“You have cancer.”

This wasn’t supposed to happen to me.

But it did.

Every step of the way a complication or unexpected bump in the road. An initial benign diagnosis. A chyle leak from a lymphadenectomy. Extravasation during my first chemo treatment. Two PICC lines.

Since my own cancer diagnosis, I’ve chosen to be radiant. To do what I can to bring light to the darkness for those touched by cancer. I’ve experienced the anger, pain and hopelessness of diagnosis. Of treatment. Of not knowing. Of waiting. Of watching.

Although my journey was full of complications, the destination has allowed me to have a clear mission in my life. That mission is to help others in their time of need. Sometimes, it’s a calming voice. Or helping people find community. Other times, it’s being a sounding board, nodding and agreeing that someone’s circumstance is unfair.

I’m lucky. I’m experiencing the gift of remission, something a lot of people do not get to experience. I’m fortunate. And I’m not taking it for granted.

GRYT is riding a rollercoaster of emotions and not knowing the outcome.

GRYT is spinning a cancer diagnosis into a passion to help others.

GRYT is staying involved with the lives of my children during treatment.

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