NOVEMBER 22, 2017
was the start of a hard journey for me. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at just 28 years of age. My life was in question, and I didn't know what to do. However, with great adversity comes great opportunity and so I didn't give up. I didn't allow cancer to change who I am as a person, or control my life. There were days I felt like I couldn't get through it. There were days I didn't want to get out of bed, let alone make it to the gym. But I also knew my best chance was to be strong. Cancer wanted me to sit there and worry about what truly matters to me, it wanted me to not put in the effort for myself. So on those days I didn't want to get up I made myself, and did something extra. Every opportunity to give up that I denied made me stronger.
I started looking at every chemotherapy treatment as a fight. Every time I got sick I just thought about how if I felt that bad my cancer had to feel worse. Every meal I had to force down had to be thought of as fuel to allow me to fight harder. It was a long,eye-opening year, and one I am truly grateful for. All of these photos were taken exactly 1 year from my diagnoses. I have been off chemo since my birthday on August 29th 2018. And I am cancer free at this moment. My battle has taught me many things, so here are just a few of them: Don't let adversity stop your dreams. Don't allow any obstacle to make you think there isn't way to overcome it.
November 22, 2020
Update: It has been 3 years now. Sometimes it feels like a decade. other times it feels like yesterday. Why I have been so lucky I do not know. I have been so fortunate when others were not. I work hard every day to take care of myself and make the right choices. I credit my wonderful team of doctors. I credit the support I received from clients and friends. We cannot control everything in life. The only thing we can control is how we handle those situations. Enjoy life, do what you love, and do not take it for granted. There is a silver lining in every situation