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The Freedom to Live My Life

by Samantha KrizoSurvivorDecember 11, 2019View more posts from Samantha Krizo

Dear Cancer,

Since my diagnosis I have lost two AYAs to you. However, I have gained a new support system. And a new family that I didn’t want but one that I desperately needed.

I have lost two years of my life worrying about you. But in those two years I have made amazing memories with my family, friends and strangers.

I have lost the ability to bear my own children, but I have a better understanding of what I want in my life and how I fit into the world.

You have gifted me with germaphobia and daily pain. But you have given me the freedom to live my life how I want to live.

You have taken these things from me, but I don’t answer to you anymore because I choose to look forward and to live in the present.

There will always be suffering but it won’t be mine anymore. You have reminded me patience and kindness to others.

But Cancer will you……. Sincerely f-off,



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