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"My life challenge for me was many things actually, but I had Leukemia. I should say I have Leukemia, but I’m in remission.

I was terrified before I knew. When I went to the hematologist, I was terrified, my mouth was dry, I couldn’t even talk. And then, once I learned I had it, that day when I was on my way to the hospital I thought, “There’s something seriously wrong with me, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could die. I’ll just go through it and see what happens.”

So that was kind of my attitude about it; to just go with what they’re (the doctors) telling you. Don’t ask what the future holds, because I don’t know what the future holds, and especially with Leukemia because it could come back. Even knowing I’ll be in remission or considered “cured” in October, it could still come back. It is what it is; it’s that type of disease.

But I suppose my takeaway was to not stop living. I never stopped. I thought, “This is my life. I’m still here. I’m going to just live. I’m not going to give up and, you know, fall apart and ask ‘Why did this happen to me?’”

I think I’ve always had a positive attitude or I never give up hope. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I just don’t like to give up. I would rather be happy. It’s a better way to be in life. Maybe it’s a choice, I don’t want to be negative, I don’t want to be miserable."

—Sue P. of Monroe, NY