How synovial sarcoma has helped me become a better person

As someone who’s still in the midst of his cancer journey, I can honestly tell you that having cancer isn’t all doom and gloom. In fact, living life and enjoying it is not only possible; it can be better than before cancer. My cancer journey began in May 2014, when I was 26. It started with extreme pain in my right foot, which became bearable, but didn’t go away. I went to the doctor and was treated for plantar fasciitis. But as months passed, the pain worsened and eventually, my foot swelled so much that my toes no longer touched the floor. I finally got an MRI in the spring of 2015, and it revealed a 14-centimeter tumor on the bottom on my foot and through my ankle. I had synovial sarcoma, a rare type of soft-tissue sarcoma. At that time, doctors were certain about only one thing: my leg needed to be amputated below the knee. Choosing my reaction to my synovial sarcoma diagnosis After further evaluation, I found out that the cancer had spread to both of my lungs. I gave myself two options: write a bucket list and start checking things off, or live life to the fullest in spite of my disease. I chose the latter because I thought it was more honoring to God, and it could help me become a better Christian, husband, son, friend, volunteer and entrepreneur. My road to self-improvement And it has. Having cancer has taught me not to take time for granted. Spending time with my family and friends has always been my top priority, but now I really...