I was diagnosed with breast cancer on this day one year ago. It is officially my one-year “Cancerversary.” I remember a few days after I was diagnosed I was talking to a stranger about my diagnosis (because at that time I was telling everyone I came in contact with) and she said I was a survivor. And I corrected her. I told her I wasn’t a survivor yet. I told her the fight had just begun. She looked back at me and replied, “Oh no, honey. You are a survivor already!” I got to thinking about that in the days and weeks to come and I figured she was right. I was a survivor. I was already developing a superhuman-like skin that couldn’t be penetrated, and I thought to myself, “What makes someone a survivor?”


A survivor is anyone who has been made stronger because of the path they have had to walk down.

What makes us stronger?

We are stronger when we try for something regardless of the outcome.

We are stronger when we face each day knowing the fears we have and live alongside those fears while maintaining a level of peace.

We are stronger when we help someone, hold someone, empower someone.

We are stronger when we look back at where we have come from and look ahead knowing we will only move forward.

So take your steps carefully but confidently.

Say thank you for every breath you get to take and every smile you get to spread across someone’s face.

Spend time alone, but spend more time surrounded by those you love.

Never let anyone steal your happiness: not for one moment, not for one second, not for one breath.

Make friends with yourself. Love yourself to pieces!

Wait on what is worth waiting for…only you know what that is.

Look inside your heart when no one else is looking and ask yourself, “What do I want to do today?” And then make it happen.

Hand your love out freely because love is infinite, love is powerful, love is the only thing that makes sense today and will make sense again tomorrow.

Remember how magnificent and endless the world is and make sure you see as much of it as you can.

If there is someone you love and you haven’t told them how you feel, don’t waste another second, tell them.

Remember that you live in this world, but you don’t have to be of this world. You can be whatever you like.

Just be who you are, no excuses. That is the strongest you can be, that is the best you can be.

And we are the strongest of all when we wake up tomorrow and do it all again.

We are all survivors.