I'm not gonna lie to sugar coat the notion of dealing with cancer and the health issues that come after. Some people say life gets easier after the cancer is in remission. Well, those people must be the lucky ones. I deal with the after effects of my cancer on a daily basis. Some days are easier than others, but everyday I have to choose to fight. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer for the first time about two and a half years ago. At first, I was worried, not for myself, but for those around me. See my cancer had spread to my entire thyroid and most of the lymph nodes in my neck before they caught it. I was told I might not survive the operation to remove it, but luckily I did. For me the hardest part of living with this disease is being strong for the people in my life. I know I should probably focus more on myself, but I've always been the kind of person who cares for others more than myself. I can't help it. My heart breaks to see other people in pain, and I have this innate drive to want to help them any way I can. Now back to what I wanted to say. Sadly, the after effects of my cancer have left my immune system crippled. Everything makes me sick, but I fight through it. Sure I wish I didn't have to deal with this all of the time, but I wouldn't have met some of the best people in my life. Those people are the reason I choose to get out of bed everyday. They give me hope for a better tomorrow. My cancer has caused a plethora of health issues. However, I am not going to go into that right now. Basically I just wanted to spend a few minutes to explain how i cope. I look at the blesings God has given me both with the people He's placed in my life and the things he has allowed me to do. Sure life with cancer is hard, but I am not my cancer. I simply have cancer.