I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on November 22, 2004, thinking I only had a couple of years to live, that was over 12 years ago. I have witnessed most of the experiences that surround the world of cancer. I have experienced the feeling of being told that you have cancer and there is no cure. The feeling of thinking you may just have a couple of years left. I have faced my mortality. I have seen how it effects your family and friends. I saw how it devastated my mother and saw her cry for only the second time in my life.
Before I was diagnosed I knew very few people with cancer, now at times I feel surrounded by it. It can sometimes be overwhelming. I have seen both young and old in their fight. I have seen the joy of victory in the fight and the sadness of death. I have fought the fight with and without insurance. I have been just a number at a large hospital to the feeling of being part of the family at a small community clinic. I know how it feels to put your life in the hands of a Doctor that you completely trust, a Doctor that genuinely cares about you. I have seen the outpouring of love from complete strangers. I have felt the love of healthcare workers. I have seen how it can strengthen your faith. I have felt the closeness of God. I have felt the power of hope and it’s importance in my battle with cancer. I have laughed and I have cried.