scares me."
But she is not too scared to ignore the feeling of responsibility she now feels to all those who watch her videos. In that same video she tells her viewers, "Don't worry. I'm fine."
 And she continues to chronicle her ever changing battle. Just a few days ago, doctors told Talia she had pre-leukemia.

"There's no treatment left for me to do that would guarantee save my life," said the brave teen. "There's a bone marrow transplant, but that has a very low chance of me surviving."

Talia's honesty is both heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time. She told FOX 35, "I'm not really thinking about dying right now, or anything.  I'm just living a life while I can.  I'm going to make sure I leave my footprints and fingerprints on whatever I wanted to do in life. And I think I'm doing what I always wanted to do right now:  which is tell people we need funding, that there is just not enough money for cancer research."

Talia said she is still trying to decide whether she will try the bone marrow transplant, and her mother tells us she will respect her daughter's decision.

And for as long as she possibly can, Talia will continue to create her YouTube makeup tutorials, staring cancer down with a brave, and beautiful face.

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