“Going through something like [cancer] completely strips you of who you are, not only physically but mentally. Working your way back from something like that takes time. [My last chemotherapy session] was a huge thing, but it didn’t end there. I was down in the negative with my immune system and I really wasn’t well, so it was a big celebration to get past that point, but it took me a good year or two of working on myself to get better. I really used food and exercise as a way to improve, and that’s what I continue to do with my life. I always try to make good choices with food, because I know it nourishes and fuels my body. I focus on those things because I can control them.
We were always a close family. [But the experience] brought us closer in some ways, because they’ve seen you in places and doing things that no one else has. But, you know, life keeps going and other things will happen and then you have to deal with those. It’s all part of the journey.
Something I remind myself of every day – and it’s become more apparent since I’ve had my son – is just to enjoy life. Everyone is going to go through things. They may not be going through them at the moment, or you may not know about them, but everybody does go through things. Trying to take the best out of a situation makes it easier. Anything is possible. If you want to do something, go and do it.
Things have been created that allow us to work from home, and travel, or be with our families and communicate [more easily]. I think that this generation has a real advantage to use that to live the life we really want.”