Sometimes life isn't about the things that happen to you; it's about how you handle them.
There's something to be said for handling bad news and tragedy with dignity and strength. That message has been repeatedly shown to me over the last few days - through both friends and strangers. If you need examples of strength in adversity, let me know. I have some very amazing and inspiring people to point you to who smile in the face of tragedy and celebrate life despite loss and grieving.
It's not easy fighting every day. Some people, though, don't get the chance to fight. They're gone in an instant. I'm blessed that both my mom and I have had the opportunity, strength, and support needed to fight. I try (emphasis on try) to live life each day to the best of my ability - rest when needed (often), eat horribly bad food for me, laugh, love, cry, and take every hug I can get. It takes a lot of energy to stay motivated and positive; it's an effort worth making though. Don't think I don't have depressed moments - given my last post I obviously do - but with the love and support of Eric, my parents, my siblings, my family, my friends, I continue.
We don't get to choose the bad cards we are dealt, but we do get to pick how to play them. Dignity is one of the many things that no one (or no disease) can ever take from you. Classiness never goes out of style.