My name is Erika and I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative breast cancer at 41 years old. I have since had 16 rounds of chemo and 3 surgeries, but I have also completed multiple races including a full marathon and a half ironman....all in the last 2 years. I am a nurse by day (and night) and full time mom to 3 teenage daughters and one husband. . Gotta include him right? I had the best possible cancer experience. Is that even possible you may ask? I sat yes. My life is more in perspective, my friends are closer, my family more important, my time more managed, my life more meaningful. Cheesy? Maybe, but true it is. They say cancer changes you, but it only changes what you allow it to. So pick something good:) I celebrated life instead of fearing death. I had parties that my sister appropriately termed chemo themo where every treatment (all 16) I had friends and family with me. Every one had a theme and every one was a celebration. I look back now at the pictures and souveniers I have and know that my bonds are stronger with the people that matter. When you think the world is so low and that the universe is looking bleak. . I was reminded, maybe smacked in the face a few times that life really is what you make of it and there is good in the world. I tried to celebrate everything, see ya later hair party for when I shaved my head, bye bye boobie party for when I had a double mastectomy, chemo themo parties for every treatment. I even convinced my surgeon to give me my port upon removal from my body. . As a keepsake that I turned into a necklace. I wear it close to my heart and it brings me a sense of comfort knowing that it's now OUTSIDE of my body and not in! Life really is what you make of it, so instead of crying. . I decided to laugh. It really is the best medicine!