Cancer is not always a death sentence but an invitation to live, a wake-up call to be present in the moment, a permit to love without holding back, a chance to forgive, a reason to be accepting of all people, and an order to slow down to take time to really see and smell the flowers.
I do not live in fear but I embrace the beauty that surrounds me and like the flower I continue to grow, survive and blossom.
Cancer accounts for nearly one in four deaths in America, making it the second leading cause of death.
In fact, this year, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and over 585,000 cancer deaths will occur.
On the positive side, there are nearly 14 million cancer survivors alive in America today.
Most of us know someone who had had cancer and it might even be you. As such, we are all affected by this terrible disease, which takes on many forms.
My own personal cancer journey began about 20 years ago.