I usually celebrate my cancerversary on January 25th, being that was the day I was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, but this year I am celebrating a day early.
26 years ago, was the day I was admitted to the hospital. The morning started like any other, but my dad rushed me to the emergency room when I couldn’t stand up. After spending the day there, we were told that I was very sick and should get to Children’s Hospital immediately. I was only 13 years old at the time. Although I was concerned and scared because I had never been in the hospital before, I was relieved that someone might actually be able tell me why I had been in so much pain.
Once the cancer diagnosis came, so did the prayers and positivity. We knew fighting cancer wasn’t going to be easy, but we knew prayer worked, and we took the time to find the good in every day. We focused on the positives of cancer, not the negatives. We prayed often, and my faith and relationship with God grew during this time.
As I am about to turn 40, I am looking at 2020 as my year of opportunity. The year to look at each day as a new opportunity to pray, and to not only see the positive in every day, but to do something positive every day. When we do something for someone, we need to remember that maybe God is answering their prayers through you.
My cancerversary is the day I celebrate life and all I’ve been through, but we need to celebrate life every day. Each day we wake up is a new opportunity. An opportunity to be kind, to show someone you love them and to thank God for all He has given us. Take time today to celebrate your own lives; take a moment to do something for someone else. Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness make the biggest difference.
Love life, live your best life, and cherish every moment. 26-year Leukemia Survivor