Monica's Cancer Sucks Benefit
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
I am a person with a lot of ambition. I make plans for myself, and I find ways to make it happen. This first half of 2013 was no different. 21, vibrant, just back from spending four months studying abroad in England, I was trudging my way through my last two quarters at UCI with determination. I love school, but I couldn’t wait to start the life I had always dreamed of having once school is over. For a while, everything was as it should have been. Until I was diagnosed with stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in April. After that, my life was put on hold and, for me, that was the hardest part about this entire experience. I struggled to be the strong fighter that my family and friends see in me. Most days were harder than the rest.
I was always aware that cancer affected people’s lives every day. I always knew I wasn’t the only twenty-something to be diagnosed. If anything, I was lucky that my prognosis was so positive. Sometimes it made me feel better. Sometimes it didn’t. At this point in time, it is difficult to find many positive things to say about this experience, to be perfectly honest. But I know, in time, I’ll be able to look back on this and say, “I freaking beat cancer. I can do anything.”
I had originally intended for this party to just be a celebration of the end of this nightmare and the beginning of my life. But this cancer thing is so much bigger than me. And as someone who wants to leave the world a better place than when I entered it, I want to prove people wrong. I am not alone in this fight, whether it be through the cancer or the depression, and I want people to know that neither are they.
Help me make a mark on someone’s life the way all of you have left your mark on mine by giving what you can. Life is so worth it. We just have to take it one day at a time.