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Staying Motivated Through Adversity: A Story of Overcoming Breast Cancer

Her name is Melanie and in 2009 she seemed to have the world by the tail.

Melanie lived in New York City, ran her own successful public relations firm and traveled the world with rich and famous chefs. She ate the finest foods, drank the most desirable wines and laid her head on the softest pillows.

Then things got hard.

She had just returned from two weeks in Italy when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Source: Freedigitalphotos
Source: Freedigitalphotos

She cried and commiserated with friends. She met with doctors. And she made herself the most important promise she’d ever make: She would take charge of her treatment, embrace each and every day and beat it.

That promise was the single most important step to overcoming adversity. It empowered her to educate herself with as much information about breast cancer as she could find. It inspired her to exercise with abandon. And it kept her focused on doing everything she could to stay healthy.

First, she addressed her physical wellbeing. She hydrated like never before. She exercised daily. She ate healthy and wholesome foods. Next she addressed her mental health by unplugging from the never-ending world of whirling information. She stopped going online and turned off the TV. She slept more and worried less. She kept a clear mind by giving up alcohol.

Melanie found out that with a plan anything is possible. She changed not only her life but how she viewed live and overcame her cancer. She found out that adversity doesn’t have to define you, consume you or bring you down. Adversity will make you stronger if you are up for the challenge.

Today, Melanie speaks her mind. She asks for help when she needs it. She walks with pride, keeping her head held high and advocating for herself. But more importantly, she is doing what she wants to do and using her story to inspire others.

In other words, she is the embodiment of Sentenced2Life. That’s what S2L is all about—overcoming adversity in your life and then using what you’ve learned to help others do the same.

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