An initial diagnosis can be an extremely frightening experience. However, you are not alone in this fight and there are people who want to help you through the process. “Get the support. Talk to someone. There are people out there who are willing to talk to you and help you get through it. And there are different outreach programs that a lot of people don’t know about,” said survivor Happy Buttles.
While cancer can affect the body in a variety of adverse ways, there is one thing cancer cannot take from you: your spirit. “It all has to do with what you have inside,” said Angie Oviedo, who was diagnosed in 2008, “I feel that if I had chosen to give up, I might be in a different place right now.”
As a 22-year survivor, Sandi Stanford knows better than most that tragedies are a part of life but what matters is how you respond to that adversity. “It’s not over. It’s just a stumble in the path of life,” said Stanford, “You’re walking down the street and there’s a crack in the sidewalk. You trip over the crack but you get back up and you keep on walking because that’s what you do.”
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