Grateful & Blessed

Today, God has blessed me with reaching a milestone, turning 40 years old, that 4 years ago, I never thought I would live to see. I can remember as clear as day sitting with my kids telling them that my cancer had returned, and hearing my daughter scream and cry with such anger and despair, asking if I was going to die. At that moment, I had no idea how to even respond — only to teach her that our faith was our only hope, and that the man above had the final say. Some very wise words my oncologist, Dr. Vincent Valero told me when I asked him how to overcome the fear and anxiety this beast called cancer gives us. A very dear friend of mine also gave me some wise words of advice on how to spend the next decade of 40 – he said, “Invest in your life, surround yourself with positive people, and do what brings you purpose.” So, here I am today – healthy, happy, blessed, grateful, and alive. I have overcome cancer twice, experienced my own god-daughters battle with cancer, while supporting my best friend along the way, watch my son throw 60MPH fast balls with an amazing, supportive, baseball team that is like family to us, see my daughter attend her first high school dance, traveled to Hawaii with my daughter, sister, and cousins, and built a business that brings me so much purpose, that fuels my passion each day working alongside the most amazing colleagues near and far that have now become dear friends of mine, that I am so grateful and blessed to know. As I move into this next chapter of life, I will continue to embrace every day, creating many more memories, doing what I love – helping other patients and their families, while honoring and remembering the lives of others that were lost way to soon. My only request for anyone reading this is to “pay it forward” to someone today with a small act of kindness. Cheers to many more years to come, and the many blessings that continue to surround me.

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