On March 28, 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3 (probable invasive mammary cancer) in my right breast. At the time of my diagnosis I was 21 years old and with a one year old daughter to care for. All I could think about was if I die who will care for my daughter. Look forward to living your life with cancer, not for the cancer. Cancer is only a disease that we some time’s allow to take over our mind body and spirit.

After informing my parent and boyfriend of my horrifying news I found strength in their love, wisdom and faith. My dad says that “God will only put on you what you can bear”.

My mother always tells me “I pray that you find rest and healing in the arms of our Heavenly Father”. In order to get through your cancer diagnosis you must surround yourself with positive energy.

I always take a positive approach to the world around me. Encouraging people around me to never give up, that there life is worth fighting and living for. I always give thanks for the very special people God has placed in my life. I realized that the things you want are rarely the things that you need. We all have a story to tell, why not let it be about what cancer has done for you. Your story could make a big difference in someone’s life.

At this time I would like to thank the Nicki Leach Foundation for this opportunity. If I am selected I will use the financial grant to take my family on a trip, or pay some household bills.