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marri sarmiento

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Marri Sarmiento

I never thought Cancer would touch our family and yet August 2011, just a few months after our first daughter was married, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I went through all those natural thoughts and feelings that every cancer patient I have met has had.  The thoughts of "Why Me", "Did I do something so wrong that I am being punished for", I withdrew from family and friends hoping this would all just go away.  I was just free falling  and couldn't grab anything to hold me up.  One night our daughter told me "Mom we must be really strong because we were given this challenge in life and heavenly father knows we can handle it".  From that moment I decided to pull myself up by my bootstraps and fight.... fight to live, fight for my family, fight for all who are diagnosed, and fight for my faith.  Although I am a cancer survivor I am now part of a great group of survivors, and all those who fight to find the cure for cancer.  Not just breast cancer but all cancers.  I have many side effects from 4 rounds of chemo, 5 surgeries and the post chemo medication I take daily.  BUT that is just a small part.....I have my life, I have the opportunity to help others face that diagnosis no one wants.  I have been given a gift that I wish on no one but I won't look at it as a curse, I look at it as a gift that stretches me.... makes me reach far beyond the limits I thought I had.  Through every challenge in life I have one thing that only I can take away from myself and that is my faith.  My faith will never fail me.