With each new year comes a sense of hope. An opportunity to set ambitious goals, break bad habits and learn from past mistakes. It’s a free pass at a fresh start with endless possibilities for growth. But when you’re battling cancer, the promise of a new year is stifled by the stress of a life threatening illness.
AYA cancer survivors Corrie O’Hara and Mary Flanigan battled cancer at a crucial time in their lives. In the midst of high school homecoming and college preparations, a shocking diagnosis stopped them in their tracks. Isolation and fear set in as they questioned their future. Feeling vulnerable to change, they looked to each other for support. Bonding during treatment, they quickly became friends and found solace during a scary time. This camaraderie helped them find the strength to fight.
Through the hardships and setbacks, they continued to keep a positive attitude. Now cancer free, this journey left them with a unique outlook on life that fuels their ambition. They share their new year’s resolutions and some advice on how to make each day count.
If you haven’t set a New Year’s resolution yet, it’s not too late. Here are a few ways to make 2013 a great year.