The importance of observing milestones

One year, cancer-free. It was hard to believe it, even as I typed those words on Dec. 13, 2018. I never knew I could feel so overjoyed to be rid of something I never thought I’d have in the first place. But one year ago on that day, after finishing treatment for sarcoma, I was declared cancer-free by my doctors at MD Anderson. And every day since then has brought a little more healing, both physically and emotionally. At the same time, my heartstrings are continually being pulled, because now, I’m the one on the sidelines, encouraging and praying for those facing the same battle I once did. Shifting my perspective after a sarcoma diagnosis I think celebrating milestones is important when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. It was hard for me to do at first, because I found myself looking back and noticing how different things are today from the future I’d previously envisioned. I had to grieve the loss of that dream. But once I took a step back and changed my perspective, I could see how far I’d come and appreciate my life in a new way, as well as the many blessings that came with it. Suddenly, I felt triumphant and victorious. And that realization gave me more motivation than ever to celebrate. Adopting an attitude of gratitude To commemorate my one-year anniversary of being cancer-free, my husband took me to my favorite place on Earth: Walt Disney World. Even though I’m 29, being able to laugh and play like a kid again was magical beyond words. In a way, I do feel like a...