3 life lessons I learned from my late husband

My late husband, Josh, was diagnosed with stage IV synovial sarcoma — a rare type of soft tissue cancer — in November 2014. He fought the disease bravely for two years, but died of complications on Dec. 13, 2016. Before Josh passed away, he had black and yellow wristbands made that said, “KEEP GOING/NEVER DIE EASY.” Those words are a constant reminder to me that no matter how hard life gets, I have to persevere. Not only for me, but for Josh and all of the other cancer patients whose lives ended too soon. Here are three other things I learned from my husband. Never lose hope Josh believed that the easiest way to succeed was to always take just one more step. And that’s what he did. Even after receiving bad news, Josh never lost hope. He’d just reframe it as, “So, you say there’s still a chance?” He found power and inspiration in resilience, and loved how challenges pushed him further than he ever thought he could go in order to succeed. Even before he was diagnosed with cancer, Josh saw life as an incredible gift — and he was going to live the heck out of it as long as he was here. He couldn’t just stand on the sidelines and watch. Even if he got knocked down, he would get back in the fight in this amazing adventure we call life and make the best out of it. Stay positive in the face of opposition On my hardest days of missing Josh, I open up his journals and am reminded of how strong he was...