Love yourself now and always because just like me, you are a warrior.
On July 27, 2018, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 3B. I had symptoms for over a year, living life like a normal 24-year-old, so I thought. I was admitted into the emergency room after waking up one morning with a huge lump on my neck. I will never forget the words that my doctor said. “I’m so sorry to tell you this, but it’s cancer.” I was devastated. I was heartbroken and so confused. I felt like my life had been ripped away from me in a matter of seconds.
After grieving and picking up the pieces, I told myself this is is not the end for me. I found my purpose in life and that is to help others and continue to be strong throughout my journey. I say first, love yourself because you are your longest commitment. I always had trouble putting myself first, but this journey has shown me that I will make it through, and I can help show others that there are hope and faith.
Give yourself all of the love that you try so hard to give to others. If people make your challenges even harder during your journey, then get rid of them. Life is too short for mediocre love. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Love yourself now and always because just like me, you are a warrior.
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