When I was first diagnosed as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Burkett’s, shock was the only emotion I felt at the time. Not only did I think I was a healthy and vibrant woman just two weeks prior, my cancer was so aggressive that I was Stage IV as it had gotten into my bone marrow. Once the shock wore off, all I could do is fight. Fight for my life that was quickly deteriorating. I was almost ready to say my goodbyes to friends and family but something inside me told me no. It’s not your time to go yet. Something told me to fight for my life. Once I decided to fight, nothing could keep me down. With every course of heavy chemo treatments, I tried to stay as positive as I could with the love and support from family and friends. Not every day was easy. In fact, the hardest days where the tears wouldn’t stop, I held onto my faith and strength as much as I could because the next day was a new day. I had to believe that I could fight this disease. My nurses and doctors became my second family. They are such special and wonderful people and do what they do with love and purpose. I never once felt like I was alone. That’s how I won. That’s why I am a survivor.
Being a survivor, I want to help people that are going through similar experiences so they do not feel alone. No one should ever feel alone in this journey. I want to tell them that everything they are experiencing is something I’ve gone through myself and they are supported. I feel like I went through this journey to help others.
The most memorable moment is the day I completed my training for the First Connection Volunteer program. I knew I was ready to start helping patients and families.
I would highly recommend for someone to help with any aspect of the organization. There is always people that need help and we can only do our best to provide the help they need. Whether it be donations of money or volunteering their time, it is worth it.