I was deciding how personal I wanted to get in this blog post because it is a private matter but I wanted to share my own experience with this to those who might be going through the same thing. Once someone in your life gets cancer, you are affected forever. You realize everything you complain about or get upset about is trivial in comparison. You never underestimate your time together and life becomes so much more precious. You see things more clearly and your life's purpose becomes a little bit more significant. Every action matters.
Going through something so physically and emotionally draining, one would imagine a person would feel hopeless or weak but I have never seen anyone overcome something with such strong determination, strength, and grace. Never complaining about the situation, never skipping meals, and constantly making time for friends and family-- this person was living life the fullest. Truly. Even so, having support and a community of people who went through the same thing is something that can further assist with the healing process. Communities like ReThink Breast Cancer, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating young women about breast cancer, and online forums educate and help women who are looking for resources to overcome the emotional and physical changes that their bodies are going through when fighting and have fought breast cancer. I know without these support groups, the person in my life wouldn't have been as strong or knowledgable of their situation and for this, I am forever grateful to these communities.
Seeing life through these person's eyes, I was truly inspired to live everyday with a purpose. Create a mission in your life and fight for it everyday! And that's exactly how you should do it: fight!