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Cancer can test the strongest of marriages, but my husband and I have only grown closer. Together we've learned to appreciate the present moment and savor life's simple pleasures.Being a mother and navigating cancer treatment has taught me the value of self-care. My children have motivated me to push through the difficult days and never give up.Being surrounded by loved ones has been crucial to my journey back to health. My husband and children have been my backbone through the ups and downs.  

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