Hayley, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, by Lisa Auger

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...without it you wouldn’t be you; it’s a reminder that you won

Cancer isn't just a diagnosis, or something that you simply get then disregard; it becomes your entire life. You might forget the little things you went through every day and how they made you feel, like the vomiting, the bleeding nails, losing hair, stomach ulcers, and allergic reactions. But every morning when you wake up and look in the mirror and see your scars, you are reminded of everything else that comes along with being in remission. Like going to the beach for the first time with people who don’t know your past, or meeting guys. You have this thing you can’t escape. It’s there, imprinted on your body forever. But without it you wouldn't be you; it’s a reminder that you won. You beat Cancer’s ass. It’s a love-hate thing, you wish it wasn't there so you didn't have to explain it all the time, but then again you are grateful for coming away from the fight of your life with just some silly little scar. Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me, it made me realise that life’s too short to waste it. So live, love and enjoy every day like it’s your last.