My Cancer journey began in January 2017, when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at 28 years old. Although this journey was not going to be much different than the many cancer patients and survivors I have met along the way, I can tell you that this diagnosis changed my life. I learned not to sweat the small stuff, and that it is the friendships and connections we nurture are what fill us. I learned to take care of myself, found joy in yoga, meditation and cooking. I learned to listen to my body, and learned hair grows back. I learned that everyone goes through some type of turmoil in life and it’s my turn, and that I will get through it. Although I did not go through it alone. I am beyond grateful for my family and friends who cared for me, cooked for me, made me laugh and sent positive vibes my way. They are forever my A-team. Cancer has made me tougher and even more resilient. I’ve learned to live your life, and do what makes you happy because everything could change on a Monday.
I joined the MWOY because giving back to my community is just such a small portion of my gratitude. Without an organization like the LLSC, their donors, research would just not be possible, and the survival rate of HL would not be what it is. I finished treatment and expected life to go back to how it was before but that just does not happen. My world has completely changed and sharing my story has been more important than ever before. Life is fragile, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. This is my second chance, and helping my community is a part of my story.