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In 6 Words

In 6 Words

We’ve all been in a meeting, a presentation, a class where we’ve been challenged to create an “Elevator Speech.” I’ve had an elevator speech in my mind for a very long time of how I would explain my scar, my diagnosis, my love to hate cancer. Over time, it gets very easy and surprisingly natural. I’ve perfected it and I’ve learned how to tweak it to fit the situation. This past week, I came across a similar challenge to explain my cancer battle in 6 words. This stumped me.

How to share your cancer story as a teenager

What do I cover? What’s the most important part of my cancer battle? I’ve also come to realize that these 6 words will continue to change over time completely dependent on where my heart is. When I was first diagnosed at 19, my 6 words would be, “They’re staring, should I tell them?”

NED and hating cancer

I’m now 3 years NED and I work for a nonprofit raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. I love it! I have found my purpose in life. If asked now, my 6 words would be “I love to hate cancer, always.” I have found this exercise to be very challenging but also worthwhile.

Reflecting on your relationship with cancer

I think when you face a disease that takes a true toll on your mind, body, and soul, it’s important to take some time to reflect upon it. I firmly believe cancer can be the best and worst thing in your life, if you let it. I’ve equally used 6 words to describe the good cancer brought to my life, such as, “I no longer doubt my strength.” I encourage you all to use this challenge to not only have the ability to think of an even shorter version of your elevator speech, but to also reflect on your own relationship with cancer. Maybe it’s your new found respect for doctors, or maybe it’s your new found love for volunteering and making the best of your life. Whatever it is, I hope you find peace.

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