While battling cancer, or dealing with someone that has cancer, it’s not an easy thing to deal with or handle. Sometimes you aren’t even sure how to handle it.

Unfortunately for me, not only have I had many loved ones lost and battle this disease, I had a long battle myself. And to be honest, I am still trying to figure out how to handle it all. When being told “You have Cancer” many things tend to rush through your head. You go through a rush of all different kinds of emotions. Depressed, sleepless nights, scared, anxious, nervous. Things that I’m still not even sure how to deal with today. Many people have asked how I’ve stayed so strong, and inspirational throughout my whole battle and journey with Cancer. I try and tell them – Stay positive, stay strong, stay hopeful and have Faith. Have faith that everything happens for a reason, and you’re strong enough to beat this. After all, my parents didn’t give me the middle name Faith for no reason!

If there is one thing I have learned, its to be grateful. Grateful to see another day, grateful for friends, family and loved ones to stand by you at some of the hardest times. These are things that people usually tend to take for granted. I for one, have no problem admitting to that. I now have a greater appreciation for life, friends and family. No ones life is perfect, but you can chose whether to be happy or not. I once read “happiness is not a fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation of what we have.” I now appreciated everyone, and everything in my life that much more. Not many people can say they got a second chance at life.

I’m lucky enough to get a second chance, and tell my story. I want to share my journey to help inspire others. I want to let people know that its OK to be scared and sad. Its only natural. A positive outlook on even the worst situations can make what you’re going through a little easier. Organizations like the Allyson Whitney Foundation give people some extra hope, that some day soon this disease will be in the past.

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