If you're fighting the disease, I want to tell you something...

Having cancer at 18 years old changed my life forever.

There were times I was strong and was determined to beat the disease that had riddled my testes, lungs and kidneys. And there were also days I sighed in submission and felt defeated.

As we acknowledge World Cancer Day today, this is really just a small message to those that are fighting the disease and feeling a little overwhelmed right now.

I know friends and family want you to be strong all the time. It's simply because they love you. But you don't have to be full of bravado all the time. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed right now, it's okay to have a moment of weakness and have a cry. You can't keep it inside you, you'll explode.

I found that by letting the emotion out, and letting others know not to be afraid if you shed a tear, because it doesn't mean you're giving up the fight, you come out of it stronger, more resilient, more determined than ever to beat the disease.

It's like being on a diet and having a cheat day on a Sunday. It's an island of weakness in an ocean of strength.

It was that determination that enabled me to beat the disease 27 years ago. And should it return, it will be that same determination that will enable me to beat it again.

If you are fighting the battle right now, I wish you determination. I wish you strength. 

For you. And those who love you.


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