Learning to Define Illness

The first time I whispered the words “I have cancer,” it was masked with defeat. The more those three words were spoken, I became fearless and confident in my diagnosis. My perception gradually changed about life. The reality is that there is nothing to look forward to when it comes to this match except the extreme appreciation for life. Cancer will try to steal your DNA, humiliate, and assassinate you, but it can’t take away your character. If I can look dead-on in the blackness of this disease and somehow change the perception of this battle, then I have won regardless of the outcome. Positivity is everything in this position. There will be days I feel defeated. There will be tears, weakness, and fear, but a powerful mindset can conquer those moments. Instead of allowing this illness to define me, I’m defining it.